5Gregg Guenther Jr.
THIS SEASON: Gregg Guenther, a 6-foot-9, 255-pound redshirt senior in 2005, was a two-sport player for the last three years, playing tight end on USC's football team as well as power forward for the basketball team. This year, however, Guenther will concentrate on basketball exclusively and will be with the team starting in October for the first time. A physical athlete, Guenther provides the Trojans with a good deal of muscle in the post with the ability to rebound and hit the open jumper. He has become a team leader the last two years despite missing the first two months of the season.
2003-2004: Averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds (third best on the team) in 17.9 minutes, starting five of 19 games, joining the team after football season for the third consecutive season ... A steadying presence on the squad, Guenther was one of USC's hardest workers and a team leader ... Shot a personal best 73.1% from the free throw line, second best on the team ... Posted three double-doubles on the season, including 11 points and 11 rebounds in USC's upset win over No. 7 Arizona ... He also had 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in an overtime win at Arizona State and 10 points and 10 rebounds in USC's loss against Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament ... He scored a career-high 17 points at Arizona to go with nine rebounds ... Amazingly, Guenther made his season debut against Oregon on Jan. 2, scoring seven points in 13 minutes, only one day after starting at tight end for USC in the Rose Bowl.
2002-2003: Averaged 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes, starting nine of 19 games and showed marked improvement in his second year with the team ... His overall rebound average was third on the team and his 6.1 boards per game in Pac-10 play was eighth in the conference ... Had four double-doubles, all coming in a five-game span ... Had 10 points and 10 rebounds at Arizona, 10 points and 11 rebounds against Stanford, 12 points and 11 rebounds at Oregon and 12 points and 10 rebounds at Oregon State ... Posted a career-high 16 points against Oregon in his first start of the season ... Scored six points vs. Arizona State, including game-winning pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds left.
2001-2002: Played in nine games, starting three times in his first year with the basketball team ... Joined the basketball team on Dec. 31 after the completion of the football season ... Averaged 3.8 minutes an outing with a total of nine rebounds ... Started the second half of USC's NCAA Tournament first-round game against UNC-Wilmington, grabbing one rebound and going 1-of-2 from the foul line in three minutes, scoring his only point of the season ... In his most meaningful action of the regular season, made his first career start and played 12 minutes at Stanford. He had three rebounds and went 0-for-1 from the field, but did a fine job defending Stanford center Curtis Borchardt ... Also started and played three minutes against Stanford at the Sports Arena, producing one block ... His other start was at California ... In his first active game with the team, Guenther played the final two minutes against Washington State at the Forum. He also played three minutes at the end of the Washington game. His No. 13 uniform not ready yet, he borrowed No. 30 for both games and had a combined three rebounds.
FOOTBALL: Came to USC in the fall of 2000 and played briefly in the Trojans' football opener against Penn State, but then suffered a herniated disk in his back and had surgery, which sidelined him for the rest of his freshman season .... Spent most of the 2001 football season recovering from the surgery ... Returned late in the 2001 season, but did not see any action ... In 2002, became a key contributor to the football team, playing in 11 games as a backup tight end ... Caught seven balls for 39 yards (5.6 average), including one touchdown pass from Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer against UCLA ... A seven-time starter on the Trojans' national championship team, he finished the 2003 football season tied for third on the team with 17 receptions for 167 yards and two touchdowns ... He made one catch in the Rose Bowl, a key 19-yard reception that kept alive a late drive.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was an All-City basketball player at Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif., and an All-League MVP as a 1999-00 senior, averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds per game at center ... Was a three-year starting center at Crespi High in Encino, Calif., from 1996-97 to 1998-99 prior to transferring to Taft.
SIDELIGHTS: Guenther was born Jan. 29, 1982 ... He is a history major.