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Floyd brought in a touted seven-man freshman class, so it's likely USC will have at least two of those guys on the floor at any given time. The good news is that Young, who led the team in scoring (17.3) and rebounding (6.6) last year en route to being named All-Pac 10, seems poised for a breakout year. He and Pruitt give USC a solid pair of scoring wings.
Over three decades coaching three college teams (Idaho, New Orleans, Iowa State) and two NBA teams (Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets), Floyd has established himself as one of the preeminent defensive tacticians in the game. USC may not be a great defensive team this season, but you can be sure it will get better.
The long-awaited completion of the Galen Center is a major step for this program. Without the benefit of a Woodenesque tradition, USC has lagged behind its crosstown rival for too long. Thanks to Pete Carroll's worldbeating football program, the USC brand is hot. The school is not in the most desirable part of town, but the Galen Center, which sits a mile down the road from the Staples Center, is part of a major development spearheaded by the school and the city.
The Galen Center is sparkling and ultra-modern. For example, the four practice courts are divided by soundproof walls that can be electronically lowered from above. The building will house the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. It includes space for administrative offices, conference rooms, banquet halls, players' lounges, training centers and weight rooms. The most distinctive feature is the floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide a spectacular view of the L.A. skyline. (That is, if you can see it through the smog.) Perhaps the smartest thing the school did, besides building a 1,200-space parking garage one block away, was keeping the size of the arena to a modest 10,258 seats -- not too big, not too small.
Shortly after Floyd accepted the USC job in January 2005, the school asked him what he would like the building to include. He thought about it for a few days before coming up with an answer: He wanted an apartment so one of his young assistant coaches could live there. That way, no matter what time of day a player wanted to come and work out, the coach will be there to work with him. "Wimp Sanderson told me that was something he always wanted to do," Floyd said. "The idea is to create a culture of improvement."