USC Basketball Recruiting

USC signs Top-Ranked Recruiting Class

November 14, 2018
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 LOS ANGELES: Isaiah Mobley, Onyeka Okongwu, Max Agbonkpolo and Kyle Sturdivant have signed to play basketball at USC for the 2019-20 season, it was announced by head coach Andy Enfield today (Nov. 14). USC’s recruiting class is currently ranked No. 1 by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com and No. 2 overall by ESPN.com, the highest-ranked recruiting class ever by the USC men’s basketball program.

“Our 2019 recruiting class will bring a combination of skill, size, and athleticism to our program,” said Enfield. “As we continue to lose players after graduation and early to the NBA, we expect this recruiting class to have an immediate impact on the success of our team next season.”
USC has now had six consecutive top 30 classes under Enfield and this year’s class contains three of the top five recruits from the state of California according to ESPN.com. Mobley and Okongwu are five-star recruits. When 2018 five-star recruit Kevin Porter Jr. signed with USC, he became USC’s first five-star recruit since DeMar DeRozan in 2008.

Mobley, a 6-10, 230-pound forward from Rancho Christian School in Temecula, Calif., is ranked No. 14 by ESPN.com, No. 16 by 247Sports.com and No. 19 by Rivals.com. Mobley is also ranked as the No. 1 recruit from the state of California and the No. 3 power foward nationally by 247Sports.com. Rancho Christian went 29-5 during the 2017-18 season with the junior helping lead his team to a seventh-place finish in the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs and to the Division I Regional semifinals in the state tournament. Mobley averaged 19.9 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a junior. He and fellow commit Okongwu led the Compton Magic to the prestigious Adidas Guantlet Championship before earning the “mythical national championship” later that summer in Las Vegas, Nev. He was named the MVP at both the NBA Top 100 Camp and the Pangos All-America Camp last summer.


“Isaiah Mobley can play with power and also great finesse and can fill up a stat sheet quickly,” said Enfield. “In one game this Summer, we watched Isaiah score 14 points, dish out 13 assists, have 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.”


Okongwu, a 6-10, 245 forward from Chino Hills High in Chino Hills, Calif, is ranked No. 15 by ESPN.com, No. 17 by 247Sports.com and No. 22 by Rivals.com nationally. He is also the No. 2-ranked player in California behind Mobley. Okongwu is also ranked the No. four center nationally by ESPN.com. Okongwu led Chino Hills to the Division I California State Championship over Las Lomas last season with 27 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks and three assists. He was also was part of the state title-winning team in 2016 as a freshman. As a junior, Okongwu averaged 28 points, 12 rebounds and four block, earning the CIF Division I John R. Wooden Player of the Year and Los Angeles Times Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors. He was also named CalHiSports.com “Mr. Basketball” for the state of California, just the eighth junior in the modern era to earn the award.


“Onyeka Okongwu is a physically dominant forward who has a very effective offensive skill set for his size,” said Enfield. “He is an outstanding rebounder and shot blocker as well.”


Agbonkpolo, a 6-8, 185-pound forward from Santa Margarita Catholic High in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is ranked No. 51 nation- ally by 247Sports.com, No. 53 by Rivals.com and No. 60 by ESPN.com. Agbonkpolo is also ranked as the No. 5 recruit from California and the No. 13 ranked small forward nationally by Rivals.com. Agbonkpolo opened his senior campaign with 26 points in a win over Gardena Serra on Nov. 12.


“Max Agbonkpolo is a talented 6’8 forward with guard skills,” said Enfield. “His versatility will help our offense and our team defense.”


Sturdivant, a 6-3, 185-pound point guard from Norcross High in Norcross, Ga., is ranked No 83 overall by Rivals.com and is ranked the No. 10 point guard recruit by 247Sports.com. He led Norcross to the Georgia high schools No. 1 ranking and all the way to the Georgia 7A title game. He was named the 7A Georgia Player of the Year and hit the game-winning buzzer-beater over rival Meadowbrook to clinch the 7A Regional title game. He played on the Nike Team Florida in the EYBL circuit which advanced to the prestigious Peach Jam Tournament. He averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals during the 2018 EYBL season.


“Kyle Sturdivant is an exceptional playmaker and an extremely tough point guard,” said Enfield. “He can push the pace on offense and also defend at a high level.”


Added Enfield, “The common characteristics among the student-athletes in our recruiting class is that they are all outstanding young men and they are all winners!”
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