Ebony Hoffman leaves as USC's most celebrated player since Tina Thompson left Troy in 1997. A starter since her freshman season, Hoffman quickly established herself as one of the Pac-10's most dominating players. She completed her career ranked among USC's top 10 in 11-of-13 categories, including points, scoring average, field goals made, three-pointers made, three-point percentage, rebounds, rebounding average, free throws made, free throw percentage, steals and blocked shots. Hoffman also became the first USC player since Cheryl Miller, and the first Pac-10 player to ever tally more than 1,500 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 245 steals.
2003-04 Senior Season
Hoffman completed her USC career as one of the program's best... As a returning starter, she entered the year as a preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award, State Farm Wade Trophy, Naismith Award and All-Pac-10 honors... She played in all 28 games, making 27 starts, and led the team in scoring (14.69 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg)... Also averaged a 43.4 field goal percentage, 37.3 three-point shooting percentage, 68.8 percent at the line and 1.9 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game... Earned her second-straight Kodak/WBCA Region 8 All-America honor, as well as her third-straight All-Pac-10 first team honor... Collected 10 double-doubles to bring her final career total to 38... Finished third in the Pac-10 in rebounding, seventh in scoring and sixth in steals... Had 26 games in double figure scoring... Matched her career-highs with 11 field goals attempted at Oregon on Jan. 2, three three-pointers against Oregon State on Jan. 29 and four blocked shots against Cal on Jan. 23 and Arizona State on Feb. 12... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 26 after leading the Women of Troy to victories against Stanford and Cal with 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game... Selected to compete with the 2003 USA Basketball World Championship Team during the summer of 2003.
2002-03 Junior Season
As the team's go-to player, Hoffman enjoyed another outstanding season at USC in 2003... Named a Preseason Naismith Candidate and Preseason All-Pac-10... Completed the year with her second All-Pac-10 first team honor... Named a Kodak/WBCA Region 8 All-American... Honored as the team's `Top Rebounder' and `Best Free Throw Shooter'... Played in all 31 games and made 30 starts... Averaged a team-leading 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game... Also posted 2.3 assists per outing and shot 76.0 percent from the free throw line... Finished sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring, second in rebounding, third in steals, fourth in blocked shots and third in offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds... Posted a total of 12 double-doubles, finishing second in the Pac-10 (for a career total of 28)... Led the team in scoring in 17 games and in rebounding in 22 games... Had 10 games with 20 or more points... With 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against UCLA on Feb. 8, she became the first player since Lisa Leslie to post a 20-point, 20-rebound double-double at USC... Matched her personal best by scoring 27 points, twice, during the season (at Washington on Jan. 30 and vs. Oregon on Feb. 27)... Twice tied her career high with four blocks at Pepperdine on Dec. 4 and at Arizona State on Jan. 18... Posted a career-high seven steals against New Mexico on Nov. 23... Set a personal record in three point shooting when she hit 3-of-3 three-pointers at Washington on Jan. 30 and again vs. Oregon on Feb. 27... Made 9-of-9 shots at the free throw line against Colorado on Dec. 21... Competed on the USA Basketball World Championship Qualifying Team in the summer of 2002, helping the U.S. to a gold medal at the Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA).
2001-02 Sophomore Season
Hoffman completed her sophomore season, once again, as the Trojans' most dominant inside player... She made 27 starts and appeared in 28 games... She led the team with 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 2.4 steals per game... Finished second with 14.9 points and a 45.2 field goal shooting percentage... Finished eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring, third in rebounding, offensive rebounds and blocked shots and second in steals and offensive rebounds... Began the season as a Preseason All-Pac-10 selection and finished the year with All-Pac-10 First Team accolades... Named the team's `Top Rebounder'... Led the team in rebounding in 22 games and in scoring in nine games... Posted 12 double-doubles (second most in the conference)... Had 26 double-digit scoring games and 12 double-digit rebounding performances... Had one of her best games of the year against Washington (March 17) in the second round of the WNIT... Against the Huskies, she hit 11-of-18 (.611) from the field, 3-of-4 (.750) from three-point range, collected 25 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists... Contributed a season-high six steals against San Francisco (March 13) in the first round of the WNIT... Topped the season with 14 rebounds against Cal (Feb. 24), Washington (Feb. 1) and Stanford (Dec. 30)... In addition to 12 points and 12 rebounds against UCLA (Jan. 13), she tied a career high with four blocks... Contributed a career-high 27 points against Oregon (Dec. 22) while shooting a career best 13-of-16 (.813) at the line... Named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team after contributing 18 points, four rebounds against Texas and 10 points, six rebounds in win over Florida... Began the season with an outstanding second-half performance at St. Joseph's where she posted 16 of 17 total points in the second half, hit a career-high three, three-pointers and led with 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
