USC hoops picked up another big-time recruit on Thursday as 6'9" power forward Bennie Boatwright verbally committed to play for the Trojans and Andy Enfield, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels.
Boatwright joins Chimezie Metu as the Trojans' second Top 100 recruit in the Class of 2015 to verbally commit to USC. Players can't sign until the early signing period in November.
The decision for Boatwright, a senior at the Sun Valley Village Christian School in Los Angeles, wasn't too difficult because he wanted to stay close to home. Boatwright, a four-star prospect, is ranked No. 54 overall on Scout.com
"You can't lose going to any of these schools," Boatwright's father, Bennie Sr., told Daniels on his son picking USC over schools such as Gonzaga, Washington, Washington State, UCLA and Connecticut. "The thing that separated them was he wanted to be close to home and SC was the choice. My son thinks he fits well in their style of ball."
Bennie Boatwright is listed as a 6'9", 210-pound power forward by ESPN, but he also has the ability to step out and shoot the jumper, making him a valuable asset in the run-and-gun, pull-and-pop offense that Andy Enfield wants to implement in a similar fashion as he did at Florida Gulf Coast.
Both Boatwright and Metu are considered top 50 prospects by Rivals, but are, at the least, consensus top 100 recruits. Combining with the strong recruiting class Enfield, Tony Bland and Jason Hart brought in this season, the USC Trojans will have a lot of talent on the roster if Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu both end up signing on the dotted line.