USC To Begin The Second Half Of Pac-10 Play Against Oregon State
Jan. 30, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- The USC men's basketball team (16-6, 6-3) will host Oregon State (9-13, 1-8) on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Galen Center USC is 11-4 in its last 15 games. The Trojan's 6-3 conference record is their best start since beginning the 2002 Pac-10 conference slate at 7-2.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE -- Oregon State is coming off a 91-74 loss at Washington on Jan. 27 and has lost four straight games. USC defeated the Beavers 91-46 in Corvallis, Ore. on Jan. 6. Lodrick Stewart was 6-for-6 from three-point range and scored a career-high 28 points in the game, USC's most lopsided victory over Oregon State in the history of the series. The Trojans have won the last four games against the Beavers and lead in the all-time series 62-54. Marcel Jones leads Oregon State in both scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg).
TROJANS BOUNCE BACK AGAINST THE BEARS -- USC shot nearly 59 percent from the field including a blistering 69 percent from three-point range but had to withstand a furious California rally to hold on for a 76-73 win in Berkley, Calif. on Jan. 27. Lodrick Stewart scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half and Nick Young 17 of his 19 in the second half to lead the Trojans. Freshman Daniel Hackett hit two free throws to give USC a two-point lead with 1:03 left after Cal had forged a tie, then after Cal had tied it again, Hackett scored a layup with 17 seconds left to give the Trojans the lead for good.
No. 9 OREGON ON DECK -- The Trojans next game will be at the Galen Center on Feb. 3 against No. 9 Oregon (19-2, 7-2). The Ducks are coming off a 77-74 overtime win at then No. 20 Washington State on Jan. 27 and will play at UCLA on Feb. 1 before facing the Trojans. USC handed Oregon its first loss of the season after a 13-0 start, as the Trojans won 84-82 on Jan. 4 in Eugene, Ore. In that game, Nick Young scored 19 points, including the tie-breaking basket with 21 seconds left to lead USC.
TAKING A DEFENSIVE STAND -- California became the first team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field against the Trojans this season when it made 51.9 percent of its shots on Jan. 27. Still, USC has held 18 of 22 opponents to 40.4 percent or less from the floor and 16 of 22 under 40 percent shooting. USC has held the opposition under 40 percent shooting in 26 of the 52 games Tim Floyd has been the head coach (50.0 percent), whereas in the previous two seasons, they accomplished the feat 8 times in 57 games (14 percent). USC has held the opposition to a 36.6 shooting percentage, tied for second best in the country (as of Jan. 29).
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD -- USC is home to begin the second half of the Pac-10 Conference schedule against the Oregon schools. After that, USC will have two home games and five road games the rest of the way. Making things even tougher is that five of the final eight games of the season are against teams that are currently ranked.
FLOYD OFF TO GREAT START -- USC head coach Tim Floyd has a 33-19 record in his first 52 games at the helm for the Trojans. To date, he has guided USC to more victories in his first two seasons as a head coach than all but two USC coaches in their first two seasons:
1st yr. 2nd yr. Total Pct. Leo Calland (1928-29) 22-4 16-6 38-10 .792 Forrest Twogood (1951-52) 21-6 16-14 37-20 .649 Tim Floyd (2006-07) 17-13 16-6 33-19 .635
IN TIM WE TRUST -- The arrival of head coach Tim Floyd brought great excitement to the USC campus and with good reason. Floyd has an impressive track record in the collegiate ranks along with his NBA experience. He brings 18 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate and NBA levels and owns a 276-149 record in his 14 seasons as a college head coach at Idaho (1987-88), New Orleans (1989-94), Iowa State (1995-98) and USC (2005-06). His record at USC is 33-19. Eight of his first 13 seasons, Floyd has taken his team into the postseason (5 NCAA, 3 NIT). Floyd has helped the development of his student-athletes at each stop, as 10 players in his 13 years have made it to the NBA, including three players that did not even play high school ball.
MAKING THEIR SHOTS COUNT -- USC is shooting .477 from the field this season (556-for-1165). The last time USC finished a season with as high of a percentage was in 1991 when they also shot .477 from the field for the school's eighth-best field goal percentage season.
