No. 22 USC Opens Pac-10 Play At California On Thursday
Dec. 31, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF -- The No. 22 USC men's basketball team (9-3) will face California (9-2) at Haas Pavilion on Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Five of USC's next seven games will be on the road, where the Trojans are 2-0.
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA -- California is 9-2 this season, 8-1 in home games. The Bears have been led in scoring by sophomores Ryan Anderson (22.2 ppg, leads the Pac-10) and Patrick Christopher (17.0 ppg). Senior DeVon Hardin is averaging nearly a double-double with a 9.8 points per game average and an 9.9 rebounds per game. Five California players are averaging at least 8.0 points per game. USC won both games against California last season, but trails in the all-time series 115-124.
TROJANS FINISH STRONG AGAINST UC RIVERSIDE -- USC trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and five in the second half, but rallied to defeat UC Riverside 70-57 at the Galen Center on Dec. 29. The Trojans trailed 39-34 two and one-half minutes into the second half before a three-pointer by O.J. Mayo at the 17:12 mark ignited a 14-4 run and gave the Trojans the lead for good. UCR was held to eight points in the final 10 minutes (3 on FTs with 0.1 second left) and shot 26.9 percent in the second half and 32.8 for the game. Mayo led all scorers with 20 points and had a season-best eight rebounds.
STANFORD CARDINAL ON DECK -- No. 24/22 Stanford is 11-1 this season with a game at home vs. UCLA on Jan. 3 before facing the Trojans on Jan. 5 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal are 8-0 at home this season. Stanford is led in scoring by Brook Lopez (19.3 ppg), Anthony Goods (12.8 ppg) and Robin Lopez (10.4 ppg). USC was 2-1 vs. Stanford last season, but lost the game at Stanford 65-50 on Jan. 25, 2007. USC leads the all-time series 116-115. USC has lost its last five games at Stanford.
MAYO MAKING HIS MARK -- USC's O.J. Mayo has scored 234 points in his first 12 games, the most by a Pac-10 freshman through 12 games since the 1996-97 season, according to Stats, Inc.
TROJANS RISE IN THE FALL -- USC is the first school in history to have a team reach the NCAA championship game in men's water polo (lost) and women's soccer (won), the NCAA Final Four in women's volleyball (lost in semis) and a BCS bowl game in football, all in the same fall semester as the Trojans have done in 2007.
THE PAC-10 ROAD CAN BE ROUGH -- USC has had only two winning Pac-10 road records in the last 15 seasons, going 5-4 away from home in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Despite that, USC has won seven of its last nine Pac-10 road openers, including winning 84-82 at Oregon last season to snap the Ducks' unbeaten streak at 13. Last year USC went 4-5 on the road in the Pac-10 slate by losing the last two road games at Washington and Washington State. Only 11 times in the last four years has a Pac-10 team posted a .500 or better road record in conference play (27.5 percent).
A RECORD START FOR FLOYD -- Tim Floyd has an impressive track record in the collegiate ranks along with his NBA experience. He brings 20 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and owns a 294-158 record (9-3 in 2007-08) in his 15 seasons as a college head coach at Idaho (1987-88), New Orleans (1989-94), Iowa State (1995-98) and USC (2005-07). Floyd posted a 42-25 record in his first two seasons as USC's head coach, the most wins by a Trojan coach in his first two seasons. Nine of his first 14 seasons, Floyd has taken his team into the postseason (6 NCAA, 3 NIT). Floyd has helped the development of his student-athletes at each stop, as 12 players in his 14 years have made it to the NBA, including three players that did not even play high school ball.
KEEP AN EYE ON GIBSON -- USC sophomore forward Taj Gibson was one of 50 men's basketball players selected to the preseason Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy lists, the early front-runners for college basketball's coveted trophies. Gibson is USC's leading returning scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.2 points and 8.7 rebounds last season. He set two school freshman records last season with 321 rebounds and 69 blocked shots.
THE RETURNS ARE IN... -- Last season USC entered the season with the leading returning point production (83.7 percent) and rebounding (86.5 percent) among Pac-10 teams. This season, USC ranks last in the conference in returning scoring (40.2 percent) and eighth in rebounding (63.6 percent). The Trojans also return just 17.4 percent of their three-point scoring, 10th in the Pac-10. Despite being just a sophomore, Taj Gibson entered the season with the eighth-most career blocks (69) among Pac-10 players.
