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An in-depth look at the roster (per LA Times)

Hat tip to our friend over at the LA Times, Baxter Holmes, for his look at the 2012-13 roster:

Starters

Dewayne Dedmon, 7-0, Jr., F: Struggled with expectations and injuries, but an off-season spent working on his jump shot and low-post game should pay off. Plus, he’s healthy.

Eric Wise, 6-6, Sr., F: Set records at UC Irvine but decided to transfer. Lost more than 30 pounds while sitting out.

Omar Oraby, 7-2, Jr., C: Transfer from Rice is a skilled shot-blocker and scorer who on Thursday was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA, making him immediately eligible. An impact acquisition.

J.T. Terrell, 6-3, Jr., G: Smooth, talented scorer is trying to leave behind a troubled past. When USC needs a basket, Terrell’s number will be called.

Jio Fontan, 6-0, Sr., G: Without him, well, last season happened. With him, the Trojans just might contend for an NCAA tournament berth.

 

Reserves

Greg Allen, 6-3, Sr., G: Came in with reputation as a three-point sharpshooter, but he failed to contribute much scoring (4.7) last season.

Zach Banner, 6-9, Fr., F: A 335-pound offensive lineman for the football team provides another physical presence to the frontcourt.

James Blasczyk, 7-1, Sr., C: Bruising big man will play a lot. Not a scorer, he defends, dives for loose balls and denies easy baskets with hard fouls.

Chass Bryan, 5-9, Fr., G: Walk-on guard is a favorite of O’Neill’s and could be asked to fill void left by guard Maurice Jones, who transferred to Iowa State.

Aaron Fuller, 6-6, Sr., F: Workhorse forward from Iowa was Trojans’ most reliable scorer (10.6) and rebounder (5.9) before a shoulder injury cut his season short.

Strahinja Gavrilovic, 6-9, Fr., F: Though he’s raw, his hustle could earn him a spot in the lineup. Has the tools to be a difference-maker in the future.

Daniel Munoz, 5-10, Jr., G: Walk-on played about eight minutes a game last season when USC had far less depth.

Ari Stewart, 6-7, Jr., F: Rangy, impressive athlete is former Wake Forest teammate of Terrell’s. Can shoot from midrange but likes to play at the rim. A potential starter.

Tyler Sugiyama, 5-10, Jr., G: Walk-on isn’t expected to play much.

Brendyn Taylor, 6-2, Fr., G: Unlikely to crack a deep lineup unless O’Neill decides to look far down his bench.

Byron Wesley, 6-5, So., G: Physical guard has improved his jumper but might play fewer minutes because USC’s bench is so deep.

Renaldo Woolridge, 6-9, Sr., F: Sherman Oaks native ditched USC for Tennessee, then returned after three seasons with the Volunteers. Southeastern Conference experience could prove valuable.

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