Southern California Rumors & News

  • Shaqquan Aaron is expected to return to USC next season

    Fanrag Sports "USC Trojans talent Shaqquan Aaron is expected to return to the program for next season, a source told FanRag Sports on Wednesday. The 6-foot-7 player had originally entered the 2017 NBA Draft but did so without hiring an agent. By not signing any professional representation, he retained his..." May 24

  • USC's Boatwright withdraws from draft, returning for junior season

    Los Angeles Times "USC forward Bennie Boatwright announced on Thursday that he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return for his junior season. Boatwright’s announcement means the Trojans will return almost all of their roster from last season’s NCAA tournament team. Previously, forward Chimezie Metu said he..." April 28

  • USC's Stewart forgets to submit NBA draft paperwork on time

    Los Angeles Times "USC guard Elijah Stewart did not file his paperwork to declare for the NBA draft and will return to USC, Stewart said on Tuesday. Stewart had initially said he would declare without hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to USC. But he never felt fully committed. At the time, he told..." April 26

  • USC forward Bennie Boatwright declares for NBA draft but does not hire agent

    Los Angeles Times "USC forward Bennie Boatwright has declared for the NBA draft, he said on Wednesday. Boatwright said he will not hire an agent, meaning he will have the option to return to USC. Boatwright missed about half of last season because of a knee injury but quickly became USC's leading scorer upon..." April 06

  • USC signs Andy Enfield to contract extension

    Bleacher Report "After making the NCAA tournament each of the last two seasons, USC has rewarded head basketball coach Andy Enfield with a contract extension. USC announced Enfield's new deal will run through 2023. USC hired Enfield in April 2013 after he led Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 as a No. 15..." April 05

  • Baylor overcomes late deficit to top USC

    The Sports Xchange "TULSA, Okla. -- Baylor finally subdued the upstart USC Trojans. The third-seeded Bears overcame a four-point deficit late in the second half and ousted 11th-seeded USC 82-78 in second-round NCAA Tournament East Region action Sunday night at the BOK Center. Guard Manu Lecomte scored..." March 19

  • USC sinks No 6 seed SMU on Stewart 3-pointer

    The Sports Xchange "TULSA, Okla. -- USC wouldn't go away and finally pulled off the upset of SMU. The 11th-seeded Trojans erased multiple double-digit deficits on their way to a 66-65 victory over sixth-seeded SMU in the East Region on Friday at the BOK Center. Trojans guard Elijah Stewart hit a 3-pointer..." March 17

  • Boatwright, McLaughlin help USC rally past Providence

    The Sports Xchange "DAYTON, Ohio -- USC had a few nervous hours on Selection Sunday, then had to endure a five-hour flight delay before arriving in Dayton late Monday night. The Trojans trailed by 15 points at halftime against Providence on Wednesday but managed to overcome it all to advance. Bennie..." March 16

  • No. 3 Bruins squeeze past Trojans

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- Isaac Hamilton scored 22 points as third-ranked UCLA beat USC 76-74 on Thursday night in a Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal game at the T-Mobile Arena. The Bruins, seeded third in the tournament, play second-seeded and seventh-ranked Arizona in a semifinal game Friday. Top-seeded..." March 10

  • USC dumps Huskies, sets up showdown with UCLA

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS -- Crosstown rivals USC and UCLA will meet again after the Trojans advanced in the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday behind Chimezie Metu's 24 points and nine rebounds in a 78-73 win over Washington. USC's victory sets up a quarterfinal matchup Thursday against No. 3 UCLA at T-Mobile..." March 09

  • USC routs Washington behind McLaughlin

    The Sports Xchange "Jordan McLaughlin had 22 points, nine assists and four steals, leading USC to a 74-58 victory over visiting Washington on Saturday at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Chimezie Metu scored 17 points for USC (23-8, 10-8 Pac-12), which concluded the regular season with back-to-back wins after..." March 04

  • McLaughlin just misses triple-double in USC's win

    The Sports Xchange "Jordan McLaughlin's 16 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds enabled USC to snap a four-game losing streak with an 87-64 pasting of Washington State on Wednesday in a Pac-12 game at Galen Center in Los Angeles. Three other players hit in double figures for the Trojans (22-8, 9-8). Chimezie..." March 02

