Men's Basketball
    Trojans Enjoy A Memorable Trip To Italy

    Nikola Jovanovic cheers on Julian Jacobs as he dunks against the Ferentino All-Stars.
    Aug. 25, 2015

    USC returned from its Tour of Italy on Aug. 22 with a perfect 4-0 record, excitement for the 2015-16 season and with a memorable cultural experience. Along the way, USC visited Lake Como, Milan, Venice, the Adriatic Coast and Rome, while experiencing the marvel of such places as Bellagio, the Sforza Castle, St. Mark's Square, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Ferrari Museum.

    In going undefeated on the trip, USC averaged 107 points per game, while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor, 34.0 percent from three-point range and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. Six players averaged in double-figures, five players averaged at least 5.0 rebounds per game.

    Several players and head coach Andy Enfield shared their thoughts on the trip:

    Andy Enfield:

    The trip to Italy was one that our players and staff will never forget. The Italians were very hospitable, accommodating and gracious and the history and culture of the country was spectacular. Our team improved each game and the basketball experience was invaluable as we prepare for an important preseason in October.

    Chimezie Metu:

    Favorite part of the trip? - Probably every time we went sightseeing. I had a camera and I like to take pictures and I really enjoyed the old statues, going to the churches, the Sistine Chapel. All of those places were a lot of fun.

    What did you learn on the trip to Italy? - I learned a lot about the way the people live here. They drive a little more reckless for some reason. I learned a lot about ancient Rome and that there is a lot of stuff still up from that time which is pretty amazing.

    What did you think of the food? - I liked the food a lot. A couple of people on the team were getting tired of eating the same thing over and over again, but I didn't care. It got better every time to me.



    Jordan McLaughlin:

    Favorite part of the trip? - Just getting a better bonding experience with all the guys, including the new people and building team chemistry, especially off the court.

    What did you learn on the trip to Italy? - It's incredible that all that stuff is still here from like 170 AD until now in 2015. That was the craziest part.

    What did you think of the food? - I liked the food...its different. It is not as greasy and oily as it is back home in the States. It was good to try different things like the pasta, lasagna, pizza and the gelato. It was a good experience overall.

    Benny Boatwright:

    Favorite part of the trip? - Hanging out with the guys, bonding with my teammates. This has been a blessing, I'm just really happy to be here.

    What did you learn on the trip to Italy? -- It is a different lifestyle, different from back home in L.A. The way people live, the food. I liked the food a lot...lasagna, all that.

    Katin Reinhardt:

    Favorite part of the trip? - Just being with the team all the time. Everybody was together all of the time, hanging out all day. The opportunity to be together and start building a bond from an early standpoint. I think it brought us together even more than we were before. When we got back, everyone was trying to figure out where are we going to go to breakfast together tomorrow. We want to be a great team and want to grow as a team.

    What did you learn on the trip? - How blessed I am, and everyone on the team is. Also, learned where basketball can take you . You can sometimes take things for granted, being on the otherside of the world and playing basketball and seeing all the history that happened.

    Did you like the food? - The food was great. I definitely liked the pasta and gelato.

    USC will open its 2015-16 season by hosting San Diego on Nov. 13 at the Galen Center. Season Tickets are on-sale now for the 2015-16 men's basketball season. Call 213-740-GOSC for more information or visit