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mbb-newseasondeposits.jpgAfter a record-setting season, USC men's basketball has proven that it is a program on the rise under head coach Andy Enfield. The next step is creating an atmosphere at the Galen Center to match the energy and excitement on the court.

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The Kid

Coming off of an impressive freshman season, USC guard De'Anthony Melton has been invited to the USA Basketball U19 Junior National Team Training Camp this summer.

Melton started 25 of 36 games for the Trojans this year, and averaged 8.3 points. His 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game ranked second on the team.

The youngest player on USC's roster was especially impressive on defense this year, racking up 69 steals -- the third most of any freshman in the nation. He ranked in the Top 20 in rebounds and assists as well.

At the training camp, which takes place in Colorado Springs, Melton will have the chance to compete for a spot on the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup Team. The 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup takes place in Cairo, Egypt from July 1-9, 2017.

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State of Troy: March 2017

Each month, we interview USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

Swann on men's basketball's NCAA Tournament run...

usc-basketball-Baylor-NCAA-tournament-2017-mcgillen-Lr-7086.jpgNumber one, I thought the season was terrific. The coaches and players would like to still be playing basketball and have a run at the national championship, but when you look back at it, and you see that they won more games in a season than any other team in the history of USC men's basketball, that is a significant accomplishment. They validated their tournament selection by beating Providence and SMU despite a lot of so-called experts suggesting that they should not have been there. I think the players saw that they had a good chance to beat Baylor and be in the Sweet 16, and so as an athlete, that is why they are disappointed. They are not disappointed in their season, but they know they could have gone further. I hope they all come back and improve and get better because I think there is room for improvement. This was a great experience for them and I was pleased to have been there with them.

Swann on hiring a new women's basketball head coach...

I am very involved with this process. The base skill set requires that any candidate be able to teach, manage, organize and recruit. Beyond that, I am looking for someone who can develop and build relationships to get the most out of the team. You have to be able to reach the student-athletes individually to get them to be better people and better players. Hiring a head coach in today's environment, under NCAA and Pac-12 rules, is not as simple as it used to be because there is so much more you have to do off the court that if you are not prepared and organized, you get behind and it is tough to catch up. So, I am looking for someone who has that experience, mostly former head coaches, but we are still looking for talent, and if I believe that someone who has been an assistant and not been a head coach has that ability, I would not hesitate to bring them in and talk to them.

Swann on No. 1 women's water polo's record-setting 48-match winning streak...

To maintain that type of consistency and excellence, there are two things you need. One, you need the talent to pull it off. But, you also need a coach who can keep that team together and knows how to utilize that talent. Jovan Vavic has so many national championship trophies in his office that it is unbelievable. He is the key. He knows how to recruit and train the right student-athletes to give them the confidence and game plan to succeed. Even when his team does not play its best, they still find a way to win because of their preparation, attention to detail and technique.

Swann on No. 1 beach volleyball...

usc-beach-volleyball-2017-zuma-ucla-mcgillen-7466.jpgI have seen coaches who were driven, and I have seen coaches who were talented. Anna Collier is both. She makes it fun and fresh for her players. I was fortunate enough to see them firsthand on the beach in Malibu defeat Pepperdine and UCLA. Our young women are competitive and willing to get after it 100 percent of the time. I am looking forward to the rest of their season and I expect them to continue to do well and make history.

Swann on spring football...

The first challenge for Clay Helton is to get everybody over the fact that we went to the Rose Bowl and we won. You have to refocus. That was January, and we are now moving forward. The goal is to win the Pac-12 championship. You have to do that first, so that is what we want to get accomplished. We are trying to build the depth with our younger players to get to the level of the playoff teams like Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State. We need to be able to rotate players in without losing a level of performance and play. That's what we are striving to do, so that our backup players are not backups but the next guy ready to go in and get the job done.

Swann on the rest of the spring competition...

