Trojans Travel Crosstown To Take On The No. 18 Bruins
Jan. 16, 2006
The USC men's basketball team (12-5, 3-3) will travel to UCLA to take on the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Trojans split their games with the Washington schools last week, losing 86-77 vs. Washington on Jan. 12 and defeating Washington State 71-66 on Jan. 14. USC has won 12 of their last 15 games and have matched their win total from a year ago. The Trojans won nine consecutive games from Nov. 25-Dec. 23, their longest winning streak since the 2001-02 season, when they also won nine straight. The winner of tonight's game gets five points in the Lexus Gauntlet chase.
TROJANS HIT THE ROAD -- The Trojans are beginning a three-game road trip to UCLA (Jan. 18), Oregon State (Jan. 26) and Oregon (Jan. 28). It is their most consecutive road games of the season and they will play five of the next seven away from home. USC is 3-1 on the road this season, losing at Arizona on Jan. 7. USC was 2-10 on the road last season. USC's 3-0 start on the road was their best since the 1975-76 season.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS -- The Trojans are playing the Pac-10-leading No. 18 UCLA Bruins who are 14-3, 4-2 in conference. The Bruins also split their games against the Washington schools last week, winning 63-61 vs. Washington State on Jan. 12 and falling 69-65 vs. Washington on Jan. 14. USC lost both games to UCLA last season, first 72-69 at the Sports Arena, losing an 18-point halftime lead, and then 90-69 at UCLA. Those losses snapped USC's four-game winning streak against the Bruins. UCLA is led in scoring by sophomores Arron Afflalo (18.8) and Jordan Farmar (12.7).
SMILIN' GABE -- Sophomore guard Gabe Pruitt has made five or more three-pointers in four straight games. He hit a season-high six three-pointers in the game on Jan. 12 vs. Washington. Pruitt scored 30 points on Jan. 5 at ASU, the second time this season he has scored at least 30 points. He scored a career-high 36 points on Dec. 10 at LMU.
THE MEN OF STEAL -- USC is second to Arizona among conference teams in steals with 143 and is averaging 8.4 per game. The Trojans are also second in the conference to the Wildcats in turnovers induced with 310. USC forced 28 Washington turnovers on Jan. 12. Gabe Pruitt (38) is third and Ryan Francis (33) is fourth in steals in the Pac-10.
THE 2005-06 TROJANS -- USC returned only four scholarship players from a team that went 12-17 (5-13) last season, but the good news is that all three of the top scorers returned, the first time the Trojans' top three scorers were underclassmen. Leading the way is 2004-05 Pac-10 All-Freshman first-teamer and USC co-MVP Gabe Pruitt, who led the Trojans in scoring with a 12.3 average and set a school record by nailing 45 percent of his three-pointers. Also back is junior Lodrick Stewart, who scored 12.1 points per game and hit 40 percent of his three-pointers. Sophomore Nick Young, 2004-05 USC co-MVP and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman, was third on the Trojans with 11.1 points per game and is the top returning rebounder with 4.1 his freshman season.
IN TIM WE TRUST --There is great excitement on the campus of USC as the Tim Floyd era for the USC men's basketball program has begun. Hired on Jan. 14, 2005, Floyd began his official duties on April 1 and has not slowed down since, recruiting a nationally-ranked incoming class, assembling a strong staff and installing a new system. Floyd brings 17 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and owns a 255-135 record in his 13 seasons as a college head coach at Idaho (1987-88), New Orleans (1989-94), Iowa State (1995-98) and USC. In eight of his first 12 seasons, Floyd took his team into the postseason (5 NCAA, 3 NIT). Floyd has helped the development of his student-athletes at each stop, as 10 players in his first 12 years made it to the NBA, including three players who did not even play high school ball.
100 YEARS OF HOOPS AT USC -- The Trojans are playing their 100th season of intercollegiate basketball and have a 1,386-997 record. The Trojans had a .500 or better record in 70 of the first 99 seasons.
COMMITTED TO DEFENSE -- USC has held the opposition under 40 percent shooting nine times this season. For the season, USC's opponents are making 40.5 percent of their shots, which ranks as second best in the conference. When Stanford scored 71 points vs. USC on Dec. 31, it snapped the Trojans' 11-game streak of holding the opposition under 70 points. It was the longest streak in a season by USC since the 1959-60 season when they went 13 consecutive games holding the opposition under 70 points. In 13 of the first 17 games, USC has held the opposition to under 70 points.
