Andy Enfield’s first true recruiting class with the USC Trojans took a big hit late Sunday evening, with news that 6-foot-10 signee Jabari Craig has become a casualty of academics.
The forward is now expected to go the JuCo route to get to the NCAA level, and will not enroll at USC in the coming weeks as was planned.
ESPN hoops insider Jeff Goodman broke the news on Twitter:
USC freshman big man Jabari Craig did not qualify and will likely go the junior college route, a source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) August 4, 2014
A three star recruit out of Tucker, Ga., Craig was ranked at the 21st center in the nation according to 247Sports, and the 230th best player overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the Class of 2014.
With Craig out of the mix, Enfield’s Trojans will have to rely on a pair of talented Serbians and 6-foot-10 freshman Malik Price-Martin in the front court.
Strahinja “Luis” Gavrilovic averaged 3.1 points per game off the bench as a sophomore last season, while Nikola Jovanovic showed glimpses of promise as a freshman, averaging eight points and just over four rebounds per night.
The Trojans were 11-21 in Enfield’s first season at USC, and finished dead last in the Pac-12 with a 2-16 conference record.