A HISTORY OF WINNING -- The Trojans have compiled a record of 1,425-1,020 in their first 102 years of intercollegiate basketball competition. The Trojans have had a .500 or better record in 72 of the first 101 seasons.
2006-07 SEASON IN REVIEW -- The Trojans were coming off a 17-13 season in 2005-06 and were anchored by veterans Nick Young (Jr.), Gabe Pruitt (Jr.) and Lodrick Stewart (Sr.) each reaching the 1,000 points scored plateau during the season. The Trojans went 10-2 in their first 12 games, with an overtime loss to South Carolina in the season and Galen Center opener and a 10-point loss at Kansas. USC defeated then No. 8 Wichita St. in the LV Classic and followed that up with a double-OT win against No. 14 Washington to begin conference play. USC made it three consecutive wins over a ranked opponent when the won in early January at Oregon, handing the Ducks their first loss of the season. USC did not lose consecutive games all season until the final two regular season games at Washington and Washington State. USC advanced to the Pac-10 finals with wins over Washington State and Stanford, before falling to Oregon in the championship game. USC cruised to victories over Arkansas (77-60) and Texas (87-68) in the NCAA Tournament, before losing to North Carolina in the East Regional semi-finals, 74-64.
TROJAN TIDBITS -- USC does not have a senior on the roster...USC has a preseason Wooden Award and Naismith Award candidate (Taj Gibson) for the first time since 2001 when Sam Clancy and David Bluthenthal were Wooden Award candidates and Clancy was a Naismith candidate...Gibson is also ranked as the No. 10 center in the country by The Sporting News and the No. 7 center by Lindy's...Gibson has been named a preseason third-team All-American by Rivals. O.J. Mayo is on the Bob Cousy Award candidates watch list and is rated the No. 2 point guard by The Sporting News and the No. 7 point guard by Lindy's. He also was named a preseason first-team All-American and picked as the Player of the Year by ESPN's Andy Katz and ESPN's Doug Gottlieb listed Mayo as a first-team preseason All-American. Mayo has also been selected by Collegehoops.next as the preseason Freshman of the Year.
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 339 votes, followed by Washington State (273), Oregon (240), Arizona (238), Stanford (205), USC (184), California (140), Washington (132), Arizona State (81) and Oregon State (38). Last season, USC was a preseason No. 6 pick in the conference and finished tied for third.
INJURY UPDATES -- Kasey Cunningham tore his left ACL and meniscus on Dec. 12 and had surgery on Dec. 28. He is expected to be out until next season.
FACING THE BEST -- USC's 2007-08 schedule features four games against teams ranked in the top four in the country and 13 potential games against teams ranked in the ESPN/USA Today and AP preseason Top 25. USC's win over SIU on Nov. 25 gives them 11 wins over Top 25 teams in the last 3 seasons, tied for the 6th-most in the country with Ohio St., according to STATS, Inc. USC's 9 wins over ranked teams in the last two seasons are second only to UCLA's 12.
ROAD WARRIORS -- With wins at The Citadel and at South Carolina, USC is 2-0 on the road to start the season for just the second time in the last seven seasons, the other time being 2005-06 when they started 3-0. USC's 2-0 start on the road is just the fourth time in the last 32 seasons it has begun with a 2-0 record away from home. The Trojans were 4-6 in their 10 road games last season, 4-5 in conference on the road, with a non-conference loss at Kansas.
HACKETT'S TRIPLE-DOUBLE EARNS HIM TSN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Guard Daniel Hackett was named The Sporting News National Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 12-18, as he averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds, while making 71.4 percent of his shots. Hackett, who had missed six weeks with a broken jaw which was wired shut until Nov. 9 and returned to full practice for the first time on Nov. 12, scored a career high 21 points in his first game back in the 74-47 win at The Citadel on Nov. 15 and followed that up with a new career best of 22 points in the 85-75 win at South Carolina on Nov. 17. In the South Carolina game, Hackett also had career highs in rebounds (10) and assists (10) for a rare triple-double, the first by a Trojan player in at least 30 seasons.
