THIS SEASON: Brian Scalabrine, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound senior forward/center, 2001 Playboy pre-season All-American and 2001 Wooden and Naismith Award candidate, is one of the Pac-10's top offensive threats and most versatile players who can score equally well from the inside or outside. One of five Trojan returning starters, he is the Pac-10's leading returning scorer.
CAREER: Scalabrine has started all 58 games of his USC career ... He enters 2001 ninth on USC's career scoring average chart at 16.2 points per game ... His .5314 career shooting percentage is fourth best in school history and his 50 blocked shots are 11th best ... He has four double-doubles.
BIBBY ON SCALABRINE: "Like he has done each year he's been here, Brian Scalabrine has worked hard before, during and after the season. This off-season hasn't been any different. He has a good all-around game and has really become one of the top players in the conference and the country. But there's still plenty to work on, like improving his rebounding."
1999-2000: Scalabrine earned 2000 The Sporting News All-American honorable mention, All-Pac-10 and NABC All-District 15 first team honors as a 2000 junior forward/center, finishing as the Pac-10's second-leading and USC's top scorer at 17.8 points per game ... He led the Trojans in field goal percentage (.531, fifth in the conference), tied for the best three-point percentage (.403), was second in assists (2.83) and was fourth in rebounds (6.0) ... His 19.4 scoring average in Pac-10 games was second in the league ... He scored in double figures in 26 of 30 games, scoring at least 20 points 12 times and at least 25 points six times ... Scalabrine's 534 points on the season were the eighth most ever by a Trojan ... He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 6-12, the first such honor of his career, when he averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in games against Hawai‘i and Loyola Marymount ... He became the first Trojan to score 20 or more points in four consecutive games (California, Stanford, at UCLA, at Arizona) since Lorenzo Orr did it six straight times in 1995 ... He had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds against Oregon, 28 points at Arizona, 27 points at home vs. Arizona and 26 points against both Arizona State and Oregon State ... He scored 24 points and had nine boards at Washington, playing all 45 minutes of the overtime game, one of six times he played an entire game ... He had three double-doubles.
1998-99: Scalabrine was named the 1999 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and also earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors as a 1999 sophomore ... The only Trojan to start all 28 games, he posted team highs in scoring (14.6), rebounding (6.4), field goal percentage (.531, 152-of-286, fourth-best overall on USC's career charts) and minutes (31.0) ... He was also second in assists (68), third in blocked shots (25) and had 23 steals ... Scalabrine shot .792 (103-of-130, eighth-best overall on USC's career charts) from the foul line and had consecutive-made streaks of 19, 14 and 12 ... He was the only Pac-10 player to finish in the Top 10 in scoring, blocked shots and free throw percentage ... He scored a then-career-high 26 points and had seven rebounds and two blocks against American and had 25 points against Arizona State at home, making his first eight shots en route to a 10-of-12 performance ... He had 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the upset of then-No. 6 Stanford, scoring nine of USC's 16 points in overtime, including his only three-pointer of the season ... He scored 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting at Arizona State and had career-high four blocks ... He scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting at then-No. 16 UCLA to go with eight rebounds and had game-high 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Washington State in USC's home finale ... He had his only double-double of the season against Arkansas State with 18 points and 10 rebounds ... He scored 17 points or more 10 times and scored 20 or more six times.
JUNIOR COLLEGE 1997-98: He redshirted at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash.
JUNIOR COLLEGE 1996-97: Scalabrine averaged 16.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a freshman in 1997, helping lead Highline to a 31-1 overall record and the state junior college championship ... He led the Thunderbirds in rebounding, blocks and free throw percentage (75 percent) and also shot 59 percent from the field ... Scalabrine also recorded double-doubles in 17 games, including a triple-double (15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) against Shoreline J.C. His 1997 honors included Northern Division All-Star and All-NWAACC Championship Tournament Team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Scalabrine played his prep basketball at Enumclaw (Wash.) High.
SIDELIGHTS: Scalabrine, who was born on March 18, 1978, goes by the nickname "Redd" ... He is majoring in history ... Scalabrine, and former Trojan teammate Quincy Wilder, were the first two Highline Community College basketball players to ever move on to a Division I program ... Former USC assistant coach Joe Callero was their coach at Highline.
BRIAN SCALABRINE ON: Adjusting to life in Los Angeles after growing up in the small community of Enumclaw, Wash. (population, 8,750): "I was like, ‘What am I doing here?' I was driving around L.A., and cars were just zooming past me. I was just trying to get acclimated, go to school and play basketball. But it's never that simple, is it? Nobody in the world just goes to school and plays basketball. You have to learn how to find the grocery store. You have to learn how to find the post office. You have to learn everything about life that has been taken care of for you for your whole life. Suddenly, I was on my own in Los Angeles. It's huge. There are like 150 freeways here. I had no idea where to go."
Overanalyzing the game of basketball: "I still think I overanalyze things more. I'm always one who wonders why do we have to do it like that. And I do that in everything I do – in basketball and in school."
OTHERS ON SCALABRINE:
(Arizona Coach Lute Olson): "(Scalabrine) is an all-leaguer. He's the closest thing I've seen to (ex-Washington and NBA star) Detlef Schrempf since Detlef Schrempf. He can bring it on the break. He can pass it and he can shoot it. He's a pro, no question."
(Former USC assistant coach Joe Callero): "Brian is a throwback. He's old school. People talk about all the distractions nowadays. They say kids are different. Brian is more of a 1950s, 1960s type of player. He tries to organize everything to support his basketball improvement."
(Arkansas State Coach Dickey Nutt): "Scalabrine is a great inside guy who will be a professional player. He's as good as it gets."
(Former Oregon State Coach Eddie Payne): "Scalabrine showed us how smart of a player he is. He took our guys to school. He is arguably the best player in the league."
(Ken Goe of the Oregonian): "Strong, mobile, able to play inside and out, the 6-foot-9 Scalabrine almost certainly has a professional career waiting for him when he leaves the Trojans."
(David Wharton of the Los Angeles Times): "Try to find any part of basketball that Brian Scalabrine doesn't love. The grunt work, playing defense, banging for position under the basket. ‘The whole thing is fun,' Scalabrine said. ‘That's how it is for me.' Ask him about the other night when he planted his 240 pounds in the lane and tried to take a charge, when the other guy was a little too quick, dunking in monstrous fashion, sending a groan through the crowd. ‘If you're having fun, you don't care if you look dumb,' Scalabrine said. ‘You don't care if the girl in seat No. 29 is watching.' "