USC To Host No. 6 UCLA At The Galen Center Sunday
Feb. 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC men's basketball team (15-8, 6-5) will play No. 6 UCLA (21-3, 9-2) on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center. USC has won six of its last eight games and is currently tied for third place in the Pac-10.
SCOUTING UCLA -- UCLA is coming off a 71-61 loss at Washington on Feb. 10, but is 9-2 and tied with Stanford for first in the conference race. The Trojans defeated the Bruins 72-63 in Westwood, Calif. on Jan. 19 and have won seven of the last 13 meetings. UCLA is led in scoring and rebounding by freshman Kevin Love who is averaging 17.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
TROJANS CLAWED BY THE COUGARS -- USC had concerns about getting to Pullman, Wash. due to a snow storm and may wish they hadn't figured out the travel plans after a 74-50 loss at Washington State on Feb. 9, matching the biggest loss in the Tim Floyd era. Washington State hit a USC opponent season-high 59.6 percent of its shots and cruised to the victory. USC was outshot in a game for just the third time this season.
OREGON ON DECK -- USC's next opponent with be Oregon (14-9, 5-6) on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Galen Center. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 95-86 in overtime on Jan. 26 in Eugene, Ore. Senior Malik Hairston leads Oregon in scoring with a 17.0 average and the Ducks lead the conference in scoring average at 79.2 points per game.
MAKING IT HARD TO SCORE -- Entering this week's action, USC ranks 18th in the country and second in the Pac-10 in defensive field goal percentage at 38.8 percent. USC held OSU to 27.7 percent shooting on Jan. 24, the seventh opponent that the Trojans have held to its lowest percentage of the season as of that game, the others being Kansas (37.9), Memphis (37.3), Oklahoma (35.6), Stanford (27.0), Washington (33.3) and UCLA (33.3). In fact Kansas, which was second in the country with a .513 shooting percentage entering this week, has shot 50.0 percent or better in 16 of 23 games.
INSIDE THE LOSSES -- In three of USC's eight losses, it did not have the starting lineup intact and in a fourth loss (Arizona), Daniel Hackett was injured two minutes into the game and did not return. In the loss on Feb. 9 at Washington State, Hackett played but was limited due to back spasms. The composite record of the opponent in the eight games which USC has lost is 136-42, with 14 of the losses appearing on Mercer's ledger. Four of USC's eight losses this season are to teams that are currently or were previously ranked in the top four in the country.
AS TOUGH AS IT GETS -- With Sunday's game against UCLA, USC will have played six of 24 games (25 percent) against teams ranked currently or previously in the top four in the country.
GAUNTLET UPDATE -- USC enters this week's play with a 40-10 lead in the 2007-08 Lexus Gauntlet competition. The men's and women's basketball teams play UCLA on Feb. 17 with 10 points on the line. USC captured all 10 points with wins on Jan. 19.
IN TIM WE TRUST -- 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 300-163 record (15-8 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). He won his 300th career game on Feb. 7 at Washington. 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.
A HISTORY OF WINNING -- The Trojans have compiled a record of 1,431-1,025 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.
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, (win) all in the same fall semester as the Trojans did in 2007.
TROJAN TIDBITS -- USC does not have a senior on the roster...USC' Taj Gibson was a preseason Wooden Award and Naismith Award candidate, the first Trojan 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. On Jan. 26, he was named to the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy top 30 candidates list.
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.
MAYO NAMED TO WOODEN & NAISMITH MID-SEASON TOP 30 -- Freshman guard O.J. Mayo was named as one of the top 30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy, the nation's most coveted college basketball Player of the Year awards it was announced on Jan. 26. Mayo is one of six freshman to make the list.
FACING THE BEST -- USC's 2007-08 schedule features four games against teams ranked in the current top five. USC has played 10 games against teams that are ranked or were ranked at one point this season and five of the final seven games are against teams that have been ranked this season, making it 15 of 30 games. USC's win over No. 4 UCLA on Jan. 19 gives them 10 wins over Top 25 teams in the last 2 seasons, tied for the second-most in the country with Oregon behind UCLA's 15 according to STATS, Inc.
