Jeff McMillan Named Pac-10 Newcomer Of The Year
March 5, 2004
USC junior forward Jeff McMillan has been named the 2003-04 Pacific-10 Conference Men'sBasketball Fred Hessler Award winner honoring the league's Newcomer ofthe Year.
For the twelfth straight season, the Newcomer of the Year was selectedby the Pac-10 radio play-by-play announcers, and named in honor of thelate UCLA broadcaster.
McMillan, a 6-foot-8 forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., is averaging 11.3points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds, while shooting a Conference best63.8 percent from the field for the Trojans.
McMillan wasted no time making an impact on the Trojan team, as he isthe only player to have started all 26 games for the Trojans thisseason. He is second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points pergame. He is leading the team in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game.McMillan posted nine double-doubles on the season, which included acareer-high 19 rebounds with 18 points in a 78-77 overtime victory overUCLA. In addition to leading the league in field goal percentage(.638), McMillan is on pace to shatter USC's single-season field goalpercentage record of 57.4 percent set by Steve Smith in 1979.
McMillan transferred to USC from Fordham where he started 14 ofFordham's 28 games during his sophomore season in 2002. That sameseason, McMillan led the Rams in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and was secondon the team in scoring (10.2 ppg). McMillan sat out the 2003 seasonafter transferring from Fordham, complying with NCAA transfer rules.
McMillan is the third Trojan to be honored as Pac-10 Newcomer of theYear since the award began in 1993.
FRED HESSLER AWARD (PAC-10 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR)2004 - Jeff McMillan, USC2003 - Andre Joseph, Oregon2002 - Doug Wrenn, Washington2001 - J Locklier, Washington State2000 - Loren Woods, Arizona1999- Brian Scalabrine, USC1998 - Bobby Lazor, Arizona State1997 - Rodrick Rhodes, USC1996 - Ed Gray, California1995 - Shamon Antrum, Washington State1994 - Isaac Burton, Arizona State1993 - Marcell Capers, Arizona State