On this day in 1966, USC forward John Block scored a USC-record 45 points vs. Washington.
He averaged 25.2 points per game at USC in 1966,. Block then averaged 20.2 points and 11.0 rebounds for the San Diego Rockets and was an all-star in 1973 for the Philadelphia 76ers
It’s good to see USC has tracked down Verne Ashby, who was just the second African-American basketball player in school history after Herman Hill in 1929.
The article doesn’t mention Coach Forrest Twogood and his history of not signing African-American players.
Verne Ashby’s athleticism earned him the nickname “Jumping Jack” after beating the Bruins in 1961.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) February 10, 2022
But, it was Ashby’s courage and character that helped him navigate the choppy waters of being only the second Black player in @USC_Hoops history.#USCBHM | #BlackHistoryMonth