Six Players Sign To Play At USC For 2005-06 Season
May 5, 2005
LOS ANGELES-Basketball standouts Jeremy Barr from Houston, Texas, RouSean Cromwell from Memphis, Tenn., Shaun Davis from San Diego, Calif., Ryan Francis from Baton Rouge, La., Abdoulaye Ndiaye from Dakar, Senegal, and Collin Robinson from Diamond Bar, Calif., have signed with USC, new Trojan men's basketball coach Tim Floyd announced on Thursday (May 5).
'We were involved with the best players who were available in this late signing period and I believe we signed some of the best,' said Floyd, who took over the USC program on April 1. 'They all can play in the Pac-10. What we had to offer to these players was an opportunity, more so than any other school in the country. With this group, and our returning players, we've given ourselves a good chance to compete next season.'
Barr, a 6-8, 265-pound forward from the Bahamas, prepped at Westbury Christian High in Houston where he averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds while leading his school to its third straight TAPPS state title in 2005. He was ranked No. 28 among power forwards by RivalsHoops.com and No. 15 among centers by ScoutHoops.com. He had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the state title game. He was named first team All-State and was a McDonalds All-American nominee. He had more than 30 scholarship offers during the recruiting process before choosing the Trojans.
Cromwell, a 6-10, 215-pound forward, prepped at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds a game in 2005 while earning All-District honors. He is ranked the No. 14 center in the country by ScoutHoops.com and the No. 31 power forward in the country by RivalHoops.com. His season highs in 2005 were 26 points, 16 rebounds, 12 blocks and 8 assists. He spent his first three years of high school at Fairley High in Memphis.
Davis, a 5-11, 170-pound guard, averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds as a sophomore at College of Southern Idaho in 2005. CSI finished 33-3 with a third place finish in the national J.C. tournament. He also had 70 steals and shot 37.1% from three-point range in 2005. He was the only player to register a triple double in the conference in 2005, with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists versus Treasure Valley College. He spent 2004 at Pepperdine, averaging 8.1 points to go with 108 assists and 23 steals as a freshman starter. His high was 28 points versus Oklahoma State.
Francis, a 5-11, 170-pound guard, averaged 22 points, 5 assists and 3 steals as a senior at Glen Oaks High in Baton Rouge, La. He was the 2005 Louisiana Class 4-A Player of the Year as he led his school to a 36-0 record and the 4-A state title. He was named MVP of the state title game. He also was 4-A All-State MVP, All-Metro and an LHSCA All Star in 2005. As a junior in 2004, he was 4-A All-District MVP and Best Defensive Player.
Ndiaye, a 6-11, 220-pound center, is a native of Dakar, Senegal, who averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore at College of Southern Idaho in 2005. He also had 92 blocks in 34 games and shot 64.2% from the field. His season highs were 18 points, 10 rebounds and 9 blocks versus Salt Lake CC. He is ranked the No. 1 junior college center by HoopScoop. CSI finished 33-3 with a third place finish in the national J.C. tournament. He also played on Senegal's 2004 Under-20 team.
Robinson, a 6-0 guard who prepped at Diamond Bar (Calif.) High, averaged 25.9 points in 2005 and shot 40.0% from three-point range (103-of-255) to earn 2005 All-CIF Division I-AA Southern Section first team, San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year and Los Angeles Times All-Star team honors. He scored 802 points as a senior, breaking the school record set by NBA star Keith Van Horne. Robinson led Diamond Bar to the CIF Division I-AA title game in 2004.
This latest USC class joins early period signee Sead Odzic of Niles West High in Skokie, Ill. Mike Freeman of Hayfield High in Alexandria, Va., also signed in the early period, but was released from his letter of intent.
HoopScoop rated the Trojans' first class under Floyd No. 18 in the nation.