USC To Face Kansas State On Friday in Las Vegas
Dec. 20, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- The USC men's basketball team (9-2) will take on the Kansas State Wildcats (8-3) on Dec. 22 at 5 p.m.at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. as part of the Las Vegas Classic. The winner of the USC-Kansas State game will play the winner of the Wichita State-New Mexico game at the Orleans Arena on Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The other two teams will square off on Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. USC has won four in a row and nine of its last 10 games overall.
SCOUTING KANSAS STATE -- The Wildcats are 8-3, having won four straight games, the last being a 79-58 win vs. MD-Eastern Shore on Dec. 19. Senior Cartier Martin leads Kansas State in scoring, averaging 15.8 points per game. Freshman Billy Walker, former high school teammate of USC recruit O.J. Mayo, played in his first game on Dec. 17 and scored 15 points and followed that up with 11 points in the win on Dec. 19 vs. MD-Eastern Shore. KSU leads the all-time series with USC 2-1, but the Trojans won the last time they met, 81-80 on Dec. 6, 1976. The Wildcats have scored at least 79 points in each of their last five games.
TROJANS SHARP VS. LONGWOOD -- Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart both scored 17 points to lead the Trojans to an 83-53 win vs. Longwood on Dec. 19 at the Galen Center in their second game of the Las Vegas Classic. The Trojans shot a season best for a half of 71.3 percent in the first half to take a 44-23 lead at the break and never looked back. Taj Gibson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for his Pac-10 leading sixth double-double.
WICHITA ST. OR NEW MEXICO ON DECK -- USC will play either Wichita State or New Mexico in its final game of the Las Vegas Classic on Dec. 23. Wichita State is 9-0 and ranked No. 8 in the country. The Shockers have four players averaging double figures in scoring and a fifth averaging 9.7 points per game. New Mexico is off to an 8-2 start. They are led in scoring by J.R. Giddens (a transfer from Kansas), who is averaging 18.4 points per game. The Lobos have seven players scoring at least six points per game.
GETTING COMFORTABLE IN THE NEW HOME -- USC has won their last eight home games, following the season-opening overtime loss to South Carolina on Nov. 16. The last time USC won more consecutive home games in a season was during the 2000-01 campaign when they won their first 10.
USC TOPS IN DEFENSE -- USC held Longwood to a season-low 29.4 percent shooting on Dec. 19. They were the seventh USC opponent (SMC, MVSU, LMU, Kansas, GW, B-CC and LU) that was held to its season-low shooting percentage through games of Dec. 19. USC has held 10 of 11 opponents to under 40 percent this season (CSU shot 40.4 percent) and to a .328 percentage for the season, tops in the country (through games of Dec. 19):
Team FGM FGA FG Percentage USC 217 661 .328 Connecticut 185 555 .333 Texas A&M 194 565 .343 * Courtesy of Stats, Inc.
USC has held the opposition under 40 percent shooting in 20 of the 41 games Tim Floyd has been the head coach (48.8 percent), whereas in the previous two seasons, they accomplished the feat eight times in 57 games (14 percent).
IN TIM WE TRUST -- The arrival of head coach Tim Floyd brought great excitement to the USC campus and with good reason. Floyd has an impressive track record in the collegiate ranks along with his NBA experience. He brings 18 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and owns a 269-145 record in his 14 seasons as a college head coach at Idaho (1987-88), New Orleans (1989-94), Iowa State (1995-98) and USC (2005-06). His record at USC is 26-15. Eight of his first 13 seasons, Floyd has taken 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 13 years have made it to the NBA, including three players that did not even play high school ball.
SWINGMAN YOUNG OPENING EYES -- USC's and the Pac-10's top returning scorer is junior guard/forward Nick Young. Young averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season, one of only three Pac10 players to rank in the top 10 in both categories. Young was voted the 2005-06 USC team MVP and as a freshman, shared MVP honors with Gabe Pruitt.