RISING UP THROUGH THE RANKS -- Five of USC's seven games from Dec. 23-Jan. 18 were against ranked opponents and the Trojans went 4-1 in those games. For the season, USC has played six ranked opponents and has a 4-2 record in those games. The four wins USC has against Top 25 teams are the most in a season since beating six ranked opponents during the 2002 season.
GIBSON AND FLOYD GET ACCOLADES -- Taj Gibson was selected as the Player of the Week (Jan. 1-7) by ESPN.com and TheSportingNews.com. He scored 18 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked seven shots in an 84-82 win at previously unbeaten Oregon, then scored 20 points in the 91-46 win at Oregon State. Head coach Tim Floyd was named Coach of the Week on Dick Vitale's website.
YOUNG NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Junior swingman Nick Young was named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21, as he led USC to a sweep of the Arizona schools. Young averaged 24 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two games, including scoring 30 points in the 80-73 win over then No. 11 Arizona on Jan. 18.
HOLDING THEM DOWN WITH 'D' -- USC has held 10 opponents to under 60 points this season. It is the most games in a season that the Trojans have held the opposition to 59 points or less since accomplishing the feat 13 times in 1987.
HOW GOOD HAS GIBSON BEEN? -- On Jan. 4 at Oregon freshman Taj Gibson picked up his eighth double-double of the season (tied for 1st in the Pac-10) with 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Already, he has cracked the all-time USC freshman season top 10s in rebounds (3rd with 192), free throws attempted (4th with 96) and blocks (1st with 44). He also is on a pace to set the school freshman field goal percentage record (.613) and his 8.7 rebounds per game average is second best all-time as a freshman at USC to Cliff Robinson's 9.6 in 1978.
GIBSON SET THE SCHOOL FRESHMAN BLOCKS RECORD - Lost among the many blocks at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 25 was that USC freshman Taj Gibson swatted three more shots to give him a season total of 44 blocks, the most ever by a USC freshman. The previous school record for blocks by a freshman was 43 by Ken Johnson in 1982.
HACKETT MONEY FROM THE LINE -- Freshman Daniel Hackett has hit 62 of 71 free throws this season for a 87.3 percentage, third best in the Pac-10.
THE SECOND CENTURY OF HOOPS AT USC -- The Trojans are beginning their second century of intercollegiate basketball and have a 1,408-1,010 record. The Trojans have had a .500 or better record in 71 of the first 100 seasons.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME -- USC's loss to Washington State on Dec. 30 snapped a nine-game home winning streak, following the season-opening overtime loss to South Carolina on Nov. 16. The last time USC won more consecutive home games in a season was during the 2000-01 campaign when it won the first 10. USC is 11-3 at the Galen Center this season with the losses being an overtime loss (South Carolina) and two games in which the Trojans led with five seconds left in the game (Washington State and UCLA).
PAC-10 PRESEASON RANKINGS -- The Trojans were picked to finish in sixth place in the Pac-10 conference this season, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. UCLA was picked to win the conference with 335 votes, followed by Arizona (280), Washington (236), Oregon (193), California (177), USC (160), Stanford (127), Oregon State (75), Arizona State (69) and Washington State (54). Last season, USC was a preseason No. 8 pick and they finished sixth.
PRUITT BACK ON TRACK -- All-Pac-10 guard Gabe Pruitt played in his first game on Dec. 22 following a semester of academic ineligibility, but was a combined 0-6 from the field with two points in his first two games. He has started the nine games since then and shined. He scored 18 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out a game-high six assists and had a steal on Dec. 28 vs. Washington. In his nine starts, he has averaged 11.7 points (105 total), 3.4 assists (31 total), 1.3 steals (12 total) and 2.6 rebounds (23 total).
TROJAN TAKING STOCK IN THE BLOCK -- USC has 90 blocks in the first 22 games, including a season-high nine blocks in the game on Jan. 4 at Oregon. The 90 total blocks is third among Pac-10 teams. Taj Gibson leads the Trojans and is tied for the Pac-10 lead with 44 blocks, senior Abdoulaye N'diaye has 12 and sophomore RouSean Cromwell has 10. Gibson had seven blocks on Jan. 4 at Oregon, tying him for the fourth best single-game total by a Trojan.
