Wednesday, November 9, 2011
USC signs two recruits for '12-13
By Pedro Moura ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- USC received signed letters of intent from two Class of 2012 recruits on the first day of the fall early signing period Wednesday: former Wake Forest guard J.T. Terrell and Serbian forward Strahinja Gavrilovic.
Terrell, who was the second-leading scorer for the Demon Deacons as a freshman last season, committed to USC late last month. He's spending the 2011-12 season at Peninsula Junior College in Port Angeles, Wash., where he was named the No. 1 juco prospect in the country by one recruiting publication.
At Wake Forest last season, the 6-foot-3 Terrell averaged 11.1 points and 1.6 assists, playing in all 32 games and starting 18 of them. He shot 37 percent from the field and 36 percent from the 3-point line and finished fifth among ACC freshmen in scoring.
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"J.T. is a dynamic scorer that will be able to impact our team offensively next year," USC coach Kevin O'Neill said in a statement released by the school. "He comes in with the experience of playing in the ACC which will allow him to have an immediate impact in the conference. He's an exceptional athlete that can score in a number of ways. He's as talented a perimeter player as I've coached in college.
An ESPNU Top 50 prospect in the Class of 2010 out of Burlington, N.C., Terrell withdrew from Wake Forest in September after he was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and driving after consuming alcohol near the school's campus in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The driving after consuming alcohol charge was reportedly dropped when Terrell later pled guilty to DWI. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Terrell received a 60-day jail sentence, which he'll serve following a year-long probation term.
Gavrilovic, a 6-8, 220-pound native of Serbia, came to the United States this fall and will play his senior season at La Jolla Prep, a new school started this fall. He has shown shooting range out to the 3-point line and has experience in the paint.
He played for the Serbian U18 team at the European Championships last summer and his father, Zoran, played professionally in Europe for more than a decade and is now the Secretary General of the Basketball Association in Serbia.
"Strahinja is a very skilled forward who has the ability to use both hands and score inside and outside," O'Neill said. "He can really rebound outside of his area. He has a bright future and his best basketball is ahead of him. Once he adjusts to the college game, we expect him to have a key role in our future.
"He has a wide repertoire of moves, which allows him to score in a number of ways and makes him hard to defend."
The early signing period lasts until next Wednesday. After that day, all prospects must wait until April 11 to sign their letters of intent.
USC expects at least one more signee for the 2012 class, either in the early signing period or in the spring.
Pedro Moura covers USC for ESPNLA.com.