DYNAMIC DEBUT FOR MAYO -- O.J. Mayo scored 32 points in his collegiate debut on Nov. 10 vs. Mercer, a new USC record for a freshman in his first collegiate game. His 32-point total also are the sixth-most by a Trojan freshman in a single game, with the record being 39 by Cliff Robinson on Feb. 2, 1978 vs. California. The 32 points scored by Mayo were also the most in a game by a player in the two-year history of the Galen Center.
USC Top Single-Game Freshman Scoring Records 39 - Cliff Robinson, Feb. 2, 1978 vs. California 37 - Harold Miner, Dec. 28, 1989 vs. Central Connecticut State 37 - Harold Miner, Jan. 25, 1990 vs. Oregon State 35 - Cliff Robinson, Jan. 20, 1978 vs. Portland State 34 - Harold Miner, Feb. 15, 1990 vs. Stanford 32 - O.J. Mayo, Nov. 10, 2007 vs. Mercer
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED -- On a roster that features no seniors and just three juniors, the Trojans will be relying on the underclassmen to handle much of the scoring. In the first 12 games, USC's freshmen scored 437 of the 837 points (52.2 percent) and the freshman and sophomores accounted for 798 of the 837 points (95.3 percent). The 95.3 percent of the team's scoring coming from underclassmen is the highest in the country.
GIBSON IS DOUBLE TROUBLE -- Sophomore forward Taj Gibson had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the 60-50 win vs. San Diego on Nov. 22, his second double-double of the season. He also had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the game vs. Mercer on Nov. 10. He now has 13 career double-doubles (points and rebounds).
LOUISIANA LIGHTNING -- Trojan sophomore guard Dwight Lewis, who grew up in Metairie, La. but was uprooted by hurricane Katrina to Katy, Texas, scored a career-best 18 points in the wins at South Carolina on Nov. 17 and vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17. He has scored in double-figures in seven of 12 games this season. Lewis reached double-figures in scoring eight times in his freshman season.
NOTHING FREE AT THE LINE -- USC has shot 60 percent or less from the free throw line in five of 12 games this season. In the last game vs. UC Riverside on Dec. 29, USC made 65.0 percent of its shots from the charity stripe (13-for-20). USC's best game from the line was on Nov. 17 at South Carolina when they made 23 of 27 free throws (85.2 percent). In the first 12 games, the Trojans have hit just 66.7 percent of their free throws (172-for-258). Last season as a team USC hit 71.5 percent of its free throws, its best mark since hitting 71.8 percent from the charity stripe in 1984. USC has has out-shot its opponents from the free throw line 258-158 in the first 12 games.
NO MERCY FROM MERCER -- USC's first-game opponent Mercer shot 59.4 percent (38-for-64) from the field on Nov. 10 at the Galen Center. It was the highest shooting percentage in a game by a Trojan foe since UCLA made 60.7 percent of its shots on Feb. 24, 2005.
DEFENSIVELY DRIVEN -- The 96 points allowed and 59.4 shooting percentage by Mercer in the first game on Nov. 10 were quite an aberration for Tim Floyd's teams since he arrived on the USC campus. Last season, USC held 21 of 37 opponents to under 40 percent shooting and 27 of 37 to under 42 percent from the floor. In the first two seasons of the Tim Floyd era, the Trojans held 31 of 67 opponents to 40 percent of less from the floor. The fact that USC was outshot from the floor (59.4 percent to 40 percent) was also out of the ordinary. Last year the Trojans shot better than their opponents in 31 of 37 games. The 96 points was also the most points by an opponent since Tim Floyd became USC's head coach for the 2005-06 season. USC held UC Riverside to 32.8 percent shooting and to 57 points in the game on Dec. 29. USC has held 27 opponents to under 60 points in Tim Floyd's first 79 games as USC's head coach. The Trojans have held 10 of their 12 opponents this season to 38.2 percent shooting or less, making it 41 times in the first 79 games (51.9 percent) under Floyd that USC has held its opponent to under 40 percent shooting.