GIBSON MAKING SUDDEN IMPACT -- Trojan freshman forward Taj Gibson had 18 rebounds on Nov. 24 vs. Long Beach State, the most by a Trojan since Jeff McMillan also had 18 rebounds on Feb. 25, 2004 vs. UCLA and the most by a Pac-10 player this season. The last Trojan with more rebounds in a game was David Bluthenthal who tied the school record with 28 on Jan. 20, 2000 vs. Arizona State. Bluthenthal tied Cliff Robinson's school and freshman record of 28 rebounds set on Jan. 20, 1978 vs. Portland State. Gibson has eight double-doubles (points-rebounds) in his first 22 games, tied for the most among conference players. Gibson scored in double figures in his first five games, the first USC freshman to score in double digits in his first five collegiate games since Tom Lewis during the 1985-86 season (first nine games). He has reached double figures in scoring in 17 of 22 games.
THAT'S A LOD OF POINTS -- Senior Lodrick Stewart reached the 1,000 points scored mark on Nov. 24 against Long Beach when he made a layup two minutes into the second half. He finished that night with 16 points. He currently has 1,259 career points, ranking him 14th all-time on USC's scoring list and second among active career scorers in the Pac-10. He poured in a career-high 28 on Jan. 6 at OSU.
STEWART SETS SCHOOL RECORD -- Lodrick Stewart made all six three-point shots he attempted on Jan. 6 at Oregon State, the most three-pointers made in a single game by a Trojan with out a miss. The previous best by a USC player had been five by Brad Winslow (1987) and Errick Craven (2002). The six shots made from beyond the arc tied his career best set on Dec. 2 this season vs. LMU. He is 52-for-115 from beyond the arc on the season (.452) and has a career three-point shooting percentage of .398 (207-for-520).
THE BATTLE OF THE BOARDS -- USC outrebounded California 24-22 on Jan. 27 and has outrebounded 10 of its 22 opponents. Last season USC outrebounded the opposition in just eight of 30 games. The Trojans had 47 rebounds in the opener (most since getting 50 in the 2005-06 opener) and 40 in their second game, the first time USC had recorded back-to-back games of 40 or more rebounds since Dec. 3 and Dec. 6, 2003. The 58 rebounds USC collected on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU were its most in a game since also grabbing 58 boards on Feb. 27, 1997 vs. Oregon. USC has five games of 40 or more rebounds this year and had just six all of last season.
SOMETIMES TWO CAN BE BETTER THAN THREE -- USC averaged 19 three-pointers per game last season and took a conference-high 20.4 per Pac-10 game in 2005-06. USC is averaging just 12.6 three-point shots per game this season, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Last season when USC took 15 or less shots from behind the arc, they were 8-1 and are 14-3 this season. USC is 2-3 this season when taking more than 15 three-point shots in a game.
DEFENDING THE THREE -- USC has held its opponents to 30.3 percent shooting from three-point range this season (143-for-472).
FORTIFIED BY FRESHMEN -- The Trojan freshman are playing a big role for USC. First-year players Taj Gibson (22), Daniel Hackett (13), Dwight Lewis (6) and Kevin Galloway (1) have all started this season. Gibson leads the team in rebounding (8.7) and is third in scoring (12.7). The Trojans have six freshmen on the squad (one redshirting) and they have combined to score 38.2 percent of USC's points and have played 43.5 percent of the team's minutes.
N0THING FOUL ABOUT THIS SHOOTING -- The Trojans hit 33 of 38 foul shots (86.8 percent) on Dec. 9 vs. George Washington. It was the team's best percentage in a game since making 87.0 percent vs. Washington on March 6, 2003 and the most made free throws in a game since also making 33 on Jan. 20, 2000 vs. Arizona State. USC has made 71.1 percent of its free throws this season. USC has shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line just one season (2001) in the last 20 years.
HOW RARE WAS THAT COMEBACK? -- USC's comeback from a 20-point deficit in the second half (38-18) to win 74-65 vs. George Washington at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Dec. 9 was the biggest since also staging a 20-point second-half comeback vs. BYU (down 23-43) on Dec. 23, 2000 to win 70-67. It was just the third time in the last 15 seasons that USC came back from a 20-point deficit to win, the other being Dec. 7, 1996 at UNC Charlotte.
