USC To Host Stanford
Dec. 30, 2005
The USC men's basketball team (9-3, 0-1) will play Stanford (4-5, 0-1) on Dec. 31 at 1:00 p.m. at Staples Center. The Trojans lost their game on Thursday (Dec. 29) to California by a score of 62-58. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak, USC's longest since the 2001-02 season, when it also won nine straight.
The Stanford Cardinal, picked to finish second in the Pac-10 this season, are off to a 4-5 start. They lost their Pac-10 opener on Dec. 29 at UCLA, 71-54. Stanford went 18-13 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA tournament, where they lost their first-round game to Mississippi State, 93-70. The Cardinal swept USC during the 2004-05 season, winning 78-70 in Los Angeles and 71-62 at home. Senior forward Matt Haryasz leads Stanford with 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season. Also scoring in double-digits are senior guards Dan Grunfeld (13.9) and Chris Hernandez (11.0). USC has lost their last four games against Stanford and last six regular season contests (they defeated Stanford in the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament).
HEADING TO THE DESERT
The Trojans will make their first Pac-10 road trip of the season when they head to Arizona for games at Arizona State on Jan. 5 and at Arizona on Jan. 7. USC went 2-7 on the road in Pac-10 play last season. The Trojans are 2-0 on the road so far this season.
SUN DEVILS ON DECK
Arizona State is 6-4, 0-1, losing 91-67 at Washington in their Pac-10 opener. The Sun Devils are led in scoring by juniors Kevin Kruger (15.3 ppg) and Bryson Krueger (14.8 ppg). USC swept last year's season series against ASU, winning 98-94 in Arizona and 82-71 in Los Angeles. The Trojans have won the last three games and 12 of the last 15 between the two schools.
COMMITTED TO DEFENSE
The Trojans held California to 39.6 percent shooting on Dec. 29, the ninth time in the last 10 games USC has held its opponent to less than 40 percent shooting. For the season, USC's opponents are making 37.6 percent of their shots, which ranks as second best in the conference. USC has held their last 11 opponents to less than 70 points, the longest streak in a season by a Trojan team since the 1959-60 season when they went 13 consecutive games holding the opposition under 70 points.
THE 2005-06 TROJANS
USC returned only four scholarship players from a team that went 12-17 (5-13) last season, but the good news is that all three of the top scorers returned, the first time the Trojans' top three scorers were underclassmen. Leading the way is 2004-05 Pac-10 All-Freshman first-teamer and USC co-MVP Gabe Pruitt, who led the Trojans in scoring with a 12.3 average and set a school record by nailing 45 percent of his three-pointers. Also back is junior Lodrick Stewart, who scored 12.1 points per game and hit 40 percent of his three-pointers. Sophomore Nick Young, 2004-05 USC co-MVP and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman, was third on the Trojans with 11.1 points per game and is the top returning rebounder with 4.1 his freshman season.
IN TIM WE TRUST
There is great excitement on the campus of USC as the Tim Floyd era for the USC men's basketball program has begun. Hired on Jan. 14, 2005, Floyd began his official duties on April 1 and has not slowed down since, recruiting a nationally-ranked incoming class, assembling a strong staff and installing a new system. Floyd brings 17 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and owns a 252-133 record in his 13 seasons as a college head coach at Idaho (1987-88), New Orleans (1989-94), Iowa State (1995-98) and USC. In eight of his first 12 seasons, Floyd took 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 first 12 years made it to the NBA, including three players who did not even play high school ball.
100 YEARS OF HOOPS AT USC
The Trojans are playing their 100th season of intercollegiate basketball and have a 1,383-995 record. The Trojans had a .500 or better record in 70 of the first 99 seasons.
Sophomore guard Gabe Pruitt followed up his first career double-double on Dec. 3 vs. BYU (17 points, 10 rebounds) with a career-high 36 points on Dec. 10 at LMU. Pruitt hit 13 of 19 shots from the floor, including 5 of 10 from three-point range. He became just the 12th Trojan to score at least 36 points in a game. For his efforts, Pruitt was named as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. It was his first selection and the 25th time a USC player has won the honor.
The Trojans' 9-3 start is their best 12-game start since beginning 10-2 during the 2001-02 season. The 2001-02 Trojans began the season 13-2.
THE REBOUND BATTLE
USC has been outrebounded 131-107 in their three losses. During the nine-game winning streak, USC outrebounded its opponents by a total of 324-313.
