USC To Host UC Riverside At The Galen Center On Saturday
Dec. 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 24 USC men's basketball team (8-3) will face UC Riverside (3-7) at 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 29 in the Galen Center. USC will be playing its last non-conference game before beginning Pac-10 play on Jan.3 at California. Five of USC's next seven games will be on the road.
SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE -- UC Riverside is 3-7 this season (0-6 on the road) and is led by senior guard Larry Cunningham, who is averaging 15.6 points per game. USC is 2-0 all-time vs. the Higlanders, winning the last game 81-48 on Nov. 30, 2005. UC Riverside head coach Jim Wooldridge and Trojans' head coach Tim Floyd were teammates at Louisiana Tech and Wooldridge was on Floyd's staff with the Chicago Bulls. UCR's Directorof Athletics Stan Morrison was USC's men's basketball coach from 1980-86.
TROJANS TRAMPLE MUSTANGS -- USC fell behind Cal Poly by fi ve points early, but used a 26-8 run to open up a 13-point lead and never looked back in a 78-55 win on Dec. 22 at the Galen Center. USC was led in scoring by guards Daniel Hackett (19 points) and O.J. Mayo (18 points). Forward Taj Gibson added nine points and 13 rebounds. USC shot 53.8 percent from the field for the game (28-for-52) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (8-for-14).
CAL BEARS ON DECK -- California is 7-2 this season, 1-1 in road games. The Bears have been led in scoring in each game by either sophomores Ryan Anderson (22.8 ppg) or Patrick Christopher (18.7 ppg). Senior DeVon Hardin is averaging a double-double with a 10.2 points per game average and an 11.0 rebounds per game average. USC won both games against California last season, but trails in the all-time series 115-124.
MAYO MAKING HIS MARK -- USC's O.J. Mayo has scored 214 points in his fi rst 11 games, the most by a Pac-10 freshman through 11 games since the 1996-97 season, according to Stats, Inc.
TROJANS RISE IN THE FALL -- USC is the fi rst school in history to have a team reach the NCAA championship game in men's water polo (lost) and women's soccer (won), the NCAA Final Four in women's volleyball (lost in semis) and a BCS bowl game in football, all in the same fall semester as the Trojans have done in 2007.
HOT SHOTS, PART DEUX -- In the last two games vs. Delaware State and Cal Poly, USC has made 60.6 percent (60-for-99) of its shots from the fi eld. The Trojans have been even hotter from three-point range, making 62.1 percent of their shots (18-for-29). The entire Trojan starting lineup has been sharp-shooters in the two games combining to hit 62.5 percent of its shots (50-for-80). In the last two games the starters shooting percentageinduvidually have been O.J. Mayo (68.8 percent), Davon Jefferson (68.8 percent), Taj Gibson (62.5 percent), Dwight Lewis (60 percent) and Daniel Hackett (55.0 percent).
A RECORD START FOR FLOYD -- Tim Floyd has an impressive track record in the collegiateranks along with his NBA experience. He brings 20 years of head coaching experienceat the collegiate and NBA levels and owns a 293-158 record (8-3 in 2007-08) in his 15 seasonsas a college head coach at Idaho (1987-88), New Orleans (1989-94), Iowa State (1995-98) andUSC (2005-07). Floyd posted a 42-25 record in his fi rst two seasons as USC's head coach, themost wins by a Trojan coach in his fi rst two seasons. Nine of his fi rst 14 seasons, Floyd hastaken his team into the postseason (6 NCAA, 3 NIT). Floyd has helped the development of hisstudent-athletes at each stop, as 12 players in his 14 years have made it to the NBA, includingthree players that did not even play high school ball.
HACKETT'S TRIPLE-DOUBLE EARNS HIM TSN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Guard Daniel Hackett was named The SportingNews 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 making71.4 percent of his shots. Hackett, who had missed six weeks with a broken jaw which was wired shut until Nov. 9 and returned to fullpractice for the fi rst time on Nov. 12, scored a career high 21 points in his fi rst game back in the 74-47 win at The Citadel on Nov. 15 andfollowed 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, Hackettalso had career highs in rebounds (10) and assists (10) for a rare triple-double, the fi rst by a Trojan player in at least 30 seasons.
DYNAMIC DEBUT FOR MAYO -- O.J. Mayo scored 32 points in his collegiate debut on Nov. 10 vs. Mercer, a new USC record for afreshman in his fi rst collegiate game. His 32-point total also are the sixth-most by a Trojan freshman in a single game, with the recordbeing 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 thetwo-year history of the Galen Center.
