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USC guard Byron Wesley to transfer for final season of eligibility

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The first season of the Andy Enfield era at USC was a difficult one to say the least, with the Trojans finishing the season with an overall record of 11-21 and winning just two Pac-12 games. A bright spot for USC was guard Byron Wesley, who played nearly 35 minutes per game and posted averages of 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest.

And while those numbers weren’t enough to get Wesley a spot on any of the Pac-12’s all-conference teams, they were a noticeable improvement on his numbers in 2012-13.

Unfortunately for USC, Wesley has decided to transfer for his final season of collegiate eligibility. The 6-foot-5 Wesley announced the decision via his Twitter account, and upon graduating this summer he’ll be eligible to play at another school immediately.

Wesley reached double figures in 26 of the 30 games he played in this season, scoring a season-high 31 in a win over Northern Arizona on November 15. That was one of two games in which Wesley scored 31 points this past season, the second of which being a win at Washington State on March 6.

Wesley shot 46.7% from the field, 33.8% from three and 71.8% from the foul line as a junior.

USC will be a young team next season, something that was bound to be the case with or without Wesley in the rotation. A solid recruiting class led by point guard Jordan McLaughlin will have the opportunity to earn minutes (especially front court players Malik Price-Martin and Jabari Craig), and rising sophomores Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic both factored into the rotation in 2013-14.

USC also adds UNLV transfer Katin Reinhardt, who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules.

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.