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USC guard Elijah Weaver enters transfer portal

USC only has three contributors from 2019-20 returning after Weaver’s departure.

USC men’s basketball has another member of its rotation to replace.

Shooting guard Elijah Weaver announced on Tuesday that he has entered his name into the transfer portal. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

“[T]he past two years in Southern Califronia have been nothing but fun. Memories and [r]elationships that I’ve built and the people I’ve been meet I’ll cherish forever,” Weaver wrote. “But all good things come to an end and with that being said I’ve decide[d] to enter my name in the transfer portal and explore other options in my basketball career.”

Weaver played in 31 games as a sophomore, starting to begin the season before coming off the bench for the final 17 games. He averaged 6.6 points on 41.1 %t shooting (32.9 % from 3-point range) to go with 1.8 assists.

His best performance came in the midst of a 20-point comeback against Stanford in which he hit the 3-pointer to force overtime and scored eight of his 13 points in the extra period to deliver an 82-78 win.

Weaver’s departure is another step in another total remake of USC’s roster that has lost all five of its top scorers.

The Trojans lost three starters to graduation in Jonah Mathews, Nick Rakocevic and Daniel Utomi. A fourth, Onyeka Okongwu, declared for the NBA draft. Reserve point guard Kyle Sturdivant transferred to Georgia Tech to be closer to his family following the death of his father.

Next season, the Trojans will return only three contributors from the team that went 22-9 this past year, and 11-7 in the Pac-12. Those three players — guard Ethan Anderson and forwards Isaiah Mobley and Max Abonkpolo — were all freshmen in 2019-20.

But several reinforcements have already been secured.

Junior guard Noah Baumann will be eligible to play after redshirting last season following his transfer from San Jose State. USC is adding five-star Rancho Christian center Evan Mobley and San Gabriel Academy big Boubacar Coulibaly.

Former Santa Clara guard Tahj Eaddy and Wofford forward Chevez Goodwin are immediately eligible as graduate transfers. Former Utah Valley guard Isaiah White and Long Beach State center Joshua Morgan could play next year if the NCAA passes a rule allowing immediate eligibility to players the first time they change schools.

In other words, there will be a lot of new names and faces to learn around USC basketball next season. And one less familiar set after Weaver’s decision to enter the transfer portal.