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USC adds five-star PG Isaiah Collier to impressive class

One of the final unsigned five-stars in the 2023 class, point guard Isaiah Collier is officially off the board. The Georgia-based star announced his intention to attend USC on Wednesday, choosing the Trojans over fellow finalists Cincinnati and Michigan. Below, Rivals has a look at what head coach Andy Enfield is getting in Collier, who is the No. 4-ranked prospect in the class.


WHAT USC IS GETTING

Collier is, as things stand, the most complete point guard in this class. The broad-shouldered Georgia native has a deep bag of offensive weapons that make him difficult to game plan for. Collier is a natural facilitator that rarely makes bad decisions with the basketball in his hands and routinely puts teammates in position to shine. From a scoring standpoint, his size allows him to penetrate the lane and kick or absorb contact and finish in traffic. He might not be quite as athletic as some other highly-ranked guards in the 2023 class, but his skill, decently reliable shooting stroke, elite floor vision and strength make up for that. Collier has the upper body to grant him some level of defensive versatility and rebounds relatively well positionally as well. What’s often glossed over about the five-star guard is his consistency, which manifests itself in low turnover totals despite a knack for making creative, head-turning passes.


WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE TROJANS

There were some touch-and-go-moments down the stretch of Collier’s recruitment, but USC managed to hang on despite a late push by Cincinnati, which once seemed to lead Collier’s recruitment, be it briefly. Nothing good is ever easy, however, and landing Collier is certainly a good thing for the Trojans. Andy Enfield’s class is now led by a pair of Georgia-based standouts in Collier and his friend and teammate Arrinten Page, who committed to the program last month. The Georgia duo and fellow four-star signee Silas Demary Jr. give USC three top-75 recruits in the same class for the first time since 2019 and make up out one of the more complete and well-rounded hauls in the country.

IN HIS WORDS

“[USC’s] playing style sticks out. The way they’re winning as well right now. Winning is what I love about them the most, but really their playing style and coaches also.” – Collier to Rivals’ Travis Graf