USC forward Garrett Jackson will transfer

USC has granted sophomore forward Garrett Jackson permission to transfer, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds this season, but came on strong toward the end of the year, scoring in double figures in eight of the final 13 games.

"Garrett did a great job here for two years," USC head coach Kevin O'Neill said in a statement released by USC. "He is a great guy, did a good job in the classroom and we wish him the best in everything."

Jackson will finish the spring semester at USC before transferring.

This news is not completely unexpected, as the basketball program is in something of a sticky scholarship situation. Had Jackson returned, the Trojans would have been at their limit of 13 scholarship players for the 2012-13 season. The squad would have been made up of seniors Jio Fontan, Eric Wise, Greg Allen, Aaron Fuller and James Blasczyk, juniors Maurice Jones, Dewayne Dedmon, Evan Smith, Ari Stewart, Jackson and Curtis Washington, and sophomores Alexis Moore and Byron Wesley. That would have left no room for incoming recruits J.T. Terrell and Strahinja Gavrilovic, whom the Trojans inked during the early signing period, or Brendyn Taylor, who is planning to sign with USC in April.

If those players are added to next year's roster, even more attrition will be needed from the current squad.