USC Basketball guard Shaqquan Aaron will return to the Trojans for the 2017-18 season, according to a report, giving Andy Enfield a full compliment of players for the upcoming year.
The final piece of USC Basketball’s 2017 NBA Draft concerns may finally be back in the fold.
Redshirt sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron is set to return for his second season in Troy, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported on Wednesday, the deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft pool.
Aaron had entered the NBA Draft at the end of March, but he declined to hire an agent. In doing so, he left his options open to return to school.
Considered a fringe prospect when he declared, Aaron was unsurprisingly not invited to the NBA Combine.
The player had an up-and-down season in 2016-17, his first year of eligibility since transferring from Louisville in 2015.
In his debut, Aaron scored 17 points against Montana put up 23 points as the Trojans upset UCLA at the Galen Center. That performance earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.
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However, while Aaron averaged double-digit minutes through the regular season, his role on the team steadily lessened. He played less than 10 minutes in each of the Trojans three NCAA tournament games and failed to score in USC’s final four games.
Competition for playing time will be even more intense for the 6-foot-7 wing this coming season.
With the return of Chimezie Metu, Bennie Boatwright, Elijah Stewart and Jordan McLaughlin, the Trojans are stacked with veteran talent. Sophomores Jonah Mathews and De’Anthony Melton should command even more trust in their second years while highly-touted Duke transfer Derryck Thornton will be eligible after sitting out 2016-17.
The Trojans will also be adding a number of talented freshman to that already crowded line up, with four-star guard Charles O’Bannon Jr. offering the biggest challenge to Aaron. USC is also bringing in four-star prospect Jordan Usher.
UPDATE: Head coach Andy Enfield confirmed to Joey Kaufman of the OC Register that Aaron will return for the 2017-18 season.