THE REBOUND BATTLE -- USC has been outrebounded 211-164 in their five losses. In the 12 wins, USC has outrebounded its opponents by a total of 418-403.
SWAT TEAM -- USC is third among Pac-10 teams in blocked shots with 69. Abdoulaye N'diaye has 28 blocks, which is second among Pac-10 players. Last season, Rory O'Neil led USC with 27 blocks in 29 games and the team had a total of 76 blocked shots. N'diaye (2) and RouSean Cromwell (3) combined for five blocks in the 57-56 win at UAA on Nov. 26, including a game-saving swat by Cromwell with 6.0 seconds left in the game.
PUTTING A PREMIUM ON POINTS -- USC has held the opposition to 63.4 points per game this season, third best in the Pac-10. The Trojans' opponents averaged 78.3 points last season. Only in two games this season (Nov. 20 vs. Cal State Northridge and Jan. 14 vs. Washington), has an opponent scored more than last season's average. The Trojans have the second best defensive improvement in the NCAA compared to last season:
Largest Decreases in PPG Allowed (through Jan. 12) Team 2004 2005 Difference Richmond 69.3 53.0 16.3 USC 76.8 63.4 13.4 * Courtesy of STATS, Inc.
PAC-10 PRESEASON RANKINGS -- The Trojans were picked to finish in eighth place in the Pac-10 Conference this season, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. Arizona was picked to win the conference with 325 votes, followed by Stanford (294), UCLA (263), Washington (238), California (212), Oregon (183), Oregon State (132), USC (87), Washington State (86) and Arizona State (50).
INJURY UPDATES -- RouSean Cromwell suffered a fractured right foot prior to the game on Dec. 23 and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. As a precautionary measure, he had a screw inserted in his foot on Dec. 29.
TROJANS AT HOME -- The Trojans are 8-3 at home this season. The Trojans went 5-1 during a six-game homestand (12/16-31) It was the longest homestand for USC since playing nine consecutive home games from Dec. 5, 1983-Jan. 5, 1984. USC has had a .500 or better record at home in each of the last seven seasons (starting with the 1998-99 season) for a combined home record of 65-33 (.663).
TROY'S YOUNG GUN -- Sophomore swingman Nick Young scored a career-high 32 points on Jan. 14 vs. Washington State. His previous high had been 25 points set this season on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington. Through 17 games, Young is averaging a team-leading 17.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. On Jan. 7 at Arizona, Young scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, his third double-double of the season and of his career. Young has scored in double figures in all 17 of the Trojans' games. The last Trojan with 17 consecutive games in one season scoring at least 10 points was Desmon Farmer during the 2003-04 season (17 games). The last Trojan to reach double figures in points more times was Farmer in 21 straight games from Jan. 25, 2003-Dec. 9, 2003 over two seasons. The last USC player to score 10 or more points more consecutive times in one season was Sam Clancy during the 2001-02 season, reaching double figures in scoring the final 28 games (24 regular season games).
DYNAMIC DUO -- In the 66-65 win at ASU on Jan. 5, Gabe Pruitt (30) and Nick Young (24) teamed up to score 82 percent of USC's points. In the second half, before Lodrick Stewart's game-winning three-pointer, Pruitt (15) and Young (16) had scored all but one of the Trojans' second-half points (FT by Abdoulaye N'diaye).
N'DIAYE SOLID IN THE POST -- Center Abdoulaye N'diaye scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win on Dec. 31 vs. Stanford. It was the first time that a USC big man scored in double figures since freshman RouSean Cromwell scored 17 points in the first game of the season.
FOR STEWART, TIMING IS EVERYTHING -- Guard Lodrick Stewart went into the game at ASU on Jan. 5 having scored at least 16 points in six straight games, but was held scoreless until knocking down the game-winning three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left. He rebounded with 16 points and seven rebounds at Arizona on Jan. 7, and has made 15 points or more in eight of the last 10 games. Stewart, who hit 40 percent of this three-pointers last season, missed his first six this season, but has rebounded and is hitting at a 38.5 percent clip for the season (25-for-65).