TROJANS TOPS IN RETURNING PRODUCTION -- The Trojans lead the Pac-10 in returning production with 83.7 percent of their scoring and 86.5 percent of their rebounding from the 2005-06 season returning (includes Pruitt's numbers). USC also leads with 96 percent of their blocked shot producers returning. The Trojans have the conference's top two returning scorers from last season (Young - 17.3 and Pruitt 16.9) and the fourth-leading rebounder in Young (6.6). Senior Lodrick Stewart entered the season as the top active career scorer in the Pac-10.
THE SECOND CENTURY OF HOOPS AT USC -- The Trojans are beginning their second century of intercollegiate basketball and have a 1,400-1,007 record. The Trojans have had a .500 or better record in 71 of the first 100 seasons.
2005-06 SEASON IN REVIEW -- The Trojans entered the season coming off a last place Pac-10 finish and with their two of their top three turning scorers being sophomores, but quickly gelled as a team and made great strides. After losing their first two games of the season, USC ran off a nine-game winning streak, their longest since the 2001-02 season, including a 74-59 win over the defending NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels. Freshman forward RouSean Cromwell went down with a foot injury after that game which hindered USC's rebounding success the rest of the season. USC had a 15-6 record after a home upset win over Arizona on Feb.2, but stumbled down the stretch, dropping seven of their final nine games. All-Pac-10 guard Gabe Pruitt suffered a knee injury during that stretch and missed five games of action. One of the wins at the end of the season while Pruitt was out was a 71-68 victory over eventual NCAA runner-up UCLA. The Trojans lost to California 82-67 in the first-round of the Pac-10 Tournament to end their season.
THE SCHEDULE -- The Trojans are scheduled to play five games against teams entering the season ranked in the AP top 10 (Kansas-1, UCLA-2, Arizona-2) and may face six opponents garnering top 25 votes in the preseason: Kansas, UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Wichita St. and George Washington. According to the Sagarin preseason ratings, USC would play 12 games against opponents ranked in the top 50. USC is scheduled to potentially play eight games against Sports Illustrated's preseason Sweet 16.
PAC-10 PRESEASON RANKINGS -- The Trojans were picked to finish in sixth place in the Pac-10 conference this season, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. UCLA was picked to win the conference with 335 votes, followed by Arizona (280), Washington (236), Oregon (193), California (177), USC (160), Stanford (127), Oregon State (75), Arizona State (69) and Washington State (54). Last season, USC was a preseason No. 8 pick and they finished sixth.
QUICK START -- USC's 9-2 start matches last season's 11-game start. If USC wins, it will be its best start since beginning the 2001-02 season at 13-2.
INJURY UPDATES -- Freshman forward Kasey Cunningham is recovering from left knee surgery (ACL). He is expected to redshirt this season.
PRUITT EXPECTED BACK VS. KANSAS STATE -- All-Pac-10 guard Gabe Pruitt is expected back on the active roster following a semester of academic ineligibility. He missed 11 games. Pruitt was second on USC and fifth in the conference in scoring last season with a 16.9 points per game average. He has 131 career three-pointers in his first two seasons, the most in the first two seasons by a player in school history.
TROJAN TAKING STOCK IN THE BLOCK -- USC has 47 blocks in the first 11 games, including a season-high seven blocks in the game on Nov. 18 vs. Saint Mary's. Freshman Taj Gibson leads the Trojans with 20 blocks and senior Abdoulaye N'diaye and sophomore RouSean Cromwell each have seven.
GIBSON MAKING SUDDEN IMPACT -- Trojan freshman forward Taj Gibson had 18 rebounds on Nov. 24 vs. Long Beach State, the most by a Trojan since Jeff McMillan also had 18 rebounds on Feb. 25, 2004 vs. UCLA and the most by a Pac-10 player this season. The last Trojan with more rebounds in a game was David Bluthenthal who tied the school record with 28 on Jan. 20, 2000 vs. Arizona State. Bluthenthal tied Cliff Robinson's school and freshman record of 28 rebounds set on Jan. 20, 1978 vs. Portland State. Gibson has six double-doubles (points-rebounds) in his first 11 games, the most among conference players. Gibson was held to five points vs. LMU, snapping his streak of scoring in double figures at five games, the first USC freshman to score in double digits in his first five collegiate games since Tom Lewis during the 1985-86 season (first nine games). He has reached double figures in scoring in all of the other games.