USC Top Single-Game Freshman Scoring Records39 - Cliff Robinson, Feb. 2, 1978 vs. California37 - Harold Miner, Dec. 28, 1989 vs. Central Connecticut State37 - Harold Miner, Jan. 25, 1990 vs. Oregon State35 - Cliff Robinson, Jan. 20, 1978 vs. Portland State34 - Harold Miner, Feb. 15, 1990 vs. Stanford32 - O.J. Mayo, Nov. 10, 2007 vs. Mercer
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED -- On a roster that features no seniors and just three juniors, the Trojans will be relying on the underclassmento handle much of the scoring. In the fi rst 11 games, USC's freshmen scored 404 of the 767 points (52.7 percent) and the freshmanand sophomores accounted for 733 of the 767 points (95.6 percent). The 95.6 percent of the team's scoring coming from underclassmenis the highest in the country.
GIBSON IS DOUBLE TROUBLE -- Sophomore forward Taj Gibson had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the 60-50 win vs. San Diego onNov. 22, his second double-double of the season. He also had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the game vs. Mercer on Nov. 10. He nowhas 13 career double-doubles (points and rebounds).
LOUISIANA LIGHTNING -- Trojan sophomore guard Dwight Lewis, who grew up in Metairie, La. but was uprooted by hurricane Katrinato Katy, Texas, scored a career-best 18 points in the wins at South Carolina on Nov. 17 and vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17. He has scoredin double-fi gures in seven of 11 games this season. Lewis reached double-fi gures in scoring eight times in his freshman season.
NOTHING FREE AT THE LINE -- USC has shot 60 percent or less from the free throw line in fi ve of 11 games this season. In the lastgame vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22, USC made 63.6 percent of its shots from the charity stripe (14-for-22). USC's best game from the line wason Nov. 17 at South Carolina when they made 23 of 27 free throws (85.2 percent). In the fi rst 11 games, the Trojans have hit just 66.8percent of their free throws (159-for-238). Last season as a team USC hit 71.5 percent of its free throws, its best mark since hitting 71.8percent from the charity stripe in 1984. USC has has out-shot its opponents from the free throw line 238-139 in the fi rst 11 games.
NO MERCY FROM MERCER -- USC's fi rst-game opponent Mercer shot 59.4 percent (38-for-64) from the fi eld on Nov. 10 at the GalenCenter. It was the highest shooting percentage in a game by a Trojan foe since UCLA made 60.7 percent of its shots on Feb. 24, 2005.
THE DEFENSE RESTS -- The 96 points allowed and 59.4 shooting percentage by Mercer in the fi rst game were quite an aberration forTim Floyd's teams since he arrived on the USC campus. Last season, USC held 21 of 37 opponents to under 40 percent shooting and 27of 37 to under 42 percent from the fl oor. In the fi rst two seasons of the Tim Floyd era, the Trojans held 31 of 67 opponents to 40 percentof less from the fl oor. The fact that USC was outshot from the fl oor (59.4 percent to 40 percent) was also out of the ordinary. Last yearthe Trojans shot better than their opponents in 31 of 37 games. The 96 points was also the most points by an opponent since Tim Floydbecame USC's head coach for the 2005-06 season. USC held Cal Poly to 35.0 percent shooting and to 55 points in the game on Dec.22. USC has held 26 opponents to under 60 points in Tim Floyd's fi rst 78 games as USC's head coach. The Trojans have held nine oftheir 11 opponents this season to 38.2 percent shooting or less, making it 40 times in the fi rst 78 games (51.3 percent) under Floyd thatUSC has held its opponent to under 40 percent shooting.
GIBSON MOVES UP THE CHARTS -- Sophomore Taj Gibson had six blocks on Nov. 16 at The Citadel, the most since he had acareer-high seven blocks on Jan. 4, 2007 at Oregon, which had tied for the fourth most in a game by a Trojan. He had four blocks againstMemphis and now has 88 career blocks which ranks him seventh on USC's all-time shot block list. Avondre Jones is sixth with 101 careerblocks as a Trojan.
TROJAN TV ALL-ACCESS -- USC is offering live online video streaming of the untelevised game on Dec. 29 vs. UC Riverside tosubscribers of TrojanTV All-Access, while others will be able to access this special online event on a pay-per-view basis. The game will beavailable live and on-demand. Current subscribers to TrojanTV All-Access will receive the broadcasts for FREE as part of their subscriptionpackage. Non-subscribers have two options to purchase the game. The game will be available for a single-game pay-per-view priceof $4.99. Annual subscriptions to TrojanTV All-Access are $99.95 for a 12-month subscription, while a monthly renewable subscriptionis just $9.95.
