Southern California has announced former Maryland point guard Pe'Shon Howard will be eligible to play his senior season in 2013-14.
The news is a boost for a USC team undergoing a transformation with new head coach Andy Enfield, who guided Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 in March before taking the Trojans job. Howard was granted a relief waiver by the NCAA, meaning he won't have to sit the standard one year as a redshirt due to switching schools.
Howard, who is from the Los Angeles area, is said to have transferred back home for his final year of college basketball in order to be closer to an ill grandmother who is fighting cancer.
"We are happy that Pe'Shon will be able to spend time with his grandmother who helped raise him here in Los Angeles," Enfield said in a statement. "On the court, Pe'Shon will provide leadership and we expect him to have a terrific senior season."
The 6-3 Howard averaged 3.6 assists, 3.3 points and 2.4 boards for the Terps last year. Maryland missed the NCAA tournament but made the semifinals of the NIT. Howard announced his intent to leave the program shortly after the season ended.
Howard's arrival is the latest boost for USC, which also recently got news that former VCU center D.J. Haley would be eligible to play his final season under Enfield. In total, four transfers have come in to the program; Katin Reinhardt (via UNLV) and Darion Clarke (via Charlotte) will go through a redshirt season before playing in 2014-15.