Graham discusses Finnish commitments to the #Gamecocks during recent #SportsTalk visit (AUDIO)

USC’s new Finnish connection

USC men’s basketball coach Lamont Paris landed a pair of commitments from Finnish teammates 6-4 Morris Ugusuk and 6-9 Okku Federiko of the Omnia Basketball Academy in Helsinki last month. Ugusuk will be part of the 2023 class but will sit out the upcoming season as a redshirt. Federiko will be a member of the 2024 class.

Ugusuk is a point guard who also had offers from Pitt, Oklahoma State and Duquesne. He averaged 9.5 points and 4.3 assists per game in 30 games playing in the Finland-1st Division A and the EYBL Under 20.

Federiko is a power forward whose brother plays for Pitt. The Panthers, Syracuse and Duquesne also offered him. He averaged 9 points and 8 rebounds per game this season in 12 games in the Finland-1st Division A and the EYBL Under 20.

Their head coach, Justice Graham, was a guest on SportsTalk recently to discuss the pair and why they selected South Carolina. He also detailed the skill level of each player and how they’ll fit into Paris’ system.

Justice Graham — SportsTalk Conversation

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