WELL, SINCE IT'S FREE... -- USC made 85.7 percent of their free throws (12-for-14) on Jan. 7 at Arizona and 82.8 percent of their free throws (24-for-29) in the game on Dec. 3 vs. BYU. Those are the Trojans' best two games at the line since hitting 87.0 percent of their shots from the charity stripe on March 6, 2003 vs. Washington. USC has not hit better than 70 percent in free throws in a season since 2000-01 (70.6 percent).
FRESHMAN FRANCIS IS IN CONTROL -- Freshman Ryan Francis was second on the team with six rebounds and dished out eight assists in the game vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 25. The eight assists were the most by a Trojan since Gabe Pruitt also had eight on Dec. 11, 2004 vs. San Diego. In his first 17 games, Francis is averaging 7.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals. In the win vs. Stanford on Dec. 31, he scored a career-high 15 points, had four steals, two assists and no turnovers. Francis has posted five turnover-free games this season. He is second among conference players with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.94.
THEY SHARED A DOUBLE-DOUBLE -- Sophomore Nick Young (18 points, 10 rebounds) and freshman RouSean Cromwell (17 points, 12 rebounds) both registered their first career double-doubles (points-rebounds) on Nov. 20 vs. CS Northridge. Last season, USC had only one game where two players had double-figures in points and rebounds in the same game and that was the last game of the season, when Jeff McMillan (20 points/12 rebounds) and Rory O'Neil (12 points/10 rebounds) accomplished the feat.
YOUNG LED TROJANS AT GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT -- Sophomore Nick Young led the Trojans with 50 points and 20 rebounds in USC's three games at the Great Alaska Shootout to earn selection to the all-tournament team. He also was voted Player of the Game in both Trojan victories, including the win vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 25 when he tallied a career-high 25 points. The Trojans held the opposition to 58.3 points per game, tied with Oral Roberts for best in the tournament.
PRUITT SCORES PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS -- Sophomore guard Gabe Pruitt followed up his first career double-double on Dec. 3 vs. BYU (17 points, 10 rebounds) with a career-high 36 points on Dec. 10 at LMU. Pruitt hit 13 of 19 shots from the floor, including 5 of 10 from three-point range. He became just the 12th Trojan to score at least 36 points in a game. For his efforts, Pruitt was named as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. It was his first selection and the 25th time a USC player has won the honor.
2004-05 SEASON IN REVIEW -- The Trojans entered the 2004-05 season with great expectations, as the team featured six experienced seniors, two exciting freshman recruits and a very talented sophomore, but they failed to find their identity and meet those expectations. The Trojans ended up the season 12-17, including a 10th-place finish and a 5-13 mark in the Pac-10. Coach Henry Bibby was relieved of his duties on Dec. 6 and assistant coach Jim Saia was elevated to interim head coach for the season. On Jan. 14, it was announced that Tim Floyd would become the Trojans' new head coach beginning April 1 and he joined USC as a Trojan assistant until the season was over, so he could begin recruiting.
TROJANS NAB FOUR PREP STANDOUTS -- The Trojans inked prep standouts Kasey Cunningham (Albuquerque, N.M.), Kevin Galloway (Sacramento, Calif.), Taj Gibson (Tarzana, Calif.) and Dwight Lewis (Katy, Tex.) to national letters of intent, it was announced by Trojan head coach Tim Floyd on Nov. 17. Cunningham, a 6-7 forward, is widely regarded as the top high school player in the state of New Mexico, where he avereged 17.9 points and 13.6 rebounds as a junior at Cibola High. Galloway, a 6-6 swingman, enters his senior season rated as one of the top guards in the state of California, coming off his junior season in which he was named the Sacramento Bee Player of the Year. He scored 11.9 points a game as a junior at Charter High and dished out a state-high 10.7 assists per game. Gibson, a 6-9 forward, averaged 21 points, 15 rebounds and nearly 10 blocks a game as a junior at Stoneridge Prep in Tarzana, Calif. He is ranked 28th nationaly by HoopMasters.com and 32nd by Rivals.com. Lewis, a 6-5 swingman from Metairie, La., averaged 27.5 points and 9.7 rebounds a game last seaosn as a junior at Archbishop rummel High, earning fourth-team Parade All-American honors. Due to the hurricane damage in Louisiana earlier this year, Lewis is attending James Taylor High in Katy, Tex.
