USC Basketball Recruiting: Trojans’ 2018 class rises to No. 2 nationally

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The addition of three Top 75 prospects in the last week shot the 2018 USC Basketball recruiting class up to No. 2 in team recruiting rankings.

It’s been a busy seven days for Andy Enfield and USC Basketball, snagging three major commitments for 2018 in the span of a week.

On Monday last week, things got started with four-star power forward J’Raan Brooks, who ranks No. 75 in the 247Sports composite, becoming the Trojans’ first commitment of the class. And things only got better from there.

Four-star power forward Taeshon Cherry jumped on board on Friday, becoming USC’s highest-ranked recruit in ESPN and Scout rankings since DeMar DeRozan. Though he only ranks No. 36 in the 247Sports composite, he sits in the Top 25 for the other two recruiting services.

The addition of Brooks along brought the Trojans into the Top 25 of class rankings. They sat pretty at No. 9 following Cherry’s commitment.

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Then on Sunday, four-star shooting guard Kevin Porter, No. 58 in the class, made it a trio by announcing his commitment on Twitter.

With three Top 75 recruits in the fold, USC’s 2018 class now sits second among all recruiting classes, leaping above the likes of Villanova, Michigan State, Arizona and Louisville — behind only Arkansas.

Granted, the recruiting landscape will change plenty over the coming months. Just six of the Top 25 recruits in the nation are currently committed, and none of the 14 highest-rated players have made a pledge.

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Still, USC might not be done either. Cherry told Rivals’ Eric Bossi that he is already working to convince five-star power forward Marvin Bagley, the No. 1 prospect overall, to consider the Trojans. He also named five-star point guard Tre Jones as a personal recruiting target.

The men of Troy are also in the running for Bol Bol, the five-star forward from Mater Dei.

If the picture remains as is, or improves, the 2018 class will shape up as the best USC recruiting class of the Enfield era, and perhaps in school history. Enfield’s best class to date came in 2014, when USC ranked No. 14 nationally after signing four-star guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart.

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Those two are now veteran figures in the 2017-18 USC squad which is set to enter the season as a Top 10 team. If Enfield and company find similar success with this batch of recruits, the future will look plenty bright.