USC leads the Pac-10 with 56 blocked shots, followed by Washington with 55 swats. Abdoulaye N'diaye has 21 blocks, which ranks third in the Pac-10. RouSean Cromwell is fourth in the conference with 17 blocks. N'diaye (2) and Cromwell (3) combined for five blocks in the 57-56 win at Alaska-Anchorage on Nov. 26, including a game-saving swat by Cromwell with 6.0 seconds left in the game. Last season, Rory O'Neil led USC with 27 blocks in 29 games.
PUTTING A PREMIUM ON POINTS
USC has held the opposition to 59.6 points per game this season, second best in the Pac-10. The Trojans' opponents averaged 78.3 points last season. Only in the game on Nov. 20 vs. Cal State Northridge (an 81-76 loss in overtime), has an opponent scored more than last season's average. USC has the biggest improvement in the country in points per game allowed, compared to the 2004-05 season.
Largest Decreases in PPG Allowed (through 12/21) Team 2004 2005 Difference USC 76.8 59.6 -17.24 Richmond 69.3 52.1 -17.19 Virginia 76.0 61.7 -14.3 Auburn 75.2 61.7 -13.5 * Courtesy of STATS Inc.
The Trojans will play 12 of their 29 games against opponents that began the season ranked in the top 45 of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll: No. 9 Arizona (2), No. 13 Stanford (2), No. 18 UCLA (2), No. 28 Washington (2), No. 36 North Carolina (1), tied for No. 44 California (2) and Oral Roberts (1). The Trojans will play 16 home games and 13 games on the road or at neutral sites. Nine of USC's first 13 games will be at home.
PAC-10 PRESEASON RANKINGS
The Trojans were picked to finish in eighth place in the Pac-10 Conference this season, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. Arizona was picked to win the conference with 325 votes, followed by Stanford (294), UCLA (263), Washington (238), California (212), Oregon (183), Oregon State (132), USC (87), Washington State (86) and Arizona State (50).
RouSean Cromwell suffered a fractured right foot prior to the game on Dec. 23 and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. As a precautionary measure, he had a screw inserted in his foot on Dec. 29.
TROJANS AT HOME
The Trojans are 6-2 at home this season. The Trojans are 4-1 in a stretch of six straight home games (including the two at Staples Center). It is the longest homestand for USC since playing nine consecutive home games from Dec. 5, 1983-Jan. 5, 1984. USC has had a .500 or better record at home in each of the last seven seasons (starting with the 1998-99 season) for a combined home record of 65-33 (.663).
TROY'S YOUNG GUN
Sophomore swingman Nick Young scored a career-high 25 points on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington and led USC in scoring in each of the first three games. Through 12 games, Young is leading the Trojans with 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He has made 78 of 154 shots (.506 percent), 8 of 19 from three-point range (.421) and is 30 of 38 from the free throw line (.789). Young has scored in double figures in all 12 of the Trojans' games, the most consecutive games reaching double figures in his career. The last Trojan with more consecutive games scoring at least 10 points was Desmon Farmer during the 2003-04 season (17 games).
GUARDING THE DEFENSIVE GLASS
In the last three games, USC's guards Gabe Pruitt, Lodrick Stewart and Ryan Francis have grabbed over half of the team's defensive boards (39 of 74, 53 percent). Between them, the guard trio has averaged 15 rebounds in the last three games (Pruitt-16, Stewart-15 and Francis-14).
WELL, SINCE IT'S FREE...
USC made 82.8 percent of their free throws (24-for-29) in the game on Dec. 3 vs. BYU. It was the Trojans' best day at the line since hitting 87.0 percent of their shots from the charity stripe on March 6, 2003 vs. Washington. USC has not hit better than 70 percent in free throws since the 2000-01 season (70.6 percent).
FRESHMAN FRANCIS MAKING AN IMPACT
Freshman Ryan Francis was second on the team with six rebounds and dished out eight assists in the game vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 25. The eight assists were the most by a Trojan since Gabe Pruitt also had eight on Dec. 11, 2004 vs. San Diego. In his first 12 games, Francis is averaging 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals. In the win on Dec. 21 vs. North Carolina, he matched a career high in points with 12, had five rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
THEY SHARED A DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Sophomore Nick Young (18 points, 10 rebounds) and freshman RouSean Cromwell (17 points, 12 rebounds) both registered their first career double-doubles (points-rebounds) on Nov. 20 vs. CS Northridge. Last season, USC had only one game where two players had double-figures in points and rebounds in the same game and that was the last game of the season, when Jeff McMillan (20 points/12 rebounds) and Rory O'Neil (12 points/10 rebounds) accomplished the feat.