I am impressed by men's and women's golf, both ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Women of Troy recently won a tournament in Palos Verdes, while I watched the men dominate the field in Las Vegas. Our men's tennis team is in the top 10, while the women have hit a bump in the road, but I expect them to overcome it. Our women's lacrosse team has done very well, going back East and challenging itself against top competition. People are going to see a West Coast team in the East and say, 'I want to be there.' I really like head coach Lindsey Munday's intensity, and she is doing the right thing in terms of her schedule. I see the track and field team every morning working out. The coaches are putting them through their paces, and you can see the enthusiasm about what they have in this team. They had a good indoor season, but the goals are even bigger as the outdoor season begins. And baseball, I enjoyed watching the Trojans at Dodger Stadium, down 3-0 most of the game, come back and beat UCLA in extra innings. If they continue to play with that kind of grit, they will have a great season. Men's volleyball continues to improve, despite some key injuries, and is building for the future. As for our rowing program, they just finished their training camp and I am looking forward to their season and being on the water with them for their competitions. Overall, spring is the busiest time of year, and I think football, women's soccer and men's basketball set the tone with their high-profile success. The enthusiasm is contagious and we are excited to see it spread throughout every sport.

Photo Gallery: USC Falls To Baylor

USC men's basketball ended its exciting NCAA Tournament run last night with a tight loss to Baylor.

The Trojans' 'never say die' attitude earned them respect from fans and media members alike throughout their run, and it was on full display against the Bears Sunday night.

Check out all of John McGillen's photos from the second round matchup:

Forty Minutes of Fight

Forty Minutes of Fight

Out With A Bang

USC men's basketball ended its NCAA Tournament run tonight with a second round loss to No. 3 seed Baylor.

The Trojans fought for 40 minutes before dropping an 82-78 decision.

Catch all the highlights of USC's final game of the season here:

Survived and Advanced

Survived and Advanced

Photo Gallery: Trojans Top SMU

USC men's basketball is on a wild ride through March Madness after a thrilling, last-second victory over No. 6 SMU.

Here are the emotional photos from John McGillen:


Comeback to Back

The Trojans topped the SMU Mustangs in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in a thrilling last-second finish.
Here are the highlights from the game:

McGillen Gallery: NCAA Tournament - First Round Shootaround

After landing in Tulsa around 2:30 a.m. local time on Thursday morning, the Trojans got some sleep, then got right back to work.

This afternoon, USC held an open shootaround at BOK Arena to get familiar with the court, the rims and the atmosphere.

Team photographer John McGillen was at the arena to snap photos of the 30-minute practice.

McGillen Gallery: NCAA Tournament - USC vs. Providence

Last night, USC pulled off an improbable and impressive comeback victory in the NCAA Tournament First Four. The Trojans overcame a 17-point second half deficit against the Providence Friars to earn a rematch with SMU tomorrow.

USC official photographer John McGillen captured all the best moments at UD Arena.

Trojans Define March Madness

Trojans Define March Madness

Comeback Kids

USC men's basketball pulled off one of the biggest second-half comebacks in NCAA Tournament history tonight, earning a 75-71 win over Providence.

Catch all the highlights of the win here!

Truly Mad

usc-basketball-uw-pac-12-tournament-2017-mcgillen-9133.jpgTonight, USC men's basketball begins its March Madness journey when it takes on Providence in a First Four matchup.

Check out USC's Tournament Central website for more information!

The battle between the East region's 11-seeds is a matchup of last year's 8-9 game in the East, and the spoils include a chance to move on and face No. 6 seed SMU in Tulsa.

Tonight's clash features both conferences' Most Improved Players in USC sophomore forward Chimezie Metu (Pac-12) and Providence junior guard Kevon Cartwright (Big East).

Click here for a full game preview!

Tonight's game against the Friars is expected to tip around 6:10 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on TruTV and live streamed on NCAA.com. Should the Trojans advance, they will face SMU at approximately 12:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday on TruTV.

