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ESPN 100 guard Trent Perry, one of the top basketball prospects in California, has decided to play for USC, making his commitment public on Friday night.
Perry chose USC over Stanford, Gonzaga, Oregon, Colorado, and TCU, creating excitement among Trojan fans.
“It’s an ideal choice for me because of its proximity to home and the coaches’ unwavering belief in my abilities,” Perry spoke highly of his decision. “Competing in the Big Ten will provide strong competition, and I am thrilled by the challenge. I believe that USC will not only enhance my skills as a player but also as a person. I’m looking forward to building connections with my teammates and the impressive alumni network.”
Throughout the recruiting process, Perry visited USC several times, establishing a strong bond with coach Andy Enfield.
“Coach Enfield remains calm and composed during games, allowing his players to learn from their mistakes and providing guidance,” Perry praised Enfield. “He expressed that I have the potential to be ‘the juice,’ meaning I can make a significant impact in my hometown if I put in the work. Representing my hometown excites me. I have been a resident of Los Angeles since my seventh-grade year.”
Perry, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Harvard-Westlake High in California, is ranked as the No. 42 overall player in the ESPN 100 for the 2024 class. He also holds the No. 10 spot for point guards.
In his appearances for Vegas Elite in the Nike EYBL circuit last spring and summer, Perry showcased his talent, averaging 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over 23 games. Particularly impressive was his performance at the Nike Peach Jam in July, where he scored a minimum of 14 points in five of the final six games.
Perry possesses the qualities of a cerebral point guard, demonstrating consistency, reliability, and excellent decision-making skills. He competes with a high basketball IQ, confidently handling the ball in both tight spaces and open court situations. He possesses a keen understanding of when to facilitate for his teammates, lead the team, or make crucial scoring plays. Perry also has the ability to knock down shots when given the opportunity. His leadership skills are expected to be an asset for USC.
With the departure of Isaiah Collier, the top recruit in the 2023 class and a prominent NBA prospect, USC will be relying on Perry to contribute significantly. Additionally, the Trojans are likely to lose Boogie Ellis, their leading scorer from last season.
“Trent Perry is not only a talented player but also a remarkable individual,” praised Harvard-Westlake coach David Rebibo.
Last season, Perry and Rebibo guided the Wolverines to victory in the CIF Open Division state championship.
Perry is the second commitment in USC’s 2024 class, joining his former Harvard-Westlake teammate ESPN 100 shooting guard Liam Campbell (No. 76).
“I have a relationship of trust and familiarity with Liam,” said Perry.
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