YOUNG SHOOTING UP THE CHARTS -- Junior swingman Nick Young's tip-in one minute into the game on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood was his 1,000th career point, the 31st Trojan to reach the 1,000 career points scored plateau. Young joined teammate Lodrick Stewart who eclipsed the 1,000 career points total on Nov. 24 vs. Long Beach State. He now has scored 1,214 career points to rank 17th on USC's all-time list, 33 points behind Purvis Miller (1978-81).
TURNING AROUND THE TURNOVERS -- USC has had more assists than turnovers in five of the last 10 games after accomplishing that feat once in the first 12 games. In the last 10 games, USC has 120 assists and 109 turnovers, but the total for the season is 277 assists and 357 turnovers. USC has averaged 10.9 turnovers per game in the last 10, after averaging 19.8 in the first 12 games.
20 Kyle Austin (Fr.) Ht. - 6-7 Wt. - 195 Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena HS) Averaged 21 points and seven rebounds in leading Pasadena High to a 25-4 record as a senior Was named Pacific League MVP as a senior and shared the honors as a junior; 2-time Star News Player of the Year Named to the P-E Division1-A first team and was a LBPT 2006 Best in the West third-team selection Scored a season-high five points and had four rebounds on Nov. 28 vs. MVSU Played a season-high 19 minutes, scoring 2 points & grabbing 3 rebounds, during USC's comeback win vs. GW on Dec. 9 Has played in 2 of USC's last 10 games...had at least one rebound in all 10 games played, until Jan. 27 at Cal (0 in 1 min.)
42 RouSean Cromwell (So.)Ht - 6-11 Wt. - 217 Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy, Fla) Appeared in 15 games as a freshman, averaging 4.2 points and 4.5 rebounds; 9 pts. vs. Cal Poly Pomona in exhibition win Made quite a splash in Trojan debut with 17 points and 12 rebounds vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 20, 2005. Had six points and three rebounds in the opener vs. South Carolina; Had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks vs. St. Mary's Scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and 2 blocks on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU...it was his most points since the 2005-06 opener (17) Had six points and a season-high six rebounds on Nov. 28 vs. MVSU; Had 4 points, 2 rebounds & 1 block vs. LMU Was 2-for-2 from the field, scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and registered a block in win on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood Scored two points, had a rebound, an assist, a block and two steals in 15 minutes of action at California on Jan. 27
43 Kasey Cunningham (Fr.)Ht. - 6-7 Wt. - 220 Albuquerque, N.M. (Cibola HS) Averaged 22.0 points and 15.0 rebounds with six blocks per game as a senior at Cibola High Led team to a 13-1 record before suffering a season-ending left knee injury...had ACL surgery, missed the rest of the season Began season widely regarded as the top player in New Mexico; Named to the LBPT Best in the West second team Has not played this season as he continues to rehabilitate his left knee and will likely redshirt
44 Reed Doucette (Jr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 212 Lodi, Calif. (Lodi HS) Enters his fourth season on the Trojan squad; Appeared in four games last season and had one rebound in seven minutes Appeared in eight games for USC as a sophomore and scored six points...made all three shots he took The former high school valedictorian is a mechanical engineering major with a business minor at USC Had a steal and assist in one minute of action on Dec. 14 vs. Bethune-Cookman
22 Taj Gibson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-9 Wt. - 210 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Calvary Christian HS, Calif.) Played last season at Calvary Christian High in San Fernando, Calif. which played an abbreviated schedule As a sophomore and junior at Stoneridge Prep in Tarzana, Calif., averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks per game Rated the 7th-best power forward and 32nd overall by RivalsHoops; USA Today ranked him as the 33rd best prospect Led USC with 16 points and 14 rebounds vs. South Carolina on Nov. 16...it was the most rebounds by a USC freshman since Sam Clancy also had 14 on Feb. 6, 1999; Had 10 points and 18 rebounds vs. LBSU on Nov. 24 (2nd double-double) Led USC with 14 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 28 vs. MVSU for third double-double...scored in double figures in his first five games, the