41 Jeremy Barr (Fr.) Ht. - 6-8 Wt. - 265 New Providence, Bahamas (Houston Westbury Christian) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 9 (11/25) Reb. - 5 (11/30) Blocks - 1 (11/26) FTM - 2 (12/31) Steals - 1 (4x) Averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds while leading his high school to three TAPPS state titles Was named first-team all-state and led Westbury Christian to a 100-19 record in his three seasons Rated by RivalsHoops as the 28th-best high school power forward...came to America from the Bahamas in 2002 Scored five of USC's first nine points as they built a 9-1 lead vs. EWU on Nov. 25...finished with nine points and two boards Had eight points and a career-high five rebounds in 19 minutes on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside
42 RouSean Cromwell (Fr.)Ht - 6-10 Wt. - 215 Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy, Fla) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 17 (11/20) Reb. - 12 (11/20) Blocks - 4 (11/30) FTM - 4 (12/3) Steals - 3 (2x) Averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds a game in 2005 while earning all-district honors as a senior at IMG Academy Ranked the 14th-best center and 31st-best power forward in the country by RivalHoops Made quite a splash in Trojan debut with 17 points and 12 rebounds vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 20. It was the most rebounds by a USC freshman in a game since Sam Clancy had 14 on Feb. 6, 1999 Had 6 points, 6 rebounds & 3 blocks in 57-56 win vs. UAA on Nov. 26...had a career-high 4 blocks on Nov. 30 vs. UCR Suffered a fractured right foot in warm-ups on Dec. 23 when he stepped on a ball...expected to miss 6-8 weeks of action
44 Reed Doucette (Jr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 215 Lodi, Calif. (Lodi HS) Season Highs: Pts. - 0 (1---) Reb. - 0 (---) Blocks - 0 (---) FTM - 0 (---) Steals - 0 (---) Career Highs: Pts. - 4 (12/28/04) Reb. - 2 (112/28/04) Blocks - 0 (---) FTM - 0 (---) Steals - 0 (---) Enters his third season on the Trojan squad Appeared in eight games for USC last season and scored six points...made all three shots he took Walked on as a freshman for the 2003-04 season and did not see any action The former high school valedictorian is a mechanical engineering major with a business minor at USC
12 Ryan Francis (Fr.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 180 Baton Rouge, La. (Glen Oaks HS) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 15 (12/31) Reb. - 6 (3x) Assists - 8 (11/25) FTM - 9 (12/3) Steals - 4 (3x) 3FG - 2 (1/12) Averaged 22 points, five assists and three steals per game as a senior at Glen Oaks HS...led them to a perfect 36-0 record and the state 4-A title...Named 2005 Louisiana Class 4-A Player of the Year and was MVP in the state title game Had 12 points, four assists and five rebounds on Nov. 20 vs. CSUN...had five assists and key steal on Nov. 26 at UAA Had four points, six rebounds and eight assists on Nov. 25 vs. EWU...most assists by a Trojan since 12/11/04 (Gabe Pruitt) Made 9 of 10 free throws, including 5 out of 6 in the final 4:12 in 74-68 win vs. BYU on Dec. 3 Had 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals in upset win over North Carolina on Dec. 21 Scored a season-high 15 points, with four steals and no turnovers on Dec. 31 vs. Stanford...had key late steal and layup Had seven assists and a career-high tying six rebounds on Jan. 5 at ASU...set up winning shot with an offensive board Had four points and four rebounds on Jan. 14 vs. WSU...had a key steal and assist with 16 seconds left to preserve the win
40 Greg Gaudino (Sr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 195 La Canada, Calif. (La Canada HS) Season Highs: Pts. - 2 (12/18) Reb. - 0 (---) Blocks - 2 (12/18) FTM - 0 (---) Steals - 0 (---) Career Highs: Pts. - 2 (3x) Reb. - 4 (2/3/05) Blocks - 2 (12/18/05) FTM - 1 (2/3/05) Steals - 0 (---) Earned a scholarship for his senior year, after being a walk-on the last two seasons Played in 10 games for USC last season and scored five points...also grabbed five rebounds Played varsity basketball and volleyball at La Canada HS Had three rebounds, two blocks and two points in two minutes of action vs. Alcorn State on Dec. 18