THAT'S A LOD OF POINTS -- Senior Lodrick Stewart reached the 1,000 points scored mark on Nov. 24 against Long Beach when he made a layup two minutes into the second half. He finished that night with 16 points. He currently has 1,132 career points, ranking him 20th all-time on USC's scoring list and first among active career scorers in the Pac-10 (Arron Afflalo has 1,091). On Dec. 2 vs. LMU, Stewart made a career-high six three-pointers (6-for-9) and then added five (5-for-8) at Kansas on Dec. 4. He is 26-for-60 from beyond the arc on the season (.433).
WINNING THE BOARD GAME -- USC outrebounded Longwood 45-30 and has outrebounded seven of its 11 opponents. Last season USC outrebounded the opposition in just eight of 30 games. The Trojans had 47 rebounds in the opener (most since getting 50 in the 2005-06 opener) and 40 in their second game, the first time USC had recorded back-to-back games of 40 or more rebounds since Dec. 3 and Dec. 6, 2003. The 58 rebounds USC collected on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU were its most in a game since also grabbing 58 boards on Feb. 27, 1997 vs. Oregon. USC has five game of 40 or more rebounds this year and had just six all of last season.
STARTING TO FIND THE RANGE FROM BEYOND THE ARC -- USC is 39-for-87 (44.8 percent) from three-point range in the last eight games. USC averaged 19 three-pointers per game last season and took a conference-high 20.4 per Pac-10 game in 2005-06. USC is averaging just 11.0 three-point shots per game this season, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Last season when USC took 15 or less shots from behind the arc, they were 8-1 and are 9-1 this season.
DEFENDING THE THREE -- USC has held its opponents to 27.6 percent shooting from three-point range (68-for-246).
FORTIFIED BY FRESHMEN -- The Trojan freshman are playing a big role for USC in the first 10 contests. First-year players Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett have started all 11 games and Dwight Lewis has started one. Gibson leads the team in rebounding (10.1) and is third in scoring (12.8). The Trojans have seven freshmen on this squad and they have combined to score 41.6 percent of USC's points and have played 50.5 percent of the team's minutes.
N0THING FOUL ABOUT THIS SHOOTING -- The Trojans hit 33 of 38 foul shots (86.8 percent) on Dec. 9 vs. George Washington. It was the team's best percentage in a game since making 87.0 percent vs. Washington on March 6, 2003 and the most made free throws in a game since also making 33 on Jan. 20, 2000 vs. Arizona State. USC has made 72.5 percent of its free throws this season, second best in the conference. USC has shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line just one season (2001) in the last 20 years.
HOW RARE WAS THAT COMEBACK? -- USC's comeback from a 20-point deficit in the second half (38-18) to win 74-65 vs. George Washington at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Dec. 9 was the biggest since also staging a 20-point second-half comeback vs. BYU (down 23-43) on Dec. 23, 2000 to win 70-67. It was just the third time in the last 15 seasons that USC came back from a 20-point deficit to win, the other being Dec. 7, 1996 at UNC Charlotte.
SECOND HALF MAGIC -- The 58 points USC scored in the second half on Dec. 9 vs. GW were its most in a half since scoring 60 points in the second half at Washington State in a 97-90 win on Jan. 2, 2003. The Trojans have only scored more than 58 points in a half four times in the last 11 seasons. The Trojans followed that up with a 55-point second half against against Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14 and a 47-point second half against CSU. In the last four games, USC has won the second half by a composite score of 199-120. For the season, USC has outscored the opposition 439-331 in the second half (not counting overtime) and has outscored its opponent in the second half in all nine wins.
YOUNG SCORES 1,000TH POINT -- Junior swingman Nick Young's tip-in one minute into the game on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood was his 1,000th career point, the 31st Trojan to reach the 1,000 career points scored plateau. Young joined teammate Lodrick Stewart who eclipsed the 1,000 career points total on Nov. 24 vs. Long Beach State. Young scored 17 in the game and now has 1,015 career points scored to rank 30th on USC's all-time list, five points behind Dan Anderson (1972-74) who had 1,020.
