Source: Ari Stewart commits to USC

LOS ANGELES -- Former Wake Forest forward Ari Stewart, who requested his release from the Demon Deacons last month, has verbally committed to transfer to USC, a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday.

Stewart, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward, averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds last season for Wake Forest as the team's fifth-leading scorer.

The year prior, he led all ACC freshmen in 3-point shooting and averaged 7.3 points per game.

Per NCAA transfer regulations, he will be forced to sit out the upcoming season, but will begin the 2012-2013 season with two years of eligibility.

USC has only one senior on this fall's roster, meaning the Trojans could be better suited for postseason contention in Stewart's first year of eligibility.

Stewart, 20, concluded a weekend visit with USC on Sunday.

Pedro Moura covers USC for ESPNLosAngeles.com.