by Zach DiSchiano, publisher
It has been more than 60 years since the USC Trojans last reached the Final Four, but the program’s newest commit has the talent and determination to help take the team back to that level of greatness.
Harrison Henderson, a 6’10 power forward from Grand Prairie, announced Sunday his commitment to play for the Trojans in the fall of 2016. USC coach Andy Enfield battled off Ole Miss, SMU, Gonzaga and Oklahoma to land the 15th-ranked player in the state – a quick, lengthy and versatile big man who will make an immediate impact at the DI level when he arrives.
“The coaches took me in and made me feel like I was at home,” Henderson said. “Coach Enfield talked to me about his offense and how he thought I would fit in and he thought I was a great fit. I love how him and the players made me a part of the family even before I committed, and that really sold it.”
As a junior at South Grand Prairie High School, Henderson averaged 11 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, building on his skill set as he blossomed into one of the state’s top prospects of 2016. The power forward is known for his ability to get up and down the floor in a hurry, which will translate well into Enfield’s offense.
“It’s a run-and-gun type of offense,” Henderson said. “He really wants you to go out there and just play your game, and the type of player that I am, I’m versatile. If I have a smaller guy on me, I can go down in the post, and if I have a bigger person on me, I can use my quickness, and that’s kind of how all the players are.”
Enfield’s fast-paced offense was the foundation for Florida Gulf Coast’s unlikely run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013, a performance that put the mid-major university on the map, and its coach on a plane to Los Angeles.
Since taking over at USC, Enfield has struggled to replicate the success he had on the other side of the country, but as he continues to recruit his type of player, the Trojans’ future looks more and more promising.
Henderson said by the time he gets to campus, USC will have a team capable of making a run deep into the NCAA tournament.
“Last year, the USC players were the youngest in the PAC-12, so by the time I get there, the players will be juniors and seniors so they’re going to be up there,” he said. “They’re going to have a lot of knowledge, and I’m going to be able to go up there and learn from them, and I think that we’ll be a good contender for the Final Four.”