Source: J.T. Terrell to play for USC

Updated: October 19, 2011, 6:17 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Former Wake Forest guard J.T. Terrell has verbally committed to transfer to USC, a source close to the program said Wednesday.

Terrell, a 6-foot-3 guard who was the second-leading scorer for the Demon Deacons as a freshman last season, withdrew from the school last month after he was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and driving after consuming alcohol near the Wake Forest 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.

Terrell, 19, is now playing his sophomore season at Peninsula Junior College in Port Angeles, Wa. He'll sign with the Trojans on the first day of the early signing period Nov. 9, the source said, and officially enroll at USC next summer. He plans to begin play with the Trojans in the 2012-13 season.

He first visited the Southern California campus last weekend on an official visit, hosted by current Trojan and former Wake Forest forward Ari Stewart.

At Wake Forest last season, 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.

Terrell was fifth among ACC freshmen in scoring. His 32 points in a come-from-behind win over Iowa in the preseason ACC-Big Ten Challenge were the most scored by an ACC freshman all season.

As a high school prospect in the Class of 2010 out of Burlington, N.C., Terrell was ranked in the ESPNU Top 50. He was ranked the 14th-best shooting guard in the country.

Pedro Moura covers USC for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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