JEFFERSON RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE -- Trojan freshman forward Davon Jefferson had 12 points and a career-high13 rebounds on Dec. 4 vs. Memphis for his first career double-double. He scored 17 points vs. Delaware St. on Dec. 17 and is averaging16.2 points (97 total) and 7.0 rebounds (42 total) in the last six games. The five-star recruit from Lynwood, Calif. played in his fi rst gameon Nov. 22 vs San Diego and scored fi ve points in 19 minutes and hasn't slowed down since. Jefferson had his early season progressslowed due to a left knee injury in the preseason. He then led USC with 20 points in the Anaheim Classic fi nals win over Southern Illinoison Nov. 25 and with 23 points in his fi rst career start on Nov. 29 vs. Oklahoma.
MAYO NAMED ANAHEIM CLASSIC MVP -- USC's O.J. Mayo was named the MVP of the Anaheim Classic as he averaged 18.0points and 3.7 rebounds helping lead USC to the title with wins over San Diego, Miami (OH) and Southern Illinois.
TROJANS SURVIVE TOUGH TESTS -- USC went 2-2 in a stretch of playing three of four games against ranked opponents, whichbegan 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-10Hardwood 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 Memphison Dec. 4 in New York City. In all, beginning with the fi rst game of the Anaheim Classic on Nov. 22, the Trojans played six games in13 days with four of the opponents being 2006-07 NCAA Tournament teams and posted a 4-2 record in that stretch.
ROAD WARRIORS -- With wins at The Citadel and at South Carolina, USC is 2-0 on the road to start the season for just the secondtime in the last seven seasons, the other time being 2005-06. The Trojans were 4-6 in their 10 road games last season, 4-5 in conferenceon the road, with a non-conference loss at Kansas.
GREAT START FOR MAYO -- O.J. Mayo has scored in double fi gures in all 11 games this season, the fi rst Trojan freshman to reachdouble digits in scoring for the fi rst 11 games of his career.
STINGY DEFENSE -- USC has held its last eight opponents to 62 points or less and to an average of 54.1 (433 total) points per game.If you add in the 74-47 win at The Citadel, USC has held nine of 11 teams it has faced to 62 points or less. The last time USC held its opponentsto 62 points or less for eight consecutive games was in the 1951 season (Dec. 2-28, 1950). The last time USC held its opponents to62 points or less in more games was in the 1950 season when they accomplished the feat nine straight times (Jan. 27- March 3, 1950).
TROJANS CAPTURE ANAHEIM CLASSIC TITLE -- USC defeated No. 19 Southern Illinois 70-45 on Nov. 25 to capture the inauguralAnaheim Classic title at the Anaheim Convention Center. USC shot 59.5 percent from the fl oor, while holding the Salukis to 32.7percent shooting. Davon Jefferson led the Trojans with 20 points. Southern Illinois had defeated its fi rst three opponents by an average of18.7 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 defeatedSan Diego (60-50) in the fi rst round and Miami of Ohio (57-53) in the semi-fi nals. O.J. Mayo was named tournament MVP.
TRIPPED BY THE THREE-POINT LINE -- Dating back to last season, USC is 5-6 in its last 11 games when taking 15 or morethree-point shots. Conversely, the Trojans are 8-1 in the last nine games when taking 14 or fewer three-pointer shots, with the lone lossbeing Dec. 4 vs. Memphis when they went 1-for-9 from beyond the arc and lost in overtime.
THE TROJAN PRESSURE COOKER -- USC forced then-No. 4 Kansas and No. 2 Memphis into 22 turnovers apiece in back-to backgames on Dec. 2 and Dec. 4. According to STATS, since the 1996-97 season no other team has faced Top 5 opponents in consecutivegames and forced at least 20 turnovers in both games.
BRINGING OUT THE WORST IN THE OPPOSITION -- USC has held six of 11 opponents to either their worst or second worstshooting percentage of the season and has held seven of 11 teams to their fi rst or second lowest points total in the 2007-08 season. TheTrojans held Kansas, Memphis and Oklahoma to their worst shooting percentage and Kansas and Memphis to their lowest point total.AUSTIN TO TRANSFER -- Sophomore Kyle Austin, out with a back injury since Nov. 21, has decided to transfer. He played in onegame this season (2 minutes) and averaged 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 17 games as a freshman.