20 Kyle Austin (Fr.) Ht. - 6-7 Wt. - 195 Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena HS) Averaged 21 points and seven rebounds in leading Pasadena High to a 25-4 record as a senior Was named Pacific League MVP as a senior and shared the honors as a junior; 2-time Star News Player of the Year Named to the P-E Division1-A first team and was a LBPT 2006 Best in the West third-team selection Scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in 10 minutes of action vs. The Citadel on Nov. 21 Scored a season-high five points and had four rebounds on Nov. 28 vs. MVSU Played a season-high 19 minutes, scoring 2 points & grabbing 3 rebounds, during USC's comeback win vs. GW on Dec. 9
42 RouSean Cromwell (So.)Ht - 6-11 Wt. - 217 Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy, Fla) Appeared in 15 games as a freshman, averaging 4.2 points and 4.5 rebounds; 9 pts. vs. Cal Poly Pomona in exhibition win Made quite a splash in Trojan debut with 17 points and 12 rebounds vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 20, 2005. Had six points and three rebounds in the opener vs. South Carolina; Had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks vs. St. Mary's Scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and 2 blocks on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU...it was his most points since the 2005-06 opener (17) Had six points and a season-high six rebounds on Nov. 28 vs. MVSU; Had 4 points, 2 rebounds & 1 block vs. LMU Was 2-for-2 from the field, scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and registered a block in win on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood
43 Kasey Cunningham (Fr.)Ht. - 6-7 Wt. - 220 Albuquerque, N.M. (Cibola HS) Averaged 22.0 points and 15.0 rebounds with six blocks per game as a senior at Cibola High Led team to a 13-1 record before suffering a season-ending left knee injury...had ACL surgery, missed the rest of the season Began season widely regarded as the top player in New Mexico; Named to the LBPT Best in the West second team Has not played this season as he continues to rehabilitate his left knee and will likely redshirt
44 Reed Doucette (Jr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 212 Lodi, Calif. (Lodi HS) Enters his fourth season on the Trojan squad; Appeared in four games last season and had one rebound in seven minutes Appeared in eight games for USC as a sophomore and scored six points...made all three shots he took The former high school valedictorian is a mechanical engineering major with a business minor at USC Had a steal and assist in one minute of action on Dec. 14 vs. Bethune-Cookman
13 Kevin Galloway (Fr.) Ht. - 6-7 Wt. - 200 Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento HS) Averaged 17.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a senior; Led Sacramento High to a 29-6 reocrd Registered 10 double-doubles in points and rebounds and scored a season best of 34 points as a senior Named to 2006 LBPT Best in the West first team; Rated the 88th-best prospect as a senior by Scout.com Is second on USC in assists with 28; Scored 8 points (6 of 7 from the line) on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU; 4 assists vs. LMU Had a season high in points (13) and had five rebounds in the win vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14 Had a season-high six rebounds and made his only shot in the win vs. Charleston Southern on Dec. 17 Had five points and a season-high six assists in the win vs. Longwood on Dec. 19
22 Taj Gibson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-9 Wt. - 210 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Calvary Christian HS, Calif.) Played last season at Calvary Christian High in San Fernando, Calif. which played an abbreviated schedule As a sophomore and junior at Stoneridge Prep in Tarzana, Calif., averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks per game Rated the 7th-best power forward and 32nd overall by RivalsHoops; USA Today ranked him as the 33rd best prospect Led USC with 16 points and 14 rebounds vs. South Carolina on Nov. 16...it was the most rebounds by a USC freshman since Sam Clancy also had 14 on Feb. 6, 1999; Had 10 points and 18 rebounds vs. LBSU on Nov. 24 (2nd double-double) Led USC with 14 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 28 vs. MVSU for third double-double...scored in double figures in his first five games, the first USC freshman to score in double digits his first five games since Tom Lewis (1985-86 season-9) Had 15 points and nine rebounds on Dec. 4 at Kansas; Had 16 points and 17 rebounds on Dec. 9 vs. GW Leads the conference with six double-doubles and a 10.1 rebounds per game average Had a season-high 18 points & grabbed 10 rebounds Dec. 17 vs. CSU; Had 6th double-double (10 pts/10 reb) on Dec. 19
