August 27, 2013 by Seth Rubinroit
Two steps forward, one step back.
In recent days, USC added point guard Pe’Shon Howard and big man D.J. Haley. But now the Trojans have now lost forward Ari Stewart to academics, a representative of the school told Galen Central this morning.
Stewart, a senior, utilized his redshirt season when he transferred from Wake Forest, meaning his playing career at USC is over as he is academically ineligible. However, he began classes on Monday at USC with the goal of getting back on track academically to finish his degree. Stewart did not respond for comment.
The Trojans also lost forwards Dewayne Dedmon (declared for NBA Draft), as well as Aaron Fuller and Eric Wise (graduation). USC will therefore have to rely on inexperienced forwards, such as sophomore Strahinja Gavrilovic and freshman Roschon Prince.
Stewart, a lengthy defender at 6-foot-7, averaged 3.4 points per game last season. While he was not a major part of the rotation under former coach Kevin O’Neill, he became a significant contributor under interim coach Bob Cantu until a broken left hand forced him to miss six Pac-12 games. Stewart’s two clutch overtime free throws helped the Trojans defeat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.