Entering the 2013-14 season, the USC Trojans have some uncertain expectations under first year head coach Andy Enfield. A few eligible transfers will help keep things afloat, but overall it could be a long year for the Trojans once conference play kicks in.
Good news however, did trickle down late on Monday night when USC announced that former Maryland guard Pe’Shon Howard had been cleared to play immediately after being granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA. Howard, a California-native, was seeking the opportunity to be cleared following his transfer to USC, as his decision to return to the west coast was aided by desire to be with his grandmother who raised him in Los Angeles.
With Howard’s clearance granted, USC undoubtedly got a big boost at the point guard position. Following the graduation of Jio Fontan, the Trojans were searching for a replacement and Howard is now set on being that guy. Freshman Julian Jacobs and walk-on Chass Bryan could also see minutes, but a senior like Howard should have no trouble assuming that starting role. In fact, Howard started 24 games a season ago for the Terrapins, but he could have quickly got lost in the back court shuffle this season at Maryland alongside Seth Allen and now incoming freshman, Roddy Peters.
Howard will have an excellent opportunity to lead the Trojans and finish up his collegiate career as a senior during the 2013-14 season. It’s an ideal scenario for both Howard and USC and one that could certainly have nice benefits at times during the season.