Charles O'Bannon Jr., whose father and uncle starred at UCLA and led the Bruins to the 1995 national championship, has verbally committed to ... USC.
O'Bannon is No. 42 in 247Sports Class of 2017 composite rankings. The 6-foot-5 guard is a senior at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas. In addition to USC, he was also considering UNLV, North Carolina State and UCLA.
O'Bannon committing anywhere other than UCLA was always going to be interesting from a historical standpoint considering his uncle, Ed O'Bannon, averaged 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds for the 1995 champions while his father, Charles O'Bannon Sr., added 13.6 points and 6.1 rebounds for that same Jim Harrick-coached team. That he's shunning UCLA in favor of its crosstown rival makes this especially notable.
Charles O'Bannon Sr. addressed his son's unique recruitment in July.
"I love UCLA, of course, but you want him to have to make the decision that's best for him," he told NevadaPreps.com. "I would never push UCLA more than I would push another school just because I went there. I want him to make his own decision and be able to accept it when he gets older, when his career is over. I don't want him to look back and think, 'My dad made me go there.'"
USC is 12-0 so far this season.
The Trojans are ranked No. 25 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one).