HE CAN SURE HACKETT AT THE LINE -- Sophomore Daniel Hackett has made 82.4 percent (61-for-74) of his free throws this season, third best among Pac-10 players. He missed a free throw vs. Washington on Jan. 12 to snap a streak of 17 consecutive free throws made. He tied a career high by making 11 free throws (11-for-15) on Jan. 26 at Oregon. He entered that game having made 24 of his previous 25 attempts from the charity stripe.
JOHNSON RETURNS HOME -- Former UCONN forward Marcus Johnson has transferred to USC and has enrolled in classes for the spring semester. Johnson will be able to play for USC following the fall semester next season. He played in one exhibition game for the Huskies this season and may petition for an extra year of eligibility. The 6-6 Johnson averaged 4.9 points per game in 51 contests for UCONN (24 starts) in his first two seasons. He prepped at Westchester H.S. in Los Angeles and was a consensus Top 50 national recruit.
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. Daniel Hackett was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back on Feb. 11 and began core strengthening exercises on Feb. 12. Marcus Simmons has reagrevated his left ankle sprain and is listed as day-to-day.
THE USC BLOCK EXCHANGE IS RISING -- USC had a season-high nine blocks on Feb. 7 at Washington and has had 34 blocks in the last six games (5.7 per game).
THE PAC-10 ROAD CAN BE ROUGH -- USC is 4-3 on the road in the Pac-10 and has had only two winning conference road records in the last 15 seasons, going 5-4 away from home in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. 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 any Pac-10 team posted a .500 or better road record in conference play (27.5 percent). USC's loss at Washington State on Feb. 9 snapped a four-game conference road winning streak, its longest since the 1992 season when they won five consecutive Pac-10 road games.
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 DEBUTS 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 was at the time 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. Mayo then added a 34-point game on Jan. 3 at California in his Pac-10 debut. Mayo's 34 points were the most by a Trojan since Gabe Pruitt scored 36 on Dec. 10, 2005 at LMU. The 34 points also tied for the fifth most ever in a game by a USC freshman.
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 - O.J. Mayo, Jan. 3, 2008 at California 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 are relying on the underclassmen to handle much of the scoring. In the first 23 games, USC's freshmen scored 842 of the 1583 points (53.2 percent) and the freshman and sophomores accounted for 1525 of the 1583 points (96.3 percent). The 96.3 percent of the team's scoring coming from underclassmen is the highest in the country.
GIBSON IS DOUBLE TROUBLE -- Sophomore forward Taj Gibson had 14 points and 14 rebounds on Jan. 24 at Oregon State, his third double-double of the season. He also had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win vs. San Diego on Nov. 22 and 13 points and 14 rebounds in the loss vs. Mercer on Nov. 10. He now has 14 career double-doubles (points and rebounds).
DWIGHT DOING IT RIGHT -- Trojan sophomore guard Dwight Lewis, who grew up in Metairie, La. but was uprooted by hurricane Katrina to Katy, Texas, scored a career-high 24 points in the 95-86 overtime win at Oregon on Jan. 26. His previous high scoring game was 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 12 of 23 games this season. Lewis reached double-figures in scoring eight times in his freshman season.
TOEING THE LINE -- USC was 27-for-36 (75 percent) from the free throw line at Oregon on Jan. 26, a season high in makes and attempts. USC was just 3-for-8 from the line at Washington St. on Feb. 9, but in the last 15 games is shooting 69.8 (196-for-281) percent from the free throw line, after shooting 65.7 percent from the charity stripe in the first eight games. USC's best game (10 or more shots) from the line was on Nov. 17 at South Carolina when they made 23 of 27 free throws (85.2 percent). In the first 23 games, the Trojans have hit 68.2 percent of their free throws (313-for-459). 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 out-shot its opponents from the free throw line this season 459-340.
WSU DOES MERCER ONE BETTER -- USC allowed Washington State to shoot an opponent season-high 59.6 percent (28-for-47) on Feb. 9, surpassing the 59.4 percent (38-for-64) that first-game opponent Mercer hit on Nov. 10 at Galen Center. These are the two highest shooting percentage in a game by a Trojan foe since UCLA made 60.7 percent of its shots on Feb. 24, 2005.