YOUNG LED TROJANS AT GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
Sophomore Nick Young led the Trojans with 50 points and 20 rebounds in USC's three games at the Great Alaska Shootout to earn selection to the all-tournament team. He also was voted Player of the Game in both Trojan victories, including the win vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 25 when he tallied a career-high 25 points. The Trojans held the opposition to 58.3 points per game, tied with Oral Roberts for best in the tournament.
RouSean Cromwell's 17 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes off the bench in his Trojan debut on Nov. 20 was quite impressive. No USC freshman had grabbed more rebounds in a game during their first season since Sam Clancy had 14 rebounds on Feb. 6, 1999. Cromwell had a total of three points and four rebounds in the two exhibition games.
2004-05 SEASON IN REVIEW
The Trojans entered the 2004-05 season with great expectations, as the team featured six experienced seniors, two exciting freshman recruits and a very talented sophomore, but they failed to find their identity and meet those expectations. The Trojans ended up the season 12-17, including a 10th-place finish and a 5-13 mark in the Pac-10. Coach Henry Bibby was relieved of his duties on Dec. 6 and assistant coach Jim Saia was elevated to interim head coach for the season. On Jan. 14, it was announced that Tim Floyd would become the Trojans' new head coach beginning April 1 and he joined USC as a Trojan assistant until the season was over, so he could begin recruiting.
SWAN SONG FOR THE SPORTS ARENA
The USC Trojans will be playing their last season at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, their basketball home since 1959. The 16,161-seat arena has housed many great Trojan moments and teams, including the 24-2 1971 team and the 2001 team that reached the Elite 8. Along the way, the Sports Arena showcased the action of Trojan greats like John Block, Mack Calvin, Dennis 'Mo' Layton, Paul Westphal, Gus Williams, Cliff Robinson, Harold Miner, Brian Scalabrine, Sam Clancy and Robert Pack.
THE GALEN CENTER: A BASKETBALL MECCA IN THE MAKING
The state-of-the-art Galen Center, which will be the new home to USC's men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams, is scheduled to open in late summer of 2006. The Galen Center will include a 255,000-square-foot arena with 10,258 seats and a 45,000-square-foot pavilion that includes four practice courts and offices. Among the many amenities that the new center will offer are an Athletic Department Hall of Fame, an athletic merchandise store and a glass wall on the north end which will provide a beautiful view of the Los Angeles skyline.
TROJANS NAB FOUR PREP STANDOUTS
The Trojans inked prep standouts Kasey Cunningham (Albuquerque, N.M.), Kevin Galloway (Sacramento, Calif.), Taj Gibson (Tarzana, Calif.) and Dwight Lewis (Katy, Tex.) to national letters of intent, it was announced by Trojan head coach Tim Floyd on Nov. 17. Cunningham, a 6-7 forward, is widely regarded as the top high school player in the state of New Mexico, where he avereged 17.9 points and 13.6 rebounds as a junior at Cibola High. Galloway, a 6-6 swingman, enters his senior season rated as one of the top guards in the state of California, coming off his junior season in which he was named the Sacramento Bee Player of the Year. He scored 11.9 points a game as a junior at Charter High and dished out a state-high 10.7 assists per game. Gibson, a 6-9 forward, averaged 21 points, 15 rebounds and nearly 10 blocks a game as a junior at Stoneridge Prep in Tarzana, Calif. He is ranked 28th nationaly by HoopMasters.com and 32nd by Rivals.com. Lewis, a 6-5 swingman from Metairie, La., averaged 27.5 points and 9.7 rebounds a game last seaosn as a junior at Archbishop rummel High, earning fourth-team Parade All-American honors. Due to the hurricane damage in Louisiana earlier this year, Lewis is attending James Taylor High in Katy, Tex.
