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Trojans Announce 13th-Ranked Men's Basketball Recruiting Class

Nov 16, 2020

USC men's basketball has signed forward Harrison Hornery and guards Kobe Johnson, Malik Thomas and Reese Waters to National Letters of Intent (NLIs) it was announced by head coach Andy Enfield today (Nov. 16). The talented group of players is ranked 13th-nationally by and is the second-highest class ranking in the Enfield-era. For coach Enfield and his staff, this marks the fourth time they have secured a nationally ranked Top-20 class.


Waters is a 6-5, 210-pound guard from Long Beach, Calif. who is in his senior season at St. Bernard HS in Playa del Rey, Calif., Waters is ranked as the No. 4 player in the state of California and No. 50 overall player in the nation by Waters averaged 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in leading the Vikings to a 22-7 record as a junior. As a sophomore at Dorsey HS, Waters averaged 18.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.


Thomas is a 6-3, 200-pound guard from Fontana, Calif. who will be a senior at Damien HS in La Verne, Calif. Thomas is ranked the No. 61 player in the nation overall by As a junior in 2019-20, he set the single-season scoring mark at Damien HS by pouring in 888 points. He did so by averaging 25.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the floor and 80.0 percent shooting from the free throw line. He also made 93 three-pointers on the season. He was named to the 2020 Baseline League First-Team and honored as the Sun/Bulletin Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Damien finished the season with a 26-9 record and the No. 25 California state ranking.


Johnson, a 6-6, 190-pound guard from Milwaukee, Wisc., averaged 19.4 points on 63.0 percent shooting from the field, 8.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game as a junior in leading his team to a 21-3 record. He also posted six "triple-doubles." This past season he was named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II All-State Team. The previous season, as a sophomore, he was a starter on a Nicolet HS team that finished 27-1 and won the Division II Wisconsin State Championship for the first time in school history.


Hornery is a 6-10, 230-pound senior forward from Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif. As a junior, Hornery helped Mater Dei to a 25-8 record and a No. 22 national ranking by averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists a game. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on a Mater Dei team that finished 29-5 and a No. 21 overall national ranking. Originally from Toowoomba, Australia, Hornery maintains a perfect 4.0 in the classroom at Mater Dei.