GIBSON MOVES UP THE CHARTS -- Sophomore Taj Gibson had six blocks on Nov. 16 at The Citadel, the most since he had a career-high seven blocks on Jan. 4, 2007 at Oregon, which had tied for the fourth most in a game by a Trojan. He had four blocks against Memphis on Dec. 4 and four more on Dec. 29 vs. UC Riverside and now has 92 career blocks which ranks him seventh on USC's all-time shot block list. Avondre Jones is sixth with 101 career blocks as a Trojan.
JEFFERSON RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE -- Trojan freshman forward Davon Jefferson had 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds on Dec. 4 vs. Memphis for his first career double-double. He scored 17 points vs. Delaware St. on Dec. 17 and is averaging 15.0 points (105 total) and 6.9 rebounds (48 total) in the last seven games. The five-star recruit from Lynwood, Calif. played in his first game on Nov. 22 vs San Diego and scored five points in 19 minutes and hasn't slowed down since. Jefferson had his early season progress slowed due to a left knee injury in the preseason. He then led USC with 20 points in the Anaheim Classic finals win over Southern Illinois on Nov. 25 and with 23 points in his first career start on Nov. 29 vs. Oklahoma.
MAYO NAMED ANAHEIM CLASSIC MVP -- USC's O.J. Mayo was named the MVP of the Anaheim Classic as he averaged 18.0 points and 3.7 rebounds helping lead USC to the title with wins over San Diego, Miami (OH) and Southern Illinois.
TROJANS SURVIVE TOUGH TESTS -- USC went 2-2 in a stretch of playing three of four games against ranked opponents, which began with a 70-45 win over No. 19 Southern Illinois Nov. 25. USC then defeated Big 12 power Oklahoma (66-55) in a Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series Game. USC then lost to No. 4 Kansas (59-55) on Dec. 2 and followed that up with a 62-58 overtime loss to No. 2 Memphis on Dec. 4 in New York City. In all, beginning with the first game of the Anaheim Classic on Nov. 22, the Trojans played six games in 13 days with four of the opponents being 2006-07 NCAA Tournament teams and posted a 4-2 record in that stretch.
GREAT START FOR MAYO -- O.J. Mayo has scored in double figures in all 12 games this season, the first Trojan freshman to reach double digits in scoring for the first 12 games of his career.
STINGY DEFENSE -- USC has held its last nine opponents to 62 points or less and to an average of 54.4 (490 total) points per game. If you add in the 74-47 win at The Citadel, USC has held 10 of 12 teams it has faced to 62 points or less. The last time USC held its opponents to 62 points or less for nine consecutive games was in the 1950 season (Jan. 27-March 3, 1950). The last time USC held its opponents to 62 points or less in more games was in the 1949 season when they accomplished the feat 10 straight times (Jan. 15- March 4, 1949).
TROJANS CAPTURE ANAHEIM CLASSIC TITLE -- USC defeated No. 19 Southern Illinois 70-45 on Nov. 25 to capture the inaugural Anaheim Classic title at the Anaheim Convention Center. USC shot 59.5 percent from the floor, while holding the Salukis to 32.7 percent shooting. Davon Jefferson led the Trojans with 20 points. Southern Illinois had defeated its first three opponents by an average of 18.7 points. USC's 70 points marked just the third time in the last 40 games that SIU had allowed 70 or more points. USC had defeated San Diego (60-50) in the first round and Miami of Ohio (57-53) in the semi-finals. O.J. Mayo was named tournament MVP.
THREE POINT BREAKDOWN -- Dating back to last season, USC is 6-6 in its last 12 games when taking 15 or more three-point shots. Conversely, the Trojans are 8-1 in the last nine games when taking 14 or fewer three-pointer shots, with the lone loss being Dec. 4 vs. Memphis when they went 1-for-9 from beyond the arc and lost in overtime. USC leads all Pac-10 teams with a 41.1 percentage in three-point shots (65-for-158). Daniel Hackett is the top three-point shooter individually with a .556 shooting percentage (15-for-27).
THE TROJAN PRESSURE COOKER -- USC forced then-No. 4 Kansas and No. 2 Memphis into 22 turnovers apiece in back-to back games on Dec. 2 and Dec. 4. According to STATS, since the 1996-97 season no other team has faced Top 5 opponents in consecutive games and forced at least 20 turnovers in both games.