33 RouSean Cromwell (Jr.) Ht - 6-11 Wt. - 225 Memphis, Tenn. (IMG Academy, Fla) Scored 2 points on 2-for-6 shooting from the free throw line vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; is 4-for-5 from the fi ed this season (80 %) Had a strong 8 minutes against Memphis on Dec. 4, scoring 3 points and grabbing 2 rebounds...1-for-1 from the fi eld (dunk) Has come off the bench in 9 of USC's fi rst 11 games and has 12 points and 11 rebounds Scored four points, grabbed seven rebounds and made two steals in the exhibition game vs. FPU on Dec. 8 Played in 33 games (5 starts) last year; averaged 2.4 pts. & 2.2 rebounds; Had a season-high 13 points vs. LBSU on 11/24 Made quite a splash in Trojan debut with 17 points and 12 rebounds vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 20, 2005. It was the mostrebounds by a USC freshman in a game since Sam Clancy had 14 on Feb. 6, 1999...since passed by teammate Taj Gibson Averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds a game in 2005 while earning all-district honors as a senior at IMG Academy Ranked the 14th-best center and 31st-best power forward in the country by RivalsHoops as a senior
43 Kasey Cunningham (R-Fr.) Ht. - 6-7 Wt. - 225 Albuquerque, N.M. (Cibola HS) Suffered a tear in the ACL and meniscus of his left knee on Dec. 12, expected to have season-ending surgery soon Played in his fi rst game as a Trojan on Nov. 10 vs. Mercer and scored 2 points and grabbed 2 rebounds Had a career-high 10 rebounds and six points on Nov. 15 at The Citadel Had a career-high seven points in the win vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 23...also had three rebounds and a key steal Started and had six points and a rebound on Nov. 25 vs. SIU; had three points and two rebound vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 29 Redshirted in 2006-07 while recovering from left knee surgery...spent the season working on his outside game and dribbling Averaged 22.0 points and 15.0 rebounds with six blocks per game as a senior at Cibola High Led team to a 13-1 record before suffering a season-ending left knee injury...had ACL surgery, missed the rest of the season Began season widely regarded as the top player in New Mexico; Named to the LBPT Best in the West second team
14 Mamadou Diarra (Fr.) Ht. - 7-0 Wt. - 230 Bamako, Mali. (Stoneridge Prep) Played in his fi rst game as a Trojan on Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State and made 1 of 2 free throws in fi ve minutes of action Also hit one of two free throws on Dec. 22 vs. Cal Poly Had hernia surgery on Nov. 5 and missed 3-4 weeks...returned to practice at the beginning of December Averaged 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds his senior season at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, Calif.; As a junior led them inscoring 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
3 James Dunleavy (Fr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 190 Los Angeles, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake HS) Is expected to redshirt this season Did not play last season in high school as he had exhausted his eligibility; averaged 2.5 points as a junior Made 21 of 55 three-point shots (38.2 percent) as a junior as Harvard-Westlake went 27-6 Son of L.A. Clippers' coach Mike Dunleavy and brother of Pacers' guard/forward Mike Dunleavey, Jr.
22 Taj Gibson (So.) Ht. - 6-9 Wt. - 225 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Calvary Christian HS, Calif.) Fouled out after nine minutes (career low) vs. Oklahoma...scored two points, lowest since going scoreless on Feb. 18, 2007 Scored two points and fouled out against Kansas; Had four points and 10 fouls in the two games Had fi ve points and eight rebounds vs. Memphis on Dec. 4, but fouled out for the third straight game Scored 5 points and had 7 rebounds vs. Delaware St. on Dec. 17; Had 13 rebounds and 9 points vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22 Just missed a double-double with 10 points & 9 rebounds off the bench vs. SIU on Nov. 25...1st time at USC he did not start Had a season-high 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Nov. 22 vs. San Diego, his 13th career double-double Had 13 points and 14 rebounds on Nov. 10 vs. Mercer USC's top returning scorer (12.2 ppg) and rebounder 8.7 (rpg); A 2006-07 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection Set USC freshman records in rebounds (321) and blocks (69); Had 11 double-doubles, one of fi ve freshmen in the countrywith that many, joing among others Greg Oden and Kevin Durant, the top two selections in the 2007 NBA Draft Has at least eight rebounds in 33 of 48 career games and scored at least eight points in 40 of 48 games Scored 51 points and grabbed 34 rebounds in the three NCAA Tournament games, with two double-doubles
30 Terence Green (Jr.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 180 Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Irvine Valley College) Scored the fi rst two points of his career by making both free throw attempts vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 Played in three games last season, his fi rst active season for USC, but did not score Transfered to USC for the spring semester of 2006 and practiced as a walk-on, but was ineligible for competition Played high school ball at Aliso Niguel High; Helped lead the team to a 28-4 record his senior year Was second-team all-CIF, All-Sea View League (3 years) and third-team All-Orange County
13 Daniel Hackett (So.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 205 Pesaro, Italy (St. John Bosco HS) Had a game-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 29...made 3 of 5 three point shots Has made 56.0 percent of his 3-point shots this season (14-for-25); Had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists vs. Memphis Had 11 points, 2 assists and two steals and hit the go-ahead jumper in the 57-53 win vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 23 Scored a career-high 21 points on Nov. 15 at The Citadel, his fi rst game back after missing six weeks with a broken jaw Had a new career best with a triple-double (22 pts, 10 reb, 10 asst) with no turnovers in win at South Carolina on Nov. 17...itwas the fi rst triple-double by a Trojan in at least 30 seasons; Named TSN's National Player of the Week (Nov. 12-19) Matched a career high with 10 assists in the win vs. SIU on Nov. 25 Started 16 games as a freshman and averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds...second on the team with 103 assists Scored a season-high 20 points vs. Texas in the NCAA Tournament win on March 18, 2007 Originally a 2007 recruit, he graduated early by fi nishing high school in the summer of `06 and enrolled at USC for 2006-07
5 Davon Jefferson (Fr.) Ht. - 6-8 Wt. - 215 Lynwood, Calif. (Lynwood HS) Has averaged 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in his last six games; Scored 17 on Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State Leads all Trojans in shooting percentage (with at least 20 attempts) at .576 (38-for-66) Had fi rst career double-double on Dec. 4 vs. Memphis - 12 points and 13 rebounds; Scored 17 points on Dec. 2 vs. Kansas Played in his fi rst game as a Trojan on Nov. 22 vs. San Diego and had fi ve 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 fi rst career start on Nov. 29 vs. Oklahoma...made 9 of 11 free throws Averaged 20.0 points & 12.0 rebounds at The Patterson School (N.C.) in 2006; Sat out 2nd half of season to focus on academics In 2005 at Lynwood HS, averaged 26.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists Was rated by Rivals.com as a 5-star recruit, the 15th prospect in the entire 2006 class and the No. 2 player from California
1 Angelo Johnson (Fr.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 180 Minneapolis, Minn. (Stoneridge Prep, Calif.) Had a strong debut as a starter vs. Mercer on Nov. 10, with 17 points, two assists and two steals Had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists at The Citadel; Started on Nov. 17 at South Carolina and had 6 points and 3 assists Had 5 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in the win vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22 Made 3 of 4 three-point attempts and fi nished with 11 points and three assists in win vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 Has made 9 of 20 three-point shots this season (45.0 percent) and is third on the team with 21 assists Led Stoneridge Prep (Calif.) in scoring as a senior with a 13.7 average...also dished out 4.1 assists per game As a junior, prepped at Marietta Convent Christian (Ga.) and averaged 19.2 points and 6.3 assists per game Ranked the No. 9 prospect among fi fth-year players by Hoopscooponline.com and the No. 114 recruit for 2007 by Rivals Began his high school career at Patrick Henry HS in Minneapolis, Minn.
