Basketball: USC signs Brendyn Taylor

USC basketball on Wednesday officially announced the signing of guard Brendyn Taylor (Los Angeles, Calif./Fairfax) as the third member of its 2012 recruiting class.

Taylor, a 6-2 guard with limited prep experience the past two seasons because of CIF transfer rules, joins Wake Forest transfer J.T. Terrell and Serbian prep Strahinja Gavrilovic as 2012 signees. He averaged 18 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists per game at Fairfax last season and committed to the Trojans early last month.

"Brendyn has a great upside,” USC coach Kevin O'Neill said in a statement. “He is an athletic wing who’s best days are ahead of him. He is going to be a major plus both on and off the court for USC.

Taylor’s father, Brian, played 10 seasons in the NBA and ABA, earning ABA Rookie of the Year honors. His older brother, Bryce, played at Oregon and now plays professionally in Europe.

USC now has one scholarship slot remaining to sign a player in the spring signing period, which concludes May 16. Wednesday marked the first day recruits could sign with schools after the early signing period in November.

The Trojans are pursuing a number of potential transfers for that spot, including former Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge, former Drake guard Rayvonte Rice and Brazilian big man Renan Lenz, a junior-college product.