The clock appeared to drag on as an eager Roschon Prince (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) stared at its hands. Every tick seemed slower than the last.
Finally, when the time came to sign his national letter of intent to USC basketball, Prince was overcome with relief and excitement. He had just realized one of his lifelong dreams.
“Basically, it was a countdown,” Prince said with a laugh. “When the time came at 7 in the morning, I was excited to finally sign the papers and get the process over with. It was awesome to finally become an official Trojan and not just a commit. Signing on the dotted line was great.”
Prince, the No. 11-rated player in the state, signed on Nov. 14 and immediately faxed in his letter, but USC did not announce its five-man recruiting class until Tuesday night. Also signing with the Trojans were guards Kendal Harris (Richardson, Texas/Berkner), Kahlil Dukes (Hartford, Conn./Capital Prep) and Julian Jacobs (Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines), and forward Nikola Jovanovic (Serbia/Arlington Country Day School). Harris is rated as the nation's No. 19 point guard.
“It’s everybody’s dream to get to the next level,” Prince said. “Just knowing that you met your requirements, got the SAT scores you needed and showed that you can achieve something meant everything. ... Through this, I feel that we can show the younger kids on our team that with hard work, believing in the coaching staff and giving effort every day can get you success.”