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Projected 2017-18 USC basketball roster could be dynamic

Projected 2017-18 USC basketball roster could be dynamic
USC will add Duke transfer Derryck Thornton, seen here driving past Oregon forward Chris Boucher during an NCAA tournament game in Anaheim on March 24, 2016. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

USC's projected basketball roster next season:

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Shaqquan Aaron, Jr., G, 6-7: May have saved USC's season with 23 points against UCLA but struggled with consistency.

Bennie Boatwright, Jr., F, 6-10: Would be the hardest player for USC to replace; a threat to score from inside and out.

Devin Fleming, Jr., G, 6-2: Walk-on appeared in four games in 2016-17.

Harrison Henderson, So., F, 6-10: Logged only 50 minutes in 13 games as a freshman. Will he develop enough to be an asset?

Kurt Karis, Sr., G, 6-1: Walk-on doubled as the Trojans' hype man on the bench.

Jonah Mathews, So., G, 6-3: Smart, coach's son, excellent defender; was a great find for USC. Potentially a four-year contributor.

Jordan McLaughlin, Sr., G, 6-1: The straw that stirred USC's drink. The team usually went where he took it.

De'Anthony Melton, So., G, 6-4: Elite, instinctive defender and rebounder. Can he add a shot? If so, watch out.

Chimezie Metu, Jr., F, 6-11: An uber-athlete who in the last year refined his game on offense. He needs a dominant post game to be elite.

Charles O'Bannon Jr., Fr., G, 6-6: Las Vegas product is verbally committed to USC.

Nick Rakocevic, So., F, 6-11: High-energy forward whose offensive game improved steadily.

Elijah Stewart, Sr., G, 6-5: Streaky, athletic shooter who made the biggest shot of USC's season against Southern Methodist.

Derryck Thornton, So., G, 6-2: Averaged 5.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a freshman at Duke.

Jordan Usher, Fr., G, 6-7: Athletic wing signee from Georgia fits USC's preference for versatile guards.

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Victor Uyaelunmo, Fr., C, 6-11: A shot-blocker and rebounder, the signee from Miami could be needed early.

Follow Zach Helfand on Twitter @zhelfand

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