first USC freshman to score in double digits his first five games since Tom Lewis (1985-86 season-9) Had 15 points and nine rebounds on Dec. 4 at Kansas; Had 16 points and 17 rebounds on Dec. 9 vs. GW Had 18 points & grabbed 10 rebounds Dec. 17 vs. CSU; Had 6th double-double (10 pts/10 reb) on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood Scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 2 OT win vs. Washington on Dec. 28th...7th double-double Had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks on Jan. 4 at Oregon...tied for 4th most blocks in a game by a Trojan Scored 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting at Oregon St. on Jan. 6; Had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks on Jan. 13 vs. UCLA Has had at least 8 rebounds in 15 of 22 games...had a season-low 2 rebounds on Jan. 27 at California
30 Terence Green (So.) Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 176 Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Irvine Valley College) Transfered to USC for the spring semester last season and practiced as a walk-on, but was ineligible for competition Played high school ball at Aliso Niguel High; Helped lead the team to a 28-4 record his senior year Was second-team all-CIF, All-Sea View League (3 years) and third-team All-Orange County Has played in three games this season and has two rebounds...0-for-1 from the floor and 0-for-2 from the line
13 Daniel Hackett (Fr.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 205 Downey, Calif. (St. John Bosco HS) Originally a 2007 recruit, he graduated early by finishing his high school work this summer and enrolled at USC a year early Averaged just over 20 points a game at St. John Bosco; Ranked the 6th-best 2007 prospect in California by Rivals.com Was on the Division 2A All-CIF team in 2004 and 2005; Named a first-team selection to the 2005-06 LBPT Dream Team Had 13 points, including two key three-point plays down the stretch in the opener vs. South Carolina on Nov. 16 Had a career-best 18 points, all in the second half to help key USC's comeback win vs. GW on Dec. 9...was 11-for-11 from the free throw line, the most makes without a miss from the charity stripe by a Trojan since Brandon Granville was also 11-for-11 on Jan. 19, 2002; Had a season-high seven assists in the game vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 1 Again had 7 assists in the win on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood; Has 42 assists and 15 turnovers in the last 14 games Had 14 points on Dec. 22 vs. Kansas State, hitting 3-for-4 from the fields and all eight free throws Scored 12 points, had five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in win vs. Wichita State on Dec. 23 Scored seven points, had two rebounds, three assists, no turnovers and a steal on Jan. 13 vs. UCLA Began the season wearing No. 11, switched to No. 25 on Jan. 13 the day Bill Sharman's number (No. 11) was retired, then the next game (Jan. 18) switched to No. 13 as Paul Westphal's number was retired (No. 25 Scored 6-straight points down the stretch, including the decisive layup with 17 seconds left in 76-73 win at Cal on Jan. 27
15 Dwight Lewis (Fr.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 200 Metairie, La. (James Taylor HS, Tex.) Played his senior season at James Taylor High in Katy, Tex. after being uprooted from Louisiana by hurricane Katrina Scored 21 points per game as a senior in helping lead his team to a 17-10 record; Named first team All-Region As a junior at Archbishop Rummel High in Metairie, La., he averaged 27.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game Scored 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting and had 4 rebounds in win vs. St. Mary's; Had 10 points vs. The Citdadel Made his first start on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU and had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals; Had 5 rebounds at Kansas Matched career highs in rebounds (5) and assists (3), while scoring 11 points in win vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14 Had eight points on 3-for-5 shooting on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood; Also scored eight on Dec. 22 vs. Kansas State Scored 11 points and had one assist in 21 minutes vs. Washington State on Dec. 30 Made third start at Oregon on Jan. 4 and had 10 points and five rebounds; Started Jan. 6 at OSU and had 2 points, 3 rebs. Started vs. UCLA on Jan. 13 and scored seven points...was 2-for-2 from three-point range tying his career high
