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USC Scoop's Notes & Observations With Andy Enfield and Max Agbonkpolo

November 20, 2020

During Friday's ZOOM session Andy Enfield and Max Agbonkpolo took some time from the day and went in-depth about the fast-approaching season which tips off next Wednesday.

In case anyone was wondering, everyone is healthy, save for a couple of minor issues, but everyone should be ready for the season opener.  

**Enfield confirmed with the media this afternoon that the Trojans will open the season next Wednesday (11/25) at Galen Center against Cal Baptist and then play Montana on Saturday afternoon at Galen. The game vs. CPU is tentatively scheduled for an 8:00 PM tip-off and will be aired on the PAC-12 Network; Saturday's affair against the Grizzlies is set for a 2:00 PM tip.

**Other notable non-conference games include the previously scheduled BYU and Vanderbilt games in Uncasville, CT, and a couple of games with San Francisco and UC Irvine in December. There is still one more non-conference game waiting for the ink to dry.

**Speaking of everyone, Coach Enfield was happy to announce that transfer Drew Petersen from Rice was declared eligible and will be available when the team takes the court. "Drew is 6-foot-7 and can play every position except center. He is a very good passer and all around player. Drew can shoot and will help us a lot. He's just a basketball player."  Last season, Drew led Rice in rebounds, assists, and steals, and while listening to Enfield talk about what Petersen brings to the team, it becomes very apparent Petersen's experience and defense will be valued commodities.

**With the Trojans 2021 recruiting class in the books, Enfield spoke briefly about each of the young men who have signed with USC.

**Malik Thomas "Is an elite scorer who is strong, and tough defender and college ready." "Reese Dixon-Waters has a college-ready body and is an accomplished shooter from the outside...Both guys are a welcome addition to the backcourt and will be needed."

**Kobe Johnson has a brother who plays at Duke. Due to COVID, Enfield explained how USC was late getting involved with recruiting the 6-6 body triple-double machine.  Coach sees Kobe as a combo-guard similar to De'Anthony Melton. "He is an intriguing prospect, and sees the floor very well. His basketball IQ is very high." 

Those guys bring immediate depth and will be looked upon to contribute right away. From Mater Dei, Harrison Honery is an elite shooter at 6-10 and can stretch the floor like Bennie Boatwright.

**Keeping with the recruiting tangent, Enfield, was asked to talk about Onyeka Okongwu and his draft and thentalk about the Trojan's recent success in the drafts and how it reflects on developing players and preparing them for the NBA.  The list of USC players to the NBA keeps growing.

One thing Coach wanted to emphasize was how bad he felt for the team, and Big O specifically, because they[USC] could not show the nation who the real Onyeka Okongwu was during the tournament when the die-hard college basketball enthusiast joins the casual observer who watches March Madness.

** For the Trojans to have a successful 2020/21 campaign, the sophomores will need to take their game up another level. Isaiah Mobley, Ethan Anderson, and today's guest, Max Agbonkpolo, are the sophomores Enfield refers to, and Max told us he's ready to step up and do what's necessary. "I will do anything to help the team win. That's all I care about." 

Max sees the wall...Max run through the wall.  Max mentioned he's been getting stronger physically and also working on making his outside shot more consistent.

**Mental memo; when referring to Florida Gulf Coast University, make sure you say Florida Gulf Coast University and not just Florida Gulf. LOL.  Watch at the 13:00 mark, and you'll understand. The question was, does this roster remind you of your Sweet-16 team? Coach gives a great breakdown of the teams' similarities and even points out my great eye for recognizing the type of group being built.

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