USC Faces California In Pac-10 Tournament; Rematch Of Final Regular Season Game
March 6, 2006
The USC men's basketball team (17-12, 8-10) will play California (18-9, 12-6) on March 9 at 6:20 p.m. in their first game of the Pac-10 Tournament. USC faced Cal in the final regular season game and lost 71-60 in Berkeley, Calif. USC finished the season by dropping six of its last eight games. USC's 17 wins are the most it has had in a season since going 22-10 in 2002. USC won nine consecutive games from Nov. 25-Dec. 23, its longest winning streak since the 2001-02 season, when they also won nine straight. The last time USC lost three times to a team in the same season was in 1990 (Arizona).
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA -- California swept the season series with USC winning 62-58 on Dec. 29 at Staples Center and then 71-60 on March 4 at Haas Pavilion. The first win by the Bears snapped USC's nine-game winning streak. California has won eight of its last 11 games and is led in scoring by Leon Powe, who is averaging 20.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. California leads the all-time series with USC, 123-113.
USC IN THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT -- The Trojans will be playing the in the Pac-10 Tournament (March 8-11) as the sixth seed on March 9. USC is 6-7 in Pac-10 Tournament play, reaching the finals in 2002 and 2003. USC is 2-1 vs. Stanford, 1-0 vs. ASU, 1-0 vs. WSU, 1-1 vs. California, 1-2 vs. Oregon and 0-3 vs. Arizona in the conference tournament. The Trojans have not played UCLA, Oregon State or Washington in the Pac-10 Tournament. The winner of the No. 6 USC-No. 3 California game will play on March 10 at 8:50 p.m. vs. the winner of the game between No. 2 seed Washington and the winner of No. 7 Oregon/No. 10 Washington State.
FINALLY FULL STRENGTH -- The game on March 2 at Stanford was USC's first with everyone available since the Dec. 21 victory over North Carolina. At the time USC was 8-2, then Cromwell went down before the Dec. 23 game vs. North Carolina and Gabe Pruitt missed five games from Feb. 9-25.
PRUITT AND YOUNG EARN PAC-10 HONORS -- Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young were two of the 10 players selected to the All-Pac-10 Team by a vote of Pac-10 coaches. Young leads USC in scoring (17.2) and rebounds (6.7) per game and Pruitt is second on the Trojans in scoring (16.7) and second in the conference in steals (54) and three-pointers made per game (2.71). Pruitt and Young become the first pair of Trojans to make the All-Pac-10 Team since Duane Cooper and Harold Miner were selected in 1992.
FRANCIS HONORABLE MENTION PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN -- USC freshman point guard Ryan Francis was named as an honorable mention to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Francis is third among conference players in steals (46) and sixth in total assists (107). He averaged 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
BIG GAME HUNTERS-- With the win over then-No. 15 UCLA on Feb. 19 and the win vs. then-No. 17 North Carolina on Dec. 21, USC has defeated two top-20 ranked opponents in a season for the first time since the 2002-03 season (Oregon-No. 19, Stanford-No14).
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 260-142 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.
TAKING NOTICE OF FLOYD -- From Dick Vitale's Hoops World Column in USA Today on Feb. 14: 'Have your fun now with Southern California. Trust me on this: In three years, Tim Floyd will have his team vying for a Pac-10 title. He has set the tone already this year with quality wins against North Carolina and Arizona. Yes, my friends, things are going to get better on the USC campus, especially when the new field house is completed. That will pay big dividends in the world of recruiting.'
FIRST-YEAR SUCCESS FOR FLOYD -- In his first season at the helm of the Trojans' basketball program, Tim Floyd has guided USC to a 17-12 record. His win total is one of the best ever by a USC men's basketball coach in their first season:
100 YEARS OF HOOPS AT USC -- The Trojans are playing their 100th season of intercollegiate basketball and have a 1,391-1,004 record. The Trojans had a .500 or better record in 70 of the first 99 seasons.
PRUITT BACK IN ACTION -- Gabe Pruitt missed five games with a tibial plateau fracture in his left knee, but returned to action on March 2 and scored 13 points. He has scored 25 points in his first two games back, but is shooting just 7-for-26 (6-for-20 in 3-ptrs) from the field.
