USC basketball stays hot, lands commitment from 4-star big man
USC has its second 2023 commitment in the last week.
On Monday, 4-star big man Arrinten Page let it be known that he’s verbally committed to coach Andy Enfield and the Trojans, joining 4-star combo guard Silas Demary Jr. in the class. Page picked USC from a group of finalists that also included Cincinnati, Indiana, and Miami.
Breaking News: Arrinten Page tells ESPN, he has committed to USC. Page is no.55 overall in the class of 2023.
“It was a combination of their play style, coaching staff and what they have done with their big men in the past.” @arrintenp22 @tsfmack2023 & @WheelerHoops pic.twitter.com/WwaX9gUUHy
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) October 11, 2022
A 6-foot-9, 220-pound center from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, Page is one of the top big men in the 2023 class. He ranks as the 52nd overall prospect and the eighth-best center, according to the industry-generated 247 Composite. Here’s what 247Sports’ director of scouting, Adam Finkelstein, had to say about his game:
He has a big and strong frame that is going to continue to fill-out and get stronger. He runs the floor well, is often able to get ahead of the ball in transition, and is very coordinated in terms of his ability to finish on the move without breaking his stride. He has soft hands, a good left, and equally soft natural touch. He can be a lob threat and big roller to the rim, but also shows glimpses of long-term floor-spacing and passing potential to develop.
He becomes turnover prone and inefficient when trying too hard to prove his face-up game, and doesn’t always go through contact as easily as he should given his body type, but still projects as a versatile big who should be both a pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop threat. Defensively, he has tools to protect the rim, but didn’t assert himself in that area as consistently as expected this season, and similarly rebounds in spurts right now. Page has demonstrated an accelerated rate of improvement over the course of the last year, and is young for his class, two variables that suggest his best basketball could still be far in front of him.
Page’s recruitment is potentially doubly impactful for USC. Not only is he a promising center for Enfield to add to the roster going forward, he’s teammates with arguably the best recruit in the 2023 class. USC is a finalist for Wheeler point guard Isaiah Collier, who is set to announce his college commitment in November.
Collier tweeted his congrats to Page on the announcement, but also tweeted around the same time “don’t assume.” He’ll choose between USC, UCLA, Michigan, and Cincinnati.
You can see some of Page’s highlights below: