USC Announces 2010 Men's Basketball Recruiting Class

Nov. 11, 2009

The USC men's basketball program has received signed national letters of intent (NLIs) from guard Maurice Jones of Saginaw, Mich., guard Bryce Jones of Woodland Hils, Calif., forward Curtis Washington of Elizabethtown, Ky. and forward Garrett Jackson of Portland, Ore. The Trojan recruiting class is ranked No. 6 by MaxPreps and No. 13 by ESPNU and tops among Pac-10 schools.

'This is a great class in terms of what we were looking to sign,' said USC head basketball coach Kevin O'Neill. 'All of these guys are good players, good students and good athletes. Everyone of them will come here and contribute not only on the court, but to our great institution. We're proud to have these four guys and their families as part of our Trojan Family.'

Maurice Jones, a 5-7 point guard from Arthur Hill HS in Saginaw, Mich., averaged 27 points and 13 assists during his junior season. He is a lightning-quick guard who has a real understanding of how to run an offense. His high school coach Greg McMath said this about Jones, 'He's one of the quickest players I've ever been around and ever seen. I've been top the ABCD camps and seen Derrick Rose and all those guys. He's quicker than those guys.' Jones is rated the No. 27 point guard in the 2010 class by ESPNU and was named first team All-State in Michigan.

'Mo will be fun for our fans to watch every second of every game,' said O'Neill. 'He is a great point guard who can run a team and score. I love what Maurice brings to the table.'

Bryce Jones, a 6-5 guard from Taft HS in Woodland Hills, Calif., had to sit out his junior season because of transfer rules but stayed focused and it paid off as he had a very successfull club season with the Compton Magic Black team. He is a very athletic player who has the ability to finish at the rim and is a great scorer in transition. ESPN evaluators say he has the potential to be the best wing-type player on the West Coast. Jones is ranked at the No. 27 shooting guard in the 2010 class by ESPNU and No. 67 overall by Scout.com. He was also named first team All-Best in the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram and Frank Burlison wrote, 'Jones will prove to be the best player in the Southland senior class.'

'Bryce has a big-time motor,' said O'Neill. 'He is a great athlete who plays hard all the time on both ends of the floor. I would take Bryce over any two-guard in the country. I love his competitive spirit and his upside.'

Washington, a 6-9 forward from Elizabethtown HS in Kentucky, averaged eight points and four rebounds as a junior, but really opened people's eyes this summer with his talent and work ethic. He has the ability to step out and hit the 15-17 foot jumper and has exceptional length. Washington was named MVP of the Rick Bolus Blue Chip Camp in June and is also ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Kentucky according to Rick Bolus Scouting Report.

'Curtis is a great shot blocker and rebounder,' O'Neill said. 'He will be a great addition to our front line. He has the ability to shoot to 17 feet and beyond. I think he will make huge strides over the next four years.'

Jackson, a 6-6 wing from Westview HS in Portland, Ore., averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds as a junior and was named his league's MVP. He finished his 2008-09 season on a roll and carried that on into the summer where he exploded onto the scene with a stellar performance in Las Vegas. He excels in transition and plays extremely hard at both ends of the court. Jackson was named to the Oregon 6-A All-State first team and was named second team All-Best in the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram.

'Garrett can play multiple positions on offense and defense,' stated O'Neill. 'He is making leaps and bounds as a player. He is a workaholic in every way. I can't wait to coach him at USC.'

'This group will make a huge impact on our program and not just on the court, but as students and people,' added O'Neill. 'I am so glad they are officially with us.'

USC will open its 2009-10 season vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 17 at the Gale Center. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be available online at USCTrojans.com.

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