21 Abdoulaye N'diaye (Sr.) Ht. - 6-11 Wt. - 220 Dakar, Senegal (College of Southern Idaho) Played in all 30 games (24 starts) for USC last season, averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game Scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds on Feb. 25, 2006 vs. Oregon State Had 47 blocks as a USC junior and his 1.57 blocks per game average ranked third among Pac-10 players Ranked the No. 1 junior college center in 2005 by HoopScoop; Scored 17 and had 14 rebounds in Cardinal & Gold game Had five rebounds and four points on Nov. 16 vs. South Carolina; Did not start on Nov. 24, but had 7 rebounds in 11 minutes Had 12 points (6-for-6 shooting) and nine rebounds vs. LMU on Dec. 2, both totals one under his career highs Made 10 consecutive shots (6-for-6 vs. LMU, 1-for-1 at Kansas, 1-for-1 vs. GW & 2-for-2 vs. B-CC) before missing vs. B-CC Had seven points and five rebounds in 20 minutes against Charleston Southern on Dec. 17 Made all seven shots and scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Jan. 6 at Oregon State Was 2-for-2 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds in nine minutes against UCLA on Jan. 13
10 Chris Penrose (Sr.) Ht. - 6-0 Wt. - 172 San Diego, Calif. (Francis Parker HS) Fourth season in the Trojans program...began as a freshman walk-on for the 2003-04 season, but saw no action Appeared in 11 games for USC in 2004-05 and scored eight points...made both free throws he took and two three-pointers Named a team captain as a sophomore and enters his third season as a captain (along with N'diaye this season) Hit a three-pointer, grabbed a rebounds and had an assist in four minutes of action vs. MVSU on Nov. 28 Grabbed two rebounds in two minutes of action on Jan. 6 at Oregon State
34 Gabe Pruitt (Jr.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 170 Los Angeles, Calif. (Westchester HS) Was academically ineligible for the first semester; Started 25 games last season and averaged 16.9 points Named to the 2005-06 All-Pac 10 first team and to the NABC District 15 first team Scored a career-high 36 points on Dec. 10, 2005 at LMU which helped him earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honor Scored 30 or more three times, the ninth Trojan to accomplish that in a single season and first since 1992 (Harold Miner) Earned USC co-MVP honors and led the team in scoring as a freshman, averaging 12.3 points per game Nailed seven three-pointers on Feb. 27, 2005 at Stanford to tie for the second most three-pointers in a game by a Trojan After missing the first 11 games, played on Dec. 22 vs. Kansas State and Dec. 23 vs. Wichita State...0-for-6 from field Made first start on Dec. 28 vs. Washington and scored 18 points with six assists, three rebounds and one steal Scored 18 points and hit 3 key three-pointers in the win at Oregon on Jan. 4; Had 10 points (3 3-pointers) on Jan. 27 at Cal
3 Lodrick Stewart (Sr.) Ht. - 6-4 Wt. - 210 Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach HS) Entered this season as the active career points leader in the Pac-10; Averaged 12.3 last year in 30 games, 25 starts Made 50 of 126 three-pointers last season (39.7 percent) to rank sixth in the Pac-10 Had 70 three-pointers to lead USC in 2004-05 and rank as the sixth-most ever made in a single season by a Trojan His twin brother Rodrick played at USC as a freshman and transferred to Kansas where USC lost on Dec. 4 Had 11 points and five rebounds on Nov. 16 vs. South Carolina...scored the Trojans' first points in the Galen Center Let USC with 19 points and tied his then career high (4th time) with 8 rebounds in win vs. St. Mary's on Nov. 18 Scored 16 points & passed the 1,000 points scored plateau in the game on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU (30th Trojan to 1,000 points) Had 21 points & hit a career-high 6 three-pointers (6-for-9) on Dec. 2 vs. LMU; Had 23 points & 5 threes at Kansas Dec. 4 Scored 19 of his 21 points after halftime as USC came from 20 down to defeat GW 74-65 on Dec. 9 at the Wooden Classic Scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on Dec. 17 vs. Charleston Southern for his first career double-double Has 207 career three-point baskets, second all-time by a Trojan...Brandon Granville is first with 218 Scored a career-high 28 points and hit a school record percentage 6-for-6 from three-point range on Jan. 6 at Oregon St. Scored 18 points, had three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in the win vs. Arizona on Jan. 18..4-for-7 in 3-ptrs. Score 18 of his 21 points in the first half of USC's 76-73 win at California on Jan. 27...was 4-for-4 in 3-pointers in first half
