USC To Face Oregon State On Saturday In Corvallis
Jan. 5, 2007
The USC men's basketball team (12-4, 2-1) will continue their first Pac-10 road trip of the season when they travel to play at Oregon State (8-7, 0-2) on Jan. 6 in Corvallis, Ore. The 12-4 start by USC is its best since beginning the 2002 season 13-3.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE -- Oregon State is 8-7 after falling at home to UCLA 71-56 on Jan. 4. The Beavers are led in scoring by junior Marcel Jones, who is averaging 15.7 points per game. USC swept the season series with OSU last year, winning 72-70 in overtime at Corvallis, Ore. and 71-68 in Los Angeles. USC leads the all-time series 61-54 and have won three straight over the Beavers. USC has played more overtime games against OSU (16) than any other opponent and are 5-11 in those games. Since 1990, nine of the 17 games USC has played at Gill Coliseum have been decided by three points or less and five games went into overtime.
USC BEATS No. 16 OREGON -- Nick Young scored 19 points, including the tie-breaking basket with 21 seconds left to lead USC to an 84-82 win over previously undefeated No. 16 Oregon on Jan. 4 in Eugene, Ore. Taj Gibson had 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks for his eighth double-double of the season. USC's other three starters Gabe Pruitt (18), Lodrick Stewart (14) and Dwight Lewis (10) also scored in double figures. USC trailed 41-35 at halftime, but outscored the Ducks 49-41 in the second half on the strength of 63 percent shooting.
UCLA ON DECK -- USC will return home after the Oregon State game and will not play until taking on No. 1 UCLA (14-0, 3-0) on Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Galen Center. The 2006 NCAA runner-up Bruins are led in scoring by junior Arron Afflalo (16.4 ppg). USC and UCLA split the season series in 2005-06 with each team winning its home game, the Bruins winning 66-45 on Jan. 18 and the Trojans winning 71-68 on Feb. 19. USC has beaten UCLA six of the last 10 times they have played and has won five of the last seven times it has played the Bruins at home.
THE OREGON TRAIL -- When USC won on the road at Oregon and Oregon State last season, it was the first time it had a road sweep at the Oregon schools since 1997. If they can win Saturday at Corvallis, it will be the first time accomplishing the feat in consecutive seasons since the 1971 and 1972 seasons. The Trojan trio of Lodrick Stewart, Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young all scored in double figures in the two games in the state of Oregon last season and in the game at Oregon on Jan. 4. In the last three games in the state of Oregon, Stewart has scored 46 points, Pruitt 58 points and Young 60 points.
TAKING A DEFENSIVE STAND -- USC has held 14 of 16 opponents to 40.4 percent or less from the floor and 12 of 16 under 40 percent shooting. USC has held eight teams (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 .352 percentage for the season, fourth best in the country behind Texas A&M, UCONN and Maryland. USC has held the opposition under 40 percent shooting in 22 of the 46 games Tim Floyd has been the head coach (47.8 percent), whereas in the previous two seasons, they accomplished the feat 8 times in 57 games (14 percent).
BEATING THE BEST -- USC is 3-1 vs. ranked opponents this season. The three wins against Top 25 teams are the most in a season since also beating three ranked teams during the 2003 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 272-147 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 29-17. 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.
HOLDING THEM DOWN WITH 'D' -- USC had held eight opponents to under 60 points this season. It is the most games in a season holding an opponent to 59 points or less in a season by the Trojans since they did it nine times in 1993. The next best season was in 1987 when they accomplished the feat 13 times.
HOW GOOD HAS GIBSON BEEN? -- On Jan. 4 at Oregon freshman Taj Gibson picked up his conference-leading eight double-double of the season with 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Already, he has cracked the all-time USC freshman season top 10s in rebounds (7th with 153), free throws attempted (T10th with 75) and blocks (5th with 31). He also is on a pace to set the school freshman field goal percentage (.643) and his 9.6 rebounds per game average matches the best ever by a USC freshman (Cliff Robinson in 1978).