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Tourney Bound!

IMG_7699.JPGUSC men's basketball didn't wait long to learn its fate, and won't wait long to put its skills to the test, as the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament selections were announced today.

The Trojans earned an 11-seed in the East, and will face Providence in a First Four play-in game on Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. PT in Dayton, OH. Should the team advance, USC will play No. 6 seed SMU in Tulsa, OK on Friday some time around noon PT.

USC, which takes a 24-9 record into the NCAA Tournament, is familiar with both these squads.

Last year, the Trojans faced Providence in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, falling at the last moment in a heartbreaking twist. With that in the books, the team can't wait for its shot at redemption against the Friars, who went 20-12 this season.

The Trojans have seen the Mustangs more recently, as they hosted SMU in November and won, 78-73. In that game, Bennie Boatwright netted 17 points, while freshmen De'Anthony Melton and Jonah Mathews added 15 and 14 points, respectively. SMU earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the AAC Tournament this year.

Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram to stay in the loop as they take on March Madness! Use the hashtags #ItTakesATeam and #MarchMadness to join the conversation and cheer USC on!

What Stays In Vegas

Last night, USC men's basketball ended its Pac-12 Tournament run with a tight loss to UCLA.

Read the full recap here.

Spectators may have counted the Trojans out after the opening minutes, when they went 1-of-14 from the field. But the team rallied and locked in on defense -- forcing 10 turnovers -- to head into halftime down just three points.

After another slow start to the half, the sixth-seeded Trojans gave the Bruins all they could handle down the stretch. Point guard Jordan McLaughlin managed his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort, leading the Trojans with 18 points and 6 assists. Shooting guard Elijah Stewart added 17 points off the bench, including a high-flying finish on an alley-oop from McLaughlin.

While forward Chimezie Metu only made two buckets, he finished with 14 crucial rebounds, the sixth-most in the history of the conference tournament. His presence helped USC hold the Bruins 15 points below their nation-leading scoring average.

The Trojans missed a few opportunities to tie the game as time ran out. USC's Bennie Boatwright hit a three just before the buzzer to make the final score 76-74 in favor of the Bruins.

Now, USC, sporting a 24-9 record with two wins over opponents ranked in the Top 15, looks forward to Selection Sunday, when it learns its NCAA Tournament Fate.

Movin' On Up

Last night, USC men's basketball faced Washington for the third time this season. But this time, the stakes were higher than ever before, as the two teams faced off in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Despite trailing at the half, the Trojans locked in and made their way to a 78-73 victory over the Huskies to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Click here for the full recap.

Sophomore forward Chimezie Metu led all scorers with 24 points on the night, and added 9 boards as the Trojans improved to 24-8 on the season. The sixth-seeded Trojans also got 13 points from Bennie Boatwright, 11 points from Jordan McLaughlin and 10 points form Shaqquan Aaron.

Five steals from McLaughlin, and 15 from the team overall, helped USC swing momentum in its favor and overcome a strong shooting night from the Huskies (53.8 percent from the floor to USC's 42.4).

The Trojans pulled away in the second half, holding a 14-point lead before Washington cut it to 3. Aaron drained two free throws to push it back to five as the clock wound down.

With the win, USC advanced to the second round, where it will face three-seed UCLA tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

McGillen Gallery: Pac-12 Tournament - USC vs. UW

Last night, USC kicked off the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament with a win over Washington. After fighting for 40 minutes and racking up countless dunks, the Trojans topped the Huskies, 78-73, to advance to the second round.

USC team photographer John McGillen captured all the action at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena.

Mr. Reliable

Written by Max Holm, USC blog contributor

USC_Basketball_Cal_2017_mcgillen_LR_7090.jpgUSC really needed a bucket. Coming off of an impressive run to go dancing in 2016, the 2016-17 season came with hefty expectations. After winning their first two games of the season, the Trojans faced a true road game down south against Texas A&M. After a strong first half, the Trojans trailed, 62-57, with just over two minutes to go.

