Marcus Simmons was another freshmen participating in his first official USC practice. Simmons said the practice was rough because he’s learning all the plays. In one drill, he was asked to set screens, something he said he had never really done before. But, after practice, Simmons was more excited than frustrated. He was one of the last players to leave the court, staying to battle one-on-one with both Kasey Cunningham and Dwight Lewis.
“Believe it or not, I was in the locker room just hollering and running around before hand,” Simmons said. “It was exciting for me. I got out there and it made me feel good, like I’m part of something.”
Simmons perhaps didn’t see the midseason Tim Floyd.
“When we met in his office, he said he’d be hard on me,” Simmons said. “But I thought he was pretty soft today and I’m happy with that.”