USC adds third grad transfer, creates interesting roster for 2019-2020

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USC and Andy Enfield have added yet another grad transfer to the mix for their 2019-2020 Pac-12 run. Akron’s Daniel Utomi, who averaged 14.2 points and 5.5 boards while shooting 37.3 percent from three, committed to the Trojans this week.

Utomi joins Columbia’s Quinton Adlesh, who averaged 13.5 points and shot 40.5 percent from three in his Ivy League career, and Noah Baumann, a former San Jose State guard that shot 45.5 percent from three, as grad transfers. Utomi’s a career 39 percent three-point shooter himself.

This sets up an intriguing situation for the Trojans, as they suddenly look like they have a roster that is going to be able to make some noise this season. Already loaded up front — five-star bigs Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okonkwu join senior Nik Rakocevic, who averaged 14.7 points and 9.3 boards last season — those three snipers join a perimeter attack that already includes Jonah Mathews, who shot 39.2 percent from three last season.

We shall see how this all plays out. USC has had a roster that has looked like it should be top 15-good under Enfield and disappointed before, but at the very least, credit has to be given to the former FGCU head coach for figuring out where the weakness in his roster lies and how to fix it.