Student-athletes bring Trojan hoops to 99th Street Elementary in Watts.
BREAKDOWN: Samer (Sumair) Dhillon is a 6-foot-7, 200-pound sophomore who adds to the Trojans depth in the frontcourt. He is one of the first Indian basketball player to compete in a BCS conference.
2013-14: Dhillon played in three games and scored two points and grabbed one rebound. Made his collegiate debut on Nov. 21 vs. West Alabama when he played one minute and had a rebound and a missed shot. His second game was vs. Howard on Dec. 29 when he played two minutes and took one shot. Scored his first points with a basket at Stanford on Feb. 20. Given the Dr. James Zumberge Award at the team's 2014 banquet for having the top GPA on the team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Dhillon averaged 13.6 points and 11.0 rebounds and served as team captain as a senior at Inderkum High. He helped lead his team to its first TCC league title in school history and the most wins in school history. Dhillon was also class valedictorian and the student body president. He finished high school with a 4.5 GPA.
PERSONAL: Sam was born on April 18, 1995 in Sacramento, Calif. His parents are Surjit and Harjit and he has one sister, Raveet. Dhillon plays the Dhol, an Indian drum, and the violin. He is a Human Biology major at USC and would like to pursue a career in sports medicine. He chose USC because of Andy Enfield and the brand new staff, the location of Los Angeles and the great academics. He played on the AAU team Play Hard Play Smart (PHPS). Lists his favorite player as Blake Griffin. Is a fan of the movie Iron Man, the Indian song Morni by Panjabi MC and of Drake. Likes to surf in his spare time. His favorite food is anything Indian, especially samosas. Did community service year-round at the Sikh Temple.