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USC Scoop's Hoops News & Notes Update

August 18, 2020

Everyone’s attention is still focused on football or the lack thereof.   However, USC still has a hoops team to keep up with and we’re doing our best to play the point and assist with the news.  As we stand right now, the basketball season per the PAC12 has been “delayed” until the start of the 2021 calendar year with no out of conference games.   There could be some saving grace with the NCAA announcing yesterday:

"By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic," NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement.

The season is currently scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. NCAA Basketball In 2020?

From the very beginning the NCAA showed no leadership when it was time to assist with football and now the NCAA has a chance for a Mulligan, so if the NCAA decides basketball can and should start on time, the question becomes will the PAC12 reverse course?  Let’s hope so!

If the existing NO out of conference schedule ruling stands for the Trojans, then heading into the 2021 conference-ONLY schedule could prove to problematic for a team who will have seven new faces on the roster.  Without the chance to acclimate and work together during the OOC portion of the season, the Trojan growing pains could be another stumbling block for the program as they attempt to continue their recruiting momentum.  

USC faced a similar transition when they added seven new players to the roster heading into the 2019 season.   As we reported earlier this spring, USC’s, OOC schedule had shaped up nicely with some big names and the schedule was set up to challenge the young team as played it’s way toward the conference schedule, and eventually post season play.

The headliner and one of the new faces who will be making this transition, Evan Mobley, isn’t a stranger to the Trojan Family.   Evan’s father, Eric, is an assistant coach and big brother, Isaiah, who just changed his jersey to No. 3 may not have been ranked as high as his younger incoming “lil” brother, however, the sibling’s familiarity growing up and playing together should make the learning curve easier.  

One thing for sure, the Trojans should have one of the best front courts in the conference.  And if USC and all of college basketball can actually make it to March Madness, the tourney could be a coming out party for the Trojans who were just hitting their stride this past March before everything was cancelled.

For all of you future Trojan prospects out there reading this, the Top-10 list above is pretty impressive. 

Speaking of reccruiting.  Per a source, USC, feels they may be the leader for C/O 2021 big guard, Arthur Kaluma. 

.  I’m told the staff is really high on this young man.

USC’s No. 10 ranked 2021 recruiting class is off to a nice start, however, the need for a true point guard in the class still remains a high priority, and there’s been some chatter the Trojans may want to dial up their attention with, Ty Harper, from Santa Clarita Christian School.   

With K.J. Simpson now off the board committed to Arizona, and, Zaon Collins, from Bishop Gorman still uncommitted, Harper isn’t a bad Plan B.   With huge upside, Harper, has the size Coach Andy Enfield and the staff prefer in their backcourt...he would also fit in nicely with high 4-star shooting guard 2021 commits, Reese Dixon-Waters, Malik Thomas, and 3-star center, Harrison Hornery, out of local powerhouse Mater Dei. 

Another high profile player the Trojans are recruiting for their backcourt, Frankie Collins, from Coronado HS, Henderson, NV. I’ve been told isn’t feeling it, and will more than likely choose between Arizona St. and Nevada, Las Vegas.   There is a wildcard in the bunch with 6’-3, 185lbs,TyTy Washington, from Chandler Arizona outthere.  He’s the highest rated point guard still available and the Trojans are challenging ASU, LSU, and Auburn among others for his signature.  

As we all know recruiting is a fluid and things change quickly so we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.   

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