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A Growing 7-Footer

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Upon arriving at USC, Dewayne Dedmon was saddled with lofty expectations despite not having enough basketball experience to live up to them.  Quietly though, the junior's game is developing some refinement to go along with his remarkable activity and energy for a seven-footer.

USC's last two wins are great examples of Dedmon's growth and potential.  In the victory at Utah, he posted a season-high 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds to go along with 5 blocks.  While Dedmon only played 15 minutes against Oregon State due to foul trouble, he still managed 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks.

For a player that arrived at USC with little to no experience in organized basketball, the scoring touch was always going to be the last thing to come.  However, Dedmon scored in double figures in five consecutive games before the previous weekend's foul woes.

As the Trojans push for wins in the desert this weekend, starting tonight at Arizona State (7:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks), Dedmon's improvement will come into central focus.  Bob Cantu not only needs him to control the paint and the glass, but his running philosophy plays to the strength of the athletic big man.

Here is a Trojan Spotlight on Dedmon featuring current USC assistant coach Dieter Horton, who was Dewayne's junior college coach, and fellow center Omar Oraby...


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