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Kahlil Dukes: 2013 Guard Ends Recruitment with Verbal to USC

USC and head coach Kevin O’Neill have landed their first verbal commitment from the class of 2013.

Kahlil Dukes, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, made the decision to pledge to the Trojans on Sunday morning.

At 5-foot-11, Dukes runs the point, and may just end up being one of the steals from the class of 2013. Duke’s commitment comes on the heels of back-to-back 40+ point performances in the Adidas Super 64 this past weekend in Las Vegas. Dukes currently runs with the Connecticut Basketball Club on the summer circuit.

The guard attends Capital Prep (CT) during the season, where he led the way last season averaging 22 points per game for one of top scoring teams in the state of Connecticut.

Dukes had been planning on visiting the USC campus this upcoming September, and now he will do so as the first piece of their 2013 recruiting class.

While the Trojans struggled mightily last season, finishing the year at 6-26 overall and 1-17 within the Pac-12, USC hopes for optimism in 2012-13 with the return of Jio Fontan in the back court, crippled in with the additions of many impact transfers and newcomers.

Dukes should give USC the instant ability to improve their offensive production and assist numbers come 2013.

The list of offers for Dukes prior to Sunday’s decision was long. USC was the choice over many mid-major programs such as Rice, Quinnipiac, Drexel, Florida International, Loyola Marymount, UTEP, Ohio, Robert Morris, St. Peter’s, Sacred Heart, Lehigh, Vermont, and St. Bonaventure, among others.


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