2022 Record: 22-11 (14-6)
Head Coach: Andy Enfield (Career Record 246-156) (USC Record 205-128)
PG: Isaiah Collier
SG: Boogie Ellis (17.7 Pts, 3.7 Reb, 3.1 Ast)
SF: Kobe Johnson (9.2 Pts, 5.0 Reb, 2.6 Ast)
PF: DJ Rodman (Washington State 9.6 Pts, 5.8 Reb, 1.4 Ast)
C: Joshua Morgan (7.0 Pts, 5.2 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
6: C Vince Iwuchukwu (5.4 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 0.3 Ast)
7: SG Bronny James
8: PF Kijani Wright (1.9 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 0.3 Ast)
9: PF Arrinten Page
10: SG Oziyah Sellers (1.1 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.2 Ast)
11: C Harrison Hornery (1.5 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.2 Ast)
12: PF Brandon Gardner
The most notable returner for the Trojans this season is 5th year SG Boogie Ellis. He’s a well-rounded player who can do many things on the court. He shot 43% from the field and 39% from three this past season. He will have to take on a leadership role this season with a team that features so many young players. Ellis has consistently improved during his career and the former Memphis guard should have his best season yet. USC also returns reserve players Harrison Hornery, Kijani Wright, and Oziyah Sellers. Wright should see way more playing time this season and showed flashes of what he could be last year. Sellers is also a rising sophomore. He’s an athletic guard that also has breakout potential. Hornery is a rising junior and performs well as a backup big man.
USC also returns the big man duo of Joshua Morgan and Vince Iwuchukwu. Morgan is a very efficient player who has developed well over the course of his Trojan career. He’s a great defender and rim protected as well. Shooting wise, Morgan shot 58% from 2 point range this past season. Morgan started his career out at Long Beach State, but has been with the Trojans the last 3 seasons. Iwuchukwu is a great athlete for his size and runs the court really well. He missed most of last season after he suffered cardiac arrest during a workout. In the games he did play, the former Top 25 recruit showed a great deal of potential and upside. SF Kobe Johnson also returns for the Trojans this season. He started in 29 games last season shooting 47% from the floor and 36% from three. Johnson is also an excellent defender and averaged over 2 steals per game last season.
The Trojans only landed 1 transfer in the portal this offseason with the pickup being forward DJ Rodman from Washington State. Rodman is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman. Rodman already has experience in the conference as he’s been with Washington State the last 4 seasons. He’s a great outside shooter and solid defender who should compete for a starting job this season. USC also signed a stacked freshman class this season. The class was headlined by Isaiah Collier the #1 prospect in the class who likely has the starting PG position all locked up. USC also got a commitment from Lebron’s son Bronny James ranked as the #22 prospect in the country. He like Iwuchukwu suffered a cardiac arrest event this offseason but he should be ready to go by the time the season starts. The Trojans also picked up 2023 forwards Arrinten Page from Georgia ranked #57 in the class and Brandon Gardner, a former St. John’s commit, ranked #162 in the class.
This years USC team should be improved from the squad last season. The Trojans replaced what they lost very well through the stacked freshman class and the Rodman portal addition. USC should be much improved from the 10 seed they earned last season. They have a chance to win the Pac-12 but will be in a fight with teams such as Arizona, UCLA, and Colorado. A lot will be asked of this freshman class but this USC team should still be in the 1st-2nd range in the conference.