March 13, 2009 |
One and not done. That means more to USC than just the hope freshman forward DeMar DeRozan will send a stay-in-school message when the season is over. For now, getting to the NCAA tournament is the only thing on the Trojans' to-do list after a 79-75 victory over California in the Pacific 10 Conference tournament Thursday. There were times when USC's NCAA hopes seemed ready to vanish into the Staples Center rafters.
February 24, 2009 |
A muzzle was firmly attached to USC guard Daniel Hackett. Media were banned from practice. Even team managers were throwing out "no comments." The Trojans' basketball team had seen better days. The fallout from Saturday's 61-50 loss to Washington, and the tense locker room afterward, lingered at the Galen Center on Monday. Fragile seemed the status quo, as the Trojans prepared for a pivotal weekend in the Bay Area. USC faces California on Thursday and Stanford on Saturday.
April 20, 2009 |
Lamont Jones of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy signed a letter of intent Sunday to play for USC, making the Trojans' point guard position stronger, according to a source familiar with the program. The 6-foot Jones is expected to play a lot because junior Daniel Hackett declared for the NBA draft. Hackett averaged 37 minutes a game last season. The Trojans also have Mike Gerrity, a transfer who won't be eligible until the end of December, at point guard.
March 11, 2006 |
James Harden was a short, pudgy freshman when he arrived at Lakewood Artesia. He carried an asthma inhaler, had a drawn-out jump shot and seemed apathetic during conditioning drills. Much has changed in the last 2 1/2 years. Though he still keeps his inhaler nearby, Harden has discarded everything else that impeded his development into a coveted high school basketball prospect. He is no longer chubby, having grown six inches into his 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame.
October 13, 2007 |
USC last held a "Midnight Madness" three coaches and five years ago, so the Trojans could be forgiven if their first such event since the Henry Bibby era got off to a slow start. There was a video highlight package that featured shots of the Trojans playing at the long-since-abandoned Sports Arena, including one focusing on long-since-departed forward Jeremy Barr. About 30 minutes into the event Friday night at the Galen Center, there was still no sign of freshman sensation O.J.
March 13, 2007 |
The sons of someone famous are all around the NCAA tournament, and not only on Florida's legacy-laden team. D.J. Strawberry, the son of Darryl Strawberry, is Maryland's leading scorer. Patrick Ewing Jr. wears his father's No. 33 for Georgetown, and plays for John Thompson III, the son of his dad's coach. Austin Ainge starts for Brigham Young, 26 years after his father Danny dribbled through the entire Notre Dame team for a buzzer-beating layup.
November 28, 2008 |
USC had five days to regroup and get better. Trojans Coach Tim Floyd would have liked more. "Two weeks," Floyd said after the team returned from last weekend's Puerto Rico Tip-Off, where second-half turnovers and poor free-throw shooting led to losses against Seton Hall and Missouri. The Trojans (3-2) resume their schedule tonight when they play host to Tennessee Martin (2-2) at the Galen Center.
February 4, 2007 |
They're not freshmen anymore. Not in the mind of their coach, who has the confidence to start two of them and bring the other off the bench in critical late-game situations. And not in the eyes of their teammates, who have become accustomed to seeing them come up big against veteran opponents. Freshmen Taj Gibson, Dwight Lewis and Daniel Hackett continued to show maturity beyond their years Saturday during USC's 71-68 victory over No. 9 Oregon at the Galen Center.
October 28, 2007 |
It will be a getting-to-know-you session nearly as much for Coach Tim Floyd as it will be for USC basketball fans this afternoon when the Trojans play an intrasquad scrimmage at the Galen Center. A wave of injuries has severely curtailed the participation of potential starters Daniel Hackett (broken jaw), Dwight Lewis (bruised quadriceps), Davon Jefferson (sprained knee) and Marcus Simmons (sprained ankle) since USC started practice two weeks ago. Freshman guard O.J.
December 14, 2006 |
The biggest assist at USC today could be delivered by a group of teachers. Gabe Pruitt said Wednesday night that his teachers told him he had attained the grades necessary to regain his academic eligibility, but it was unclear whether the scores from the junior guard's final exams would be posted in time for him to play against Bethune-Cookman tonight at the Galen Center. "Hopefully, sometime [this] morning or afternoon they'll be posted," Pruitt said. "That's what we're waiting for right now."