BRINGING OUT THE WORST IN THE OPPOSITION -- USC has held seven of 12 opponents to either their worst or second worst shooting percentage of the season and has held seven of 12 teams to their first or second lowest points total in the 2007-08 season. The Trojans held Kansas, Memphis and Oklahoma to their worst shooting percentage and Kansas and Memphis to their lowest point total.
AUSTIN TO TRANSFER -- Sophomore Kyle Austin, out with a back injury since Nov. 21, has decided to transfer. He played in one game this season (2 minutes) and averaged 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 17 games as a freshman.
33 RouSean Cromwell (Jr.) Ht - 6-11 Wt. - 225 Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy, Fla) Scored 2 points on 2-for-6 shooting from the free throw line vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; is 4-for-5 from the fied this season (80 %) Had a strong 8 minutes against Memphis on Dec. 4, scoring 3 points and grabbing 2 rebounds...1-for-1 from the field (dunk) Has come off the bench in 10 of USC's first 12 games and has 13 points and 11 rebounds Scored four points, grabbed seven rebounds and made two steals in the exhibition game vs. FPU on Dec. 8 Played in 33 games (5 starts) last year; averaged 2.4 pts. & 2.2 rebounds; Had a season-high 13 points vs. LBSU on 11/24 Made quite a splash in Trojan debut with 17 points and 12 rebounds vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 20, 2005. It was the most rebounds by a USC freshman in a game since Sam Clancy had 14 on Feb. 6, 1999...since passed by teammate Taj Gibson 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 RivalsHoops as a senior
43 Kasey Cunningham (R-Fr.) Ht. - 6-7 Wt. - 225 Albuquerque, N.M. (Cibola HS) Suffered a tear in the ACL and meniscus of his left knee on Dec. 12...had reconstructive surgery on Dec. 28 Played in his first game as a Trojan on Nov. 10 vs. Mercer and scored 2 points and grabbed 2 rebounds Had a career-high 10 rebounds and six points on Nov. 15 at The Citadel Had a career-high seven points in the win vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 23...also had three rebounds and a key steal Started and had six points and a rebound on Nov. 25 vs. SIU; had three points and two rebound vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 29 Redshirted in 2006-07 while recovering from left knee surgery...spent the season working on his outside game and dribbling 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
14 Mamadou Diarra (Fr.) Ht. - 7-0 Wt. - 230 Bamako, Mali. (Stoneridge Prep) Played in his first game as a Trojan on Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State and made 1 of 2 free throws in five minutes of action Also hit one of two free throws on Dec. 22 vs. Cal Poly Had hernia surgery on Nov. 5 and missed 3-4 weeks...returned to practice at the beginning of December Averaged 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds his senior season at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif.; As a junior led them in scoring with an 11.1 average
3 James Dunleavy (Fr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 190 Los Angeles, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake HS) Is expected to redshirt this season Did not play last season in high school as he had exhausted his eligibility; averaged 2.5 points as a junior Made 21 of 55 three-point shots (38.2 percent) as a junior as Harvard-Westlake went 27-6 Son of L.A. Clippers' coach Mike Dunleavy and brother of Pacers' guard/forward Mike Dunleavey, Jr.
