USC picked up an immediate eligible basketball transfer in D.J. Haley from VCU.
Here is his story from Galen Central...
Haley is a seven-footer with one year of eligibility remaining at USC, and averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds last year for the Rams. He averaged 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in the 2011-12 season.
Haley has followed the same path as fellow USC transfers Katin Reinhardt, Darion Clark and Pe’Shon Howard (who has yet to be cleared by the NCAA). However, he’s the only one thus far that is officially eligible to play immediately.
"[Becoming eligible immediately) occurred because I was able to finish my undergrad at VCU in three years instead of four," Haley said in a phone interview today. "USC offered the Master's program I needed while VCU did not. So that's why I was able to transfer without penalty."
Andy Enfield is going to have to piece together a team this year as he builds his own recruiting lines in the L.A. area. That Haley can play immediately gives Enfield an experienced mature player who has been battle tested.
On another note it would would appear via the rumor mill that Ari Stewart won't be returning to the team due to grades. Stewart was ruled academically ineligible back in June but was attending summer school...guess it didn't pan out.
Again, it's rumor mill chatter at this point, as I have not seen any confirmation via any official reports of Stewart's departure but it would seem to fit.
Ari Stewart is the same guy who was arrested on ASU's campus for smoking weed back in 2012. Guess the commitment isn't there.
Anyway...Welcome Mr. Haley!!