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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

September 30th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Southern California Trojans


Overall Rank: #39

Conference Rank: #4 Pac-10


2005-06: 17-13, 8-10, 6th

2005-06 postseason: none


Southern California will have to do a little overachieving to reach fourth place in the Pac-10, but with four starters returning and a program on the rise, the Trojans have the tools and the resources to make the NCAAs this year. 


Who’s Out: USC would have had five returning starters if not for the tragic loss of Ryan Francis.  The freshman point guard was shot and killed in Louisiana during the offseason.  Replacing his 7.1 points and 3.7 assists pales in comparison to the loss suffered off the court for the program and the entire USC family.  The backcourt also will be without the services of Collin Robinson and Dwayne Shackleford.  Robinson averaged 1.4 points off the bench as a freshman and will continue his collegiate career elsewhere and Shackleford averaged 3.9 points and 1.6 assists during his senior campaign.  Little used forward Greg Gaudino has also run out of eligibility. 


Who’s In: The Trojans won’t ask for too much from the freshmen this year, but getting some quality minutes off the bench from a couple players would be beneficial.  The wings will get the most help from Dwight Lewis, Kevin Galloway and Daniel Hackett.  Lewis, a 6-5 shooting guard, is a quality defender and a smooth shooter.  Versatility is an overused word, but there is no other way to describe Galloway.  The 6-7 forward can, and probably will, play four positions.  He’s a great passer, slasher and athlete and could make the biggest impact of any freshman for USC.  Hackett wrapped up his high school career a year early and hopes to make an impact this year.  The 6-5 small forward has tons of potential, but will need some time to adjust to the level of play in the Pac-10.  Taj Gibson always finds a way to get the job done.  The 6-9 power forward can score inside and out, is a beast on the boards and a big time defensive presence.  The 21-year-old freshman can be a dominant player in a couple years if he continues to get stronger and works on his consistency on the mid-range jumper.  Kyle Austin and Kasey Cunningham will add even more depth under the basket as freshmen.


Who to Watch: Gabe Pruitt, who averaged 16.9 points and 3.1 assists last year, will miss at least the first nine games of the season for academic reasons.  While Pruitt is gone the Trojan’s NCAA hopes may be dashed.  It will be up to super talented wings Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart to keep the backcourt in order.  Young led the squad with 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds.  Stewart added on 12.3 points, but with a little more consistency from the senior on both ends of the floor, he will turn into a more than just a roleplayer for the Trojans.  The backcourt depth will depend on the newcomers and sophomore Sead Odzic, who didn’t live up to his sharp shooting reputation during his first year at USC. 


Final Projection: Senior center Abdoulaye N’diaye provides a large presence under the basket.  The 6-11, 230 pound Senegal native averaged 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks during his first season with the Trojans.  N’diaye won’t put up big numbers on the offensive end, but is a good defender and a decent rebounder.  The Trojans went small much of last year, but RouSean Cromwell and Jeremy Barr will get a shot at the power forward spot.  At 6-10 and 215 pounds, Cromwell has the size to compliment N’diaye in the paint.  The sophomore averaged 4.2 points and 4.5 boards in 15 contests last year and missed much of the season with a fractured foot.  With Cromwell healthy, the Trojans suddenly have the potential for a very effective frontcourt.  If USC can survive the first semester while Pruitt is sidelined, Coach Tim Floyd could get his squad to the NCAA Tournament one year earlier than most expect.  If the Trojans struggle early, the NCAA hopes could be gone by the time Pruitt steps into the new Galen Center for a meaningful game.


Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA


Projected Starting Five:

Gabe Pruitt, Junior, Guard, 16.9 points per game

Lodrick Stewart, Senior, Guard, 12.3 points per game

Nick Young, Junior, Guard, 17.3 points per game

RouSean Cromwell, Sophomore, Forward, 4.2 points per game

Abdoulaye N’diaye, Senior, Center, 5.3 points per game

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