When you make it to the Elite Eight at USC, it’s always noteworthy.
USC didn’t win the Pac-12 Conference. It didn’t win the Pac-12 Tournament. But it did get to the Elite Eight.
The question is did it get there because of or in spite of Andy Enfield?
Here’s two small examples of why I say things like that:
- When point guard Julian Jacobs wanted to transfer, Enfield did not want to keep him. Assistant coach Jason Hart had to talk Enfield into keeping Jacobs, who then became an All-Pac-12 player in 2016.
- Enfield did not want to recruit Nick Rakocevic, but again Hart intervened and convinced Enfield to sign the forward, who averaged 14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in 2018-19.
I could go on-and-on with these types of stories but none of them inspire confidence in Enfield.
Unless he hires the next Eric Mobley, what are the odds USC remains an Elite Eight contender?
Even with the Mobley brothers, USC caught a lot of breaks this season thanks to COVID-19, including in the Kansas game. I think the Trojans would have won no matter what but COVID-19 did play a role for the Jayhawks.
USC could return every player next season except Evan Mobley, but that still makes the Trojans a different team.
With a lot of talent, Enfield can win games. But can he ever get USC to the next level, whether that means win the conference, winning the conference tournament or going to a Final Four?
That is the dilemma for Mike Bohn.
- Check out the USC newsletter today for a recap of some embarrassing behavior in the stands by USC fans at last night’s Elite Eight basketball game.
- Skip Bayless sounds in this video like USC was the favorite going into the Gonzaga game.
"The performance by USC last night was the worst performance by an LA team since LeBron's first year with the Lakers."— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 31, 2021
— @RealSkipBayless on Gonzaga’s 85-66 victory over USC pic.twitter.com/pKujuknzbu