Freshman De'Anthony Melton secured a rebound and made his way down the court. As the shot clock began to wind down, USC point guard Jordan McLaughlin passed the ball to the freshman. Despite having taken very few jumpers throughout his high school and AAU career, Melton confidently stepped into the three-pointer and buried it. Minutes later he would secure a two-point lead by hitting a clutch free throw. In just his third game in college, Melton stepped up beyond his 18 years of age.

This didn't surprise Melton's teammates or his coaches. It didn't surprise them that Melton, who wasn't ranked in the Top 100 as a high school prospect, could play. Melton, after all, came in with the reputation of being a Swiss Army knife type of player. What they didn't expect was how soon he would become invaluable and impossible to keep off the floor.

"With De'Anthony, we knew that his gift was that he can do everything," said associate head coach Tony Bland. "What we did not know was that it would translate so soon and at this high of a level." Early on in the season Melton led the Pac-12 in steals, eventually ending the regular season with the third-most in the conference. He started the season as McLaughlin's understudy at point guard, only to eventually become Jordan's starting partner in the back court. He's become the ultimate glue guy and an unsung hero.

"I've never had a player like that. I've never had a player that was, across the board, really good at everything," said Bland. "I've had a good defender, I've had a good athlete, I've had a little bit of everything, but I've never had a player that you look up and at the end of the game, it's almost a triple-double... every single time he's out there."

USC-BASKETBALL-OREGON-STATE-MCGILLEN-2017--5351.jpgMelton appeared in all 31 games for the Trojans and when you look at the stat sheet, you really see how invaluable he became. By the end of the regular season, he finished second on the team in rebounds and assists per game, first in steals per game, third in blocks, free throws made and free throws attempted per game, and fourth in minutes per game. Melton credits his all-around game to the coaching he got in high school.

"My coach really dictated on us to play hard no matter what. If you play hard, you stay on the floor more. Sometimes you get easy buckets," Melton recalled. "No matter if you're shooting bad or shooting good, if you always play hard, things come a lot easier for you."

Melton plays about as hard as any player in the Pac-12, allowing him to play with tenacity and energy on both sides of the ball. Through his hard play and ability to impact the game in so many ways, he's changed the way some of his teammates approached their own playing time.

"He's helped other guys understand that you don't have to just score to leave an imprint on a game," said USC's director of scouting Martin Bahar. "I think he's kind of opened some other guys' eyes up to like, 'Hey, I can contribute.' I don't have to make every shot any given night. There's all these other things I can do."

While most freshmen are looking to nail down a rotation spot and focus on one area of their game, Melton cracked the rotation by finding a way to be Mr. Everything for the Trojans. The key to Melton's success, to Bland, has been confidence.

"To me, the area he's improved on the most is that he's approaching the game with his shoulders back and his chest out, saying, 'Hey, I'm just as good if not better than anyone I've faced all year and I'm about to show it,'" explained Bland.

Throughout the season, Melton has faced plenty of faces who were ranked higher than him in high school and he's hung with them all, even outplaying some. It's led to him competing with even more of a chip on his shoulder, but he has not gotten too caught up into rankings.

"Rankings don't really matter to me. I knew how good I was, and people around me knew how good I was, so my goal was to show everyone nationally how good I am," he recounted.

Melton now has certainly gotten the attention of the college basketball world, but the humble freshman isn't getting too far ahead of himself.

"I definitely have a lot to get better at. It's like a stepping stone. I try not to get too high or too low on myself, even though I am hard on myself," admitted Melton. "I know this is just scraping the surface of what I can do. I always take that mindset and never get too happy with a game."

McGillen Gallery: USC vs. UW

USC men's basketball closed out the regular season with a win over Washington on Senior Day this weekend. Official team photographer John McGillen captured the best moments from what turned into a dunk-fest, plus one special moment for Samer Dhillon.

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