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Taeshon Cherry gave USC one of its biggest commitments in recent history on Friday.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound 2018 small forward – ranked 24th in the class by Scout – is a five-star prospect and the highest rated recruit the Trojans have signed out of high school in the Andy Enfield era.
“I’m going to USC,” Cherry told Scout. “I have a good relationship with Tony (Bland) and (Andy) Enfield. Their style of play really fits my style of play and it’s a perfect fit for me.”
The McDonald’s All-American candidate stressed that his relationship with the USC staff was a big part of his decision.
“Knowing Tony Bland really helped me,” Cherry said. “I’ve known since him I was eight when he was at San Diego State. It’s not far from my house and it felt like family.”
Cherry cited USC’s style of play as another big reason he chose the Trojans.https://twitter.com/slim_reaper635/status/880866089248235520
“They know how to use me,” he said. “I have a similar game to 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.”
USC’s staff has rebuilt the program from a last place team in the league to a Final Four contender, but the program will lose a lot of contributors to next season’s team to the NBA Draft and/or graduation.
Cherry sees the opportunity to step right in and play right away.
“That’s a big factor because to get to the next level you have to play,” Cherry said. “Being on the court will allow me to show NBA scouts what I can do.”
When Cherry gets to campus, he will arrive with high goals for the program.
“My expectation is to win the national championship but either way I think we can win the Pac-12 my freshman year,” Cherry said.
Cherry joins Top 100 post J'Raan Brooks - who committed this week - in the Trojans' 2018 class.
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