USC Adds Woolridge To 2012 Recruiting Class
April 30, 2012
The USC men's basketball program has added transfer forward Renaldo Woolridge of Sherman Oaks, Calif. to its 2012 recruiting class, it was announced today (April 30) by head coach Kevin O'Neill. USC recently signed guard Brendyn Taylor of Los Angeles to an NLI and in November announced that it had signed NLIs from guard J.T. Terrell of Peninsula JC in Port Angeles, Washington and forward Strahinja Gavrilovic from Rock Academy in La Jolla, Calif.
The 6-9, 215-pound Woolridge will graduate from Tennessee this summer with a degree in sociology, but was granted one more season of eligibility since he was limited to eight games due to an ankle injury during his junior year. He will be eligible for competition next season.
"Renaldo brings experience, size, shooting ability and athleticism to the program," said O'Neill. "He'll be able to play multiple positions and make an impact in the one year he is available. His experience in the SEC will go a long ways."
Woolridge appeared in 93 games for the Volunteers, making 20 starts. In 25 games last season, Woolridge averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game. In the eight games he played 20 minutes or more, Woolridge averaged 9.6 points. He had a season-high 17 points twice, once at home vs. UNC Asheville and the other time at 2012 NCAA Champion Kentucky. In that game, Woolridge was 5-for-6 from three-point range. During the 2011-12 season Woolridge made 37.2 percent of his three-point attempts (16-for-43). As a sophomore Woolridge was given much of the credit in Tennessee's 76-68 upset victory over undefeated and No. 1 Kansas on Jan. 10, 2010 when he scored 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Woolridge was rated as the 11th-best small forward and the No. 53 player overall in the 2008 class by Rivals.com when graduated from Harvard-Westlake High. He was also ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect and the top small forward in the state of California by Rivals.com and was rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com as he averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds as a senior. Woolridge was a two-time league MVP and earned first team all-state honors following his junior and senior seasons.
His father Orlando played collegiately at Notre Dame where he earned All-America honors before enjoying a 13-year NBA career, including two seasons with the Lakers. He has an older brother, Zach, who played basketball at Princeton (2005-08) and graduated with a degree in operations research & financial engineering and a younger sister, Tiana, who is a volleyball player at Princeton.
Next season, USC will also have the services of forwards Ari Stewart and Eric Wise. Stewart was a teammate of Terrell's at Wake Forest and averaged 8.4 points as a sophomore for the Demon Deacons. Wise transferred to USC after his junior year at UC Irvine where he averaged 16.3 points. He left UC Irvine as the 11th-leading scorer and 15th-leading rebounder in school history. Terrell led Peninsula JC to the NWAACC semifinals last season as he averaged 24.4 points, after ranking fifth among freshman in the ACC with a 11.1 average during the 2010-11 season. Taylor averaged 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists at Fairfax High last season, leading them to a 20-10 season and a No. 5 ranking in the city. Gavrilovic, a forward from Serbia, came to the United States this fall to attend Rock Academy in San Diego, Calif., but did not compete. He is known to have a solid inside and outside game out to three-point range and honed those skills as a member of the Serbian U18 team at the European Championships. This year he was invited to participate on the U20 team. His father Zoran played professionally in Europe for more than a decade and is now the Secretary General of the Basketball Association in Serbia.