Stewart leaves Wake Forest for USC

Forward Ari Stewart has transferred to Southern California after two seasons at Wake Forest.

USC coach Kevin O’Neill announced Stewart’s transfer on Friday.

Stewart averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Demon Deacons last season, starting 16 games as a sophomore swingman. A year earlier, he led ACC freshmen in 3-point shooting, making 37.1 percent.

Stewart was a touted high school prospect out of Marietta, Ga., in 2009.

O’Neill expects Stewart to improve his game while sitting out next season as a redshirt, saying Stewart has a tremendous upside. Stewart will have two seasons of eligibility left beginning in 2012-13.

All-Pac-10 forward Nikola Vucevic left the Trojans a year early last month to apply for the NBA draft.