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This will be my last post on this blog. The Daily News is moving me to the Los Angeles Kings beat. Scott Wolf and Phil Collin will handle USC basketball. I’m not sure if they will keep a separate basketball … Continue reading



Daniel Hackett will find out in the next couple days whether he will go with the team to Mexico or head back to Europe to play for Italy in the FIBA European Championships, which could lead to a spot for … Continue reading


Taj update

Taj Gibson said he increased his weight from 210 to 224 pounds in offseason workouts and measured in at 6-foot-9 without shoes. He talked about the team practicing twice a day in preparation for the Mexico trip: “It’s rough but … Continue reading


Angelo will not make trip

Floyd said that freshman point guard Angelo Johnson will not go with the team to Mexico at this point, even if he gets passed through the NCAA Clearinghouse before the weekend.

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More from Mayo

Tim Floyd joked at the beginning of today’s press conference that O.J. Mayo would redshirt this year. Of course, that won’t be the case. Mayo gave a cryptic answer when asked about the possibility of staying at USC more than … Continue reading


More on first day of practice

Here’s my story that ran in Tuesday’s paper. It has a little additional info and color than was given on the blog. I’ll be at the press conference for the Mexico trip today and will provide updates. Coach Tim Floyd … Continue reading

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Como se dice …

Mayo and Simmons said the trip to Mexico would be their first time outside the country. Asked if he knew how to say anything in Spanish, Mayo said only “como estas.”


Weight gains

Dwight Lewis says he added 15 pounds and Keith Wilkinson says he added 10 pounds in offseason weight-lifting. “We came in last year as freshmen, kind of small and not really muscular,” Lewis said. “But now we’re growing and can’t … Continue reading


Diarra struggles

I heard freshman Mamadou Diarra had a tough time catching balls around the basket in a drill, similar to Abdoulaye N’diaye’s problems with his hands in recent years. It’s something he’ll have to work on. N’diaye never really improved in … Continue reading

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Add Simmons

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 … Continue reading