TROJANS LOSING THE BOARD GAMES -- USC was outrebounded 38-30 at Cal on March 4, the 20th time in 29 games they were beaten on the boards. USC was outrebounded 1045-931 for the season. USC was -4.0 rebounds a game, the most in the conference and one of four teams not to be plus in rebounds per game. When USC outrebounded Stanford on March 2 (36-35) it marked just the fourth time in conference play they had more rebounds than the opponent. In the 11 games prior to that, USC had been outrebounded by 106 (401-295) or by an average of 9.6 rebounds per game. USC defeated Arizona on Feb. 2 despite being outrebounded by 15 (45-30).
COMMITTED TO DEFENSE -- USC has held the opposition under 40 percent shooting 10 times this season, but only twice in conference games (Cal - Dec. 29 and Stanford-March 2). For the season, USC's opponents are making 43.0 percent of their shots, which ranks as fourth best among conference teams. 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 18 of the first 29 games, USC has held the opposition to under 70 points.
CROMWELL IS BACK -- Freshman forward RouSean Cromwell made his first appearance in a game on Feb. 23 vs. Oregon, two months after fracturing his right foot prior to the game on Dec. 23 vs. North Carolina A&T, when he stepped on a ball during warm-ups. At the time of the injury, he was averaging 4.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
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).
TROJANS AT HOME -- The Trojans finished 11-5 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. Including 2005-06, USC has had a .500 or better record at home in each of the last eight seasons (starting with 1998-99) for a combined record of 76-38 (.667). USC played two 'home games' at Staples Center this season, losing to California on Dec. 29 and beating Stanford on Dec. 31.
TROY'S YOUNG GUN -- Sophomore swingman Nick Young scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds (10 offensive) in a 89-84 win vs. Oregon State on Feb. 25, his fourth double-double of the season and of his career. He was 11-for-19 from the floor and 10-for-11 from the free throw line in the game. He previous best in points had been 32 on Jan. 14 vs. Washington State. He has scored 25 or more points five times this season. Through 29 games, Young is averaging a team-leading 6.7 rebounds and 17.2 points per game. Young was held to eight points on Jan. 18 at UCLA, his first and only game this season not reaching double figures in scoring. His streak of 17 consecutive games reaching double figures in scoring was the most by a Trojan since Desmon Farmer also went 17 straight games reaching double digits during the 2003-04 season. Young is one of three Pac-10 players (along with Cal's Leon Powe and Stanford's Matt Haryasz) to rank in the top 10 in both scoring (4th) and rebounding (6th).
PRUITT CAN DO IT -- Gabe Pruitt scored 30 points in the win at Oregon on Jan. 28, the third time this season he has scored at least 30 points. He becomes the ninth Trojan ever to score 30 or more points three times in a single season, the first since Harold Miner in 1992 (11 times). There have only been three Trojans with more 30-point games in one season: Miner (11-1992), John Block (8-1966) and Derrick Dowell (5-1987).
TAKING STOCK IN THE BLOCK -- USC has 98 blocks this season, after getting 76 last season. Abdoulaye N'diaye has 47 blocks this season and ranks third in the conference in total blocks. 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. N'diaye's 47 blocks are the fifth most in a single season by a Trojan, one behind Sam Clancy for fourth who had 48 blocks in 2002.
STEWART SHOOTING UP THE CHARTS -- Junior guard Lodrick Stewart is ninth in career scoring among active Pac-10 players with 955 points, the highest scoring junior. He also is fifth among active Pac-10 players with 155 three-pointers made. The 155 three-pointers rank seventh on USC's all-time three-point field goals made list, one behind Phil Glenn (156). 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 41.0 percent clip for the season (50-for-122), the fourth-best percentage among Pac-10 players.
NOT INTO CHARITY... -- USC has not hit better than 70 percent in free throws in a season since 2000-01 (70.6 percent). USC has made 69.0 percent of their free throws this season (387-for-561), ninth among Pac-10 teams. USC has been better of late, hitting 73.5 percent (125-for-170) in the last nine games.