41 Jeremy Barr (Fr.) Ht. - 6-8 Wt. - 265 New Providence, Bahamas (Houston Westbury Christian)
Averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds while leading his high school to three TAPPS state titles Was named first-team all-state and led Westbury Christian to a 100-19 record in his three seasons Rated by RivalsHoops as the 28th-best high school power forward...came to America from the Bahamas in 2002 Scored five of USC's first nine points as they built a 9-1 lead vs. EWU on Nov. 25...finished with nine points and two boards Had eight points and a career-high five rebounds in 19 minutes on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside
42 RouSean Cromwell (Fr.)Ht - 6-10 Wt. - 215 Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy, Fla)
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 RivalHoops Made quite a splash in Trojan debut with 17 points and 12 rebounds vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 20. It was the most rebounds by a USC freshman in a game since Sam Clancy had 14 on Feb. 6, 1999 Had 6 points, 6 rebounds & 3 blocks in 57-56 win vs. UAA on Nov. 26...had a career-high 4 blocks on Nov. 30 vs. UCR Suffered a fractured right foot in warm-ups on Dec. 23 when he stepped on a ball...expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action
44 Reed Doucette (Jr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 215 Lodi, Calif. (Lodi HS)
Enters his third season on the Trojan squad Appeared in eight games for USC last season and scored six points...made all three shots he took Walked on as a freshman for the 2003-04 season and did not see any action The former high school valedictorian is a mechanical engineering major with a business minor at USC
12 Ryan Francis (Fr.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 180 Baton Rouge, La. (Glen Oaks HS)
Averaged 22 points, five assists and three steals per game as a senior at Glen Oaks HS...led them to a perfect 36-0 record and the state 4-A title...Named 2005 Louisiana Class 4-A Player of the Year and was MVP in the state title game Had 12 points, four assists and five rebounds on Nov. 20 vs. CSUN...had five assists and key steal on Nov. 26 at UAA Had four points, six rebounds and eight assists on Nov. 25 vs. EWU...most assists by a Trojan since 12/11/04 (Gabe Pruitt) Made 9 of 10 free throws, including 5 out of 6 in the final 4:12 in 74-68 win vs. BYU on Dec. 3 Had 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals in upset win over North Carolina on Dec. 21
40 Greg Gaudino (Sr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 195 La Canada, Calif. (La Canada HS)
Earned a scholarship for his senior year, after being a walk-on the last two seasons Played in 10 games for USC last season and scored five points...also grabbed five rebounds Played varsity basketball and volleyball at La Canada HS Had three rebounds, two blocks and two points in two minutes of action vs. Alcorn State on Dec. 18
11 Adam Goldston (Fr.) Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 185 Beverly Hills, Calif. (Montclair Prep)
Helped lead Montclair Prep to a 25-8 record his senior season...played AAU ball for Pump `N' Run He and his brother become USC's third set of twins in the last three seasons, joining Derrick and Errick Craven (2002- 05) and Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart (2003-04) Is a business major at USC and would like to someday work in the entertainment industry
13 Ryan Goldston (Fr.) Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 165 Beverly Hills, Calif. (Montclair Prep)
Joins his brother Adam as walk-ons on the Trojan team this season Helped lead Montclair Prep to a 25-8 record his senior season...was third on the team with 22 three-pointers made He and his brother become USC's third set of twins in the last three seasons, joining Derrick and Errick Craven (2002- 05) and Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart (2003-04)...Played AAU ball for Pump `N' Run...played his first minute on Dec. 23
21 Abdoulaye N'diaye (Jr.) Ht. - 6-11 Wt. - 230 Dakar, Senegal (College of Southern Idaho)
Averaged 9.2 points and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore at the College of Southern Idaho last season Helped lead CSI to a 3rd-place finish at the National JC tournament...tops on CSI with 92 blocks, 2nd with 202 rebounds Was ranked the No. 1 junior college center in 2005 by HoopScoop Scored eight points (4-for-6) and had three blocks on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington...also scored a career-high eight points on Dec. 10 at LMU and added two blocked shots; was 2-for-2 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the line on Dec. 16 Had four points, four rebounds and two blocks in 57-56 win at Alaska-Anchorage on Nov. 26 Had a career-high nine points (4-for-5) and nine rebounds on Dec. 18 vs. Alcorn State Had eight rebounds, four blocks and four points in win vs. North Carolina on Dec. 21
25 Sead Odzic (Fr.) Ht. - 6-3 Wt. - 180 Skokie, Ill. (Niles West HS)
Averaged 20 points, five rebounds and four assists as a senior at Niles West HS (Ill.) Shot better than 40 percent for his career from beyond the three-point stripe Named a three-time All- Central-Suburban South League first team selection and was an all-state selection Born in Yugoslavia and came to the US at the age of 4...speaks English and Serbian Was 2-for-3 from 3-point range and finished with seven points on Dec. 3 vs. BYU; 4th on USC with seven 3-pointers made
10 Chris Penrose (Jr.) Ht. - 6-0 Wt. - 160 San Diego, Calif. (Francis Parker HS)
