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New USC basketball coach gets his first big commitment

July 8, 2009 |  3:21 pm

Wheelwright1 New USC basketball Coach Kevin O'Neill deserves to get a high-five from his assistants because Corona Centennial junior point guard Gelaun Wheelwright announced Wednesday he has committed to the Trojans.

Wheelwright is the first new recruit since O'Neill was hired to replaced Tim Floyd. He averaged 18.5 points last season as a 6-foot sophomore. And Wheelwright is apparently not afraid of potential NCAA sanctions against the Trojans if violations are found involving former Trojans guard O.J. Mayo.

"It came down to they really wanted him," Centennial Coach Josh Giles said. "Whatever issues USC might have Gelaun feels will be done by the time he's there."

-- Eric Sondheimer 
Photo: Corona Centennial's Gelaun Wheelwright. Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times