Southern California Preview Capsule

Oct 28, 2015 - 4:53 PM Southern California Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press=

Southern California

Last season: 12-20.

Nickname: Trojans.

Coach: Andy Enfield.

Conference: Pac-12.

Key Returners: The top nine scorers return, giving the Trojans something to build on after winning just three Pac-12 games last season. Big man Nikola Jovanovic (12.3 points/7.0 rebounds) anchors the frontline. In the backcourt, the Trojans' depth gives them options, including Elijah Stewart, Julian Jacobs and Malik Marquetti off the bench.

Who Left: No one. The Trojans add highly touted freshmen forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, who could both make a major impact on the program right away. Boatwright is a solid perimeter shooter and Metu provides defense and shot-blocking ability.

The Skinny: Point guard Jordan McLaughlin is healthy after a pair of shoulder surgeries ended his season early, allowing the Trojans to build a nucleus around him, Jovanovic and shooting guard Katin Reinhardt. The Trojans should be better after winning a combined five Pac-12 games over the last two seasons, but they still face a steep climb to the league's upper ranks.






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