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Incoming center Jabari Craig failed to qualify at USC and will attend a junior college.

Jabari Craig won't wear the cardinal and gold this year.
Jabari Craig won't wear the cardinal and gold this year.
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Andy Enfield lost yet another body from the potential 2014-2015 USC basketball squad over the weekend.

Jabari Craig, a three-star recruit from Canada by way of Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia, failed to qualify for USC and will instead attend a junior college, according to CBSSports.com.

Craig was a more raw prospect than the rest of the strong USC Trojans recruiting class that features elite point guard Jordan McLaughlin, Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year Elijah Stewart and the Maliks -- Malik Marquetti and Malik Price-Martin.

But as a 6'10" center, Craig was expected to come in and use his athleticism on the defensive end while his offensive game developed in Enfield's run-and-gun system.

The Trojans already lost their leading scorer during the offseason. The team's only would-be-senior, Byron Wesley, announced after the season his plans to transfer and eventually chose to head to Gonzaga. USC lost seniors Pe'Shon Howard, Omar Oraby, J.T. Terrell and D.J. Haley from last year's squad as well.

After having two 7-footers last season in Oraby and Haley, USC will only have three players taller than 6'7" on the roster: Strahinja Gavrilovic at 6'9", Nikola Jovanovic and Price-Martin at 6'10".