THIS SEASON: Errick Craven, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior guard in 2005 and identical twin brother of fellow Trojan senior Derrick Craven, returns to the Trojans as one of the top all-around guards in the Pac-10. One of the quickest players and top defenders in the conference, he is tied as USC's leading returning scorer and is USC's returning leader in assists and steals two years running.
CAREER: Craven is 27th on USC's scoring chart (1,052), fourth on USC's career steals chart (203) and 14th on Troy's career three-point chart (81). He's had at least five steals 15 times in his career. Craven enters his senior year 21 steals short of cracking the Pac-10's career top 10 and 26 short of breaking the USC record of 228 (Brandon Granville) ... The Pac-10 leader in steals each of the past three seasons, he looks to become the first player in conference history to do it four years in a row.
2003-2004: Averaged 11.1 points (tied for second-best on the team) and 3.0 rebounds in 28.1 minutes per game, starting 21 of 27 games ... For the second consecutive season, he led USC in assists (3.0) and steals (2.3) ... His steals average led the Pac-10, making him the first player to lead the conference in the category in three consecutive seasons since Gary Payton did it at Oregon State (1988-90) ... Scored in double figures 12 times ... He posted season highs in points (26), field goals (eight) and minutes (40) at Arizona State ... He matched his field goal high with eight en route to 18 points against Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament to go with a season-high seven rebounds ... He scored 20 points at Washington and had 18 at UCLA, including three three-pointers, to go with five steals ... He had 17 points against UNLV and had 16 points, six assists and five steals against Cal State Fullerton ... Scored 16 points and had five steals against No. 7 Arizona ... Sent the game at St. Mary's into overtime with a layup with eight seconds left ... He became USC's 29th player ever to score 1,000 or more points as a Trojan with seven points against Stanford on Feb. 19.
2002-2003: Averaged 13.0 points (second on the team) and 5.3 rebounds (tied for first) as a 2003 sophomore guard, starting 26 of 29 games ... Became the first Trojan ever to lead USC in rebounds (5.3), assists (2.6) and steals (2.5) in the same season ... His 73 steals were the most in the Pac-10 and second-most ever at USC in a season (behind Jeff Trepagnier's 94) ... His averages of 14.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in Pac-10 play were both 12th best in the conference ... Scored in double figures 19 times, including five 20-point-plus games ... Scored season-high 24 points at UCLA to go with seven rebounds ... Had 21 points and six steals against No. 2 Arizona and came back with 22 points against Arizona State in the next game ... Finished a solid three-game stretch with 20 points and eight steals at California ... Complemented his first career double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds against Oregon with a career-high eight steals ... Had 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals against UCLA at the Sports Arena and hit two game-winning free throws with 4.4 seconds left to play ... Scored team-high 22 points in 24 minutes against UC Riverside and had 15 points and six steals at UNLV.
2001-2002: Started 28 of 32 games as a 2002 freshman, earning 2002 All-Pac-10 Freshman first team honors ... Was USC's fourth-leading scorer (11.8) and third-leading rebounder (4.4) ... Became the first freshman to lead the Pac-10 in steals (2.1) since Cal's Jason Kidd in 1993 and his 68 steals were the second-most ever at USC ... His 376 points were the most for a USC freshman since Harold Miner had 578 in 1990 ... Scored a career-high 29 points at Washington State, making 13-of-19 field goals ... Tied a school record for most three-pointers made (five) without a miss against Rhode Island, finishing with 20 points and a season-best three blocks ... Scored in double figures 20 times and scored at least 20 points four times, including in back-to-back games against Oregon (20) and Oregon State (20). In the game against the Beavers, he had a career-high seven steals ... Had at least three steals in a game eight times and at least six rebounds 11 times ... Played 40 minutes twice, at Arizona State and against Oregon ... Had his first career double-double against Pepperdine with 12 points and 10 rebounds ... Was USC's second-leading scorer in Pac-10 games (12.9) ... Scored 18 points and had five steals in USC's first win over Stanford and had 18 at Long Beach State ... In USC's win over UCLA, scored seven consecutive points (of his 13) in the final minutes of the game.
HIGH SCHOOL: Craven prepped at Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance, Calif., where he averaged 19.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 steals and shot 53.0% from the field as a 2001 senior while leading the Knights to both their second consecutive California and CIF Southern Section Division III titles ... Was a 2001 Street & Smith's preseason All-American honorable mention selection and was named South Bay Daily Breeze Player of the Year for the second consecutive season ... Was the first player to win the Daily Breeze's Player of the Year in consecutive years since the Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce did it in 1994-95 ... Shared 2001 CIF Division III Player of the Year and Del Rey League MVP honors with his brother Derrick for the second consecutive year ... Named the No. 10 best prep shooting guard in the country by ESPN.com.
As a junior, Craven was named a 2000 Daily Breeze and Los Angeles Times South Bay/Westside Player of the Year and Del Rey League Co-Player of the Year ... He also shared 2000 CIF Division III Player of the Year honors with his brother Derrick while averaging 20.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.6 steals, helping the Knights to a 28-5 run and a California Division III title.
As a sophomore in 1999, Craven averaged 18.2 points per game en route to All-CIF Division III first team, Daily Breeze All-Area first team and Del Rey League MVP honors.
SIDELIGHTS: Craven was born on July 4, 1983... He is one minute older than his twin brother, Derrick ... Both he and his brother are majoring in economics at USC and he is scheduled to graduate in the spring.
OTHERS ON ERRICK CRAVEN: (Bob Holtzman, South Bay Daily Breeze): "His desire to win, and ability to take over a game - in any way possible - can't be questioned ... Whether scoring thanks to his explosive first step to the basket, blocking shots with his exceptional leaping ability or stealing the ball with his quick hands, Craven makes the amazing appear routine."
(Former teammate Sam Clancy): "What sets him apart is his quickness, his athletic ability and he's so strong for his size. And he's well beyond his years because he knows what he can and can't do. He knows his limitations. Nothing surprises me about him any more."
(USC Coach Henry Bibby): "He's the best freshman I've coached. He could be one of the best players ever to play at USC."
(Louis Johnson, Long Beach Press-Telegram): "The things Craven does well, like slashing to the basket, playing aggressive defense and outhustling his opponents, are aspects of the game which translate on any level."