11 Adam Goldston (Fr.) Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 185 Beverly Hills, Calif. (Montclair Prep) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 0 (---) Reb. - 0 (---) Assists - 0 (---) FTM - 0 (---) Steals - 0 (---) Helped lead Montclair Prep to a 25-8 record his senior season...played AAU ball for Pump `N' Run He and his brother become USC's third set of twins in the last three seasons, joining Derrick and Errick Craven (2002- 05) and Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart (2003-04) Is a business major at USC and would like to someday work in the entertainment industry
13 Ryan Goldston (Fr.) Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 165 Beverly Hills, Calif. (Montclair Prep) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 0 (---) Reb. - 0 (---) Assists - 0 (---) FTM - 0 (---) Steals - 0 (---) Joins his brother Adam as walk-ons on the Trojan team this season Helped lead Montclair Prep to a 25-8 record his senior season...was third on the team with 22 three-pointers made He and his brother become USC's third set of twins in the last three seasons, joining Derrick and Errick Craven (2002- 05) and Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart (2003-04)...Played AAU ball for Pump `N' Run...played his first minute on Dec. 23
21 Abdoulaye N'diaye (Jr.) Ht. - 6-11 Wt. - 230 Dakar, Senegal (College of Southern Idaho) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 11 (12/31) Reb. - 9 (12/18) Blocks - 4 (12/21) FTM - 3 (2x) Steals - 2 (12/18) Averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore at the College of Southern Idaho last season Helped lead CSI to a 3rd-place finish at the National JC tournament...tops on CSI with 92 blocks, 2nd with 202 rebounds Was ranked the No. 1 junior college center in 2005 by HoopScoop Scored eight points (4-for-6) and had three blocks on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington...also scored eight points on Dec. 10 at LMU and added two blocked shots; was 2-for-2 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the line on Dec. 16 Had four points, four rebounds and two blocks in 57-56 win at Alaska-Anchorage on Nov. 26 Had nine points (4-for-5) and a career-high nine rebounds on Dec. 18 vs. Alcorn State Had eight rebounds, four blocks and four points in win vs. North Carolina on Dec. 21 Scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in win vs. Stanford on Dec. 31
25 Sead Odzic (Fr.) Ht. - 6-3 Wt. - 180 Skokie, Ill. (Niles West HS) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 8 (1/12) Reb. - 4 (2x) Assists - 2 (12/3) FTM - 1 (3x) Steals - 1 (3x) 3FG - 2 (4x) Averaged 20 points, five rebounds and four assists as a senior at Niles West HS (Ill.) Shot better than 40 percent for his career from beyond the three-point stripe Named a three-time All- Central-Suburban South League first team selection and was an all-state selection Born in Yugoslavia and came to the US at the age of 4...speaks English and Serbian Was 2-for-3 from 3-point range and finished with seven points on Dec. 3 vs. BYU; 3rd on USC with 12 3-pointers made Hit two of three three-pointers and had six points in 66-65 win at ASU on Jan. 5 Scored a career-high eight points (2 of 4 three-pointers) and grabbed two rebounds on Jan. 12 vs. Washington
10 Chris Penrose (Jr.) Ht. - 6-0 Wt. - 160 San Diego, Calif. (Francis Parker HS) Season Highs: Pts. - 2 (11/30) Reb. - 2 (11/30) Assists - 0 (---) FTM - 0 (---) Steals - 1 (11/30) 3FG - 0 (---) Career Highs: Pts. - 3 (2x) Reb. - 2 (11/30/05) Assists - 1 (12/28/04) FTM - 2 (1/8/05) Steals - 1 (3x) 3FG - 1 (2x) Appeared in 11 games for USC last year and scored eight points...made both free throws he took and two three-pointers Received the Trojan Spirit award last year, after being so nominated by the coaching staff Named a team captain last season, the only non-senior to be selected as a captain; Put on scholarship for 2nd semester Was 1-for-3 with two rebounds in three minutes of action vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 30
