USC Morning Buzz: Thursday Notes

If you get excited by preseason magazine covers, this year’s Athlon’s is pretty underwhelming as it shoehorns four Pac-12 schools into one cover. Interesting, Athlon has different covers that place Washington quarterback Jake Browning at the top and one that has Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate at the top (pictured below).

But nothing with a USC player alone at the top. Athlon has seven different SEC covers, by the way.

Arizona Wildcats

  • Most NBA mock drafts show De’Anthony Melton as a potential late first-round pick and Chimezie Metu as a second-round pick. Good thing Metu skipped the NIT to avoid getting injured.
  • USC’s incoming freshmen received their jersey numbers: Elijah Weaver is No. 3; Kevin Porter Jr. is No. 4 and J’Raan Brooks is No. 33. At least none of them are being allowed to wear a retired number like when Jordan McLaughlin was given Bill Sharman’s retired No. 11.
  • USC women’s basketball received a commitment from guard Madison Campbell of Clovis West High School. She also considered Indiana.
  • As Max Nikias departs, tuition will cost an all-time high $55,320 next year. That doesn’t even include room and board. An incoming freshman easily spends more than $70,000 when you include it.
  • Former USC offensive tackle Zach Banner was waived by the Carolina Panthers. I’m sure he is wants to, USC will hire him for a role with its Saturday lineup.

5 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Thursday Notes

  1. For the first time in many years the Trojan defense has a realistic chance to lead….Cam Smith gushed the day he committed, “Stanford’s not going to run the ball on us.” So far, it’s been a win some lose some proposition but last year going 2-0 against the Farm is something to build on….good job, Trojans! I believe the coaches understand that big receivers with good to great speed and good to great hands is an important ingredient to overcoming their opposition…,looking forward to Mr. Carr’s progress to gash them and punish their will and provide pushback against their star …we’ve got a chance at the 4, I believe….”Yes, we can!”…. but will we? Every player on that roster needs to consider what they’re willing to sacrifice to get there and quietly go about implementation….

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    1. Nice stuff, Stephen. We’re gonna play a different Stanford this year IF Costello and Love are both starting, healthy & able to play the whole game. But —if we’re able to keep Stanford honest with our own passing game —–I think Carr, and USC, will have a huge day.


  2. Metu’s stock is dropping like a rock – he’ll be a really good second round pick for some team. (Could have been lottery if things fell the right way for him.)


    1. Can’t play with his back to the basket. Not as important as it was a few years ago, for big men, if you also can’t take your man off the dribble, not sure what your role is in today’s NBA offense if you also don’t have a real three-point shot.

      He can run the floor and play defense and provide energy off the bench, like Jordan Bell. He is able to shoot threes, but he a few years away from being taken seriously shooting one.

      So, a second round who that will most likely make an NBA roster is nothing to sneeze at.

      As for Melton, you can’t have enough long-armed, lock-down defending guards who can switch.


  3. It’s obvious why UCLA went after Chip. He looks so G-R-E-A-T on the Athlon Pac 12 cover. When UCLA is losing to, say, Arizona 31 to nothing at halftime, Chip is gonna come rolling into the locker room, display that cute triple chin and his brubabes will get all pumped just knowing he’s THEIR coach…..


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