22 Taj Gibson (So.) Ht. - 6-9 Wt. - 225 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Calvary Christian HS, Calif.) Fouled out after nine minutes (career low) vs. Oklahoma...scored two points, lowest since going scoreless on Feb. 18, 2007 Scored two points and fouled out against Kansas; Had four points and 10 fouls in the two games Had five points and eight rebounds vs. Memphis on Dec. 4, but fouled out for the third straight game Had 13 rebounds and 9 points vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22; Scored 13 points and had six rebounds on Dec. 29 vs. UC Riverside Just missed a double-double with 10 points & 9 rebounds off the bench vs. SIU on Nov. 25...1st time at USC he did not start Had a season-high 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Nov. 22 vs. San Diego, his 13th career double-double Had 13 points and 14 rebounds on Nov. 10 vs. Mercer USC's top returning scorer (12.2 ppg) and rebounder 8.7 (rpg); A 2006-07 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection Set USC freshman records in rebounds (321) and blocks (69); Had 11 double-doubles, one of five freshmen in the country with that many, joing among others Greg Oden and Kevin Durant, the top two selections in the 2007 NBA Draft Has at least eight rebounds in 33 of 48 career games and scored at least eight points in 40 of 48 games Scored 51 points and grabbed 34 rebounds in the three NCAA Tournament games, with two double-doubles
30 Terence Green (Jr.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 180 Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Irvine Valley College) Scored the first two points of his career by making both free throw attempts vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 Played in three games last season, his first active season for USC, but did not score Transfered to USC for the spring semester of 2006 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
13 Daniel Hackett (So.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 205 Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS) Had a game-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 29...made 3 of 5 three point shots Has made 55.6 percent of his 3-point shots this season (15-for-27), tops among all Pac-10 players Had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists vs. Memphis; Scored 13, had 5 rebounds, 3 assists & 2 steals vs. UCR on Dec. 29 Had 11 points, 2 assists and two steals and hit the go-ahead jumper in the 57-53 win vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 23 Scored a career-high 21 points on Nov. 15 at The Citadel, his first game back after missing six weeks with a broken jaw Had a new career best with a triple-double (22 pts, 10 reb, 10 asst) with no turnovers in win at South Carolina on Nov. 17...it was the first triple-double by a Trojan in at least 30 seasons; Named TSN's National Player of the Week (Nov. 12-19) Matched a career high with 10 assists in the win vs. SIU on Nov. 25 Started 16 games as a freshman and averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds...second on the team with 103 assists Scored a season-high 20 points vs. Texas in the NCAA Tournament win on March 18, 2007 Originally a 2007 recruit, he graduated early by finishing high school in the summer of `06 and enrolled at USC for 2006-07
5 Davon Jefferson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-8 Wt. - 215 Lynwood, Calif. (Lynwood HS) Has averaged 15.0 points and 6.9 rebounds in his last seven games; Scored 17 on Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State Leads all Trojans in shooting percentage (with at least 20 attempts) at .569 (41-for-72) Had first career double-double on Dec. 4 vs. Memphis - 12 points and 13 rebounds; Scored 17 points on Dec. 2 vs. Kansas Played in his first game as a Trojan on Nov. 22 vs. San Diego and had five points, three rebounds, a block and a steal Scored 20 points to lead all Trojans on 6-for-7 shooting vs. SIU on Nov. 25...made 8 of 11 free throws Led USC with 23 points and nine rebounds in his first career start on Nov. 29 vs. Oklahoma...made 9 of 11 free throws Averaged 20.0 points & 12.0 rebounds at The Patterson School (N.C.) in 2006; Sat out 2nd half of season to focus on academics In 2005 at Lynwood HS, averaged 26.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists Was rated by Rivals.com as a 5-star recruit, the 15th prospect in the entire 2006 class and the No. 2 player from California
1 Angelo Johnson (Fr.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 180 Minneapolis, Minn. (Stoneridge Prep, Calif.) Had a strong debut as a starter vs. Mercer on Nov. 10, with 17 points, two assists and two steals Had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists at The Citadel; Started on Nov. 17 at South Carolina and had 6 points and 3 assists Had 5 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in the win vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22 Made 3 of 4 three-point attempts and finished with 11 points and three assists in win vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 Has made 9 of 21 three-point shots this season (42.9 percent) and is third on the team with 24 assists Led Stoneridge Prep (Calif.) in scoring as a senior with a 13.7 average...also dished out 4.1 assists per game As a junior, prepped at Marietta Convent Christian (Ga.) and averaged 19.2 points and 6.3 assists per game Ranked the No. 9 prospect among fifth-year players by Hoopscooponline.com and the No. 114 recruit for 2007 by Rivals Began his high school career at Patrick Henry HS in Minneapolis, Minn.
