Sam Clancy To Participate In Star-Studded 'Chat Madness'

Oct. 11, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Get ready for Midnight Madness with 'ChatMadness'!'s 2001-02 Season Preview begins on Friday, October12, with an in-depth look at Duke's chances to repeat,'s PreseasonTop 25 and a star-studded chat lineup of players from their top 25 teams.

Included in that chat lineup is USC standout Sam Clancy, who will be chattingat 12:20 p.m. PT. One of the top returning post players in the nation,Clancy is a dominating big man who can score inside or outside and who hasdefensive skills to match. Though initially submitting his name for the NBAdraft and participating in draft camps, Clancy ultimately withdrew his entryto return to the Trojans.

Last season, Clancy earned 2001 All-Pacific-10 Conference, Sporting NewsPac-10, NABC District 15 and USBWA District 9 first team honors, leading USCin scoring (17.3), rebounding (7.5), field goal percentage (.501) andblocked shots (81). He became USC's all-time leading shot blocker (147) andalso set a school season record for rejections (81). Clancy earned EastRegional All-Tournament Team honors as he led USC in scoring (18.0),rebounding (10.8) and blocks (4.0) in the Trojans' four NCAA Tournamentgames. Clancy, set to start for his fourth season, is also 22nd on USC'sall-time scoring chart with 1,046 points.

While Clancy will not be chatting until 12:20 p.m. PT on Friday, feel freeto submitsome questions now - we'll save them for his arrival! Whensubmitting questions, please be sure to state which player the question isfor.

Complete 'Chat Madness' Lineup

Oklahoma State's Maurice Baker -- 10:00 a.m. PT
Baker led the squad last season in scoring, assists, steals, and three-pointshooting, while finishing second in rebounding. The 6'1' senior guard hopesto help his team to better their 19 wins from last season and return to theNCAA Tournament.

Boston College's Troy Bell -- 10:20 a.m. PT
The reigning Big East Player of the Year is the league's top returningscorer with a 20.4 average. Bell helped lead the Eagles to a 13-3 recordlast season and into the second round of the NCAA's. While Boston Collegetook some people by surprise last season, all eyes will be on the 6'1'junior with playmaking skills.

Oklahoma's Aaron McGhee -- 10:40 a.m. PT
After winning the Big 12 Tournament last season, the Sooners welcome backMcGhee, a 6'8' senior, who averaged 12.9 points last season and 4.8rebounds. He also hit 22 three-pointers. McGhee may not be a household name,but his strong play inside will keep Oklahoma in the hunt.

Virginia's Chris Williams -- 11:00 a.m. PT
The 6'7' junior forward could be the best kept secret in the nation. Aninterior scorer with mid-range skills, Williams averaged 14.5 points and 6.7rebounds per game last season. He returns to a Cavalier squad that could beone of the fastest teams in the nation.

Duke's Jason Williams -- 11:20 a.m. PT
He gave up being the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft to come back to the BlueDevils and lead the charge for a second straight national championship. The6'2' junior averaged 21.6 points and 6.1 assists per game last season, andhit 42.7 percent of his three's. With Shane Battier gone, Williams will alsotake on even more of a leadership role on the team.

UCLA's Dan Gadzuric -- 11:40 a.m. PT
At 6'11', Gadzuric could be the Pac 10's most dominating center. He averaged11.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season. If Gadzuric stayshealthy, this could be the year UCLA breaks through the Sweet 16 barrier.

Illinois' Frank Williams -- 12:00 p.m. PT
The 6'3' junior guard can do it all, and he will be asked to by Illinoisthis season. His leadership abilities, combined with his 14.9 points and 4.4assists per game will be key in propelling Illinois to the Big Ten title anda shot at the Final Four.

USC's Sam Clancy -- 12:20 p.m. PT

Kansas' Kirk Hinrich - 12:40 p.m. PT
The 6'3' junior guard averaged seven assists a game last season and shot50.5 percent from the three-point line. He will run the offense for thisyoung Jayhawk squad looking to improve on last season's 26-7 record.

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