Four-star power forward J’Raan Brooks announced his commitment to USC Basketball’s on Monday, becoming the first addition to the 2018 recruiting class.
USC Basketball is not on the board when it comes to filling the 2018 recruiting class, adding power forward J’Raan Brooks as a commit on Monday.
“Thankful for all the coaches and schools that recruited me over the past 3 years…but I’m headed to LA! Fight on,” Brooks wrote on Twitter, becoming the Trojans first commit of the class.
Brooks had just named a Top 5 on Friday, but didn’t wait long to make his decision to commit to USC over Virginia, Stanford, Oklahoma and Cal.
Hailing from Garfield High School in Seattle, Brooks is the No. 3 player in Washington this cycle, checking in at No. 84 nationally, per the 247Sports composite. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound prospect is 22nd among power forwards in the 2018 class.
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Brooks is the eighth Top 100 recruit of the Andy Enfield era. Should he follow through and sign with the Trojans, he’ll join highly-rated shooting guards in USC’s 2017 class, Charles O’Bannon Jr. and Jordan Usher, as the next generation of exciting prospects bolstering USC’s basketball future.
The Trojans are ready to enter the 2017-18 season with high expectations thanks to the returns of Chimezie Metu, Bennie Boatwright and nearly every contributor from the previous season. However, the core of the team is likely to depart after this season, including Metu, Boatwright and seniors Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart.
Those departures will add extra importance to the 2018 recruiting class, which is off to a strong start with Brooks in the fold.
The Trojans could soon add another four-star power forward in Taeshon Cherry, who included USC in his Top 6 and will announce his decision on Friday.