Southern California Rumors & News

  • 5-Star Center Prospect Onyeka Okongwu Commits to USC over Kansas, More

    Bleacher Report "The USC Trojans have landed one of the top prospects in the 2019 basketball class in center Onyeka Okongwu. The 5-star prospect announced his commitment Monday, per Evan Daniels of 247Sports. "I'll be going to USC, and I picked USC because..." May 14

  • USC announces highest-rated basketball recruiting class in decade

    L.A. Daily News "The USC men’s basketball team announced its highest-rated recruiting class in a decade Wednesday during the first day of the spring signing period. The signees included guards Elijah Weaver of Rockledge High in Rockledge, Fla., and Kevin Porter of Rainier Beach High in Seattle. The players had..." April 12

  • USC is expected to bring in impressive basketball class despite program's link to FBI investigation

    Los Angeles Times "The on-again, off-again relationship between USC and J'Raan Brooks is on-again ahead of national signing day. After several commitment changes, Brooks is expected to sign with the Trojans on Wednesday, rounding out an impressive recruiting class for Andy Enfield despite the program's link to..." April 11

  • Bennie Boatwright to return to USC for senior season

    Orange County Register "USC forward Bennie Boatwright will return for his senior season rather than enter the NBA draft, his father, Bennie Sr. confirmed Monday. The decision means the Trojans will bring back one of their top scorers amid other high-profile departures. Elsewhere on the roster, USC will see senior..." April 10

  • Southern California hires father of two top-40 recruits to be an assistant coach

    Los Angeles Times "USC basketball coach Andy Enfield has hired Eric Mobley as an assistant coach. Mobley, 49, has been coaching in the AAU ranks for the last decade. He played at Portland and Cal Poly Pomona as well as professionally in China, Indonesia, Mexico and Portugal. He also played for Meadowlark..." March 25

  • USC’s Chimezie Metu sits out NIT to protect his draft status

    Larry Brown Sports "If the USC Trojans are going to make a run in the NIT, they will have to do so without star big man Chimezie Metu. USC announced on Tuesday that Metu is sitting out the NIT in order to protect his health ahead of the NBA Draft." March 14

  • Pac-12's Larry Scott: Criteria for NCAA tourney needs re-evaluation

    ESPN "Add Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to the growing chorus of people surprised by the USC Trojans' omission from the NCAA tournament field. "Anyone that watched USC compete at the end of our season and at our [Pac-12] tournament would have no doubt they belong in the NCAA tournament," Scott..." March 13

  • USC expects Chimezie Metu to be eligible for rest of season

    Orange County Register "Chimezie Metu awoke to a text message from USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield on Friday morning. Enfield asked if Metu could meet him in his hotel room, where the team was staying in Salt Lake City, a day before it was to face Utah. When Metu arrived, Enfield relayed a newly published..." February 27

  • De'Anthony Melton announces he's withdrawing from USC

    Los Angeles Times "De'Anthony Melton has decided to withdraw from USC, the sophomore guard announced Wednesday on Twitter. He hasn't played for the Trojans all season. USC announced in January that Melton would sit out for the remainder of the season after being linked to the college basketball bribery case that..." February 21

  • USC's Boatwright out for season with knee injury

    ESPN "USC has lost junior forward Bennie Boatwright for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Boatwright, who was averaging 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game -- both second on the Trojans -- suffered a left patella injury during Thursday's win over Oregon. The school said he'll be sidelined..." February 16

  • Southern California fires assistant coach Tony Bland in connection with FBI probe

    Los Angeles Times "USC has fired associate head coach Tony Bland in the aftermath of his arrest last fall in the college basketball bribery and corruption probe, his attorney told The Times. Jeffrey Lichtman, Bland's New York-based attorney, said USC cut ties with the coach last week. Lichtman said the school..." January 25

  • De'Anthony Melton Won't Play for USC This Season Amid NCAA Investigation

    Bleacher Report "USC guard De'Anthony Melton will sit out the remainder of the 2017-18 season after being linked to a federal investigation into college basketball bribery. Melton's attorney, Vicki I. Podberesky, confirmed the decision to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times." January 11

  • USC is expected to resolve De'Anthony Melton's status this week following bribery investigation

    Los Angeles Times "USC is expected to decide this week whether sophomore De’Anthony Melton will play this season, his attorney told The Times. Vicki I. Podberesky said USC appears to have concluded its investigation into Melton’s link to the college basketball bribery case and is ready to move forward. “I..." January 10

  • USC's Chimezie Metu suspended one half for groin punch

    Los Angeles Times "USC has suspended star junior forward Chimezie Metu for the first half of Thursday’s game at California after he was ejected for striking Washington State’s Carter Skaggs in the groin in Sunday night’s 89-71 win. Metu was also stripped of his captaincy and required to write an apology letter to..." January 02

  • Five-star Class of 2018 forward Taeshon Cherry reneges on USC commitment

    CBS Sports "Five-star Class of 2018 forward Taeshon Cherry opened up his recruitment and decommitted from Southern California late Friday night. Cherry, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound prospect, is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 27 overall player in the 2018 class, and the No. 7 player at his position...." December 24

  • USC's De’Anthony Melton declared ineligible as bribery investigation continues

    Sporting News - NCAAB "USC declared sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton ineligible as the school continues to investigate allegations of bribery, his attorney told the Los Angeles Times. Melton, who has been held out of USC’s first 10 games, did not travel with the Trojans to Hawaii for the Diamond Head..." December 21

  • If security footage refutes FBI evidence, it’s time for USC’s Melton to be allowed to play

    College Basketball Talk "There appears to be some discrepancies between the FBI complaint and security camera footage viewed by the Los Angeles Times in key details regarding the investigation of former USC assistant coach Tony Bland, a runner named Christian Dawkins and a relative of De’Anthony Melton, a USC player that..." November 29