CollegeHoops.net) What will be the biggest strength of this year's Trojans?
Tim Floyd) The strength of this year's team is the NCAA experienced players we have returning* and the ability to score, post and rebound.
*Ed: Daniel Hackett, Dwight Lewis, and Taj Gibson are all juniors who have contributed for the past three seasons.
CHN) Any potential weaknesses?
TF) Our weakness could end up being depth on the wing if Marcus Johnson* (back) and Marcus Simmons (foot) do not recover from their injuries as expected.
*Ed: Johnson is a transfer from UCONN who becomes eligible after the first month.
CHN) Who will be the biggest leaders on this year's squad?
TF) Daniel Hackett is the best leader on our team. He brings effort every time he steps on the floor and is not afraid to be verbal. He comes early and stays late and can play the game.
CHN) Tie score, with just a few seconds left ... who will be your go-to guy in those situations?
TF) I don't know if we'll have a "go to" person. It will all depend on the situation and match-up because we have several players who can score..
CHN) Have you made any major changes to your coaching style in recent years?
TF) The most important change to my coaching style in recent seasons is that I've learned to be more patient. I also don't call a play every time they come down the court and allow the players to play more.
CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?
TF) The best case scenario for us this season would be to get a high seed in the NCAA Tournament and maybe stay for more than a cup of coffee when we get there.
CHN) Thanks coach. We also strongly suggest our readers contribute to the Ryan Francis Endowed Scholarship:
USC is hoping to raise the final funding this year to complete the endowment of the Ryan Francis Endowed Scholarship. In 2006, USC Basketball and the Trojan Family suffered the tragic loss of freshman point guard Ryan Francis. To ensure that the memory of this great Trojan lives on, USC established the Ryan Francis Endowed Scholarship. Since Ryan would have graduated in May of 2009, the goal this year is to achieve the final funding needed for this project. USC is planning to have his mother, Paulette, out to USC for Senior Night.