USC Hosts Cal State Los Angeles In Exhibition Game Saturday At Galen|
Nov. 5, 2014
The USC men's basketball team will host Cal State Los Angeles in an exhibition game at the Galen Center on Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. This will be the first USC exhibition game since the 2010-11 season when the Trojans defeated Point Loma Nazarene, 69-49. Cal State Los Angeles is led by new head coach and former USC assistant Dieter Horton. Also on Horton's staff is Tony Miller, who is also a former USC assistant coach.
THE 2014-15 USC TROJANS -- The Andy Enfield Era began last year but should really take flight in the 2014-15 season with a young and exciting team which features the 12th-ranked recruiting class and the eligibility of top-notch transfers Katin Reinhardt and Darion Clark. What the Trojans will lack in experience they will make up for in talent, athleticism and exuberance. There are six new impact players which will join forces with the returning group headlined by sophomores Nikola Jovanovic and Julian Jacobs. In fact, 11 of the 14 players on the USC roster will be freshmen or sophomores with just three juniors and no seniors.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN -- There are a total of 14 players on the 2014-15 USC men's basketball roster. The Trojan team by class are: Seniors (0): None; Juniors (3): Chass Bryan (G), Strahinja Gavrilovic (F) and Brendyn Taylor (G); Sophomores (7): Darion Clark (F), Samer Dhillon (F), Kahlil Dukes (G), Julian Jacobs (G), Nikola Jovanovic (F), Devon Pflueger (G) and Katin Reinhardt (G); Freshmen (4): Malik Marquetti (G), Malik Martin (F), Jordan McLaughlin (G) and Elijah Stewart (G).
TROJANS HOST PORTLAND STATE IN OPENER -- USC will open the 2014-15 regular season by hosting Portland State at the Galen Center on November 15 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Network, one of 15 USC games to be shown on the network during the 2014-15 season. The Vikings went 17-15 last season and return three starters and seven lettermen from that team. Their three returning starters all averaged more than 11 points per game, led by senior guard DaShaun Wiggins who averaged 12.9 points. USC and Portland State have only met one other time with USC winning 87-78 on Jan. 20, 1978 in Los Angeles.
TROJANS' FRESHMAN CLASS RANKED No. 12 BY SCOUT - USC's freshman class of guards Malik Marquetti, Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart and forward Malik Martin was ranked No. 12 by Scout.com. The Trojan freshman classs was also ranked No. 16 by ESPN.com. Marquetti was ranked No. 61 by Scout.com in the 2014 recruiting class, McLaughlin was ranked No. 36 by Scout.com and No. 41 by ESPN.com, Stewart was ranked No. 40 by Scout.com and Martin was ranked No. 109 by Rivals.com and No. 4 in Florida by 247Sports.