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July 5, 2006 at 3:41 PM

Trojans poised to nab top recruit

Yeah, I said I’d be off for a while enjoying the sun.
But there’s no sun today, and potentially big-time news breaking in the Pac-10, so I had to pass it along.
As Andy Katz reports, USC could be getting the No. 1 player in the country for its class of 2007 — O.J. Mayo.
And if Mayo comes, the player regarded as the No. 2 recruit in the country, his teammate Bill Walker, may also be coming.
Holy cow.
If that happens, that makes the Trojans immediate favorites in the Pac-10, and maybe to win it all, in a year when UW also looks to be among the top teams in the country.
What would be Mayo’s freshman year at USC would be the second year for Spencer Hawes — if he stays that long — as well as Quincy Pondexter and the rest of this year’s incoming class, and the junior year for Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon.
Talk about a loaded conference, if you assume UCLA and Arizona are still top 15-20 caliber and maybe Stanford is back up there again with the Lopez twins in their second year.
As Katz indicates, nothing is official and there’s a chance this never happens.
But if it does, there may be no more interesting conference in the country than the Pac-10 two years from now.
This also speaks to what many around the conference have been saying — that with a new coach (Tim Floyd), and a new arena opening this year, USC seems poised to become a basketball power for good.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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