The commitment of elite power forward Taeshon Cherry upped the voltage on the excitement around USC Basketball on Friday.
USC Basketball fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about the direction of the program, and those reasons only multiplied on Friday when four-star power forward Taeshon Cherry committed to the Trojans.
Cherry’s commitment is one of the biggest recruiting victories for USC in years. He is the Trojan’s highest-rated commit in ESPN and Scout rankings in nearly a decade.
In the 247Sports composite, Cherry is second only to Chimezie Metu among Trojan commits since DeMar DeRozan.
He is also USC’s second commit for 2018 in less than a week after the Trojans added four-star power forward J’Raan Brooks on Monday.
Naturally, social media lit up at the news of Cherry’s decision. With Cherry on board, USC Basketball’s prospects will be higher than ever, even with expected departures after the 2017-18 season, including top scorers Bennie Boatwright and Metu.
The Trojans are already projected as a Top 10 team in preseason polls, having returned nearly the entire lineup from last year’s tournament squad. Cherry and company will hope to keep that momentum going as USC establishes itself among the most dangerous programs in the Pac-12.
Here’s a look at the best of the Twitter reaction to the commitment:
With Cherry’s commitment, alongside Brooks’, USC’s 2018 class is now rated No. 8 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings. Last year, the Trojans landed the nation’s No. 24 class, another steady improvement from the No. 32-ranked class of 2016.