Eric Wise, a two-time second-team All-Big West Conference performer for the UC Irvine men's basketball team, will transfer to USC to complete his final season of eligibility, he said Friday.
Wise, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound forward-center said he signed with the Trojans Friday morning.
Wise, who played three seasons at UCI, will have to sit out the 2011-12 season and will be eligible to play in 2012-13.
"I'm very excited," Wise said. "It's a great place to be. A great school, a great program and a great conference."
Wise said he chose USC over Santa Clara.
Wise averaged 16.3 points and a team-best 8.1 rebounds as a junior last season, when he missed 12 games due to a string of leg injuries. He received honorable mention in all-conference voting.
He started 62 of the 63 games in which he played his first two seasons with the Anteaters. He was widely considered the best player in the program and arguably the most talented to wear a UCI uniform since all-time scoring leader Jerry Green.