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Battle Tested Wake Forest Transfer JT Terrell Commits to USC

USC landed a key recruit yesterday, junior college shooting guard JT Terrell, a 6′-3″ sophomore from Peninsula College in Washington. Many will remember Terrell formerly as a blue chip shooting guard recruit from West Charlotte (NC), that started 18 games as a freshman last year at Wake Forest, prior to leaving the school after an off-season DWI arrest.

Terrell will be the second recent transfer from the Demon Deacons to the Trojans, as forward Ari Stewart previously switched coasts.

Assuming Terrell can gain maturity and learn from his off the court mistake, he projects as an immediate scoring option and potential Pac – 12 star if he utilizes his potential and finds himself in a role that allows him shots. In fact, there’s little doubt that the athletic shooter is among the best JC prospects in the country. At times as a freshman, Terrell struggled with maturity and turnover issues. The competition he’s likely to encounter at Peninsula College won’t be sufficient to be sure he’s overcome those question marks.

As a freshman at Wake Forest, Terrell was, in general, a bright spot for a generally moribund team, scoring 11 points per game in a wing role. The Trojans have an international prospect in forward Strahinja Gavrilovic and a guard in Larry Lewis already committed. It’s unknown if Terrell’s pledge will affect Lewis’ commitment at this time.

To be sure, the addition of Terrell is a huge one to the Trojans’ future, and he’s very possibly a starter from day one during his expected two years on campus.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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