2014 Three Star Center Jabari Craig chooses USC

Jabari Craig shown above, should be excited to play for Andy Enfield and his coaching staff in 2014.

Center Jabari Craig of Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Virginia announced his verbal commitment to become a Trojan, Thursday morning. Craig, a 6’11, 235 lb center, picked USC from a list of potential suitors that included Arizona State, Louisville, Marquette, Ohio State, Texas and Old Dominion. The 6-foot-10 center joins five-star point guard Jordan McLaughlin and four-star power forward Malik Price-Martin as future members of the Men of Troy. Craig brings elite athleticism that should fit nicely in Enfield's uptempo, alley-oop obsessed offense. He is from Toronto in Ontario, Canada, but played last season for Tucker High School, one of the stronger Georgia basketball schools. As a junior for Tucker last season, he averaged 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks.  Believe it or not, this year will actually be Craig's fourth season playing organized basketball. He formerly played soccer, ran track and swam, but didn't pick up basketball until he hit a growth spurt at 12 or 13 years old. He still didn’t have a major focus on the game until Vidal Massiah, director of the Canadian AAU program Northern Kings, told him he had the talent to take it to the next level and pushed him there. 


Craig is rated as the tenth best player in the state of Virginia and a top 15 center in the class of 2014 by the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The Virginia native is the third commitment for USC in the class of 2014, and bumps the Trojans up to second overall in the Pac-12 and 21st nationally by the 247Sports Composite Rankings. This three star center has an excellent body and matching athleticism. He can run the floor and finishes well. He scores in and around the basket with good touch including a nice jump hook. He rebounds well and is a good shot blocker. Andy Enfield and his coaching staff should be excited for this young recruit, and the upcoming 2014 class for the USC Trojans.

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Alex Kline