Omaha, Nebraska 2020-11-22 15:19:15 –
The new look of the Southern California team concludes Wednesday’s 2020-21 season with a Carbaptist at Galen Center.
The Trojan ended the 2019-20 campaign at home and knocked out rival UCLA with a dramatic buzzer beater 3 pointer from Jonama Shoes. The victory marked the third straight victory for USC, which gained a lot of momentum before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the college basketball season.
Matthew is gone. So is post-player Onie Kaoko, who was drafted 6th overall in the NBA Draft last week. USC will also replace Nick Lakosevich, Daniel Utomi and Elijah Weaver from last year’s 22-win lineup.
The combination of the five gives an average of 54.9 USC 70.3 points per game. Okongwu and Rakocevic are also major Trojan rebounders, both averaging over 8 per game, with Mathews leading the team at 1.4 per game.
Despite the overhauled roster, the USC was voted fifth in the pre-season Pac-12 conference, and the Trojan won first. Trust the influx of new talent and the dash of contributors moving to more prominent roles.
USC returns last season’s assist leader, Guard Ethan Anderson. He shares his backcoat with Santa Clara transfer Tai Edie. This is one of three high-profile transfers of Trojan horses added from major medium-sized programs. The other is the versatile 6-foot-8-wing Drew Peterson, NCAA-approved to play this season after moving from Rice.
“He’s just a good, versatile basketball player,” Trojans coach Andy Enfield told USC Media Day about Peterson. “He can fill almost every part of the floor except the center.”
However, the center will not be so concerned. USC welcomes 7-foot freshman Evan Mobley, a 5-star new employee and brother of returning post-player Isaiah Mobley. The two will join Woford transfer Cheves Goodwin and returnee Max Avon Kupolo on the front court of a Trojan horse.
“Beyond quarantine, I’m exercising every day. I’m much stronger,” Avon Kupolo said on Media Day.
He also quoted improved 3-point shooting and ball handling as he is likely to settle into the role of stretch fours.
Like USC, Cal Baptist concludes the season with an overhauled lineup. Lancers (entering the third year of Division I membership) won 21 games and finished second at the Western Athletic Conference.
However, the Lancer will replace the top six scorers. Four of them average 11 points or more per game.
Transfer Elijah Thomas (St. Mary’s), Russell Barlow (TCU) and Gorjokgak (Florida) fill some of the gaps. At 6 feet -10 and 6-11, Barlow and Gak compete with Cal Baptist for USC front coat sizes.
Lancers also returns Guard Tylowell, who averaged 8.1 points per game before ACL tearing pushed him aside early in the 2019-20 season.
“I’m back at 100 percent,” Lowell said on WAC Media Day. “(The pandemic) really helped me. The season went back a bit and gave me a little more time to recover and return to my routine.”
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