USC Basketball has turned into one of the top NBA development programs

Evan Desai
DeMar DeRozan, USC Basketball, USC Trojans
DeMar DeRozan, USC Basketball, USC Trojans / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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USC Basketball did not have a ton of success on the court last season, but there's something they have success with every single year regardless of what their record is during the season. That is player development. Even last year, when the team was bounced in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament, they still had their best player drafted to the league in Isaiah Mobley.

In fact, USC alumni hit this NBA season tied with blue blood North Carolina for the fourth-most alumni on NBA rosters. They have 11 players on NBA rosters. The only three programs ahead of them are Kentucky (27 players), Duke (25 players), and UCLA (12 players):

Considering that USC doesn't have anywhere remotely close to the basketball resources of these schools, and is still only one player away from being tied for top three, it's safe to say that few programs are developing at as high of a rate as USC.

Andy Enfield continues to do more with less. He's done it ever since his days at Florida Gulf Coast, where he built his reputation of being that type of coach who turns nothing into something. Expect that NBA development to continue, as Enfield has just brought in the No. 7 recruiting class in the country this past cycle (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports).

That's tied with USC Basketball's 2019 recruiting class for the best Enfield has ever had.

If Enfield is developing USC Basketball players at a high level with classes significantly worse than what he's going to have this year (which he obviously has), imagine what he can do with a class like this. A class that has two four-stars and a five-star seven-footer. USC fans will never run out of NBA players to root for in the Association.

For now, Small Forward DeMar DeRozan leads the pack. He's been exceptional this season, as the Second-Team All-NBA selection from last season is currently averaging 25.9 points per game this year and a steal per game. He's shooting 53% from the field, and dishing out 4.6 assists per game.

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For the future, Evan Mobley is likely to be the name to watch even after DeRozan is done playing ball. The former third overall pick at Center is putting up 15.8 points per game to go along with 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest in just his second season in the NBA. It's safe to say that Projan basketball players are alive and well, and will continue performing at a high level for a long time.

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