30 Terence Green (So.) Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 176 Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Irvine Valley College) Transfered to USC for the spring semester last season and practiced as a walk-on, but was ineligible for competition Played high school ball at Aliso Niguel High; Helped lead the team to a 28-4 record his senior year Was second-team all-CIF, All-Sea View League (3 years) and third-team All-Orange County
11 Daniel Hackett (Fr.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 205 Downey, Calif. (St. John Bosco HS) Originally a 2007 recruit, he graduated early by finishing his high school work this summer and enrolled at USC a year early Averaged just over 20 points a game at St. John Bosco; Ranked the 6th-best 2007 prospect in California by Rivals.com Was on the Division 2A All-CIF team in 2004 and 2005; Named a first-team selection to the 2005-06 LBPT Dream Team Had 13 points, including two key three-point plays down the stretch in the opener vs. South Carolina on Nov. 16 Leads USC with 43 assists; Had 6 assists on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU; Had 7 points, 3 assists & 3 steals vs. LMU Had a career-best 18 points, all in the second half to help key USC's comeback win vs. GW on Dec. 9...was 11-for-11 from the free throw line, the most makes without a miss from the charity stripe by a Trojan since Brandon Granville was also 11-for-11 on Jan. 19, 2002; Had a season-high seven assists in the game vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 1 Again had 7 assists in the win on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood; Has 18 assists and four turnovers in the last three games
15 Dwight Lewis (Fr.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 200 Metairie, La. (James Taylor HS, Tex.) Played his senior season at James Taylor High in Katy, Tex. after being uprooted from Louisiana by hurricane Katrina Scored 21 points per game as a senior in helping lead his team to a 17-10 record; Named first team All-Region As a junior at Archbishop Rummel High in Metairie, La., he averaged 27.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game Scored 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting and had 4 rebounds iin win vs. St. Mary's; Had 10 points vs. The Citdadel Made his first start on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU and had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals; Had 5 rebounds at Kansas Matched career highs in rebounds (5) and assists (3), while scoring 11 points in win vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14 Had eight points on 3-for-5 shooting on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood
21 Abdoulaye N'diaye (Sr.) Ht. - 6-11 Wt. - 220 Dakar, Senegal (College of Southern Idaho) Played in all 30 games (24 starts) for USC last season, averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game Scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds on Feb. 25, 2006 vs. Oregon State Had 47 blocks as a USC junior and his 1.57 blocks per game average ranked third among Pac-10 players Ranked the No. 1 junior college center in 2005 by HoopScoop; Scored 17 and had 14 rebounds in Cardinal & Gold game Had five rebounds and four points on Nov. 16 vs. South Carolina; Did not start on Nov. 24, but had 7 rebounds in 11 minutes Had 12 points (6-for-6 shooting) and nine rebounds vs. LMU on Dec. 2, both totals one under his career highs Made his only shot and both free throws, but fouled out in 17 minutes at Kansas on Dec. 4 Made 10 consecutive shots (6-for-6 vs. LMU, 1-for-1 at Kansas, 1-for-1 vs. GW & 2-for-2 vs. B-CC) before missing vs. B-CC Had seven points and five rebounds in 20 minutes against Charleston Southern on Dec. 17
10 Chris Penrose (Sr.) Ht. - 6-0 Wt. - 172 San Diego, Calif. (Francis Parker HS) Fourth season in the Trojans program...began as a freshman walk-on for the 2003-04 season, but saw no action Appeared in 11 games for USC in 2004-05 and scored eight points...made both free throws he took and two three-pointers Named a team captain as a sophomore and enters his third season as a captain (along with N'diaye this season) Hit a three-pointer, grabbed a rebounds and had an assist in four minutes of action vs. MVSU on Nov. 28
34 Gabe Pruitt (Jr.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 170 Los Angeles, Calif. (Westchester HS) Academically ineligible for the first semester; Started 25 games last season and averaged 16.9 points Named to the 2005-06 All-Pac 10 first team and to the NABC District 15 first team Scored a career-high 36 points on Dec. 10, 2005 at LMU which helped him earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honor Scored 30 or more three times, the ninth Trojan to accomplish that in a single season and first since 1992 (Harold Miner) Earned USC co-MVP honors and led the team in scoring as a freshman, averaging 12.3 points per game Nailed seven three-pointers on Feb. 27, 2005 at Stanford to tie for the second most three-pointers in a game by a Trojan Is expected to be eligible for the game against Kansas State
