Victor Uyaelunmo towered over the people gathering around Friday much as he has on the basketball court throughout his high school career.
In a little over a year, Calvary Christian’s 7-foot senior center will make his presence felt on the West Coast.
Uyaelunmo announced Friday he will sign with the University of Southern California during the early signing period in November.
“Academically and athletically I really loved the place and I thought I would fit right in with their program,” Uyaelunmo said.
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Uyaelunmo, who until recently was ranked No. 84 in the nation overall by ESPN, transferred to Calvary Christian in the offseason along with his brother, Solomon, a 6-8 junior forward.
Uyaelunmo earned Miami Herald first team All-Dade honors last season while playing at Gulliver Prep. He averaged 10.4 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Uyaelunmo chose the Trojans over Vanderbilt and Tennessee, who were among his top potential college choices.
“I visited USC in the summer and I loved everything about it,” Uyaelunmo said. “The business program is one of the best in the nation so I thought that would be good for me academically, and the team is pretty good too.”