USC basketball recruiting: Four-star PG narrows list to Top 4

USC basketball guard Jordan McLaughlin. (Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
USC basketball guard Jordan McLaughlin. (Leon Bennett/Getty Images) /

USC basketball is one of four finalists for four-star PG Zaon Collins.

USC basketball recruiting for 2021 is in great shape and it could get even better.

The Trojans will face a hefty challenge from other Pac-12 powers, but they are in with a chance in the recruitment of four-star point guard Zaon Collins.

Collins jumped on Twitter on Monday night to reveal his Top 4 schools. He listed USC along with Arizona, ASU and UNLV.

Why does USC basketball want Zaon Collins

Collins is the No. 40 player in the 247Sports composite for 2021 thanks to his “quickness, ball skills and vision,” as described by Josh Gershon. The 247Sports analyst actually compared his play to that of USC legend Jordan McLaughlin.

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Indeed, Collins has the ability to mirror McLaughlin in his control of the floor. His skills have him ranked fifth among point guards in the class.

Coming out of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, it makes sense for Collins to include UNLV in his final four. The remaining three Pac-12 schools may present more attractive options in terms of competitiveness though.

USC’s class of 2021 is loaded up early. The Trojans currently rank No. 1 in the 247Sports team rankings with commitments from four-star shooting guards Reese Dixon-Waters and Malik Thomas. Both rank in the Top 85 prospects for the next cycle. Three-star center Harrison Hornery from Mater Dei is also pledged.

If USC can secure Collins’ commitment, it would mean a third highly-rated prospect in the haul.

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There’s still a long way to the class of 2021 signing, but the Trojans can feel confident in the 2020 recruiting haul. They added the nation’s No. 3 player in Evan Mobley while also picking up three-star center Boubacar Coulibaly.

Most of Andy Enfield’s work was done in the transfer market. He signed immediately eligible players like Santa Clara’s Tahj Eady, Wofford’s Chevez Goodwin and Utah Valley’s Isaiah White. Meanwhile, Rice’s Drew Peterson and Long Beach State’s Joshua Morgan transferred in but have to sit out a season.

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