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Basketball: USC adds to 2011 recruit class

USC added an experienced shooter to its now four-strong 2011 recruiting class Wednesday in junior-college transfer Greg Allen, coach Kevin O'Neill announced.

Allen, a Northern California native who played at Navarro College in Texas, had committed to the Trojans in January but sent in his signed letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the late signing period for college basketball.

“We are excited to have Greg join our program,” O’Neill said in a statement. “He has the ability to shoot the ball and defend the opposition’s best player which will be important and allow him to make an immediate impact on our program. He’s a great kid with an amazing work ethic and we are excited about him becoming a Trojan."

Allen averaged 11 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game for Navarro in 2010-2011, helping his team to the quarterfinals of a regional junior college tournament. At 6 feet 3, he made nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.

At Eureka High, Allen averaged 25.1 points as a senior and was a three-time Humboldt-Del Norte MVP.

The three other members of USC's 2011 recruiting class are point guard Alexis Moore (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) and guard/forward Byron Wesley (Fontana, Calif./Etiwanda) and juco center James Blasczyk (Baytown, Tex./Lee College). Transfers Aaron Fuller and DeWayne Dedmon will also join the team after practicing with the Trojans last season.

USC still has multiple available scholarships and could sign one or two more players in the late signing period. One thing to keep an eye on, though, is that the only senior the Trojans will have on their 2011-2012 roster is Jio Fontan, who could receive another year of eligibility via an NCAA appeal if he chooses to do so.

That means the scholarship situation could get sticky come this time next year if USC signs anyone else.