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Georgia Tech Basketball: USC transfer Jordan Usher joins Yellow Jackets

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Jordan Usher /

 Former USC forward Jordan Usher has decided to return home and play for Georgia Tech Basketball.

Sophomore Jordan Usher has found his landing spot as he decided to transfer to Georgia Tech, according to coach Josh Pastner. The 6-foot-7 wing, who is currently enrolled at the school for the upcoming spring semester, will not be eligible to play until the second semester next year (December).

“We’re excited to have Jordan come home and join our program,” said Pastner. “He’s a local young man who was a top-100 prospect coming out of high school. He plays with a very high motor, has excellent skills and helps us with our desire to ‘get old and stay old.’ He’s also a high-caliber academic student who had offers from Ivy League schools.”

The Canton (Ga.) native will have one-and-a-half years of eligibility left as he played a season and a half for USC and he will be eligible to for the remainder of the 2019-20 season as well as all of the 2020-21 season. On December 31, Usher announced he that he was leaving the Trojans’ program after being issued an indefinite suspension for an unspecified conduct issue.

Prior to being suspended,


averaged 8.6 points along with 3.7 rebounds in 24.2 minutes over 12 games, which included two starts. He also shot 45.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. Usher scored in double-figures on four occasions, topping the 20-point plateau twice.

He was a consensus three-plus star recruit out of Wheeler High School (Marietta, Ga.) with ESPN and 247 Sports Composite giving a four-star rating.  Overall, Usher held 14 scholarship offers and visited Arizona State and Yale as well as USC.

Usher will not be the only transfer joining the Yellow Jackets next year as David Didenko will join the team from Palm Beach State College. The 6-foot-8 forward, who has signed a letter of intent with Georgia Tech, is currently averaging 5.3 points along with 4.7 rebounds for the JUCO school.

With those two players already in the fold, the Yellow Jackets will only have one more scholarship available for next season. They currently have 10 offers out to other 2019 prospects with Oton Jankovic reportedly being their top target. Three-star combo guard Damion Baugh is also considered to be a high priority for Pastner.

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Georgia Tech has gotten off to a 9-5 start to the season this year and is 43-40 overall under Pastner’s direction. Sophomore Jose Alvarado and senior Brandon Austin lead the way for the Jackets.