Kevin Porter Jr. commits to 2018 USC Basketball recruiting class

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Four-star shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. announced his commitment to the 2018 USC Basketball recruiting class on Sunday, adding to the Trojans summer riches.

Less than a week after securing the first commitment for the class of 2018, USC Basketball added a third elite pledge in Kevin Porter Jr.

The four-star shooting guard from Seattle announced his commitment on Twitter, picking the Trojans over UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Cal and Oregon State.

“First off I would like to thank my family, friends & my coaches who’ve been with me since the start of my journey. I would like to thank my support system who’ve made me strive and work even harder each and every day. I want to thank all the colleges that were recruiting me and having trust in me and giving me an opportunity to attend a 4 year university,” Porter wrote on Twitter. “After me & my family discussed, I’ve decided to close my recruitment and commit to the University of Southern California.”

Rated No. 71 nationally in the 247Sports composite, Porter is the third USC basketball recruit for 2018 ranked in the Top 100.

On Monday last week, the Trojans added four-star power forward J’Raan Brooks, who also hails from Seattle, as the first commit of the class. By Friday, ESPN and Scout five-star forward Taeshon Cherry jumped on the train as well, becoming USC’s highest-rated recruit since DeMar DeRozan.

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Porter’s addition further bolsters an elite recruiting class for Andy Enfield and company.

At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Porter also adds to USC’s riches at shooting guard, having signed four-star guards’ Charles O’Bannon Jr. and Jordan Usher in the class of 2017. Porter’s athleticism, shooting and all-around ability will fit right in as the Trojans look towards the next generation of stars in the Enfield era.

Expectations are sky high for the Trojans entering the 2017-18 season, returning nearly every contributor from the team which won two games in the NCAA Tournament.

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However, those expectations also reflect on the importance of USC landing a top recruiting class in 2018.

The Trojans are primed as a Top 10 team this year thanks to the veteran presence of Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart, paired with the star power of returning juniors Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright.

That first pair will definitely be gone after this season, while Metu and Boatwright are also expected to make their way to the NBA Draft. Even sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton has received draft buzz for next year.

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With so many departures expected, reloading the talent pool via recruiting is pivotal for the Trojans. So far, things are going even better than expected in that department.