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USC basketball signs Elijah Stewart; Byron Wesley chooses Gonzaga

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Guard Byron Wesley, USC's leading scorer last season, will transfer to Gonzaga for final season of eligibility
Westchester High guard Elijah Stewart, L.A. City Section player of the year last season, signs with Trojans

Former USC guard Byron Wesley, who announced last month that he would graduate from USC and transfer to another school for his final season of eligibility, will play at Gonzaga, he told several outlets.

Meanwhile, the Trojans announced Monday that they have signed Westchester High guard Elijah Stewart, the Los Angeles City Section player of the year.

Wesley said the most important factor in his decision was "the winning culture at Gonzaga.”

"They've been to the [NCAA] tournament 16 straight times. They've won their conference countless times," Wesley told the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash.

“That group of players they have returning, there’s a lot of seasoned veterans and I’m excited to learn from those guys because they’ve had great college experiences. I’m excited to be around a group that knows how to win and can make a run at a national championship.”

ESPN.com first reported Wesley's decision to transfer to Gonzaga.

The 6-foot-5 Wesley was USC's leading scorer last season. He averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds a game.

Wesley must complete summer school classes and graduate to be eligible immediately at Gonzaga.

The 6-5 Stewart, who averaged 19.2 points per game for Westchester last season, joins a 2014 recruiting class that also includes guard Jordan McLaughlin, center Jabari Craig, forward Malik Price-Martin and wing Malik Marquetti.

Stewart signed a letter of intent with Loyola Marymount last fall, but the school released him from that commitment after the basketball program changed coaches.

 

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