  • Arizona State sends USC to fourth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "Kodi Justice had a career-high 22 points and six 3-pointers and Arizona State scored the final seven points for an 83-82 Pac-12 victory over USC on Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State guard Tra Holder hit a layup with 29.1 seconds left to bring the Sun Devils within..." February 26

  • No. 4 Arizona tops USC ahead of battle with UCLA

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- No. 4 Arizona will be riding a wave of momentum heading into a Saturday showdown against No. 5 UCLA. Guard Allonzo Trier scored a season-high 25 points for the hot-shooting Wildcats, who stayed in control of the Pac-12 race by beating USC 90-77 on Thursday night...." February 24

  • No. 6 UCLA steamrolls rival USC

    The Sports Xchange "Bryce Alford poured in 26 points as No. 6 UCLA rolled over rival USC to avenge one of its losses with a 102-70 victory Saturday night at a raucous Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. All five starters scored in double figures for UCLA (24-3, 11-3 Pac-12), which shot 53.8 percent, amassed a huge..." February 19

  • Brooks, Dorsey carry No. 5 Oregon past USC

    The Sports Xchange "TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona coach Sean Miller grumbled about his defense and rebounding after the last game. Message received. With Arizona's top two scoring threats mostly silent Saturday night, the No. 9 Wildcats took care of business at the other end of the court as they beat Cal 62-57..." February 12

  • Brooks, Dorsey carry No. 5 Oregon past USC

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Tyler Dorsey wasn't leaving his hometown without a win. The Oregon sophomore guard made two 3-pointers in the final three minutes to lift No. 5 Oregon to a 81-70 win over USC on Saturday night at the Galen Center. Dorsey, a Los Angeles native, finished with 19 points as the..." February 12

  • Aaron-led USC rolls over Oregon State

    The Sports Xchange "Shaqquan Aaron came off the bench to post 24 points and six rebounds, leading USC to a 95-63 victory over visiting Oregon State in a Pac-12 Conference game Thursday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Bennie Boatwright scored 16 points for USC (21-4, 8-4 Pac-12). Elijah Stewart scored..." February 10

  • Metu lifts USC to rare Pac-12 road sweep

    The Sports Xchange "USC sophomore forward Chimezie Metu scored a career-high 29 points as the Trojans beat Washington State 86-77 on Saturday night in Pullman, Wash., completing their first weekly conference road sweep since 2011. Metu made 12 of 14 shots from the field and pulled down eight rebounds for USC..." February 04

  • Boatwright leads USC to comeback victory over Washington

    The Sports Xchange "Bennie Boatwright came off the bench to score 23 points in his return from a two-month injury absence, leading USC to an 82-74 comeback victory over Washington in a Pac-12 game Wednesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. De'Anthony Melton posted 16 points, seven rebounds, six..." February 02

  • Stewart, USC fend off Arizona State

    The Sports Xchange "Elijah Stewart scored 29 points to help USC hold on for an 82-79 victory over Arizona State in a Pac-12 Conference game Sunday evening at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Jordan McLaughlin had 18 points and eight assists for USC (17-4, 4-4 Pac-12). Jonah Mathews scored 14 points while Nick..." January 22

  • Arizona tops USC to stretch win streak to 11

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- When Arizona needed a play, it found Lauri Markkanen. He did the rest. Markkanen scored 23 points and his banked 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play gave the No. 14 Wildcats the cushion they needed to extend their winning streak to 11 games in a 73-66 victory over the USC..." January 20

  • Metu helps No. 25 USC get past Colorado

    The Sports Xchange "BOULDER, Colo. -- Chimezie Metu's foul late against Cal helped sink USC's chances of beating the Golden Bears last week. Given the chance at redemption, the sophomore came through for the Trojans against Colorado. Metu scored a career-high 24 points and altered George King's..." January 16

  • Utah hammers No. 24 USC 86-64

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Figuring out which Utah player to stop on defense is quickly becoming a chore for other Pac-12 teams. The Utes have six different players who average double figures in scoring. Attempting to shut one or two down often means opening things up for the rest. It becomes a..." January 13

  • Golden Bears upset No. 25 Trojans

    The Sports Xchange "Ivan Rabb made the big plays when Cal needed them most, helping the Golden Bears knock off No. 25 USC 74-73 in a Pac-12 Conference thriller Sunday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Cal tied the game on a 3-pointer by Charlie Moore and took a 72-71 lead on a 3-pointer by Jabari Bird..." January 09

