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USC Basketball: Harrison Henderson announces intention to transfer

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Sophomore forward Harrison Henderson announced his intention to transfer from USC Basketball on Wednesday, leaving the Trojans after two years.

It’s become a bit of an annual tradition, seeing off transfers from the USC Basketball program. This year, power forward Harrison Henderson is continuing the trend.

On Wednesday, Harrison announced on Twitter that he will seek a transfer.

“First I would like to thank God for the blessing of having the opportunity to play at USC for these past 2 years. It has been an extremely humbling experience and the growth and coaching I have received from the coaching staff at USC is priceless,” Henderson wrote. “I would like to thank coach Enfield and the rest of the coaching staff for encouraging me to be the best player that I can be.

“With that being said, my family and I have decided to reopen my recruitment and seek other options. Thank you.”

Henderson came to USC as a three-star recruit in the class of 2016. He was ranked No. 265 nationally in the 247Sports composite, 63rd among power forwards and 17th in the state of Texas.

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The decision to transfer is an intriguing one. USC’s frontcourt depth is not particularly strong, especially following Chimezie Metu’s declaration for the 2018 NBA Draft. The Trojans return Nick Rakocevic and 2017 recruit Victor Uyaelunmo but those two may be the only players standing above 6-foot-8 returning if Bennie Boatwright also chooses to leave.

Power forward J’Raan Brooks, a 6-foot-8 four-star prospect from Washington, recently committed to USC for the class of 2018, so there will be least one reinforcement on the way. Still, depth will remain an issue, as will length with one less 6-foot-10 option on the bench.

Though there may have been more opportunities to see the court next season, Henderson’s usage remained quite low through two years. He played a total of 26 minutes in 2017-18, seeing action in just 11 games with four total points and six rebounds.

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As a freshman he also saw limited usage, but nearly twice the minutes at 50 across 13 games, with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.

A change of venue may see Henderson receive more opportunities for playing time.

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