USC Basketball: Noah Baumann commits to transfer to Trojans

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USC basketball picked up another transfer with three-point specialist Noah Baumann’s commitment to transfer from San Jose State to the Trojans.

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USC basketball continues to repopulate the Trojan roster with the addition of transfer Noah Baumann out of San Jose State.

Baumann, who just finished his sophomore season and will likely have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce his commitment.

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“Finally, after MUCH consideration with my family, I’ve decided to commit to USC!” Baumann wrote.

Baumann is a 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard out from Phoenix. He was rated as a two-star prospect in the class of 2017 by 247Sports.

Though San Jose State struggled to rack up wins in his two years there, Baumann had a breakout this past season, becoming a much-needed bright spot for the Spartans. He was second on the team with 10.8 points per game, which an impressive 45.5 percent average from beyond the arc. His 81 three-pointers set a school record.

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He announced his decision to transfer back in March, telling San Jose State’s The Spear,“As a sophomore I have two more years of eligibility. I was just looking out for myself and my family and I think transferring is probably the best option.”

USC won’t see the benefit of Baumann’s three-point shooting until the 2020-21 season. Then he may very will fill the gap left by Columbia graduate transfer Quinton Adlesh, another sharpshooter who will join the Trojans for his final year of eligibility this fall.

The Trojans have three-point shooting to replace from the past season. Bennie Boatwright led the team in three-point percentage and is graduating. So is Shaqquan Aaron. Kevin Porter Jr. was second on the team, but recently entered his name into the NBA draft pool.

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Next year, Jonah Mathews will also be set to graduate, along with Derryck Thornton.

USC doesn’t have any 2020 commits on board yet, but the class of 2019 is absolutely loaded. Five-star power forward Isaiah Mobley and center Onyeka Okongwu are joined by four-star small forward Max Agbonkpolo and point guard Kyle Sturdivant. Two-sport star Drake London and three-star point guard Ethan Anderson are also committed for the class.