DRIVEN BY DEFENSE -- USC has held 32 teams to under 60 points in Tim Floyd's first 90 games as USC's head coach. The Trojans have held 15 of their opponents this season to 38.2 percent shooting or less, making it 47 times in the first 90 games (52.2 percent) under Floyd that USC has held its opponents to 40 percent shooting or less. USC was outshot 45.7 to 59.6 percent on Feb. 9 at Washington State, just the third time in 23 games this season that the Trojans were outshot from the field. USC has had a better shooting percentage that its opponent in 51 of the last 60 games.
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 has had five games of four blocks this season, the last time being Feb. 7 at Washington. He now has 122 career blocks which are fourth on USC's all-time shot block list. Lorenzo Orr is third with 128 career blocks as a Trojan.
JEFFERSON NAMED COLLEGEHOOPS.NET PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Trojan freshman forward scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 72-63 win at UCLA on Jan. 19 to earn CollegeHoops.net's Player of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 14-20. Jefferson scored 10 of USC's final 12 points, including the last eight points in the game. He had 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds on Dec. 4 vs. Memphis for his first career double-double. Jefferson scored 17 points vs. Delaware St. on Dec. 17 and Feb. 7 at Washington, 18 at Oregon State on Jan. 24 and 19 vs. Arizona on Jan. 31. He is averaging 13.9 points (236 total) and 6.6 rebounds (112 total) in his last 17 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.
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 23 games this season, the first Trojan freshman to reach double digits in scoring for the first 23 games of his career. Mayo has scored 465 points which ranks third on USC's freshman all-time scoring list. Tom Lewis is second with 475 points and Harold Miner first with 578 points as freshmen. Mayo made a season-high five three-pointers on Jan. 26 at Oregon and has made 57 shots from beyond the arc this season which ranks third all-time among USC freshman, behind Harold Miner (60) and Gabe Pruitt (61).
STINGY DEFENSE -- When USC allowed California 92 points on Jan. 3, it was just the second time in Tim Floyd's three years as the Trojan head coach that they allowed 90 or more points in a game, both times this season. It also snapped a streak of nine straight Trojan opponents held to 62 points or less. USC had held the opposition to an average of 54.4 (490 total) points in the previous nine games. The last time USC had held its opponents to 62 points or less for nine consecutive games was in the 1950 season (Jan. 27-March 3, 1950). USC has held 15 of 23 teams it has faced this season to 62 points or less (and one to 63 points).
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 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.
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 11 of 23 opponents to either their worst or second worst shooting percentage of the season to that date and has held 11 of 23 teams to their first or second lowest points total in the 2007-08 season. The Trojans held Kansas, Memphis, Oklahoma, Stanford, Washington, UCLA and Oregon State to their worst shooting percentage and Kansas, Memphis, Stanford, Washington and Oregon State to their lowest point total.
FLOYD TO HOLD MONDAY MORNING CHALK TALKS -- USC head coach Tim Floyd began holding Monday Morning Chalk Talks for USC basketball fans on Jan. 14, and has two remaining dates set of Feb. 25 and March 10. There will be an 11 a.m. luncheon, followed by a noon program in the Brian and Susan Kennedy Founders' Room in which coach Floyd will discuss the team, the games, upcoming opponents and field questions. Individual season tickets for the events are $140 or $150. Fans interested in signing up and getting the inside information directly from coach Floyd can do so by calling (213) 740-4155.
THE ROAD TO SUCCESS -- With the win at Washington on Feb. 7 and the loss at WSU on Feb. 9, USC is 6-3 in road games this season. The Trojans started 2-0 on the road for just the second time in the last seven seasons and fourth time in the last 32 seasons with early-season wins at The Citadel and South Carolina. The last time USC six road games in a season was during the 2003-04 season when it went 6-7 away from the Sports Arena. The last time the Trojans won more road games in a season was in the 2001-02 season (9-5).
