Looking Ahead… USC Basketball

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O.J. Mayo (Image from USCtrojans.com)

It’s been all football with the start of Fall camp this week. But USC sports fans will have something to look forward to (even after the football season).

The Return of Taj:

He was one of just five freshmen to record 11 or more double-doubles during the season, with two of the others being the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the 2007 NBA Draft — Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.

The #1 recruiting class in the nation:

“O.J. can play the point or the two-guard position. Given our lack of returning firepower, I’m not sure what his role will be, but we will probably use him at both positions. I love his poise, instincts, maturity, toughness, understanding of the game and ability to make baskets,” says Tim Floyd.

“Davon (Jefferson) is a versatile player,” said Floyd. “He seems equally comfortable whether he is facing the basket or posting up which will give us the opportunity to take advantage of different matchups. He has an uncanny ability to score and rebound the ball.”

Guard Marcus Simmons… regarded as one of the top high school defenders in the country.

Perhaps contributing right away on the frontline is 7-0 forward Mamadou Diarra.

Angelo Johnson is a lightning-quick point guard that knows how to run an offense and could see significant playing time.

James Dunleavy.. he is a heady ballplayer like you might expect, being that he is the son of Clippers’ head coach Mike Dunleavy.

2007-2008 USC OUTLOOK (PDF) [USCtrojans.com]

Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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