34 Gabe Pruitt (So.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 170 Los Angeles, Calif. (Westchester HS) Season Highs: Pts. - 36 (12/10) Reb. - 10 (12/3) Assists - 6 (3x) FTM - 10 (12/31) Steals - 5 (12/29) 3FG - 6 (1/12) Career Highs: Pts. - 36 (12/10/05) Reb. - 10 (12/3/05) Assists - 8 (12/11/04) FTM - 11 (1/15/05) Steals - 5 (12/29/05) 3FG - 7 (2/17/05) Earned USC co-MVP honors and led the team in scoring as a freshman, averaging 12.3 points per game Led USC in points (356), average, three-point percentage (.450-a school record), assists (92), and steals (56) Was a first-team selection to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team; Scored in double-digits in 20 of 29 games Finished among the top 10 all-time among USC freshmen in points, average, field goals, field goal percentage, three- pointers, three-point percentage, free throw percentage, assists and steals Led USC with 17 points on Nov. 26 at UAA; Had five steals on Dec. 29 vs. Cal Had his first career double-double on Dec. 3 vs. BYU when he scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds Poured in a career-high 36 points on Dec. 10 at LMU to win Pac-10 Player of the Week...12th Trojan to score 36 or more Had 16 points (5 of 8 from three-point range), six rebounds, six assists and four steals in win vs. UNC on Dec. 21 Sealed USC's win over Stanford on Dec. 31 by making 10 or 12 FT, including 6-for-6 in the final 47 seconds...had14 points Scored 30 points in a 66-65 win at ASU on Jan. 5...hit 11 of 18 shots, including 5 of 11 three-pointers Scored 19 points at Arizona on Jan. 7, including hitting five of eight three-pointers in the second half Had a season-high six three-pointers and scored all of his 21 points in the second half on Jan. 12 vs. Washington Scored 20 points on 6 or 9 shooting on Jan. 14 vs. WSU...hit first five 3-pointers and finished 5 of 6 from beyond the arc
30 Collin Robinson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-0 Wt. - 170 West Covina, Calif. (Diamond Bar HS) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 4 (12/23) Reb. - 2 (3x) Assists - 1 (3x) FTM - 0 (---) Steals - 0 (---) 3FG - 1 (12/18) Averaged 25.9 points his senior season at Diamond Bar HS (Calif.)...made 103 of 255 three-point attempts (40 percent) Scored 802 points as a senior, breaking the school record previously held by NBA star Keith Van Horn Was a 2005 All-CIF Division 1-AA Southern Section first team selection...scored 42 points in a playoff win vs. Peninsula Played 10 minutes on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside and scored two points, grabbed two rebounds and dished out one assist Had three points, two rebounds and one assist in eight minutes of action on Dec. 18 vs. Alcorn State
15 Dwayne Shackleford (Sr.)Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 185 Washington, DC (Allegany College, MD) Season Highs: Pts. - 6 (11/30) Reb. - 3 (12/21) Assists - 4 (12/23) FTM - 4 (11/30) Steals - 3 (11/30) 3FG - 1 (2x) Career Highs: Pts. - 12 (11/22/04) Reb. - 4 (11/28/04) Assists - 7 (2/19/05) FTM - 5 (3/3/05) Steals - 3 (11/30/05) 3FG - 3 (2/17/05) Averaged 5.2 points as a junior after transferring to USC from Allegany College in Maryland Had his time limited due to injuries as a junior, suffering a lateral meniscus tear in his knee on the first day of practice His .778 free throw percentage (14 of 18) was tops on the team and earned him the Joe Barbato Award as the team's best player from the charity stripe; Is 5-for-6 from the line this season (.833) Averaged 21.4 points for Allegany College as a sophomore in 2004, earning NJCAA Division 1 All-America honors Played 20 minutes vs. ORU on Nov. 23 and led the team with three assists...had four points and two rebounds
3 Lodrick Stewart (Jr.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 220 Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS) Season Highs: Pts. - 23 (11/30) Reb. - 8 (12/31) Assists - 4 (3x) FTM - 5 (12/16) Steals - 4 (12/21) 3FG - 4 (2x) Career Highs: Pts. - 27 (12/11/04) Reb. - 8 (2x) Assists - 6 (12/31/04) FTM - 6 (12/4/04) Steals - 6 (1/8/04) 3FG - 5 (5x) Had 70 three-pointers to lead USC in 2004-05 and rank as the sixth-most ever made in a single season by a Trojan His twin brother Rodrick played at USC as a freshman and transferred to Kansas where he is eligible to play this season Scored 27 points on Dec. 11, 2004 at San Diego in USC's 87-75 win...made five of 11 three-pointers in that game Made his first six shots and 9 of 10 