THEY'VE DONE IT BEFORE... -- USC probably needs to win nine consecutive games to win the national championship (3 in the Pac-10 tourney). The Trojans are one of 38 out of 334 Division-I schools to have won nine consecutive games this season.
FRESHMAN FRANCIS MAKING HIS MARK -- Freshman Ryan Francis scored a career-high 18 points on Feb. 23 vs. Oregon. He made seven of 10 shots, including 2-for-3 from three-point range in the game vs. Oregon. 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. Francis registered eight assists again on Feb. 4 vs. Arizona State. In his first 29 games, Francis is averaging 7.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals. In the win vs. Stanford on Dec. 31, he scored 15 points, had four steals, two assists and no turnovers. Francis has posted eight turnover-free games this season. He grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in the 72-20 overtime win at OSU on Jan. 26.
THE MEN OF STEAL -- USC is third among conference teams in steals with 217 and is averaging 7.48 per game. The Trojans are third in the conference in turnovers induced with 487. USC forced 28 Washington turnovers on Jan. 12. Gabe Pruitt (54) is second and Ryan Francis (46) is third in steals among Pac-10 players. Six times this season USC had forced 20 or more turnovers.
OF NOTE... -- USC is 7-2 in games they have at least as many rebounds as the opposition, the only losses being the season opener against CSUN an the last game at Stanford on March 2. USC is 4-1 in games decided by two or fewer points, the loss being the March 2 game at Stanford. USC is 13-0 in games they lead at the half this season.
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. 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.
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 (2x) 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 Was 2-for-3 with three rebounds on Jan. 18 at UCLA; has hit 17 of his last 31 shots (54.8 percent) Had seven points and three rebounds on Feb. 4 vs. Arizona State, his most points since Dec. 31 vs. Stanford (8)
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 (2x) Steals - 3 (3x) 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...returned to action on Feb. 23
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; 0-for-2 this season Walked on as a freshman for the 2003-04 season and did not see any action; 0-for-2 with a rebound on Feb. 9 at UW 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. - 18 (2/23) Reb. - 7 (1/26) Assists - 8 (2x) FTM - 9 (12/3) Steals - 4 (3x) 3FG - 2 (4x) 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 15 points, with four steals and no turnovers on Dec. 31 vs. Stanford...had key late steal and layup Had seven assists and 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 Had a career-high seven rebounds on Jan. 16 at Oregon State; Had 11 points and four assists at Oregon on Jan. 28 Matched career high with eight assists on Feb. 4 vs. Arizona State; Had 12 points and four rebounds vs. UCLA on Feb. 19 Scored a career-high 18 points, three assists and three rebounds on Feb. 23 vs. Oregon...has no turnovers in eight games
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 Played four minutes at Washington on Feb. 9 and had a foul and took a charge Made first career start on Feb. 11 at Washington St...scored the first points of the game (only shot) and had two rebounds
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)
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. - 13 (2/25) Reb. - 10 (2/25) Blocks - 4 (3x) FTM - 4 (1/26) 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; has 11 blocks in his last three games Scored eight points (4-for-6) and had three blocks on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington; also scored eight points (4-for-5) 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 nine points (4-for-5) and a career-high nine rebounds on Dec. 18 vs. Alcorn State...also nine boards on Feb. 11 at WSU Had eight rebounds, four blocks and four points in win vs. North Carolina on Dec. 21 Scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in win vs. Stanford on Dec. 31 Had 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 26 Had 10 points, four rebounds and matched a career high with four blocks on Feb. 19 vs. UCLA...4 more blocks on Feb. 23 Scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for first career double-double on Feb. 25 vs. OSU
