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Super Mezie

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After a sophomore season during which he was named the Pac-12's Most Improved Player, USC forward Chimezie Metu is back for more in 2017-18.

Metu was one of two players to start all 36 games for the Trojans last year, averaging 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He also netted a team-high 55 blocks -- the fifth-most in the conference.

Metu earned All-Pac-12 Second Team honors this season, and was crucial in helping the team win a program-record 26 games.

"Super Mezie" and the Trojans will be back in the Galen Center this fall, aiming to shatter their own record. Click here for tickets!

Draft Days

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usc-baseball-2017-csu-mcgillen-2434.jpgTwo Trojans were selected in the 2017 MLB First Year Players Draft this week, extending USC's count to 330 all-time draftees.

The first Trojan off the board was recent alum Frankie Rios (pictured). The Boston Red Sox took the shortstop in the 17th round (521st overall). Rios led the Trojans with a .354 batting average in 2017 and posted a .965 fielding percentage -- among the Top 15 players in the nation. In his three years at Troy, the Lakewood, CA native started 123 games and batted a .310.

Rios is the sixth Trojan selected by the Red Sox and the first since 2002.

Later in the day, USC junior third baseman Adalberto Carrillo was drafted by the Washington Nationals. The Nats selected Carrillo as a catcher -- a position he hasn't played at USC -- in the 33rd round (1003rd overall).

Carrillo, who earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention alongside Rios this season, drove in a team-high 36 runs and batted .281 this year. The Santa Ana, CA product was also tied for the team lead in home runs (7) and stolen bases (9).

The third Trojan ever drafted by the Nationals, Carrillo has the option to return for his senior season at USC in 2018.

USC baseball has not only won the most titles (12) of any school in the nation, but has produced 111 major leaguers -- more than any other school can claim.

New Horizons

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Redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe plans to catch every opportunity that comes his way at USC, including a summer trip to Chile with the Marshall School of Business. Wise beyond his years, Imatorbhebhe recounts the value of the experience in a new Trojan Spotlight.


Young Buck

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holt fresh.jpgThe awards keep rolling in for USC men's tennis freshman Brandon Holt, who was named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year today, headlining USC's four All-Pac-12 selections.

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Holt earned Pac-12 First Team honors after posting a 35-9 overall record (18-5 in dual match play) in his first season in Cardinal and Gold. The Torrance, CA native also went 25-8 overall in doubles with fellow freshman Riley Smith.

Holt is the second Trojan in a row to earn the award after teammate Logan Smith -- who made the All-Pac-12 Second Team this year -- took it home in 2016. The only other USC player to win it was Yannick Hanfmann in 2012.

Holt also garnered ITA All-American status, ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year and ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch for his efforts this year, including clinching the Pac-12 title for USC.

In addition to Holt and Smith, two more Trojans made the All-Pac-12 team this season. Nick Crystal graduates from USC as a three-time Pac-12 honoree after making the cut for Second Team this season. Rising junior Jack Jaede, meanwhile, earns his first Pac-12 honor, as an Honorable Mention.

USC's four honorees are tied for the most of any school in the conference this season.

Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram during their offseason, as they gear up for yet another NCAA title run.

Shaq Is Back

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After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, USC men's basketball guard Shaqquan Aaron made his debut in Cardinal and Gold during the 2016-17 season.

Aaron, who averaged 7.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, was the most recent Trojan to announce that he'll return for the upcoming season, keeping USC's starting rotation almost perfectly intact.

Aaron played in all 36 games for USC last season, starting 20. He shined in USC's upset win over UCLA, scoring a career-high 23 points, and managed double digits nine times.

The Seattle native has high hopes for his second season at Troy, which begins this fall. Click here for tickets!

Return Of The Mac

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After a record-setting season, USC men's basketball returns nearly its entire roster, creating a palpable buzz around the program heading into 2017-18.

Point guard Jordan McLaughlin, a team captain for the last two seasons, returns for one last go-around in Cardinal and Gold.

McLaughlin was one of two Trojans to start all 36 games last year, averaging 12.9 points. He ranked third in the Pac-12 in assists (5.5 per game), sixth in free throw percentage (78.9 pct) and sixth in steals (1.5 per game).

McLaughlin and his teammates will be back at the Galen Center this fall. Click here for tickets!

Nikias Named Pac-12 CEO Group Chair

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias has been named as chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group, the conference's governing body consisting of all 12 university presidents and chancellors. Nikias will officially begin his term as chair on July 1, 2017.

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"The Pac-12 CEO Group provides important guidance as we advance conference initiatives on behalf of our universities and 7,000 student-athletes," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.  "I look forward to working closely with President Nikias, who will provide thoughtful, effective and visionary leadership at an important time for intercollege athletics and for the Pac-12."

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Photo Gallery: 2017 TAF New Member Day

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This weekend, USC's Trojan Athletic Fund welcomed its new members with a football event on campus. The new members enjoyed an afternoon with the USC coaching staff, participated in warm-up drills and team drills, then finished the day by meeting legendary head coach John Robinson and senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu.

For more information on the Trojan Athletic fund, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

McGillen Gallery: NCAA T&F Championships - Women's Finals

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On the final day of the NCAA Track & Field Championships, the Women of Troy catapulted from 14th into third place, marking their best finish at the event since 2006.

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Podium finishes from Anna Cockrell and Amalie Iuel in the 400m hurdles, Kendall Ellis in the 400m dash and the 4x400m relay team helped the Trojans score a total of 43 points, behind only Oregon and Georgia.

Team photographer John McGillen captured the highlights from USC's final day of competition.

McGillen Gallery: NCAA T&F Championships - Men's Finals

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Last night, the men's portion of the NCAA Track & Field Championships concluded, and two new Trojan All-Americans were minted.

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USC photographer John McGillen was at Hayward Field to capture all the best moments from the rainy evening in Eugene.