USC basketball now boasts the No. 1 recruiting class for the 2019 season after four-star shooting guard Drake London joined the Trojans.
Don’t look now, but USC basketball has become a bit of a recruiting juggernaut under Andy Enfield.
The Trojans now hold the top spot in the 247Sports composite team rankings for 2019, outpacing traditional basketball powers UCLA, Kentucky, Gonzaga and Villanova.
The commitment of four-star shooting guard Drake London put USC over the top on Wednesday night. Pledges from five-star center Onyeka Okongwu and four-star power forward Isaiah Mobley had already boosted the Trojans into the Top 5 in national recruiting for the cycle. The class of 2019 now boasts three Top 70 prospects.
Will USC be able to hold onto that top spot?
It’s still very early and every one of the Top 10 players in the country are currently uncommitted, leaving plenty of opportunity for other schools to strengthen.
Still, Enfield and company don’t appear to be done themselves for 2019. They remain hot on the trail of even more top prospects, including Sierra Canyon star Cassius Stanley, a five-star shooting guard, and Kyle Sturdivant, four-star point guard. In that sense, the Trojans could certainly load up enough fire power to hold off the competition.
The fact that London’s scholarship won’t count against the basketball scholarship numbers because he is joining the Trojans on a football scholarship will make it possible for USC to add even more.
Of course, it won’t take a top-ranked class to show USC’s immense progress in recruiting under Enfield.
USC signed the 18th-best class in the country in 2018, and that’s after losing the commitment of four-star small forward Taeshon Cherry in the aftermath of the FBI bribery and fraud scandal. The 2017 class ranked 31st and 2016 ranked 34th. The heralded class including Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright in 2015 was 45th.
That’s a steady upward trajectory for the Trojans, one which looks like it will continue.