Track Honor

USC’s Nia Ali was named the Pac-10′s women’s track athlete of the year by the conference this morning. Ali won the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA championships and set a school-record in the high jump this season.

Morning Buzz

With NCAA scholarship reductions in effect, it will not be surprising if some recruits listed as committed to USC do not actually end up with the Trojans. We hear wide receiver Jaydon Mickens of Los Angeles Dorsey will probably end up elsewhere with USC initiating that decision. It’s worth noting that neither Mickens nor wide receiver Jordan Payton of Oaks Christian attended last week’s Rising Stars camp.

Track Update

USC track athletes Jessica Davis and Josh Mance qualified for the World Junior Championships while former Trojans high jumper qualified for the World Championships.
Davis qualified in the 200 meters while Mance made it in the 400. Williams cleared 7-91/4, the top mark in the world this year. You could also throw in Allyson Felix (400 meters), who never competed for USC but did not attend the school.

USC Dynasty!

USC is going for its second straight College World Series title when it faces Florida in a best-of-three series in Omaha. The University of South Carolina, that is.
Some former Trojan players of the past must be stunned that baseball fans might start thinking of South Carolina first when someone says “USC baseball.”

Afternoon Buzz

Bishop Gorman plays Mater Dei in basketball today at 4:15 p.m. in the Corona del Mar tournament. Bishop Gorman features Shabazz Muhmmad, one of the top players in the West. He is son of former USC player Ron Holmes. No word if Lakers coach Mike Brown’s sons will be there for Mater Dei.