5-Star SF Prospect Taeshon Cherry Commits to USC over Arizona, Gonzaga, Others

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2017

Photo credit: Scout.com.

The USC Trojans added a huge commitment to their 2018 recruiting class Friday, as small forward Taeshon Cherry announced his intention to play at Southern Cal.

Cherry went public with the news in the following tweet:

According to Scout.com, Cherry is a 5-star prospect who ranks as the No. 24 overall player, No. 7 small forward and No. 1 player at his position from the state of California in his class.

Per Scout, other top programs such as Arizona, Gonzaga, UCLA, Florida State, Kansas and Oregon were also in pursuit of Cherry.

According to Scout's Josh Gershon, Cherry chose USC due to his connection with the coaching staff and the team's style of play:

"I'm going to USC. I have a good relationship with [assistant coach] Tony [Bland] and [head coach Andy] Enfield. Their style of play really fits my style of play and it's a perfect fit for me. ... They know how to use me. I have a similar game to [USC forward] Bennie [Boatwright] but I'm a bit faster. Watching how they used him helped me with my decision. They'll play me at the two and three to help me get to NBA."

Enfield is building a potential Pac-12 powerhouse, as he also received a commitment from the 86th-ranked 2018 recruit in J'raan Brooks on Monday, per Scout.

At 6'9", Cherry has remarkable length for a small forward, and he also has room to add bulk to his 220-pound frame in order to potentially see some action at power forward.

The San Diego native averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the AAU Oakland Soldiers team on the Nike EYBL circuit during the spring, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello.

Cherry will join a USC team that has reached the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons under Enfield after a four-year drought.

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