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USC Men's Basketball Signs Top Bigman Recruits Vince Iwuchukwu, Kijani Wright

Nov 10, 2021

LOS ANGELES — USC men's basketball has signed center Vincent Iwuchukwu and forward Kijani Wright to National Letters of Intent (NLIs) it was announced by head coach Andy Enfield today (Nov. 10).  USC's announced signings are part of a 2022 recruiting class projected No. 5overall by 247Sports.com.  It is the eighth consecutive USC recruiting class ranked inside the top 30 and its fifth class inside the top 20.

VINCENT IWUCHUKWU

Iwuchukwu is a 7-0, 225-pound center from Montverde Academy in Florida and he is ranked as the No. 11 recruit by ESPN.com and is a consensus five-star, top-15 national recruit in the Class of 2022 by all major scouting services.  The native of Imo State, Nigeria is, USC's fourth five-star bigman in the last four recruiting classes. He attends Montverde Academy where he is the starting center for one of the top five high school powerhouse programs in the country and will play a national schedule.  

Last season Iwuchukwu played for La Lumiere in Indiana where he averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.  He also averaged 9.8 points and 7.0 rebounds for La Lumiere at the NIBC Invitational.  He then averaged 15.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 12 games on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Drive Nation grassroots program in July.  At the 2021 Peach Jam, Iwuchukwu averaged 16.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, while shooting 55.4 percent from the field. In August of 2021, he led the invite-only Pangos All-American Camp in scoring (22 ppg) while shooting 58% from the floor in addition to posting 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks a game. A the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June of 2021, Iwuchukwu led all players in field goal percentage (.750) and finished third in rebounding and fifth in blocked shots.

KIJANI WRIGHT

Wright is a 6-9, 235-pound starting forward at high school powerhouse Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Calif.  He played his first three seasons of scholastic basketball at Windward School in Los Angeles.  The four-star recruit is one of the top high school rebounders in the country and is ranked No. 37 by ESPN.com and No. 38 by 247Sports.com.  Wright is a member of the USA Basketball develpment systems and started all six games for the 2019 USA U16 National Team that went undefeated and won a gold medal in Belem, Brazil. On the AAU circuit, Wright has played for the Compton Magic.  He did not play much as a junior due to COVID-19 restrictions, but as a sophomore at Windward School he averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game and was named a MaxPreps Honorable Mention All-American, helping lead his team to a 28-8 record and a No. 27 national ranking.