Appeared in 11 games for USC last year and scored eight points...made both free throws he took and two three-pointers Received the Trojan Spirit award last year, after being so nominated by the coaching staff Named a team captain last season, the only non-senior to be selected as a captain Was 1-for-3 with two rebounds in three minutes of action vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 30
34 Gabe Pruitt (So.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 170 Los Angeles, Calif. (Westchester HS)
Earned USC co-MVP honors and led the team in scoring as a freshman, averaging 12.3 points per game Led USC in points (356), average, three-point percentage (.450-a school record), assists (92), and steals (56) Was a first-team selection to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team; Scored in double-digits in 20 of 29 games Finished among the top 10 all-time among USC freshmen in points, average, field goals, field goal percentage, three- pointers, three-point percentage, free throw percentage, assists and steals Scored 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting (2-for-3 in 3-pointers) and had five rebounds on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington Led USC with 17 points on Nov. 26 vs. Alaska-Anchorage; Is second in the Pac-10 with 30 steals...had 5 on Dec. 29 Had his first career double-double on Dec. 3 vs. BYU when he scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds Poured in a career-high 36 points on Dec. 10 at LMU to win Pac-10 Player of the Week...12th Trojan to score 36 or more Had 16 points (5 of 8 from three-point range), six rebounds, six assists and four steals in win vs. UNC on Dec. 21
30 Collin Robinson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-0 Wt. - 170 West Covina, Calif. (Diamond Bar HS)
Averaged 25.9 points his senior season at Diamond Bar HS (Calif.)...made 103 of 255 three-point attempts (40 percent) Scored 802 points as a senior, breaking the school record previously held by NBA star Keith Van Horn Was a 2005 All-CIF Division 1-AA Southern Section first team selection...scored 42 points in a playoff win vs. Peninsula Played 10 minutes on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside and scored two points, grabbed two rebounds and dished out one assist Had three points, two rebounds and one assist in eight minutes of action on Dec. 18 vs. Alcorn State
15 Dwayne Shackleford (Sr.)Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 185 Washington, DC (Allegany College, MD)
Averaged 5.2 points as a junior after transferring to USC from Allegany College in Maryland Had his time limited due to injuries as a junior, suffering a lateral meniscus tear in his knee on the first day of practice His .778 free throw percentage (14 of 18) was tops on the team and earned him the Joe Barbato Award as the team's best player from the charity stripe; Is 5-for-6 from the line this season (.833) Averaged 21.4 points for Allegany College as a sophomore in 2004, earning NJCAA Division 1 All-America honors Played 20 minutes vs. ORU on Nov. 23 and led the team with three assists...had four points and two rebounds
3 Lodrick Stewart (Jr.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 220 Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS)
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 he is eligible to play this season Scored 27 points on Dec. 11, 2004 at San Diego in USC's 87-75 win...made five of 11 three-pointers in that game Made his first six shots and 9 of 10 overall for a season-high 23 points on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside Scored 16 points and had five rebounds and three assists on Dec. 16 vs. WMU Led USC with 16 points, including 2-for-2 from three-point range, on Dec. 18 vs. Alcorn State Scored 18 points (4 of 5 from three point range), had five rebounds, four assists and four steals on Dec. 21 vs. UNC Had 19 points (3 of 6 from three point range), six rebounds, three assists and two steals on Dec. 23 vs. NC A&T Has scored 16 points or more in each of the last five games for a total of 85 points (17.0 average).
23 Keith Wilkinson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-9 Wt. - 215 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS)
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 his first two career points and grabbed three rebounds on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside Scored four points and grabbed two rebounds on Dec. 23 vs. NC A&T
1 Nick Young (So.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 200 Los Angeles, Calif. (Cleveland HS)
Earned USC co-MVP honors his freshman season as he scored 11.1 points per game Was third on the team in scoring, field goals made (123), three-point baskets (28) and second in free throws made (47) Finished among the Trojan freshman all-time top 10 in points, average, field goals, three-pointers and free throws made Had his first career double-double and led USC in scoring on Nov. 20 vs. CSUN (18 points/10 rebounds), but got in foul trouble in the first half and fouled out at the end of regulation in the Trojans' overtime loss Scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington Had 12 points and eight rebounds on Nov. 26 at UAA...named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team Had 21 points on Nov. 30 vs. UC Riverside and has reached double figures in scoring in every game this season Recorded his second double-double of the season and of his career on Dec. 10 at LMU (13 points, 10 rebounds) Had 19 points, eight rebounds and two assists on Dec. 16 vs. WMU; Scored 18 points vs. UNC on Dec. 21