Friday, April 6, 2012
Basketball: USC hosting Woolridge on visit
By Pedro Moura
Former University of Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge is visiting USC this weekend to consider a potential one-year transfer to the Trojans, a program source told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Friday.
Woolridge, a lanky 6-foot-9 forward with an inside-outside game, is the son of former Los Angeles Lakers player Orlando Woolridge. He signed with Tennessee out of Harvard-Westlake in the class of 2008 and started 20 games over four seasons with the Volunteers but was granted a medical hardship waiver this offseason because of an ankle injury he suffered his junior year that limited him to only eight games.
He is a Sherman Oaks native and tweeted last week that he is "definitely leaning out West" for his next destination.
Woolridge averaged 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds for Tennessee in roughly 14 minutes per game. All were career-highs. He memorably went 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half of Tennessee's road loss to top-ranked Kentucky in January to finish with 17 points.
USC has one available scholarship slot left for the 2012-2013 season created by the departures of Garrett Jackson, Alexis Moore, Curtis Washington and Evan Smith, the signings of J.T. Terrell and Strahinja Gavrilovic and the commitment of Brendyn Taylor.
The Trojans are also pursuing UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi and Arizona Western College forward Renan Lenz to fill that slot, among others.