USC To Face Washington State On Saturday
Dec. 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- The USC men's basketball team (11-3) will take on the Washington State Cougars (11-2) on Dec. 30 at 3:00 p.m.at the Galen Center. USC has won its last nine home games and has won six of its last seven overall. USC has not won their first two Pac-10 games in a season since the 2001-02 season when it won at Washington and Washington State.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE -- The Washington State Cougars are 11-2 this season, following a 55-52 loss at UCLA on Dec. 28. They already own wins against UAB, San Diego State and then-No. 18 Gonzaga. WSU was picked to finish last in the Pac-10 following a last-place finish in 2005-06, but new head coach Tony Bennett has them opening some eyes, garnering Top 25 votes. WSU and USC split their games last season with both teams winning at home. USC won 71-66 on Jan. 14 and WSU won 60-47 on Feb. 11. USC has lost five of six to the Cougars, but lead the all-time series 63-37.
USC DEFEATS SECOND STRAIGHT RANKED OPPONENT -- USC defeated No. 14 Washington 86-79 in double-overtime on Dec. 28 at the Galen Center, its second straight win over a ranked opponent. USC defeated then No. 8 Wichita State 60-56 on Dec. 23 in the Las Vegas Classic. It marked the first time USC has won consecutive games against ranked opponents since March 13 and 14, 2003 when they beat No. 14 Stanford and No. 23 California in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nick Young led USC over Washington with 25 points and Taj Gibson added his seventh double-double of the season (22 points and 10 rebounds).
TRIP TO OREGON ON DECK -- The Trojans will make their first Pac-10 road trip of the season next week when they travel up north to face the Oregon Ducks on Jan. 4 and the Oregon State Beavers on Jan. 6. Oregon is 12-0 and ranked No. 20, one of just four undefeated teams in the country. They have six players averaging in double figures. Oregon State is 8-5 and is led in scoring by junior Marcel Jones, who is averaging 15.8 points per game. Oregon and Oregon State will play each other on Dec. 30 to open their Pac-10 slate.
GETTING COMFORTABLE IN THE NEW HOME -- USC has won their last nine 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 it won the first 10.
THE DEFENSE IS THE DIFFERENCE -- USC held Wichita State to a season-low 38.0 percent shooting on Dec. 23, the 12th opponent in 14 games held under 40 percent shooting by the Trojans. USC has held eight opponents (SMC, MVSU, LMU, Kansas, GW, B-CC, LU and WSU) to their season-low shooting percentage to that date. USC is holding the opposition to a .343 percentage for the season, third best in the country behind UCONN (.328) and Texas A&M (.331). USC has held the opposition under 40 percent shooting in 22 of the 44 games Tim Floyd has been the head coach (50.0 percent), whereas in the previous two seasons, they accomplished the feat eight times in 57 games (14 percent).
QUICK STARTS -- USC is off to an 11-3 start, just the sixth time in the last 30 seasons the Trojans have started 11-3 or better through 14 games. If USC were to defeat WSU, it would be the team's best start since beginning 13-2 in the 2001-02 season.
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 271-146 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 28-16. 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. 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 1,402-1,008 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 will 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 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.
MONEY FROM THE LINE -- Freshman Daniel Hackett has hit 47 of 52 free throws this season for a 90.4 percentage, second best in the Pac-10. Hackett has hit his last 15 free throws.
INJURY UPDATES -- Freshman forward Kasey Cunningham is recovering from left knee surgery (ACL). He is expected to redshirt this season.
PRUITT REALLY BACK NOW -- All-Pac-10 guard Gabe Pruitt played in his first game on Dec. 22 following a semester of academic ineligibility, but was a combined 0-6 from the field with two points in his first two games. In this third game, Dec. 28 vs. Washington, he started and scored 18 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out a game-high six assists and had a steal. Pruitt was second on USC and fifth in the conference in scoring last season with a 16.9 points per game average.
TROJAN TAKING STOCK IN THE BLOCK -- USC has 54 blocks in the first 13 games, including a season-high seven blocks in the game on Nov. 18 vs. Saint Mary's. Freshman Taj Gibson leads the Trojans with 22 blocks and sophomore RouSean Cromwell has nine.
