SC roster next season.


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Posted by mh on June 13, 2018 at 07:54:42

SC finished in 2nd. While this might seem like a good season, they missed the tournament because they had no quality wins all season.

They were a major disappointment, considering they were coming off a 26-win season and returned every starter. Of course, their typical spoiled SC response was to whine about missing the tournament.

GRADUATING


Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
Jordan McLaughlin 35 12 4 8
Elijan Stewart 30 12 3 1


IN THE DRAFT


Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
De'Anthony Melton DNP
Chimezie Metu 31 16 7 2 Also 2 blocks

With the graduates and Metu, that is 3 of their top 4 scores, their leading rebounder, and around 2/3rds of their assists.

McLaughlin is probably the biggest loss. There is no one to replace his 8 assists, and Thornton is the only real PG on the roster. As we will see below, he wasn't a huge factor last season.

They also lost their only real shot blocker in Metu.


TRANSFERRING

Harrison Henderson, who played in 11 games is transferring out. He sounds like someone who goes to Harvard and works for the State Department.

RETURNING


Minutes Points Boards Assists Class Rank
Benny Boatwright 28 14 6 2 Sr 4-star 63
Jonah Mathews 27 9 3 1 Jr 4-star 79
Nick Rakocevic 21 8 6 1 Jr 3-star 258
Jordan Usher 14 5 2 1 So 4-star 104
Shaquan Aaron 16 4 2 1 Sr 4-star 25 from Louisville
Derryck Thornton 14 4 1 1 Jr 5-star 14 from Duke
Charles O'Bannon 5 So 4-star 36

SC returns 6 players who were in the rotation last season and a highly-rated recruit in Charles O'Bannon, who barely saw the floor. Some of these guys will need to produce more, but they were highly-rated kids out of HS and there are quite a few candidates to step up.

RECRUITS (#18 class, #4 in Pac-12)


Kevin Porter 5-star 25 SG UCLA, Oregon, Cal, Washington
Elijah Weaver 4-star 40 CG Florida, Ohio St, Arizona, Louisville
J'Raan Brooks 4-star 78 PF Notre Dame, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas A&M

Porter has the biggest reputation, but the other two have a bunch of nice offers from all over the country. This could easily be a class that contributes quite a bit.

SC has 8 top 100 players. (So do Oregon, and UCLA.) Jordan Usher barely misses the top 100. So there is plenty of raw talent.

OTHERS

None

OUTLOOK

SC has quite a few players who looked good last season returning and a nice recruiting class. They have a lot to replace, but the talent is there for a really good season.

I am not quite convinced, however. Last season was supposed to be a big one for them and they were disappointing. Have we seen the limits of how far an SC team can go under Enfield?

The other big concern is PG. I am not sure who replaces Jordan McLaughlin's leadership and assists. They have a lot of guards, but they are all scorers. Could this create some chemisty problems? Not enough shots to go around?

SC has the talent to challege in the Pac-12 and make the tournament. But I wonder if they are still "just SC".

I predict a Top 4 finish, a tournament bid with a poor seed. (A #1 seed is called a "high seed", but #1 seems lower than #10.)

We should learn a lot about the Trojans in a Dec. 1 matchup against Nevada at Galen.



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