overall for a season-high 23 points on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside Led USC with 16 points, including 2-for-2 from three-point range, on Dec. 18 vs. Alcorn State Scored 18 points (4 of 5 from three point range), had five rebounds, four assists and four steals on Dec. 21 vs. UNC Had 19 points (3 of 6 from three point range), six rebounds, three assists and two steals on Dec. 23 vs. NC A&T Led USC with 18 points and eight rebounds in win vs. Stanford on Dec. 21 Had scored 16 points or more in each of the previous six games for a 17.2 average, before scoring just three - the game- winning shot with 2.1 seconds left - on Jan. 5 at ASU Scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds on Jan. 7 at Arizona; Had 15 points on Jan 12 vs. Washington
23 Keith Wilkinson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-9 Wt. - 215 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 5 (1/07) Reb. - 3 (11/30) Blocks - 1 (2x) FTM - 2 (1/07) Steals - - (---) Averaged 16 points and eight rebounds a game for Capistrano Valley HS (Calif.) during his senior season Led his team in rebounding (230) and three-point baskets (55)...was second on the team in points (471) and blocks (37) Scored 20 points per game in leading Capistrano Valley to the CIF Div. IIAA semi-finals, where they lost 57-54 to eventual champion Dominguez; His father, Jerry, played four years in the NFL for the Rams and Browns Had his first two career points and grabbed three rebounds on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside Scored four points and grabbed two rebounds on Dec. 23 vs. NC A&T Played 25 minutes on Jan. 7 at Arizona, after playing a total of 31 minutes in the first 14 games...had a career-high five points, including his first career three-pointer which gave USC the lead at 24-23 with 5:17 to go in the first half
1 Nick Young (So.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 200 Los Angeles, Calif. (Cleveland HS) Season Highs: Pts. - 32 (1/14) Reb. - 10 (3x) Assists - 6 (12/10) FTM - 9 (1/14) Steals - 3 (4x) 3FG - 3 (1/14) Career Highs: Pts. - 32 (1/14/06) Reb. - 10 (4x) Assists - 6 (12/10/05) FTM - 9 (1/14/06) Steals - 3 (4x) 3FG - 3 (5x) Earned USC co-MVP honors his freshman season as he scored 11.1 points per game Was third on the team in scoring, field goals made (123), three-point baskets (28) and second in free throws made (47) Finished among the Trojan freshman all-time top 10 in points, average, field goals, three-pointers and free throws made Had his first career double-double and led USC in scoring on Nov. 20 vs. CSUN (18 points/10 rebounds), but got in foul trouble in the first half and fouled out at the end of regulation in the Trojans' overtime loss Scored a then career-high 25 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington Had 12 points and eight rebounds on Nov. 26 at UAA...named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team Had 21 points on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside and has reached double figures in scoring in every game this season Recorded his second double-double of the season and of his career on Dec. 10 at LMU (13 points, 10 rebounds) Had 19 points, eight rebounds and two assists on Dec. 16 vs. WMU; Scored 18 points vs. UNC on Dec. 21 Scored 24 points, 16 in the second half, in USC's 66-65 win at ASU on Jan. 5...hit a three-pointer to tie game at 63-63 Had his third double-double of the season on Jan. 7 at Arizona, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds Scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds in the loss vs. Washington on Jan. 12 Scored a career-high 32 points, including making a career-best nine free throws, on Jan. 14 vs. Washington State
LEXUS GAUNTLET CHASE - The winner of each of the basketball games between USC and UCLA this season will earn their school five points in the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge. Points are awarded in the head-to-head competition between the two schools in 18 sports during the school year. This is the fifth annual Lexus Gauntlet Challenge competition, with each school winning the trophy twice. Currently, USC leads UCLA 25-10, having earned 10 points in football, 10 in women's volleyball and five in men's water polo.