IT'S GETTING OFFENSIVE -- In the win at UCLA on Jan. 19, USC was outrebounded 39-30, including allowing the Bruins an opponent season-high 25 offensive rebounds. USC has allowed nine opponents to register 15 or more offensive rebounds in a game this season. USC has allowed 40 or more rebounds in a game seven times this season and has been outrebounded 15 times, including in 11 of the last 12 games. USC has more defensive rebounds that its opponents 563-482, but have been outrebounded on the offensive glass 313-194.
33 RouSean Cromwell (Jr.) Ht - 6-11 Wt. - 225 Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy, Fla) Played a season-high 19 minutes at UW on Feb. 7 in a 73-59 win...entered with USC trailing by 1...had 2 points & 2 boards Scored 2 points on 2-for-6 shooting from the free throw line vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; 4-for-7 from the field this season (57.1 %) 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 16 of USC's first 22 games and has 15 points & 19 rebounds; Made only start on Jan. 10 vs. WSU 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
Season Bests: Points: 3 (2x, last 12/22 vs. Cal Poly) Reb: 3 (11/15 at The Citadel) Blocks: 1 (3x, last 2/7 at UW) Career Bests: Points: 17 (11/20/05 vs. CS Northridge) Reb: 12 (11/20/05 vs. CSUN) Blocks: 4 (11/30/05 vs. UCR)
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
Season Bests: Points: 7 (11/23 vs. Miami-OH) Reb: 10 (11/15 at The Citadel) Assists: 2 (11/22 vs. San Diego)
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; Has played in three games and has one rebound and two points Had hernia surgery on Nov. 5 and missed 3-4 weeks...returned to practice in December; Has played in 3 games (10 minutes) 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 Hoopmasters.com listed him as the No. 4 rated power forward in the 2007 class; Ranked the No. 65 prospect by Rivals.com CNN/SI's rankings of 2007 recruits listed him No. 40; Also Hoopscooponline.com listed him No. 7 among 5th-year players
Season Bests: Points: 1 (2x, last 12/22 vs. CP) Reb: 1 (12/29 vs. UCR) FG: None (only 2 FT)
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.) Made 62 of 87 shots (71.3 percent) in last 13 G; Had 9 points & 8 rebounds at UCLA on Jan. 19...4th career 5-assist game Scored 17 on Jan. 31 vs. Arizona & 19 vs. ASU on Feb. 2...his most points in consecutive games since Jan. 4 & 6, 2007 Had 14 points, 14 rebounds (matched season best) and 3 blocks on Jan. 24 at Oregon State...3rd double-double of season Scored 16 points (8-for-10), 6 board & 2 blocks on Jan. 10 vs. WSU; Had 10 points a block and 3 steals vs. UW on Jan. 12 Had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists & 2 steals at Stanford on Jan. 5; Had 8 points and 11 boards at Cal on Jan. 3 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 Had five points and eight rebounds vs. Memphis on Dec. 4, but fouled out for the third straight game Fouled out in 9 minutes (career low) vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 29...had 2 points, lowest since going scoreless on Feb. 18, 2007 Scored two points and fouled out against Kansas on Dec. 2; Had four points and 10 fouls in the two games 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 Was one of 50 men's basketball players selected to the preseason Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy lists 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 37 of 60 career games and scored at least eight points in 50 of 60 games Scored 51 points and grabbed 34 rebounds in the three NCAA Tournament games, with two double-doubles
Season Bests: Points: 20 (11/22 vs. San Diego) Reb: 14 (2x, last 1/24 at OSU) Blocks: 6 (11/15 at The Citadel) Career Bests: Points: 22 (12/28/06 vs. UW) Reb: 18 (11/24/06 vs. CSULB) Blocks: 7 (1/4/07 at Oregon)
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 FT attempts vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 Played in three games last season, but did not score; Played in first road game of career at OSU on Jan. 24 (0-for-1) 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
Season Bests: Points: 2 (Dec. 17 vs. DSU) Reb: 0 (-----) Assists: 0 (-----) Career Bests: Points: 2 (12/17/07 vs. DSU) Reb: 1 (2x, last 12/19/06 vs. LU) Assists: 0 (-----)
