LOS ANGELES -- Center Robert Swift, guard Gabriel Pruitt and forward Emanuel Willis have signed letters of intent with Southern California.
"All three will make a difference," coach Henry Bibby said Tuesday. "We've got one of the best big men in the country in Robert Swift, who we feel can be an immediate impact player.
"Emanuel Willis is the most athletic player we've here outside of Jeff Trepagnier. Gabriel Pruitt is a guy who can come in and play three positions for us."
Swift, a 7-foot, 230-pounder from Bakersfield High, is regarded as one of the top centers in the country. As a junior at Garces High in Bakersfield, he averaged 19.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks last season.
Pruitt, a 6-3, 160-pounder, is a senior at Westchester High in Los Angeles. He sat out his junior season because of transfer rules, but averaged 15 points and six assists as a sophomore at Centennial High, leading the school to the state Division III finals.
Willis, a 6-8, 220-pounder, attends Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. He averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as a senior at Mendenhall (Miss.) High last season.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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