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February 26, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Gabe Pruitt, who missed his fifth consecutive game Saturday because of a broken bone in his left knee, received a doctor's clearance to resume practicing Monday and play Thursday against Stanford as long as the sophomore guard doesn't suffer any setbacks. Pruitt, USC's second-leading scorer, said he would practice wearing a knee brace but could decide to discard it Thursday when the Trojans play the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion.
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June 29, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
The wait was long for Nick Young, happily a little longer for Arron Afflalo and painfully the longest for Gabe Pruitt on Thursday night at the NBA draft in New York. Afflalo, the All-American guard from UCLA, and USC's guard duo of Young and Pruitt all decided to leave college after their junior seasons to make money playing basketball. For Young and Afflalo, the decision paid off. Young was the No.
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December 14, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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."
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March 15, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Two years before he could lock down the Pacific 10 Conference's top guards and help lead USC back to the NCAA tournament, Gabe Pruitt had to face a more frightening opponent: His teammates. Pruitt was a freshman on a senior-laden Trojans team cast adrift by the early-season firing of Coach Henry Bibby, and it soon became clear that the older players were sticking together at the expense of the underclassmen.
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June 8, 2006 | Ben Bolch
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.
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February 14, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 21, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 28, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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December 9, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 21, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 14, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 21, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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December 22, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Having fretted over grade points for the last six months, Gabe Pruitt can now focus on a different kind of point. The junior guard is expected to handle much of the ballhandling duty today when he returns from academic ineligibility and makes his season debut as the Trojans play Kansas State in the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena.
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December 14, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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."
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December 9, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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June 8, 2006 | Ben Bolch
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.
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January 31, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
There's no telling how far Gabe Pruitt can take USC as the Trojans' designated driver. Content for too long to simply hoist jump shot after jump shot, the sophomore guard has recently placed a new emphasis on slashing toward the basket. "I'm trying to be more of a driver," he said. "That's something I've been working on." The results were impressive last week as Pruitt helped lead USC to its first road sweep of the Oregon schools since the 1996-97 season.
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December 22, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Having fretted over grade points for the last six months, Gabe Pruitt can now focus on a different kind of point. The junior guard is expected to handle much of the ballhandling duty today when he returns from academic ineligibility and makes his season debut as the Trojans play Kansas State in the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena.
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February 28, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 26, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Gabe Pruitt, who missed his fifth consecutive game Saturday because of a broken bone in his left knee, received a doctor's clearance to resume practicing Monday and play Thursday against Stanford as long as the sophomore guard doesn't suffer any setbacks. Pruitt, USC's second-leading scorer, said he would practice wearing a knee brace but could decide to discard it Thursday when the Trojans play the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion.
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