June 8, 2006 |
Sophomore Gabe Pruitt, the USC basketball team's second-leading scorer, was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester Wednesday, leaving the Trojans without an established point guard until at least mid-December. Pruitt had been expected to take over the ball-handling duties from freshman guard Ryan Francis, who was shot and killed May 13 while riding in a car in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La.
February 14, 2007 |
He's not averaging as many points or making as many three-point shots as a season ago. So why is Gabe Pruitt more valuable than ever? The USC junior guard has become indispensable because of his successful transition to running the point, a position he is expected to play at the pro level. Since Pruitt returned from academic ineligibility and moved into the starting lineup against Washington on Dec. 28, the Trojans have averaged 12.3 turnovers a game. In their first 13 games, they averaged 19.
January 21, 2007 |
All the talk of national rankings seemed secondary with 3 minutes 1 second left Saturday night, when Gabe Pruitt landed awkwardly on his left ankle and crumpled to the court. USC went into a tailspin late last season without its second-leading scorer after he broke a bone in his knee, and when the junior guard limped off the Galen Center court Saturday and did not return during the Trojans' 58-49 victory over Arizona State, there was widespread concern.
February 28, 2006 |
USC's road to the Pacific 10 Conference men's basketball tournament title game was shortened Sunday courtesy of its cross-town rival. UCLA's victory over Oregon at Pauley Pavilion clinched sixth place in the conference for the Trojans, giving them a bye in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament. If the tournament started today, USC would play California in a quarterfinal at Staples Center.
December 9, 2006 |
Lodrick Stewart may be the only USC player deprived of playing with an identical twin, but he isn't the only Trojan suffering from separation anxiety. Junior swingman Nick Young has endured an uneven start to the season while playing without academically ineligible guard Gabe Pruitt, his roommate and on-court compadre. Pruitt said he's noticed that Young has been a bit tentative in the early going.
November 21, 2005 |
When USC Coach Tim Floyd made a substitution early in the second half Sunday afternoon in the Sports Arena, RouSean Cromwell assumed he was being pulled and trotted toward the Trojan bench. It seemed a safe guess for the freshman forward, who had exhibited tremendous effort but looked lost at times during the Trojans' two exhibition games. But when Floyd motioned for the 6-foot-10, 215-pounder to stay on the floor, he clearly made the right decision.