Former USC baseball and pro baseball star Roy Smalley was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Smalley, a shortstop, led USC to two national titles and was an All-American in 1973. Smalley was later named shortstop on the College World Series 1970s All-Decade Team.
Dwayne Bacon, a 6-7 forward from Sugar Land, Texas, who is ranked the 18th-best player in the nation, was offered a scholarship by USC. He was also offered by Louisville this week.
USC-Notre Dame series locked up through 2023 with traditional October in South Bend, Thanksgiving weekend at Coliseum dates.
Forward Derion Clark, who officially transferred from North Carolina-Charlotte a few days ago, is not expected to be a starter at USC in two years, but he can dunk as this video shows.
USC had three quarterbacks from the Class of 2015 at the Rising Stars Camp this week. Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure is ranked the No. 1 QB in the nation by 247 Sports. Josh Rosen of St. John Bosco is ranked No. 2 in the nation by 247. And David Sills, the Baby Quarterback, is ranked No. 21 in the nation.
Town and Rosen are also ranked among the top five players in the nation by 247. USC’s offered Sills but not Town or Rosen.
The former USC forward, who did not get drafted Thursday, will play for the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League, which begins July 7. He will then play for the Dallas Mavericks in the Las Vegas Summer League, which starts July 21.
Mark May listed his top five “bounce back” teams for 2013 and USC was No. 1. Here is his list:
#5 Iowa 4-8
#4 Wake Forest 5-7
#3 VT 7-6
#2 BC 2-10
#1 USC 7-6
No surprise that top QB Keller Chryst committed to Stanford today. He is from Palo Alto and has Stanford ties. But what does that mean? Maybe nothing. Quarterback Josh Rosen, from the Class of 2015, said Friday that Stanford is still his top choice despite Chryst’s commitment. And USC has yet to offer Rosen despite his performance this week at the Rising Stars Camp.
USC is expected to offer Rosen a scholarship next month. But whether they do or not is obviously influenced by the commitment of the Baby Quarterback (David Sills) and the chance Max Wittek or Cody Kessler could potentially transfer if they do not start next season.
Chris Willson, who spent the past two years at Wake Forest and was part of the football and baseball programs, will enroll at USC next week and be a quarterback on the football team. Willson, who is 6-foot-6, was injured at Wake Forest and never actually played in a football game. He was a pitcher on the baseball team.