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USC star to return to school for senior season

USC v Baylor

TULSA, OK - MARCH 19: Bennie Boatwright #25 of the USC Trojans attempts a shot defended by King McClure #22 of the Baylor Bears during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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USC star Bennie Boatwright will return to school for his senior season.

The 6-foot-10 shooter averaged 13.6 points and 6.4 boards while shooting 35 percent from three this past season, but for the second straight season the Trojan star dealt with knee injuries that limited the number of games that he would play.

Boatwright has missed 30 games in the last two seasons combined.

Given his size, shooting ability and skill on the perimeter, Boatwright has the frame to potentially be an NBA player one day, but he has to prove to scouts he can stay healthy and shoot with more consistency. Defense is also going to be a question mark with him. His return, however, is critical for USC. Boatwright might end up being a first-team all-Pac 12 player next season.