MONEY FROM THE LINE -- Freshman Daniel Hackett has hit 48 of 54 free throws this season for a 88.9 percentage, second best in the Pac-10. Hackett had made 16 consecutive free throws before missing at Oregon on Jan. 4.
THE SECOND CENTURY OF HOOPS AT USC -- The Trojans are beginning their second century of intercollegiate basketball and have a 1,403-1,009 record. The Trojans have had a .500 or better record in 71 of the first 100 seasons.
HOME WINNING STREAK SNAPPED -- USC's loss to Washington State on Dec. 30 snapped a nine-game home winning streak, 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 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.
INJURY UPDATES -- Freshman forward Kasey Cunningham is recovering from left knee surgery (ACL). He is expected to redshirt this season.
PRUITT BACK ON TRACK -- 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. He has started the three games since then and shined. On Dec. 28 vs. Washington, he scored 18 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out a game-high six assists and had a steal. He followed that game up with nine points, four rebounds, an assist and two blocks in the game vs. Washington State on Dec. 30. On Jan. 4 at Oregon, Pruitt had 18 points, four rebounds and three assists.
TROJANS TAKING STOCK IN THE BLOCK -- USC has 68 blocks in the first 16 games, including a season-high nine blocks in the game on Jan. 4 at Oregon. Taj Gibson leads the Trojans with 31 blocks and sophomore RouSean Cromwell has nine. Gibson had seven blocks on Jan. 4 at Oregon, tying him for the fourth best single-game total by a Trojan and the most by a Pac-10 player this season.
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 eight double-doubles (points-rebounds) in his first 16 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 14 of 16 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 1,171 career points, ranking him 18th 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 32-for-80 from beyond the arc on the season (.400).
THE BATTLE OF THE BOARDS -- USC was outrebounded 37-35 at Oregon on Jan. 4, but has outrebounded eight of its 16 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 11.7 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 11-3 this season.
DEFENDING THE THREE -- USC's last three opponents have hit 30 of 72 three-point shots (41.7 percent), but the Trojans have held the opponents to 29.3 percent shooting from three-point range this season (103-for-352).
FORTIFIED BY FRESHMEN -- The Trojan freshman are playing a big role for USC. First-year players Taj Gibson (16), Daniel Hackett (12), Dwight Lewis (3) and Kevin Galloway (1) have all started this season. Gibson leads the team in rebounding (9.6) and is third in scoring (13.2). The Trojans have seven freshmen on the squad (one redshirting) and they have combined to score 41.3 percent of USC's points and have played 45.8 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 72.4 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. He now has scored 1,108 career points to rank 24th on USC's all-time list, eight points behind Jaha Wilson (1994-97). Young is shooting 62.5 percent from the field over the last eight games (60-for-96), including 10-for-21 from three-point range (.476).
YOUNG SURGES IN THE SECOND HALF -- Nick Young has scored in double figures after halftime in seven of the last nine games. In those games he has scored 50 points in the first half and 112 points after the break.
LET ME ASSIST YOU -- USC had 13 assists and 10 turnovers at Oregon on Jan. 4, just the third time all season they have had more assists than turnovers in a game. Point guard Daniel Hackett leads USC with 55 assists and in the last eight games has 30 assists and just 10 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; Has not played since the K-State game 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 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 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 Had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks on Jan. 4 at Oregon...tied for 4th most blocks in a game by a Trojan
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 30 assists and 10 turnovers in the last eight 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 Scored 11 points and had one assist in 21 minutes vs. Washington State on Dec. 30 Made third start at Oregon on Jan. 4 and had 10 points and five rebounds
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 Scored 18 points and hit three key three-pointers in the win at Oregon on Jan. 4
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 Had 14 points vs. B-CC on Dec. 14...held scoreless on Dec. 23 vs. Wichita St. for 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 187 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 Started again on Dec. 30 vs. Washington State and did not score, but grabbed a season-high eight rebounds
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 tied for 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; 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 eight games is 60-for-96 from the field (.625) including 20-for-21 (.476) from 3-point range
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