Coach Andy Enfield’s Florida Gulf Coast Eagles’ shocked the world as a no. 15 seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament. About two months later, he took the job that sent him to the other side of the country to Los Angeles, California to take over the USC Trojans basketball program that has not been relevant for quite some time.
USC has been atrocious this season, losing to the Utah Utes, the Long Beach State 49ers, the Utah State Aggies and the Arizona State Sun Devils. If coach Enfield wants to bring USC to the likes of “Dunk City” stature, he must coach his Trojans up like he has never done before.
Sitting at 9-9 (0-5 in the Pac-12), the Trojans look to be in a cellar dweller battle with Washington State for Pac-12 inferiority. They made just one shot of their first 12, proving that they were not getting to the rim like the team needs to score points. Part of the reason that the Trojans shot so poorly was the defensive intensity that the Colorado Buffaloes brought to their home court. With seven minutes to go in the first half, they had seven blocks and created five turnovers.
The Trojans have a smart head coach that knows how to play Cinderella, however, they must get some recruits — what most USC coaches struggle with early — to be able to compete in the Pac-12.
It might be three years until the Trojans reach the tournament again, but with a decent NBA pedigree that includes the likes of Taj Gibson, Nikola Vucevic, Demar Derozan and Nick Young, it should not be hard to get recruits to play for “Dunk City” and reach the NBA. The Buffaloes showed that USC is a team that needs some new recruits to help them compete.
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII