USC Coach Tim Floyd is looking forward to reaping some benefits by addition after several weeks marked by attrition.
Floyd said Tuesday that he was optimistic that 6-foot-10 freshman Nikola Vucevic would have amateurism issues cleared by the NCAA in the next few days so that the Montenegro native could play this season. Floyd also is eyeing Dec. 20 as the date that Connecticut transfer Marcus Johnson will be eligible to join the Trojans.
USC, which is preparing for Monday's game against Pepperdine, could use the depth.
In late November, the NCAA declined forward Alex Stepheson's appeal for immediate eligibility after transferring from North Carolina. A few days later, forward Kasey Cunningham suffered a season-ending knee injury.
And on Monday, oft-injured sophomore guard Marcus Simmons informed Floyd that he intended to transfer.
"He came in and said he wanted to play more," Floyd said. "I struggle with this one because I love the kid and thought he would be a good player someday."