USC’s Andy Enfield has picked up the third commitment in his inaugural recruiting class as the Trojans head coach.
Waynesboro (Va.) Fishburne Military School center Jabari Craig is the latest addition to Troy.
Craig, a Scout.com three-star recruit and the No. 22 overall center, joins power forward Malik Price-Martin and point guard Jordan McLaughlin in the Trojans 2014 recruiting class.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Craig told FOX Sports SCPlaybook. “I can’t even explain the feeling.”
Craig has taken both an unofficial as well as official visit to USC. He said he saw everything he needed to on his Sep. 7 official to know Troy is the place for him.
“[The official] was just to see what they have to offer academically as well as on the basketball court,” he explained. “In terms of playing style, they let you run down the court and I like to run. I love the staff, the school, and the weather,” he said.
Craig says he’s grown close with the new staff and has “complete trust” in Enfield and assistant Jason Hart, “Our relationships are good,” he explained. “If you don’t have trust then you can’t do this. We have trust in each other.”
From Toronta, Canada, Craig is currently enrolled in post-graduate school at the Fishburne Military School in Virginia.
He’s only been playing organized basketball for the last three seasons, which means he has only begun to tap into his potential on the court, according to Vidal Massiah, the director of Craig’s AAU program the Northern Kings. “There’s so much more room for growth,” Massiah explained. “He’s a big athlete, right now probably a better athlete than basketball player. There’s a lot of room for him to improve. A lot of schools were starting to see that and wanted him.”
Craig agrees, his skills are raw at the moment, but he points to how far he’s come in just a couple of seasons to show how far he can go. “All it took was a year of hard work to change my game,” he explained. “Now that I know that, it makes me work even harder. I do more out of the ordinary.”
At 6-foot-11 and 235 pounds, Massiah says Craig is a force to reckon with defensively in the paint, “He can change the game inside with his long arms,” he explained. Craig says his rebounding and shot blocking ability are his strengths on the floor, adding that he knows Enfield and his staff will be able to develop him on the offensive end of the court, as well.
“He’s a humble kid,” Massiah said, calling Craig the “most coachable” player in his AAU program. “He’ll keep working and will keep his head down. He’s just now realizing basketball can change his life.”
Craig chose USC over Arizona State, Purdue, and Connecticut.
“I can’t wait to get out there and show everyone in person how excited I am,” he said.
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