21 Dwight Lewis (So.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 215 Metairie, La. (James Taylor HS, Tex.) Had 15 points and grabbed three rebounds vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; Scored 10 at The Citadel on Nov. 15 Scored a career-high 18 points in the wins at South Carolina on Nov. 17 and vs. Delaware State on Dec. 17 Scored three straight second-half baskets and fi nished with 14 points and three assists in the win vs. SIU on Nov. 25 Scored 13 points, had 3 assists and 2 steals in win vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22; Is second on the team with 90 shots taken Is USC's second-leading returning scorer, averaging 5.8 points and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman; Top-returning 3-pointshooter with 20 made in 2006-07; Scored a season-high 14 points last season on Feb. 24 vs. California 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 fi rst 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 gameWas a fourth-team selection to the 2004-05 Parade All-American team32 O.J. Mayo (Fr.) Ht. - 6-5 Wt. - 200 Huntington, W.V.. (Huntington HS) Leads USC in scoring (19.5), FT% (.800), steals (21) and is second in assists (35) and rebounds (50) Scored 32 points in the opener vs. Mercer to set a school freshman debut record, a Galen Center record for points in agame and the sixth-most points ever in a game by a USC freshman; Also had seven rebounds and hit four 3-pointers Made 6 of 12 shots (3 of 6 3-pointers) and fi nished with 16 points on Nov. 15 at The Citadel...led USC with fi ve assists Led USC with 29 points, hit three 3-pointers and grabbed four rebounds in the 85-75 win at South Carolina on Nov. 17 Had 20 points in the win vs. San Diego on Nov. 22...also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals Led USC with 21 points in the 57-53 win vs. Miami (OH) on Nov. 23...also had a key steal at the end of the game Came off the bench to score 13 points in win vs. SIU on Nov. 25; Named Anaheim Classic MVP as he averaged 18.0 points Led USC with 19 points vs. Kansas with fi ve rebounds and three steals; Also led USC with 16 points vs. Memphis Scored 18 points, had four rebounds and a season-high six assists in win vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22 Was the 2006-07 EA Sports National High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year; Was also selected a McDonald'sAll-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 fi rst 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 fi rst two state titles; Mayo left theschool as its all-time leading scorer; His high school teams were a combined 99-5 with three state titles (2 OH, 1 WV) Was Ohio's 'Mr. Basketball' as a sophomore & junior, joining LeBron James as the only sophomores to receive the honor Scored 56 points vs. Lockland HS (OH) on Dec. 17, 2004; Averaged 20+ points playing varsity ball in KY in 7th & 8th grade
20 Marcus Simmons (Fr.) Ht. - 6-6 Wt. - 200 Alexandria, La. (Peabody HS) Played in his fi rst game as a Trojan on Nov. 15 at The Citadel...had two rebounds in nine minutes of action Had three rebounds in two minutes of play at South Carolina on Nov. 17...out with a left ankle sprain until Dec. 17 vs.Delaware State...played 13 minutes and had three rebounds and an assist, but no points (0-for-1) Scored his fi rst points as a Trojan by making both free throw attempts vs. Cal Poly on Dec. 22...also had three rebounds Averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals as a senior at Peabody HS in Alexandria, La. Helped lead Peabody to a 37-4 record and the 2006-07 Louisiana state championship; Named to the All-State team Ranked as the No. 47 small forward in 2007 by Rivals.com Suffered a high left ankle sprain in the preseason which has kept him out of the lineup; Played in the exhibition on Dec. 8
2 Ryan Wetherell (So.) Ht. - 5-11 Wt. - 175 Calgary, Canada (Sir Winston Churchill HS) Had a rebound, a steal and an assist in seven minutes of action vs. Mercer on Nov. 10 Played in 15 games and logged a total of 49 minutes as a freshman; Had a season-best three points vs. B-CC on 12/14/06 Scored in fi ve of the fi rst 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 championshipthree straight years, earning MVP honors each season (2004-06)
23 Keith Wilkinson (Jr.) Ht. - 6-10 Wt. - 225 Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS) After starting the season 1-for-8 in his fi rst two games, has made 7-for-13 from the fi eld (53.8 percent) Had fi ve rebounds, an assist and a steal vs. Mercer on Nov. 10; Had 3 points and 3 rebounds on Nov. 15 at The Citadel Started on Nov. 25 vs. SIU and had three rebounds and a block in eight minutes of action Played 16 minutes vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 29 and had fi ve points and four rebounds...hit his fi rst three-pointer of the season Had a double-double in the exhibtion game vs. Fresno Pacifi c on Dec. 8 - 10 points, 11 rebounds Scored a season-high six points on Dec. 17 vs. Delaware State...also had three rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes Played in 33 games (5 starts), averaging 1.5 points & 1.9 rebounds last year as a sophomore; Played in all 3 NCAA games Scored a career-high nine points and dished out a career-best three assists on 3/1/07 at Washington Averaged 16 points and eight rebounds a game for Capistrano Valley HS (Calif.) during his senior season Led his team in rebounding (230) and three-point baskets (55)...was second on the team in points (471) and blocks (37) Averaged 20 points a game to lead CVHS to the CIF Div. IIAA semi-fi nals, where they lost 57-54 to champion Dominguez His father, Jerry, played four years in the NFL for the Rams and Browns