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 seven double-doubles (points-rebounds) in his first 14 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 12 of 14 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 1,149 career points, ranking him 20th all-time on USC's scoring list and first among active career scorers in the Pac-10. 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 27-for-68 from beyond the arc on the season (.397).
WINNING THE BOARD GAME -- USC was edged in rebounds 39-38 by Washington who has won the battle of the boards in its first 12 games, but USC has outrebounded seven of its 14 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.
SOMETIMES TWO CAN BE BETTER THAN THREE -- 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 10.9 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 11-2 this season.
DEFENDING THE THREE -- Despite Washington hitting 13 of 26 three-point shots on Dec. 28, USC has held its opponents to 28.1 percent shooting from three-point range this season (86-for-306).
FORTIFIED BY FRESHMEN -- The Trojan freshman are playing a big role for USC in the first 10 contests. First-year players Taj Gibson (14) and Daniel Hackett (12) have started almost every game for USC, Dwight Lewis has started two and Kevin Galloway one. Gibson leads the team in rebounding (9.4) and is third in scoring (13.0). The Trojans have seven freshmen on this squad and they have combined to score 41.7 percent of USC's points and have played 46.5 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 72.8 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.
YOUNG SHOOTING UP THE CHARTS -- 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 to give him 1,015 career points scored to rank 30th on USC's all-time list. He now has scored 1,075 career points to rank 27th, 10 points behind Paul Westphal (1970-72). Young is shooting 60.5 percent from the field over the last six games (46-for-76), including 8-for-16 from three-point range (.500).
LET ME ASSIST YOU -- USC had 12 assists and 10 turnovers vs. Wichita State on Dec. 23, just the second time all season they have had more assists than turnovers in a game. Point guard Daniel Hackett leads USC with 49 assists and in the last six games has 24 assists and just eight turnovers.
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 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 vs. Longwood on Dec. 19; Made first career start on Dec. 23 vs. Wichita State
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 has a 9.4 rebounds per game average (4th in conference) Had 18 points & grabbed 10 rebounds Dec. 17 vs. CSU; Had 6th double-double (10 pts/10 reb) on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood Scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 2 OT win vs. Washington on Dec. 28th...7th double-double
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 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 24 assists and eight turnovers in the last six games Had 14 points on Dec. 22 vs. Kansas State, hitting 3-for-4 from the fields and all eight free throws Scored 12 points, had five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in win vs. Wichita State on Dec. 23
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; Also scored eight on Dec. 22 vs. Kansas State Made second start on Dec. 23 vs. Wichita State and had three rebounds, but did not score in 10 minutes of action
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) Was 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 After missing the first 11 games, played on Dec. 22 vs. Kansas State and Dec. 23 vs. Wichita State...0-for-6 from field Made first start on Dec. 28 vs. Washington and scored 18 points with six assists, three rebounds and one steal
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...held scoreless on Dec. 23 vs. Wichita State for the first time since Nov. 30, 2004 vs. LaSalle Scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on Dec. 17 vs. Charleston Southern for his first career double-double Has 182 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 six 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 Made first career start on Dec. 23 vs. Wichita State...had four points and a rebound...hit 2 key free throws down the stretch Made second straight start on Dec. 28 vs. Washington and scored five points, grabbed five rebounds and had two assists
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 & had 9 boards on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU; Had 18 points, an assist, block & steal in win vs. LMU Dec. 2 Leads the team in scoring, is third 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; Matched a career high (sixth time) with three steals vs. Kansas State on Dec. 22 Scored his 1,000th career point in the game on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood, becoming the 31st Trojan to reach that plateau Scored a season-high 26 points on 12-for-15 shooting to help lead USC to a 60-56 win vs. Wichita State on Dec. 23 Had 25 points (23 after the first half) in the win vs. Washington on Dec. 28...it was his 9th career game of 24 or more points In the last six games is 46-for-76 from the field (.605) including 8-for-16 (.500) from 3-point range