Andy Enfield continued his rebuilding of the USC men's basketball program on Wednesday, getting another top-notch talent in Bennie Boatwright, who signed his National Letter of Intent to attend USC.
The 6'10", 220-pound forward out of Village Christian HS in Sun Valley could have an immediate impact for the Trojans next season. Even though he is 6'10", Boatwright is a pure shooter.
"Bennie is an elite shooter at 6-10 and we expect him to have a huge impact on our success next year and throughout his career," Andy Enfield said after the signing was announced by the school. "He has worked extremely hard to put himself in position to be a top-ranked recruit nationally and we are thrilled to add another talented southern Californian to our program."
Boatwright is a four-star prospect and a consensus top 100 recruit, sitting in the top 60 for 247sports (47), Scout (52) and Rivals (56) while sitting at No. 83 for ESPN.
From USC's release about Bennie Boatwright signing on the first day of the early signing period:
He is an excellent shooter out to three-point range who led his Village Christian team to a 27-5 record as a junior and averaged 18.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and nearly a block per game. He scored 30 or more points four times, including a season-high 33 points vs. Grant High. Boatwright made 85 three-point baskets last season and posted three double-doubles.
Fellow top 60 recruit Chimezie Metu is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent with the Trojans later this week. Combined with the four freshmen, Enfield and assistants Kevin Norris, Tony Bland and Jason Hart brought in this season, the coaching staff is quickly turning USC's talent pool around after the Trojans haven't signed and kept any star high school recruits in the last five years since Tim Floyd was run out of town.
Prior to this year, USC had only one four-star recruit since Floyd brought in five-star Demar DeRozan in 2008. That was Bryce Jones, who didn't even make it halfway through his freshman season with Kevin O'Neill before transferring to UNLV. (Jones, now Bryce Dejean-Jones, transferred to Iowa State this year.)
This year, Andy Enfield and his staff brought in three four-star prospects. They have another in Boatwright and potentially a fifth in Metu.
Check out our commitment story on Bennie Boatwright for more information and highlights of Boatwright's abilities.