USC point guard Larry Friend, who passed away Tuesday, was an integral part of two of the best victories I witnessed over crosstown rival UCLA in 1985. The Trojans defeated the Bruins, 78-77, in double overtime at the Sports Arena on Feb. 1. The rematch on Feb. 28 was even better. The two teams went four overtimes at Pauley Pavilion. The score was tied, 78-78, … Continue reading A Larry Friend Memory
Larry Friend, the starting point guard on USC’s last conference championship team in 1985, died on Tuesday of cancer. He was 54. Friend was named USC’s Best Defensive Player three times. In 1986, he was USC’s MVP and Most Inspirational Player. By the end of his career, he set USC assist records for for a game (14 versus Texas in 1985), season (176 in 1985) and … Continue reading Former USC Point Guard Larry Friend Dies
So USC has a commitment from five-star Onyeka Okongwu and is expected to get the Mobley brothers now that their father (Eric Mobley) is an assistant coach. Will that convince Andy Enfield to start improving the nonconference schedule? Don’t bet on it. But it’s not hard. Utah just agreed to a two-year series with Kentucky. One game will be at Rupp Arena and the other in … Continue reading Will Andy Enfield Improve USC’s Schedule?
Chino Hills forward Onyeka Okongwu, who is ranked the 18th-best player in the nation by Rivals for the Class of 2019, announced today he committed to USC. He also considered UCLA and Kansas. I mentioned last week USC thought it would land Okongwu. USC is ranked No. 5 in recruiting by Rivals with only Okongwu’s commitment. The 6-foot-9 forward plays for the Compton Magic club basketball … Continue reading Five-Star Forward Onyeka Okongwu Commits To USC
A few Saturday notes to start the weekend: Former USC basketball assistant Dave Miller predicted on twitter that forward Isaiah Mobley would commit to the Trojans on Friday. Mobley did not. Mobley will eventually commit because his father, Eric, is now a USC assistant coach. So will Evan Mobley. That is easy to predict. But picking the specific day carries some risk, obviously. The fact … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Saturday Notes
USC forward Chimezie Metu worked out with the Lakers this morning. Fortunately, Metu is completely healthy for the workout after sitting out the NIT, which was nearly two months ago. By the way, a source with the basketball program tells me USC it is confident it will land forward Onyeka Okongwu of Chino Hills, who is ranked the No. 19 player in the nation … Continue reading USC Morning Buzz: Wednesday Notes