2 Ryan Wetherell (Fr.) Ht. - 5-10 Wt. - 165 Calgary, Canada (Sir Winston Churchill HS) Played three years of varsity at Sir Winston Churchill High; Was starting point guard and team MVP as a senior Averged 30 points and eight assists as a senior; Helped lead his Junior Trojans club team to the provincial championship three straight years, earning MVP honors each season (2004-06) Had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal to help lead the Gold team to victory in the Cardinal & Gold game Scored a season-best three points and had an assist and steal in four minutes vs. Bethune-Cookman Has scored in four of the seven games he has appeared; Had two points and two assists at Oregon St. on Jan. 6
23 Keith Wilkinson (So.) Ht. - 6-10 Wt. - 220 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS) Appeared in 19 games as a freshman, averaging 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds..had bests of 5 points and 9 rebounds Averaged 16 points and eight rebounds a game for Capistrano Valley HS (Calif.) during his senior season Led his team in rebounding (230) and three-point baskets (55)...was second on the team in points (471) and blocks (37) Scored 20 points per game in leading Capistrano Valley to the CIF Div. IIAA semi-finals, where they lost 57-54 to eventual champion Dominguez; His father, Jerry, played four years in the NFL for the Rams and Browns Had five points and seven rebounds and hit his second career three-pointer on Nov. 28 vs. MVSU Made his only shot, grabbed a rebound and dished out an assist in four minutes of action vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14 Scored a career-high six points and grabbed six rebounds in 11 minutes of action on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood Made first career start on Dec. 23 vs. Wichita State...had four points and a rebound...hit 2 key free throws down the stretch Made second straight start on Dec. 28 vs. Washington and scored five points, grabbed five rebounds and had two assists Started again on Dec. 30 vs. Washington State and did not score, but grabbed a season-high eight rebounds Hit a clutch three-point basket with 4:09 left to help USC defeat Arizona on Jan. 18...Arizona had cut the lead to 66-64 Grabbed seven rebounds and scored two points in 15 minutes against Arizona State on Jan. 20
1 Nick Young (Jr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 200 Los Angeles, Calif. (Cleveland HS) Entered this season as the top returning scorer in the Pac-10; Was the 2005-06 USC team MVP Averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds last year, one of three players in the Pac-10 to rank in the top 10 in both categories Named to the 2005-06 All-Pac-10 first team and to the NABC District 15 first team; Scored double figures in 29 of 30 games Scored a career-high 33 points on Feb. 25, 2006 vs. Oregon St.; Had 32 points vs. WSU on Jan. 14, 2006 Averaged 27.2 points and 10.8 rebounds as a senior at Cleveland High in Reseda, Calif....tabbed by HoopScoop as the seventh-best player in the country...scored 56 points in one game and had 23 rebounds in another Scored 24 points on 8 of 9 shooting in win vs. The Citadel on Nov. 21 Led USC with 22 points & had 9 boards on Nov. 24 vs. LBSU; Had 18 points, an assist, block & steal in win vs. LMU Dec. 2 Led USC with 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in win vs. Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 14...followed that up with 17 points vs. Charleston Southern; Matched a career high (sixth time) with three steals vs. Kansas State on Dec. 22 Scored his 1,000th career point in the game on Dec. 19 vs. Longwood, becoming the 31st Trojan to reach that plateau Scored 26 points on 12-for-15 shooting to help lead USC to a 60-56 win vs. Wichita State on Dec. 23 Had 25 points (23 after the first half) in the win vs. Washington on Dec. 28 Scored 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting, including hitting the tie-breaking shot with 21 seconds left in win on Jan. 4 at Oregon Scored 14 points, including a four-point play with 22 seconds left to give USC the lead over UCLA on Jan. 13 in a 65-64 loss Is second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage at .453 (24-for-53) Scored 30 points to lead USC to victory vs. Arizona on Jan. 18...it was his third career 30-point game and 10th of 24 or more Leads the team in scoring, is second in rebounding and tied for third in assists on the team