USC Men's Basketball Team Begins Practice Under The Guidance Of New Head Coach Tim Floyd

Oct. 14, 2005

Seven o'clock madness doesn't have the same ring to it as midnight madness, but that is the time the USC men's basketball team under the direction of new head coach Tim Floyd will begin practice for the 2005-06 season on Friday (Oct. 14).

The Trojans return only four scholarship players from last year's team, but optimism remains high as USC's top three scorers, sophomore guard Gabe Pruitt (12.3 ppg), junior guard Lodrick Stewart (12.1 ppg) and sophomore guard/forward Nick Young (11.1 ppg) are in that group. The Trojans' other returning scholarship player is senior guard Dwayne Shackleford, who scored 5.2 points per game while battling through injuries last season.

Floyd brings a very successful track record at the college level, as well as enthusiasm and the added dimension of having coached in the NBA. In 12 seasons as a college coach, Floyd posted a 243-130 record, leading his Idaho, New Orleans and Iowa State teams into the postseason eight times.

The Trojans' other returning players are senior forward Greg Gaudino, junior forward Reed Doucette and junior guard Chris Penrose.

USC's highly-rated recruiting class features 6-8 freshman forward Jeremy Barr, 6-10 freshman forward RouSean Cromwell, 5-11 freshman guard Ryan Francis, 6-11 junior center Abdoulaye Ndiaye, 6-3 freshman guard Sead Odzic, 6-0 freshman guard Collin Robinson and 6-9 freshman forward Keith Wilkinson. Also joining the Trojans this season as walk-ons, are twin guards Adam and Ryan Goldston.

'We are going to try to be aggressive at both ends of the court, both offensively and defensively,' said coach Floyd. 'I always feel like the fans relate with teams that play hard and teams that play smart basketball, and hopefully we'll do both of those things.'

The Trojans play two exhibitions games at the Lyon Center, Nov. 4 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills and Nov. 13 vs. Cal State San Bernardino, before opening the regular season at the Sports Arena on Nov. 20 against Cal State Northridge.

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