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There are two clear-cut pros for Johnson if he chooses to go to Southern California.
For one, he will be playing college basketball in his home state, which will allow family and friends to easily come see him play. Furthermore, much of the competition he will see in the Pac-12 will be familiar foes that he runs up against on the local AAU scene.
The other obvious pro for Johnson if he chooses USC is the possibility that he will be the unquestioned alpha dog. The Trojans haven’t exactly been a basketball powerhouse recently, and Johnson would have an opportunity to be a superstar.
With the ball in his hands so often, NBA scouts will be sure to notice if the production follows. Just ask O.J. Mayo.
If we are comparing Kentucky, Arizona and USC from a basketball standpoint, the immediate con for the Trojans is the fact that they don’t win as often as the other two competitors.
If Johnson wants to win a championship at the college level, USC isn’t the place to go. Furthermore, if he isn’t an absolute star for the Trojans, he won’t land on as many national radars as he would at Kentucky or Arizona from an exposure standpoint.
Those are two tough cons to overcome for new coach Andy Enfield.