USC basketball: Trojans get commitment from 7-foot-1 junior college center
James Blasczyk, a 7-foot-1 center from Lee College in Baytown, Texas, committed to USC on Saturday night, a source close to the program confirmed.
Blascyzk spent his freshman year at Texas A&M, where he played sparingly before redshirting the following season. He then transferred to the junior college.
Blascyzk took his official visit to USC this weekend. The first day of the early signing period is Nov. 10. If he does sign, he would have two years of eligibility beginning with the 2011-12 season.
Blascyzk went to high school in Friendswood, Texas, and was recruited by Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor and Pittsburgh when he was considered one of the top 50 prospects in the state by TexasHoops.com.
While not considered to be extremely athletic, he is known for his energy and basketball smarts. He also reportedly has a solid mid-range shot.
Considering that 6-9 forward Alex Stepheson is a senior this year and that 6-10 forward Nikola Vucevic is a junior who might turn pro after this season, having Blascyzk would help fill the Trojans' frontcourt gap next season.
-- Baxter Holmes