September 16, 2020

Men’s basketball receives six commitments in March

first_imgThe Trojans’ 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes ranked 18th and 7th respectively in the nation per 247Sports. The 2020 class is not repeating as a top-20 national finish thus far as USC currently sits in 50th place, but the incoming class is far from a disappointment. The cancellations of the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments cut USC’s opportunities to prove itself short this season, but the USC coaching staff and athletic director Mike Bohn are looking forward to the bright future USC basketball seems to have in store as the Trojans attract top recruits from across the country. Despite having its Pac-12 Tournament and March Madness hopes cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, the USC men’s basketball team has maintained its strong presence on the recruiting trail for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Although it is early, USC now has the No. 1 recruiting class for 2021. Dixon-Waters and Thomas will join Mater Dei center Harrison Hornery in the class. The Trojans landed two top-eight California recruits — four-star shooting guards Reese Dixon-Waters of St. Bernard and Malik Thomas of Damien, who committed to USC last week.  USC will be keeping a close eye on Moussa Cisse, Kennedy Chandler and Zaon Collins in hopes to add onto their already-impressive 2021 class. Headlining the 2020 class is five-star center Evan Mobley from Rancho Christian in Temecula. Mobley is listed as the No. 2 player in the country behind Oklahoma State commit Cade Cunningham. The two, along with Emoni Bates of Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Mich., were named finalists for the 2019-20 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award.center_img Dixon-Waters announced his commitment to USC in a video posted to his social media accounts last Tuesday, and Thomas announced his commitment online via the Compton Magic’s Twitter account three days later. In addition, Wofford junior forward Chevez Goodwin, Santa Clara junior guard Tahj Eaddy and Utah Valley junior guard Isaiah White announced their transfers to USC last week, joining three-star center Boubacar Coulibaly of San Gabriel Academy on the long list of March additions to the Trojans’ 2020 roster. “Academically [USC] has what I want to major in,” Goodwin said per 247Sports. “That was big. Then coach [Andy] Enfield has a plan for me. He wants me to play for him and knows exactly how I play and how he wants to get me better. It was all genuine.” “As a kid, USC was my dream school,” Dixon-Waters said per 247Sports. “I always wanted to go there. It’s closer to home so my family can be at every home game, and I love the school coaches.” USC is still awaiting decisions from Jalen Green, Ziaire Williams, Greg Brown, Joshua Christopher and Makur Maker, all of whom are top-12 recruits nationally in the Class of 2020. Williams — the No. 5 player in the nation — will likely be at the top of USC’s list, as the Sierra Canyon shooting guard has USC in his top six along with Arizona, Stanford, North Carolina, UCLA and Oregon.last_img read more

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Chooks 3×3 grateful for MPBL’s support during its maiden season

first_img“Our league will forever be grateful to Senator Manny as he did not bar his teams from joining us,” said owner Chooks to Go owner Ronald Mascariñas. “He also made sure to allow players to still play even when we and the MPBL had game days on the same day.”It was Mascariñas’ Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3X3 that elevated the Philippines in the Fiba 3X3 rankings starting from no. 59 in the world in February of 2019 to no.20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThis sudden rise in the world rankings helped the Philippines become a part of the first Fiba 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March of 2020.Pacquiao commended Mascariñas and his league’s efforts in revitalizing the 3X3 scene in the Philippines and giving the nation a shot at the Olympics. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Kemba Walker: Michael Jordan will always be ‘special guy in my life’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Congratulations to Chooks to Go for spearheading the country’s bid in the OQT. You all know that I am willing to support anything for the country,” said Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division World champion, in Filipino.“We’re talking about the Olympics here, this is a chance we can’t pass up because this is also for our countrymen,” added Pacquiao who’s the current WBA Super World welterweight champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MOST READ Chooks to go president Ronald Mascarinas and MBPL owner Manny Pacquiao. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Chooks to Go Pilipinas thanked boxing icon Manny Pacquiao for helping the push to get the Philippines to the Fiba Olympic Qualifying tournament by supporting the first season of the 3×3 tournament.Pacquiao, who is also the owner of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, allowed players from his league to participate in the 3X3 league even if the two organizations staged games on the same day.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

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