Joe Callero, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's basketball coach, has noticed these things about USC:
"It's clear to me that little point guard Mo Jones, he's the head of the snake, he's the wheeler-dealer. He can shoot it, score it, make key plays. And they've got good depth."
The Mustangs (1-1) play the Trojans (1-2) at the Galen Center on Saturday and Callero, whose team finished a strong second in the Big West Conference last year and returned four starters, wishes the team he had two weeks ago was the one he will have against USC.
Two weeks ago, Chris O'Brien, a 6-foot-4 guard from Irvine Northwood High, sustained a torn knee ligament that ended his season. Four days ago, Reese Morgan, a freshman guard from Palos Verdes Peninsula High, hurt his knee, requiring surgery. He's out four to six weeks.