3 Lodrick Stewart (Sr.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 210 Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS) Entered this season as the active career points leader in the Pac-10; Averaged 12.3 last year in 30 games, 25 starts Made 50 of 126 three-pointers last season (39.7 percent) to rank sixth in the Pac-10 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 USC lost on Dec. 4 Scored a career-high 27 points on Dec. 11, 2004 at San Diego in a 87-75 win...made five of 11 three-pointers in that game Had 11 points and five rebounds on Nov. 16 vs. South Carolina...scored the Trojans' first points in the Galen Center Let USC with 19 points and tied his then career high (4th time) with 8 rebounds in win vs. St. Mary's on Nov. 18 Scored 16 points & passed the 1,000 points scored plateau in the game on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU (30th Trojan to 1,000 points) Had 21 points & hit a career-high 6 three-pointers (6-for-9) on Dec. 2 vs. LMU; Had 23 points & 5 threes at Kansas Dec. 4 Scored 19 of his 21 points after halftime as USC came from 20 down to defeat GW 74-65 on Dec. 9 at the Wooden Classic Scored 14 points vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14...has reached double figures in scoring in all but 1 game (9 vs. MVSU) Scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on Dec. 17 vs. Charleston Southern for his first career double-double Has 181 career three-point baskets, third all-time by a Trojan...Desmon Farmer is second with 203
2 Ryan Wetherell (Fr.) Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 165 Calgary, Canada (Sir Winston Churchill HS) Played three years of varsity at Sir Winston Churchill High; Was starting point guard and team MVP as a senior Averged 30 points and eight assists as a senior; Helped lead his Junior Trojans club team to the provincial championship three straight years, earning MVP honors each season (2004-06) Had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal to help lead the Gold team to victory in the Cardinal & Gold game Scored his first two points as a Trojan in his first game on Nov. 21 vs. The Citadel Scored a season-best three points and had an assist and steal in four minutes vs. Bethune-Cookman Has scored in three of the five games he has appeared
23 Keith Wilkinson (So.) Ht. - 6-10 Wt. - 220 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS) Appeared in 19 games as a freshman, averaging 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds..had bests of 5 points and 9 rebounds 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 five points and seven rebounds and hit his second career three-pointer on Nov. 28 vs. MVSU Made his only shot, grabbed a rebound and dished out an assist in four minutes of action vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14 Scored a career-high six points and grabbed six rebounds in 11 minutes of action on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood
1 Nick Young (Jr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 200 Los Angeles, Calif. (Cleveland HS) Entered this season as the top returning scorer in the Pac-10; Was the 2005-06 USC team MVP Averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds last year, one of three players in the Pac-10 to rank in the top 10 in both categories Named to the 2005-06 All-Pac-10 first team and to the NABC District 15 first team; Scored double figures in 29 of 30 games Scored a career-high 33 points on Feb. 25, 2006 vs. Oregon St.; Had 32 points vs. WSU on Jan. 14, 2006 Averaged 27.2 points and 10.8 rebounds as a senior at Cleveland High in Reseda, Calif....tabbed by HoopScoop as the seventh-best player in the country...scored 56 points in one game and had 23 rebounds in another Scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the opener on Nov. 16 vs. South Carolina Scored 24 points (7th time 24 or more in career) on 8 of 9 shooting in win vs. The Citadel on Nov. 21 Led USC with 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU Had 18 points, an assist, block and steal in win vs. LMU on Dec. 2; Had 13 points and 4 rebounds on Dec. 9 vs. GW Is tied for the team lead in scoring, is second in rebounding and third in assists on the team Led USC with 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in win vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14...followed that up with 17 points vs. Charleston Southern Scored his 1,000th career point in the game on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood, becoming the 31st Trojan to reach that plateau In the last three games is 23-for-37 from the field (.622) including 5-for-9 (.556) from 3-point range