25 Sead Odzic (Fr.) Ht. - 6-3 Wt. - 180 Skokie, Ill. (Niles West HS) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 9 (2/4) Reb. - 4 (2x) Assists - 4 (2/4) FTM - 1 (4x) Steals - 1 (4x) 3FG - 3 (2/4) Averaged 20 points, five rebounds and four assists as a senior at Niles West HS (Ill.); Hit 40 percent of 3's in his HS career 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; T-3rd on USC with 22 3-pointers made Hit two of three three-pointers and had six points in 66-65 win at ASU on Jan. 5 Scored eight points (2 of 4 three-pointers) and grabbed two rebounds on Jan. 12 vs. Washington Made first career start and had three points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers at OSU on Jan. 26 Had career highs in points (9), three-pointers made (3) and assists (4) on Feb. 4 vs. Arizona State
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 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 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 of 9 shooting on Jan. 14 vs. WSU...hit first five 3-pointers and finished 5 of 6 from beyond the arc Had 30 points on 8 of 12 shooting, including tying his season high with 6 three-pointers on Jan. 28 at Oregon...had 5 boards Had a career-high seven steals and a game-high 25 points in the 77-70 win vs. Arizona on Feb. 2 Led USC with 22 points (6-for-13 from 3-pt. range) in loss vs. ASU on Feb. 4; 7-for-26 (26.9 pct) in 2 games since return
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 (4x) 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. - 15 (2/9) Reb. - 5 (1/18) Assists - 5 (2/11) FTM - 8 (1/18) Steals - 3 (11/30) 3FG - 4 (2/9) Career Highs: Pts. - 15 (2/9/06) Reb. - 5 (1/18/06) Assists - 7 (2/19/05) FTM - 8 (1/18/06) Steals - 3 (11/30/05) 3FG - 4 (2/9/06) 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 Was tops on USC in 2005 in free throws (.778) earning him the Joe Barbato Award as USC's best from the charity stripe Averaged 21.4 points for Allegany College as a sophomore in 2004, earning NJCAA Division 1 All-America honors Led USC with a then-career-high-tying 12 points on Jan. 18 at UCLA...his 5 rebounds led USC and were a career high Had a career-high 15 points and made a career-best four three-pointers at Washington on Feb. 9 Keyed USC's win vs. UCLA on Feb. 19 with 12 points (all in second half), while going 4-for-4 from the field and 4-for-5 in FT
3 Lodrick Stewart (Jr.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 220 Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS) Season Highs: Pts. - 23 (11/30) Reb. - 8 (2x) Assists - 4 (3x) FTM - 7 (2/25) Steals - 4 (12/21) 3FG - 4 (3x) Career Highs: Pts. - 27 (12/11/04) Reb. - 8 (3x) Assists - 6 (12/31/04) FTM - 7 (2/25/06) 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 Scored 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting (4-for-4 from three-point range) in overtime win at OSU on Jan. 26 Had 22 points and tied a career high with 8 rebounds on Feb. 25 vs. OSU...also made a career-high 7 free throws (7-for-8) Led USC with 17 points on March 2 at Stanford and with 16 points on March 4 at California
23 Keith Wilkinson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-9 Wt. - 215 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS) Season/Career Highs: Pts. - 5 (1/07) Reb. - 9 (2/2) Blocks - 1 (3x) FTM - 2 (3x) Steals - 1 (2/9) 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 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 Had four points and a career-high nine rebounds in win vs. Arizona on Feb. 2...also played a career-high 32 minutes
1 Nick Young (So.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 200 Los Angeles, Calif. (Cleveland HS) Season Highs: Pts. - 33 (2/25) Reb. - 14 (2/25) Assists - 6 (12/10) FTM - 13 (2/9) Steals - 3 (5x) 3FG - 3 (1/14) Career Highs: Pts. - 33 (2/25/06) Reb. - 14 (2/25/06) Assists - 6 (12/10/05) FTM - 13 (2/9/06) Steals - 3 (5x) 3FG - 3 (5x) Earned USC co-MVP honors his freshman season as he scored 11.1 points per game 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 all but one game (Jan. 18 at UCLA) 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 a then career-high 32 points, including making nine free throws, on Jan. 14 vs. Washington State Led USC with 25 points and hit the game-winning shot with 0.8 seconds left in overtime win at Oregon State on Jan. 26 Came up short of a double-double on Jan. 28 at Oregon, scoring 16 and getting nine rebounds...also had three assists Again just missed a double-double finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds in win vs. Arizona on Feb. 2 Led USC with 28 points, seven rebounds and three steals at Washington on Feb. 9...made a career-high 13 free throws Had a career-high 33 points and 14 rebounds (10 offensive) in win vs. OSU on Feb. 25...fourth double-double of career