Daniel Utomi commits USC basketball as transfer from Akron

Apr 16, 2019, 10:36 AM PDT
Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy

USC basketball won another battle for a coveted transfer, adding a commitment from Akron small forward Daniel Utomi on Tuesday.

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USC basketball sure is loading up on transfers.

On Tuesday, just hours after the Trojans received a commitment from San Jose State’s Noah Baumann, Akron grad transfer Daniel Utomi announced his pledge as well.

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“Let em talk,” Utomi tweeted along with a graphic depicting him ripping away his Akron jersey to reveal a USC jersey underneath.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound wing was an All-MAC honorable mention in each of the last two seasons while averaging 16.7 and 14.2 points per game. As a redshirt junior, he also pitched in 5.5 rebounds per game. His career shooting average is 42.7 percent from the field. From beyond the arc he has hit 39 percent of his shots.

According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, Utomi received attention from the likes of North Carolina, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wichita State, Nevada, Iowa and Virginia.

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It certainly helps that Utomi will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining.

He likely represents the final addition for the Trojans this offseason. USC has already picked up transfer commitments from Columbia’s Quinton Adlesh, who is also immediately eligible, and the aforementioned Baumann, who will have to sit out a year.

The 2019 recruiting class was already loaded with numbers and talent. Five-stars Isaiah Mobley, a forward, and Onyeka Okongwu, a center, are signed, along with four-stars Max Agbonkpolo, a small forward, and Kyle Sturdivant, a point guard. Three-star point guard Ethan Anderson is also committed for the class while football signee and shooting guard Drake London is expected to play both sports when he arrives for the fall semester.

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London’s scholarship counting against football scholarship numbers rather than basketball has given the Trojans room to add Utomi as a 14th scholarship player on the roster after the graduation of Bennie Boatwright and Shaqquan Aaron, the NBA declaration of Kevin Porter Jr. and the transfer of J’Raan Brooks and Victor Uyaelunmo.