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15 USC
Grant Wahl
November 20, 2000
Southern Cal's starting five can play with anyone; its bench is another story
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November 20, 2000

15 Usc

Southern Cal's starting five can play with anyone; its bench is another story

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STARTING LINEUP

POS.

PALYER

HT.

CL.

KEY STAT

SF

David Blirttienttial#

6'7"

Jr.

13.9 ppg

PF

Sam Clancy#

6'7"

Jr.

15.5 ppg

C

Brian Scalabrine#

6'9"

Sr.

17.8 ppg

SG

Jeff Trepagnier#

6'4"

Sr.

15.9 ppg

PG

Brandon Granville#

5'9"

Jr.

8.3 apg

1999-2000 record 16-14

Final rank (coaches' poll): unranked

#Returning starter

No, Veal Scalabrine has yet to appear on menus of trendy L.A. restaurants, but given 6'9" senior Brian Scalabrine's manifold talents—leading the break, posting up like a demon and playing every position from shooting guard to center—it's only a matter of time. Recently Scalabrine, the Pac-10's top returning scorer, added a new dimension to his game. "I'm actually talking trash in practice for the first time in my life," he says. "I'll do whatever it takes to get our six through 10 guys to play hard."

There's good reason for motivating the second team. Last year USC shot to a 6-1 start in the Pac-10 only to collapse like a souffl� after forward Sam Clancy, the Trojans' leading scorer at the time with a 17.6 average, broke his right foot. So while all five USC starters return this year, making them the fashionable sleeper pick in the Pac-10, coach Henry Bibby is convinced that his team won't go anywhere in the postseason without developing some depth. "We have five guys who can play with any team in the country," Bibby says, "but you need to have guys on the bench who could start for you, and I don't know if I have any right now."

He has just about everything else, though. USC's five starters all averaged more than 13 points a game last season, and as long as they stay healthy, the Trojans will be a handful. Clancy, a bruising 6'7" junior, owns the lane and keeps defenses from double-teaming his roommate, Scalabrine. Bibby calls 6'4" skywalking senior guard Jeff Trepagnier, who can high-jump better than seven feet, "the most athletic player in the country."

"Our goal is to win the Pac-10," Clancy says, "but realistically I could see us in the top three, and then anything could happen in the tournament." The qualifier? What else? "All we need is a little depth."

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