13 Daniel Hackett (So.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 205 Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS) Has a stress fracture in his lower back, no surgery required...began core strengthening exercises on Feb. 12, will return to action once he achieves a core strengh level of 4; Saw Dr. Robert G. Watkins on Feb. 11 for this diagnosis Left game on Jan. 31 vs. Arizona after 2 minutes with a right hip-pointer...Has 7 points in 4 G since career-high at Oregon Had a career-high 26 points in OT win at Oregon on Jan. 26...had 6 assist, 6 rebounds, 3 three-pointers and 11-for-15 FT Had a game-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 29...made 3 of 5 three point shots Had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists vs. Memphis...hit a free throw with 5 seconds left in regulation to tie game at 54, but missed the second one in the OT loss...missed his next FT on Dec. 22, but made 17 straight before missing on Jan. 12 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 then career-high 21 points on Nov. 15 at The Citadel, his first game back after missing 6 weeks with a broken jaw Had a new 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 vs. SIU on Nov. 25; Had a 2007-high 20 points vs. Texas in the NCAA Tournament Originally a 2007 recruit, he graduated early by finishing high school in the summer of `06 and enrolled at USC for 2006-07
Season Bests: Points: 26 (1/26 at Oregon) Reb: 10 (11/17 at So. Carolina) Assists: 10 (2x, last 11/25 vs. SIU) Career Bests: Points: 26 (1/26/08 at Oregon) Reb: 10 (11/17/07 at So. Carolina) Assists: 10 (2x, last 11/25 vs. SIU)
5 Davon Jefferson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-8 Wt. - 215 Lynwood, Calif. (Lynwood HS) Scored 19 points and had a team-leading 7 rebounds on Jan. 31 vs. Arizona; Scored 17 with 4 blocks at Washington on 2/7 Had 18 points, 12 in the second half, in win at Oregon State on Jan. 24...9-for-12 with 7 rebounds and season-best 3 steals Had a career-high 25 points & 9 rebounds in 72-63 win at UCLA on Jan. 19...earned CollegeHoops.net Player of the Week Has averaged 13.9 points & 6.6 rebounds in his last 17 games; Scored 17 on Dec. 17 vs. Delaware St. & 12 at Cal on Jan 3 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
Season Bests: Points: 25 (1/19 at UCLA) Reb: 13 (12/3 vs. Memphis) Blocks: 4 (2/7 at Washington)
1 Angelo Johnson (Fr.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 180 Minneapolis, Minn. (Stoneridge Prep, Calif.) Is third on the team with 47 assists; Scored 7 points and had a career-high six rebounds vs. Arizona on Jan. 31 Hit a three-pointer from the corner with 23 seconds left in OT on Jan. 26 at Oregon that finally sealed the game Started vs. Washington on Jan. 12 and had seven points and a team-leading five rebounds; Has made six starts this season Made 3 of 4 three-point attempts and finished with 11 points and three assists in win vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 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 a strong debut as a starter vs. Mercer on Nov. 10, with 17 points, two assists and two steals 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
Season Bests: Points: 17 (11/10 vs. Mercer) Reb: 6 (1/31 vs. Arizona) Assists: 5 (11/22 vs. San Diego)
21 Dwight Lewis (So.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 215 Metairie, La. (James Taylor HS, Tex.) Had a career-high 24 points at Oregon on Jan. 26 (8-for-14); Scored 7-straight points in win at UW after game was tied Scored 16 vs. WSU on Jan. 10, 17 vs. Washington on Jan. 12 and 11 on Jan. 19 at UCLA & tied career best with 5 boards Had 17 points, 4 boards and tied career high with 4 assists on Jan. 3 at Cal; Had 2 points & 2 boards on Jan. 5 at Stanford Scored 13 points, had 3 assists and 2 steals in win vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22; Is second on the team with 181 shots taken Scored a then career-high 18 points in the wins at South Carolina on Nov. 17 and vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 Had 15 points and grabbed three rebounds vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; Scored 10 at The Citadel on Nov. 15 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
Season Bests: Points: 24 (1/26 at Oregon) Reb: 5 (1/19 at UCLA) Assists: 4 (3x, last 1/3 at Cal) Career Bests: Points: 24 (1/26/08 at Oregon) Reb: 5 (4x, last 1/19/08 at UCLA) Assists: 4 (3x, last 1/3 at Cal)
