USC, Cal Baptist bring revamped rosters into opener
Posted: 2020-11-22 08:13:29    (see more from nationalpost.com)

“He’s just a good, all-around basketball player,” Trojans coach Andy Enfield said of Peterson at USC media day. “He can fill in for virtually any spot on the floor, except center.”

Center is unlikely to be too much of a concern, though. USC welcomes 7-foot freshman Evan Mobley, a five-star recruit and brother of returning post player Isaiah Mobley. The two join Wofford transfer Chevez Goodwin and returner Max Agbonkpolo in the Trojans’ frontcourt.

“Over quarantine, I’ve been working out every day. I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” Agbonkpolo said at media day.

He also cited improved 3-point shooting and ball-handling, as he is likely to settle into a stretch-four role.

Like USC, Cal Baptist tips off its season with an overhauled lineup. The Lancers — entering their third year of Division I membership — won 21 games and finished in second place in the Western Athletic Conference.

However, the Lancers replace their top six scorers — four of whom averaged 11 points per game or more.

Transfers Elijah Thomas (Saint Mary’s), Russell Barlow (TCU) and Gorjok Gak (Florida) fill some of the gaps. At 6-foot-10 and 6-11, Barlow and Gak give Cal Baptist a counter to USC’s frontcourt size.

The Lancers also return guard Ty Rowell, who averaged 8.1 points per game before an ACL tear sidelined him early into the 2019-20 season.

“I’m back to 100 percent,” Rowell said at WAC media day. “(The pandemic) actually helped me out. The season’s pushed back a little bit, gave me a little more time to recover and get back to my routine.”

–Field Level Media