USC is one of several schools pursuing 6-11 Hassan Whiteside of Lenoir, NC for the 2009 signing class. Whiteside is a native of Charlotte but attends the Patterson School in Lenoir. He's also looking at Kentucky, Xavier, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Nevada, South Florida and others. "I have been talking with (USC assistant) coach Mike Boynton a good bit," Whiteside said. "He came by a few weeks ago and saw me here at the school." Boynton is supposed to visit with Whiteside's mother Friday.
Whiteside is considered an excellent shot blocker with a nice shooting touch in the eight to ten foot range. Whiteside said he's yet to take the SAT so he can't schedule visits until that's done. He plans to sign in the spring.