21 Dwight Lewis (So.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 215 Metairie, La. (James Taylor HS, Tex.) Had 15 points and grabbed three rebounds vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; Scored 10 at The Citadel on Nov. 15 Scored a career-high 18 points in the wins at South Carolina on Nov. 17 and vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 Scored three straight second-half baskets and finished with 14 points and three assists in the win vs. SIU on Nov. 25 Scored 13 points, had 3 assists and 2 steals in win vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22; Is second on the team with 90 shots taken 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 Was a fourth-team selection to the 2004-05 Parade All-American team
32 O.J. Mayo (Fr.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 200 Huntington, W.V.. (Huntington HS) Leads USC in scoring (19.5), FT% (.811), steals (21) and is second in assists (37) and rebounds (58) Scored 32 points in the opener vs. Mercer to set a school freshman debut record, a Galen Center record for points in a game and the sixth-most points ever in a game by a USC freshman; Also had seven rebounds and hit four 3-pointers Made 6 of 12 shots (3 of 6 3-pointers) and finished with 16 points on Nov. 15 at The Citadel...led USC with five assists Led USC with 29 points, hit three 3-pointers and grabbed four rebounds in the 85-75 win at South Carolina on Nov. 17 Had 20 points in the win vs. San Diego on Nov. 22...also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals Led USC with 21 points in the 57-53 win vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 23...also had a key steal at the end of the game Came off the bench to score 13 points in win vs. SIU on Nov. 25; Named Anaheim Classic MVP as he averaged 18.0 points Led USC with 19 points vs. Kansas with five rebounds and three steals; Also led USC with 16 points vs. Memphis Scored 18 points, had four rebounds and a season-high six assists in win vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22 Scored 20 points and had a season-high eight rebounds on Dec. 29 vs. UC Riverside...it was his fifth 20-point game Was the 2006-07 EA Sports National High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year; Was also selected a McDonald's All-American, Parade All-American and USA Today All-USA team selection Named the West Virginia High School Boy's Player of the Year as he led Huntington to a 25-2 record and its first state title Averaged 28.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.1 rebounds as a senior; Had 41 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in title game Attended North College Hill his freshman-junior seasons, leading the Trojans to their first two state titles; Mayo left the school as its all-time leading scorer; His high school teams were a combined 99-5 with three state titles (2 OH, 1 WV) Was Ohio's 'Mr. Basketball' as a sophomore & junior, joining LeBron James as the only sophomores to receive the honor Scored 56 points vs. Lockland HS (OH) on Dec. 17, 2004; Averaged 20+ points playing varsity ball in KY in 7th & 8th grade
20 Marcus Simmons (Fr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 200 Alexandria, La. (Peabody HS) Played in his first game as a Trojan on Nov. 15 at The Citadel...had two rebounds in nine minutes of action Had three rebounds in two minutes of play at South Carolina on Nov. 17...out with a left ankle sprain until Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State...played 13 minutes and had three rebounds and an assist, but no points (0-for-1) Scored his first points as a Trojan by making both free throw attempts vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22...also had three rebounds Averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals as a senior at Peabody HS in Alexandria, La. Helped lead Peabody to a 37-4 record and the 2006-07 Louisiana state championship; Named to the All-State team Ranked as the No. 47 small forward in 2007 by Rivals.com Suffered a high left ankle sprain in the preseason which has kept him out of the lineup
2 Ryan Wetherell (So.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 175 Calgary, Canada (Sir Winston Churchill HS) Had a rebound, a steal and an assist in seven minutes of action vs. Mercer on Nov. 10 Played in 15 games and logged a total of 49 minutes as a freshman; Had a season-best three points vs. B-CC on 12/14/06 Scored in five of the first eight games he appeared; Had two points and two assists at Oregon State on 1/6/07 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)
23 Keith Wilkinson (Jr.) Ht. - 6-10 Wt. - 225 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS) After starting the season 1-for-8 in his first two games, has made 9-for-17 from the field (52.9 percent) Had five rebounds, an assist and a steal vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; Had 3 points and 3 rebounds on Nov. 15 at The Citadel Started on Nov. 25 vs. SIU and had three rebounds and a block in eight minutes of action Played 16 minutes vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 29 and had five points and four rebounds...hit his first three-pointer of the season Had a double-double in the exhibtion game vs. Fresno Pacific on Dec. 8 - 10 points, 11 rebounds Scored a season-high six points on Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State...also had three rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes Played in 33 games (5 starts), averaging 1.5 points & 1.9 rebounds last year as a sophomore; Played in all 3 NCAA games Scored a career-high nine points and dished out a career-best three assists on 3/1/07 at Washington 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) Averaged 20 points a game to lead CVHS to the CIF Div. IIAA semi-finals, where they lost 57-54 to champion Dominguez His father, Jerry, played four years in the NFL for the Rams and Browns