USC basketball signs two


USC coach Kevin O'Neill announced that the Trojans men's basketball program has received signed National Letters of Intent from guard T.J. Terrell (Port Angeles, Wash./Peninsula JC) and forward Strahinja Gavrilovic (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla Prep).

Terrell played as a true freshman for Wake Forest last season before transferring. He averaged 11.1 points per game, including a season-best 32 points against Iowa. As a high school senior, Terrell was ranked the No. 49 prospect in the country by ESPN.

“J.T. is a dynamic scorer that will be able to impact our team offensively next year,” said O’Neill in a press release. “He comes in with the experience of playing in the ACC which will allow him to have an immediate impact in the conference. He’s an exceptional athlete that can score in a number of ways. He’s as talented a perimeter player as I’ve coached in college.”

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Gavrilovic is originally from Kragujevac, Serbia and moved to the United States this fall.

“Strahinja is a very skilled forward who has the ability to use both hands and score inside and outside,” O’Neill said in a press release. “He can really rebound outside of his area. He has a bright future and his best basketball is ahead of him. Once he adjusts to the college game, we expect him to have a key role in our future. He has a wide repertoire of moves which allows him to score in a number of ways and makes him hard to defend."