Basketball: USC signs three in class of 2011

On the first day of the early signing period, USC announced that three class of 2011 recruits sent in their signed letters of intent Wednesday to officially join the next Trojans recruiting class.

The three -- guard/forward Byron Wesley (Fontana, Calif./Etiwanda), guard Alexis Moore (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) and center James Blasczyk (Friendswood, Tex., Lee College) -- had all committed to the Trojans over the past several months.

“I am really, really excited about the class of 2011-2012,” coach Kevin O'Neill said in a statement. “These guys will help stabilize our program and will serve as the beginning of us leaving all this negativity behind. Every one of these guys fits what we are looking for in players in terms of being good people, good students, and good athletes.”

Wesley, at 6 feet 5, 210 pounds, is physically more mature than current freshman Bryce Jones, a similarly dominant L.A.-area wing in the class of 2010. But Jones had a more developed offensive game when he signed with the Trojans last November. Still, Wesley is regarded as among the cream of the crop in the state of California for the 2011 class.

The 6-2, 180-pound Moore, a likely point guard at the college level, isn't a particularly adept scorer either but is known as a stat line-filler. As a junior in the 2009-2010 season, he averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Blasczyk, a 7-1, 260-pound center, played a total of 20 minutes while appearing in 13 games as a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M last season but averaged 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a high school senior in 2007-2008.

Also considered parts of the Trojans' 2011 recruiting class are current forward Aaron Fuller, an Iowa transfer who is practicing with the team this season but can't suit up until next year, and junior college center DeWayne Dedmon, a 7-footer who is expected to enroll at USC in January.