THIS SEASON: Sam Clancy, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound senior All-American, Wooden and Naismith Award candidate in 2002, is one of the Pac-10's top offensive and defensive threats and is equally adept from the post, the wing or the top of the key. A major shot-blocking and rebounding presence in the paint, Clancy is in his fourth year as a starting forward.
CAREER: Sam Clancy is USC's all-time leading shot-blocker (147). He has started 71 of his 81 games at USC. He is 22nd on USC's career scoring chart with 1,046 career points and was the 25th Trojan ever to reach the millennium milestone.
SAID BIBBY: "We're going to run a lot of our offense through Sam this year. We're simply going to have to get him the ball. He's proven that he can dominate a game. He became one of the best players in the Pac-10 and the nation last year and team's will pay a lot of attention to him this year. But I think he's up to the challenge."
2000-2001: Clancy earned 2001 Pacific-10 Conference, Sporting News Pac-10, NABC District 15 and USBWA District 9 first-team honors as a junior forward, leading USC in scoring (17.3), rebounding (7.5), field goal percentage (.501) and blocked shots (81) ... He became USC's all-time leading shot blocker (147) and also set a school season record for rejections (81) ... He averaged team highs in points (17.1) and rebounds (7.2) in the Pac-10 ... His 588 points on the season were the fifth-most in school history and his 255 rebounds were the 14th most ever at USC ... He had a team-high nine double-doubles on the season and scored at least 20 points a team-high 11 times ... Clancy earned East Regional All-NCAA Tournament Team honors as he led USC in scoring (18.0), rebounding (10.8) and blocks (4.0) in the Trojans' four NCAA Tournament games. He had 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks against Oklahoma State, 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks vs. Boston College, 17 points and seven rebounds vs. Kentucky and 19 points and 11 boards vs. Duke ... Clancy had a career-high seven blocks vs. Cal on March 3 to go with 16 points and seven boards ... He posted career highs of 31 points twice, once in the season-opener vs. Bradley and again at UCLA (to go with 13 rebounds) ... Clancy was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 25-Jan. 1. He averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 steals in USC's loss at Northwestern and win over Long Beach State ... He scored 27 points in the Pac-10 finale at Washington State. He had 28 points at Arizona State after scoring 23 points to go with seven boards and four blocks at Arizona ... After the 2001 season, Clancy declared for the NBA draft, but did not sign with an agent, allowing him the option to return to school. Before he removed his name from the draft list, he participated in a three-day NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago, where he was the leading scorer (42 points) and rebounder (28).
1999-2000: Clancy averaged 15.5 points and 6.9 rebounds as a 2000 sophomore forward, but had what was turning into a monster season derailed by a fractured foot suffered against Arizona State on Jan. 20 ... At the time of the injury, Clancy was averaging team highs in points (17.6, also second in the Pac-10), rebounds (7.8) and blocks (1.6) ... After missing 10 games, he returned for the Trojans' final four contests and averaged 8.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in only 22.5 minutes per game ... Clancy had scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games before the injury ... He scored a career-high 24 points in the season-opener against Cal State Northridge and had 23 points against both then-No. 5 North Carolina and at Washington ... He had five double-doubles on the season, including three in a row against UC Santa Barbara, St. Bonaventure and Hawai`i.
1998-99: Clancy came on strong as a true freshman in 1999, starting 22 of 27 games while averaging 5.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per outing ... He was second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (1.4) and was USC's third-leading rebounder ... He made his first start of the season at UC Santa Barbara and became a starter for good two games into the Pac-10 season ... He was one of only three Pac-10 freshmen with at least four double-doubles, getting his fourth with 12 points and 10 rebounds in USC's upset at then-No. 6 Stanford ... He had a season-high 14 rebounds, 11 points and two blocks against Oregon and had a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds against then-No. 8 Arizona at the Sports Arena ... His other double-double came in his debut as a Trojan with 11 points and 10 boards vs. San Diego State ... He had a Pac-10-high six blocks to go along with 10 points at Oregon State and had five blocks at Kansas and against Stanford at the Sports Arena.
HIGH SCHOOL: Clancy averaged 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as a 1998 senior at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio ... He led the Eagles to the Ohio "Big School" state championship and earned Parade Magazine All-America fourth team honors ... According to Dave Krider of USA Today, Clancy was a Top 20 All-American ... Street & Smith's 1997 College Basketball Annual listed him as a fourth-team All-American and an All-Metro (Cleveland) pick. He was rated highly by several college basketball recruiting outlets, including Prepstars (No. 12), Bob Gibbons (No. 19), The Sporting News (No. 40) and Clark Francis (No. 43) ... Recruiting USA rated Clancy as the No. 8 power forward in the country, while ESPN SportsZone ranked him as the No. 12 prospect at his position and the No. 52 player overall ... Prior to the 1997 season, he was rated among the Top 30 High School Juniors in Dick Vitale's College Basketball 1996-97 Preview.
As a junior in 1997, Clancy averaged 11.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game at St. Edward ... He shot 57 percent from the field while leading the Eagles to a 24-2 mark in 1997.
As a sophomore in 1996, he averaged 8.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game on an Eagle team that went 21-5 and lost in the state semifinals.
SIDELIGHTS: Clancy, who was born on May 4, 1980, is a sociology major ... He is the son of Sam Clancy Sr., who played football and basketball at Pittsburgh (1976-80) before moving on to a career in the NFL as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks (1982-83), Cleveland Browns (1985-88) and Indianapolis Colts (1989-93) ... The elder Clancy was the defensive line coach for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football from 1995 to 1997 (he was part of the Dragons team that won the 1997 World Bowl).
OTHERS ON CLANCY: (St. Edward High head coach Eric Flannery): "Sam is an outstanding talent and person. He is going to flourish at the next level. I expect some very big things in the future for Sam. He does an extremely good job on the boards and defensively, in part because he has such long arms."
(J.A. Adande of the Los Angeles Times): "(Sam) can score inside or deftly pass to (former teammate Brian) Scalabrine from the high post. He makes the 18-foot jump shot from the baseline or beyond the free throw line. He snatches rebounds at rim level and blocks shots inside or on the perimeter."
(Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer): "Sam Clancy resembles a tight end on the basketball court. At 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, he's not someone who's easy to hide."
(Trojan teammate David Bluthenthal): "Teams will try to trash-talk him, but you can't really get to Sam. When I guard him in practice, I talk at him and he talks back to me, but it doesn't affect the way he plays. You can't really faze him."