Orange County: Reinhardt commits to USC

Heard some idle chatter about USC recently receiving a verbal commitment from one of the more high-profile boys’ basketball players over at Santa Ana Mater Dei, so I figured it best to go right to the source, Monarchs coach Gary McKnight, for confirmation.

And sure enough, the rumors were true, Katin Reinhardt is a Trojan. The 6-foot-5 and 200-pound junior shooting guard gave USC a verbal pledge on Friday.

Mind you, nothing is set in stone until Reinhardt signs a letter of intent, he can change his mind at any point and play his college ball elsewhere. Nevertheless, USC coach Kevin O’Neill must be pleased with the fact that Reinhardt’s intentions appear to be good.

“Yep, Katin is going to play at USC, it’s where he wanted to go all along, so why wait, that’s why I think he made his decision now,’’ McKnight said. “The Trojans are a good fit for him, it’s an ideal situation, a Southern California kid staying close to home.’’

In terms of upside, Reinhardt’s appears to have plenty. He is, after all, playing about as well as anyone in the Southland this season. Reinhardt has scored 20 or more points for Mater Dei in six of 12 games thus far. As a result, he is averaging 17 points per game, second on the team, not far behind Xavier Johnson’s who is averaging 20 points per night.

ESPNU ranks Reinhardt as California's premier players at his position for the class of 2012. In fact, Orange Lutheran's Gabe York serves as his lone competition for the Golden State's bragging rights.

UCLA, along with Boston College and Syracuse, were among the other programs expressing varied levels of interest in Reinhardt. Colorado and Utah had scholarship offers on the table for him.

“Katin has a bright future ahead of him,’’ McKnight said. “He’s a scorer with a beautiful jump shot. He’s much more than that though. He can get to the whole when he wants, pass the ball and is an above average defender. He has the potential to be a very, very good Division I player. He could come in and contribute right away at USC.’’