USC Basketball didn’t have a ton of success on the pitch last season, but there’s something they’re successful with every year, regardless of their record during the season. This is player development. Even last year, when the team was bounced back in round of 16 in the NCAA tournament they still had their best player drafted in the league to Isaiah Mobley.
In fact, USC alumni have tied this NBA season with North Carolina blue bloods for the fourth most alumni on NBA rosters. They have 11 players on NBA rosters. The only three programs ahead of them are Kentucky (27 players), Duke (25 players) and UCLA (12 players):
Considering that USC has nowhere near the basketball resources of these schools and there is only one player tied for the top three, it is safe to say that few programs are growing at a rate as fast as USC.
Andy Enfield continues to do more with less. He’s done it since his Florida Gulf Coast days, where he built his reputation as that type of coach who turns nothing into something. Expect the NBA’s development to continue as Enfield just introduced the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation this past cycle (all recruiting rankings and ratings in the article are from 247 Sports).
If Enfield develops USC Basketball players to a high level with much worse classes than he’s going to have this year (which he obviously has), imagine what he can do with a class like that- this. A class that has two four-star and one seven-foot five-star. USC fans will never be short of NBA players to cheer on in the conference.
For now, small forward DeMar DeRozan is leading the pack. He’s been outstanding this season, as last season’s second-team All-NBA selection is currently averaging 25.9 points per game this year and one steal per game. He shoots 53% from the field and delivers 4.6 assists per game.
Looking ahead, Evan Mobley will likely be the name to watch even after DeRozan is done playing ball. The former third overall pick at Center is scoring 15.8 points per game to go along with 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in his second season in the NBA. It’s safe to say that Projan’s basketball players are alive and well and will continue to play at a high level for a long time to come.