USC basketball news: Joshua Morgan transfers from Long Beach State

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The USC basketball season may have ended early, but transfer season is still going. This time, Andy Enfield snags center Joshua Morgan from Long Beach State.

Joshua Morgan, a 6-foot-11 big man who played just one season with the Long Beach State 49ers, was the Big West’s Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. Now, he’s moseying on up the Harbor Freeway to play for USC Basketball.

As reported by Jeff Borzello of ESPN on Twitter, he will have to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA rules, before being eligible to play next fall as a redshirt sophomore for the Trojans.

The Elk Grove, Calif. native started 28 and appeared in all 32 games for Long Beach State, averaging 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He made 62.2 percent of his shots from the field.

Morgan ranked 19th nationally in blocks per game with 2.5, while netting a pair of double-doubles, including a 14-board, 10-point night against UC Davis back in January. Two days later, he registered a season-high eight blocks against Cal State Fullerton.

As a high schooler, Morgan earned a three-star rating by the 247Sports Composite, ranking 174th in the 2019 recruiting class. He signed with the 49ers as the 12th-best center in the state of California.

If his game sounds familiar, it should. He plays a similar —yet more defensive focused— game to Onyeka Okongwu, who recently announced his early departure from USC. He’ll also join a future for the Trojans features 2021 commit and 6-foot-9 center Harrison Hornery out of Mater Dei.