Men's Basketball
    USC Men's Basketball Reaching Out To The Community
    Trojan forward Dewayne Dedmon gives a camper a boost at the Aug. 5 Kids Clinic held at the Galen Center.
    Trojan forward Dewayne Dedmon gives a camper a boost at the Aug. 5 Kids Clinic held at the Galen Center.

    Aug. 8, 2012

    The USC men's basketball team under the direction of head coach Kevin O'Neill and his staff has been busy since early June with summer school and community outreach programs.

    Many of the athletes have been diligently hitting the books in one or both of the USC summer sessions in school to make their workload more manageable during the season, but they still have found time to give back to the community.

    The Trojans have hosted two highly attended youth basketball clinics at the Galen Center, one on June 3 and another on Aug. 5. At the basketball clinics the USC players and staff work closely with the youth, teaching them the finer points of the game and the important life skills needed to succeed on the courts and in the classrooms.

    Also, for four straight weeks beginning on July 13 the USC basketball team visited with children at the Weingart YMCA (July 13), A Placed Called Home (July 20), Crystal Stairs (July 27) and with the USC Kinder to College program (Aug. 4).

    The team also has become friends with Doryan Torres Carrillo a four-year-old boy diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (ATRT) and on June 29 hosted a dinner in his honor.

    USC just completed the summer practice schedule on Aug. 5 at the Galen Center and anxiously awaits the beginning of the regular practice schedule for the 2012-13 season which begins on Oct. 19. The 2012-13 season figures to go quite differently as USC has added four very talented transfers in guard J.T. Terrell and forwards Eric Wise, Ari Stewart and Renaldo Woolridge, all who are eligible to play this season. In addition, almost everyone returns from the 2011-12 team, including senior guard and team leader Jio Fontan and forwards Dewayne Dedmon and Aaron Fuller who all missed all or much of last year's season. USC's top two scorers in conference play last season Maurice Jones and Byron Wesley also are expected to be key members to the 2012-13 team.