USC Men's Basketball Signee Wright Named McDonald's All-American
USC men's basketball 2022 signee Kijani Wright has been named a McDonald's All-American and will play in the McDonald's All-America game on March 29 in Chicago, Ill. Wright becomes the 10th USC player and fourth in the last six seasons to earn the high school honor, joining Evan Mobley, Isaiah Mobley and Chuck O'Bannon. Prior to that, DeMar DeRozan in 2008 was the last Trojan-to-be to play in the McDonald's All-American Game.
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 five-star recruit is one of the top high school rebounders in the country and is ranked No. 38 by ESPN.com and No. 34 by 247Sports.com. Wright is a member of the USA Basketball development 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.
USC's announced class in November included center Vincent Iwuchukwu which is part of a 2022 recruiting class projected No. 6 overall by 247Sports.com. It is the eighth consecutive USC recruiting class ranked inside the top 30 and its fifth class inside the top 20.
The list of Trojans all-time (since 1977) being named to the McDonald's All-America team are: Leonel Marquetti (1978), Anthony Pendleton (1986), Rodrick Rhodes (1992), Avondre Jones (1993), O.J. Mayo (2007), DeMar DeRozan (2008), Chuck O'Bannon (2017), Isaiah Mobley (2019), Evan Mobley (2020) and Kijani Wright (2022).