One of the nation’s top mid-major basketball programs is getting even stronger in 2014-15. Guard Byron Wesley, who led USC in scoring with 17.8 points per game last season, is transferring to Gonzaga to play out his final year of eligibility.
Wesley, who also grabbed 6.4 rebounds and dished out 2.3 assists per game for the Trojans in 2013-14, also had offers from Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State, but he opted to stay on the west coast and play for Mark Few. Gonzaga’s consistent success was a major factor, he told ESPN:
“It starts with the winning culture. They’ve been to the NCAA tournament 16 straight times, and it’s an opportunity for me to play in the tournament in my last year.”
Wesley, who is 6-foot-5, joins smaller guards in seniors Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., who are both also seniors, giving the Bulldogs an extremely experienced backcourt. His size gives Few another dimension at guard, and Wesley now has the chance to play for a winner. Gonzaga should enter the season in the Top 25, while Wesley’s USC teams were 36-65 during his three years with the Trojans.