  • No. 25 USC throttles Stanford

    The Sports Xchange "USC was not particularly sharp, but the No. 25 Trojans bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 72-56 victory over visiting Stanford on Thursday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Jordan McLaughlin scored 15 points and Chimezie Metu recorded his fourth double-double,..." January 06

  • No. 21 Oregon pins first loss on No. 22 USC

    The Sports Xchange "EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon cut the list of unbeaten teams in the nation from six to four in just 48 hours. Two days after defeating No. 2 UCLA 89-87, Oregon ended No. 22 USC's unbeaten start with an 84-61 win over the Trojans on Friday night in a Pac-12 game at Matthew Knight Arena. Last month,..." December 31

  • No. 22 USC beats Oregon State to stay unbeaten

    The Sports Xchange "USC squandered a big lead, but Chimezie Metu and Jordan McLaughlin made big plays to help the 22nd-ranked Trojans remain unbeaten with a 70-63 victory over Oregon State in a Pac-12 Conference opener Wednesday night at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. Metu posted 19 points and eight rebounds..." December 29

  • USC edges Wyoming in OT to take Vegas Classic

    The Sports Xchange "USC's perfect record was in peril, but the 23rd-ranked Trojans found a way to win again Friday night, beating Wyoming 94-92 in overtime in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. USC escaped after tournament MVP Jordan McLaughlin made a driving,..." December 24

  • No. 23 USC remains undefeated

    The Sports Xchange "Elijah Stewart scored 21 points to lead No. 23 USC into the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic with an 83-75 semifinal victory over Missouri State on Thursday night at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Jordan McLaughlin had 19 points and five assists for USC (12-0), which is enjoying its..." December 23

  • 4-star forward Charles O'Bannon Jr. commits to USC

    ESPN "Four-star small forward Charles O'Bannon Jr., No. 34 in the ESPN 100, has decided to attend USC, selecting the Trojans over NC State, UCLA and UNLV. "I felt really comfortable on campus, and it's close to home," O'Bannon told ESPN. "I like the environment, and I feel like I belong there. ... It..." December 23

  • No. 23 USC beats Cornell to stay undefeated

    The Sports Xchange "Southern California overcame another sluggish start to remain unbeaten with a 79-67 victory over visiting Cornell on Monday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Chimezie Metu had 17 points and six rebounds for No. 23 USC (11-0), which is enjoying its best start since going 16-0 to begin..." December 20

  • No. 24 USC edges Troy in final minute

    The Sports Xchange "Jordan McLaughlin made a go-ahead layup in the final minute to help No. 24 USC escape with its perfect record intact after an 82-77 victory over visiting Troy on Saturday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. USC trailed 77-74 with just over a minute to play, but Chimezie Metu tied the..." December 18

  • USC breezes by Pepperdine

    The Sports Xchange "Elijah Stewart scored 26 points and made seven 3-pointers, helping USC remain unbeaten with a 93-67 victory over visiting Pepperdine on Sunday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Jordan McLaughlin had 18 points and six assists for USC (9-0), which is off to its best start since winning..." December 12

  • USC moves to 8-0 with 91-84 win over BYU

    The Sports Xchange "Elijah Stewart and Jordan McLaughlin sparked an early second-half rally as USC defeated BYU 91-84 on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Trojans went on a 14-5 run to start the second half to take a 53-37 lead and remain a perfect 8-0 record. McLaughlin (six) and Stewart..." December 03

  • USC's Boatwright out 6 weeks with MCL sprain

    L.A. Daily News "USC forward Bennie Boatwright was diagnosed Thursday with a Grade II sprain in the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Boatwright underwent an MRI earlier in the day. He is expected to miss six weeks, a setback that would put him out for 10 games, including the first four of Pac-12..." December 02

  • Metu's 19 points, 13 rebounds pace USC

    The Sports Xchange "Chimezie Metu posted his second double-double of the season to lead visiting USC to a 76-55 victory over host San Diego on Wednesday night. Metu had 19 points and 13 rebounds for USC (7-0), which is off to its best start since 2000-01 when the Trojans won their first eight games en route to..." December 01