USC Basketball picked up another four-star commitment from Arrinten Page on Monday. That makes two recent commitments for the Trojans in the 2023 class, and both are four-star guys. Those are the only two recruits SC has received a pledge from so far for '23, so the class is still outside the top 25 at No. 26.
That being said, the quality of recruits they've been getting has of course been excellent. There are 12 teams ahead of SC in the national team recruiting rankings that don't have higher average recruit ratings than SC's 96.6. A lot of that is due to what Page brings to the table. He's the higher-rated four-star pick-up of the two.
He's the No. 8 center recruit in all of basketball (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports). The No. 7 player in the state of Georgia, it goes to show that SC has done outstanding in terms of recruiting nationally. Both of SC's commits for 2023 are from the south (Silas Demary Jr. is from North Carolina).
Also, one of Page's top reasons for why he committed to the Trojans means everything. He told ESPN that his commitment decision was made due to " a combination of their play style, coaching staff and what they have done with their big men in the past.” Page clearly has been watching the last few NBA Drafts.
That's because Arrinten Page has paid attention and noticed that USC Basketball has had three straight big men drafted into the NBA.
Arrinten Page wants to be the next USC Basketball Big drafted, and follow in those footsteps of Onyeka Okongwu, Evan Mobley, and Isaiah Mobley. In fact, Okongwu and Evan were drafted in the first round. Those two were drafted in the top six, with Evan drafted third overall. It makes three straight drafts with a USC Big drafted to the league.
And all three were special at the college level as well. Okongwu put up 16.2 points per game at SC on 61.6% shooting(!) and swatted an absurd 2.7 shots per game. He also grabbed 8.6 boards per contest. Evan was even better; averaged 16.4 points per contest and blocked 2.9 shots per game. He collected 8.7 boards per game.
He was the Pac-12 Player of the Year in his season of college basketball. Evan's brother Isaiah was great, too, scoring 14.2 points per game and shooting 35.2% from deep. Picking up 8.3 rebounds per game, he was another special talent that will be playing at the next level this year. Page can be that next guy. He's the No. 52 overall player in the country.
"He can be a lob threat and big roller to the rim, but also shows glimpses of long-term floor-spacing and passing potential to develop," said 247Sports Director of Recruiting Adam Finkelstein.
He added that he "projects as a versatile big who should be both a pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop threat." Sounds like he's a modern big man who can stretch the floor with a rather wide offensive skill set, and has a solid frame to do that at 6-9, 220 pounds. USC got a good one, and has really picked up their 2023 recruiting as of late, after turning in a top seven class in 2022.