2000-01 Freshman Season
In her first season with the Women of Troy, Hoffman made 26 starts and appeared in all 28 games... Led the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg) - the first freshman to do so since Lisa Leslie in 1991... Finished among conference leaders in six total categories, including scoring (15th), rebounding (3rd), offensive rebounding (2nd, 3.14), defensive rebounding (3rd, 4.82), free throw percentage (6th, 75.8) and blocked shots (8th, 0.93)... Named to the Basketball Times All-Freshman team and Women's Basketball Journal Freshman All-American second team... Also received All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Pac-10 All-Freshman honors... Named the team's `Best Free Throw Shooter' and `Top Rebounder'... Led the team in scoring in 10 games and rebounding in 16 games... Contributed 20 double-figure scoring games, including 10-straight double-digit outings from Dec. 28 through Feb. 4... Made first collegiate start against Creighton (Nov. 17)... Finished one rebound and two assists shy of a triple-double against Sacramento State (Dec. 9) after contributing 14 points, nine boards and a season-high eight assists ... Led the team with eight rebounds and a season-high 21 points against Washington State (Jan. 4)... Earned her first (and the team's first) double-double of the season with 19 points and a season-best 17 rebounds against Oregon (Jan. 25)... Recorded another double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds against Oregon State (Jan. 27)... Honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Week for her performances against the Ducks and Beavers, after averaging 15.5 points and rebounds in the series... Tied a season high with 21 points against Stanford (Feb. 4), including a 10-of-12 effort at the line... Collected third double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona (Feb. 18)... Again tied her season high with 21 points against Stanford (March 1) in addition to 13 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season... Underwent shoulder surgery following the season (March 10).
Hoffman is a 2000 graduate of Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif... She was listed as the No. 2 prep recruit in the nation by USA Today, and the top post player in the country... A two-time USA Today All-American (first team in 1999, honorable mention in 1998)... In 1999, she earned Parade All-American fourth team honors, then was named to the Parade first team in 2000... Selected to Street & Smith's and Student Sport All-American teams the last two seasons... Hoffman was among three athletes chosen as 2000 Naismith Award finalists... Selected to the Los Angeles Times' South Bay/Westside all-area team... As she led the Gauchos to the California state championship and mythical national title as a senior, she was once honored as the Power Bar Athlete of the Week, selected as the Marine League MVP, and named to the all-state and all-city girls basketball first teams (honors she also garnered as a sophomore and junior)... She served as the team's captain during the 1999-2000 season... Over her four-year prep career, Hoffman averaged 15.0 rebounds and more than 17.0 points per game... She also averaged 52.0 percent from the floor, 47.0 percent from behind the arc and 79.0 percent shooting at the line... During her career, Narbonne recorded a 111-10 mark, including a 34-0 undefeated record during the 1999-2000 campaign, playing arguably the nation's toughest schedule... Hoffman set school records with 2,118 career points, 1,851 rebounds and 496 blocks... She earned her first area Player of the Year honor as a junior and was also named the South Bay Daily Breeze Player of the Year... As a sophomore, she was the Los Angeles City Player of the Year and grabbed her first of three league MVP titles... She also played volleyball, earning all-city and all-league notoriety, along with the league MVP title as a junior... Hoffman was a six-year member of the Olympic Girls Development Traveling Team... A two-time AAU All-American, she led her U-15 and U-16 teams to fourth-place finishes (1997, 1998), and a seventh place finish with the U-17 team in 1999... Hoffman was selected to the 2000 Women's Junior World Championship Team where she helped lead them to a gold medal at the Women's Junior World Championships... With the team, Hoffman averaged a 38.5 shooting percentage and 5.6 rebounds per game... A prep teammate of current USC guard Jessica Cheeks and newcomer Jamie Funn.
Ebony Vernice Hoffman was born on Aug. 27, 1982, in Los Angeles... The daughter of Floyd and Marsha Hoffman, she has one sister, Erika, and one brother, Elliot, who she refers to as her "inspiration" and "motivation" to excel on the basketball court... She's commonly referred to as "Big Dog"... Hoffman hopes to continue her playing career in the WNBA after graduating... An international relations major.
Year GP-GS FG-FGA FG% 3P-3PA 3P% FT-FTA FT% PTS AVG OR DR REB AVG PF-D AST TO BLK STL MIN
2000-01 28-26 128-285 .449 3-14 .214 91-120 .758 350 12.5 88 135 223 8.0 103-9 58 89 26 44 768
2001-02 28-27 159-352 .452 14-44 .318 84-111 .757 416 14.9 87 163 250 8.9 98-3 44 98 35 68 815
2002-03 31-30 177-384 .461 23-56 .411 127-167 .760 504 16.3 102 201 303 9.8 87-2 70 131 33 78 952
2003-04 28-26 149-343 .434 22-59 .373 97-141 .688 417 14.9 74 153 227 8.1 84-2 53 92 28 59 820
Totals 115-109 613-1364 .449 62-173 .358 399-539 .740 1687 14.7 351 652 1003 8.7 372-16 225 410 122 249 3355