Finland 1, USC 1

The Nordic country and USC produced exactly the same number of first-round picks in the NBA draft. But Finnish guard Petteri Koponen probably played in an arena last season where the soft-serve ice cream worked.
But we digress. Things clearly did not work out as planned for former USC guard Gabe Pruitt. Before the draft, the feeling was Pruitt needed to be picked in the first to justify his decision to leave school early. Only time will tell whether Pruitt made the right decision, but it looks like the off-the-record whispers from some NBA teams about Pruitt being a little soft in workouts contributed to his situation.

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O’Canada

We hear defensive lineman Chris Barrett has an agent and is trying to sign with a Canadian Football League team. If not, Barrett will be attending classes at USC although he is ineligible to play for the Trojans.

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Hip Check

Tailback Allen Bradford said he is still going through rehab but feels like his nagging hip pointer will be OK for training camp. The injury’s prevented Bradford from doing some exercises this summer but he said it’s making progress.

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Early Reviews

Peyton Manning mentioned that his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, was impressed with former USC wide receiver Steve Smith in offseason workouts.
“Eli’s said big things about Steve Smith,” Manning said.

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An Actual Rising Star

It’s easy to talk about recruits everyone already offered a scholarship but last week’s camp at USC did feature at least one player who raised his stock immeasurably with his actual camp performance. Drew McAllister, a safety from Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., opened USC’s eyes enough to probably earn a scholarship offer.
He already caught Cal’s attention by winning the fastest man contest at the Bears’ camp. Officially, only Cal and Oregon State currently offered him a scholarship but expect the Trojans to be in the mix too now.

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