32 O.J. Mayo (Fr.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 200 Huntington, W.V.. (Huntington HS) Leads USC in scoring (20.2) and steals (33)...is second in FT % (.776), assists (68) and is third in rebounds (101) Has scored 20 or more points 11 times; Has led USC in scoring 15 times and led or tied for team high in assists 9 times Scored a team-high 23 points and led USC with five assists vs. Arizona on Jan. 31; Scored 29 (20 in 1st H) at UW on Feb. 7 Had 25 points, 20 in the 2nd half & OT at Oregon on Jan. 26...hit a career-best 5 three-pointers and led USC with 8 boards Scored 16 points (14 in 2nd half) with 4 assists and a steal at UCLA on Jan. 19; Had 19 points & 5 assists at OSU on Jan. 24 Led USC with 22 points & 7 rebounds vs. WSU on Jan. 10; Had 15 points, 5 assists & 4 board vs. Washington on Jan. 12 Scored a season-high 34 points in Pac-10 debut on Jan. 3 at Cal...tied for 5th most points in a game by a USC freshman Had 20 points and a season-high eight rebounds for the first time on Dec. 29 vs. UC Riverside Scored 18 points, had four rebounds and a season-high six assists in win vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22 Led USC with 19 points vs. Kansas with five rebounds and three steals; Also led USC with 16 points vs. Memphis 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 21 points in the 57-53 win vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 23...also had a key steal at the end of the game Had 20 points in the win vs. San Diego on Nov. 22...also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals Led USC with 29 points, hit three 3-pointers and grabbed four rebounds in the 85-75 win at South Carolina on Nov. 17 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 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
Season Bests: Points: 34 (1/3 at California) Reb: 8 (2x, last 1/26 at Oregon) Assists: 6 (12/22 vs. Cal Poly)
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; Has played in 9 games Had a rebound and an assist in four minutes of action at UCLA on Jan. 19; Had 2 rebounds an assist and block on Jan. 24 Had three rebounds in two minutes of play at South Carolina on Nov. 17...was 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 the No. 47 SF in 2007 by Rivals; Suffered high left ankle sprain before the season which kept him out of the lineup
Season Bests: Points: 2 (12/22 vs. Cal Poly) Reb: 3 (3x, last 12/22 vs. Cal Poly) Assists: 2 (1/10 vs. WSU)
2 Ryan Wetherell (So.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 175 Calgary, Canada (Sir Winston Churchill HS) Made his only shot and had a career-best 2 rebounds at Oregon State on Jan. 24...first points of the season Had a rebound, a steal and an assist in 7 minutes of action vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; Has played in 11 games this season 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)
Season Bests: Points: 2 (1/24 at Oregon St.) Reb: 2 (1/24 at Oregon St.) Assists: 1 (4x, last 1/24 at OSU) Career Bests: Points: 3 (12/14/07 vs. B-CC) Reb: 2 (1/24/08 at Oregon St.) Assists: 1 (6x, last 1/24/08 at OSU)
23 Keith Wilkinson (Jr.) Ht. - 6-10 Wt. - 225 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS) Hit his only shot from the field, a 3-pointer in OT to give USC a 6-point lead at Oregon on Jan. 26...had 4 points & 2 rebounds Had a basket, a rebound and a block in 6 minutes of action at UCLA on Jan. 19; Hit a 3-pointer & had 2 boards on Jan. 24 Started on Jan. 5 at Stanford and had three points, four rebounds and a block...made second three-pointer of the season Scored a season-high six points on Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State...also had three rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes Played 16 minutes vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 29 and had five points and four rebounds...hit his first three-pointer of the season Started on Nov. 25 vs. SIU and had three rebounds and a block in eight minutes of action 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 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 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
Season Bests: Points: 6 (12/17 vs. DSU) Reb: 5 (2x, last 12/29 vs. UCR) Blocks: 1 (9x, last 1/26 at Oregon) Career Bests: Points: 9 (3/1/07 at Washington) Reb: 9 (2/2/06 vs. Arizona) Blocks: 2 (2/22/07 vs. Stanford)