THIS SEASON: Gabe Pruitt, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound junior in 2007, can play the point or shooting guard positions or small forward. An excellent shooter, defender and leader, Pruitt made great strides for the Trojan as a sophomore. His 131 career three-pointers made are the most ever by a Trojan in his first two seasons and rank 10th all-time at USC. Will have to sit out the fall semester due to academic issues.
2005-06: Started 25 games for USC and finished second on the team and fifth in the Pac-10 with a 16.9 scoring average, while grabbing 4.0 rebounds and dishing out 3.1 assists per game. Named to the All-Pac-10 first team along with teammate Nick Young, becoming the first pair of Trojans to make the team since 1992 (Duane Cooper and Harold Miner). Also selected to the NABC District 15 first team. Recorded his first career double-double on Dec. 3 vs. BYU, scoring 17 points and pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds. Poured in a career-high 36 points in a 71-69 win at Loyola Marymount on Dec. 10, earning him Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. He was 13-for-19 from the field (68.4 percent), including 5-for-10 from three-point range. He became the 12th Trojan to score 36 or more points in a game. Had 16 points (5-for-8 from three-point range), six rebounds, six assists and four steals in the win vs. North Carolina on Dec. 21. Sealed USC's win over Stanford on Dec. 31 by making 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch, including 6-for-6 in the final 47 seconds of the 82-71 win at Staples Center. Scored 30 points on 11-for-18 shooting (5-for-11 from three-point range) in a 66-65 win at Arizona State on Jan. 5. Made six three-pointers and scored all 21 of his points in the second half of an 86-77 loss vs. Washington on Jan. 12. Tallied 30 points again on 8-for-12 shooting (six three-pointers made) in an 84-78 win at Oregon on Jan. 28. He became just the ninth Trojan to score 30 or more points in three games or more in the same season and the first since Harold Miner in 1992 (11 times). Had a career-high seven steals and a game-high 25 points in a 77-70 win vs. Arizona on Feb. 2. Missed five games from Feb. 9-25 with a tibial plateau fracture in his left knee. Returned to action on March 2 and played in USC's final three games, but made only 29.3 percent of his shots (12-for-41). Finished second in the Pac-10 in steals with 55 (2.2 per game) and his 111 career steals are tops among returning Pac-10 players. Made 94 of his 117 (80.3 percent) free thow attempts to rank 10th in the conference and earn the Joe Barbato Award for the best free throw percentage on the Trojans at the team awards dinner.
2004-05: Earned team co-MVP honors along with fellow freshman Nick Young as the pair put together two of the best freshman seasons by Trojan baskeball players in school history. Led the Trojans in points (356), scoring average (12.3), three-point percentage (.450), assists (92) and steals (56) en route to being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. His three-point field goal percentage set a school record and he hit at a .547 clip (41 of 75) in the second half of the season. Was among the all-time Trojan Top 10 freshman in points (5th), average (T-4th), field goals (7th), field goals attempted (8th), field goal percentage (9th -best ever by a freshman guard), three-pointers (1st), three-pointers attempted (2nd), three-pointer percentage (1st), free throw percentage (9th), assists (5th) and steals (2nd). He scored in double-digits in 20 of his 29 games, including a season-best of 23 twice, both times against Stanford, at home on Jan. 22 and at Stanford on Feb. 27. In the game at Stanford, he knocked down a season high of seven three-pointers (7 of 11). The seven tres tied him for the second most made in a game by a Trojan in history (Anthony Pendleton had nine on Dec. 9, 1987). Had a season-best eight assists in the game on Dec. 11 vs. San Diego and grabbed a high of eight rebounds on Feb. 12 vs. Arizona State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 22 points per game as a senior at Westchester (Calif.) High in 2004, earning Parade All-America fourth team, Roundball All-America, Student Sports All-America special mention, Los Angeles Times All-City and South Bay/Westside first team and South Bay Daily Breeze Player of the Year honors. Was listed the No. 20 prep player in the country by Basketball Times after his senior year and among the top 20 prep point guards by Athlon Sports and Insiders.com entering his senior year. Sat out his junior season at Westchester in 2003 because of high school transfer rules, but averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 assists as a sophomore at Centennial High in 2002, leading his team to the California Division III state final.
PERSONAL: Pruitt was born on April 19, 1986. Nicknamed "Smilin' Gabe." Is an undecided major at USC and would like to become a computer engineer. His favorite food is french fries. Likes to watch "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Family Guy" and his favorite movie is "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls." Says the best part of being at USC is being part of the Trojan Family. Likes listening to Lil Wayne, Eminem, Jay-Z and T.I.