"Where are they now?"
We'll look at graduating seniors and draftees since 2001 as well as the next Trojans set to make their mark on the professional scene.
The Trojans made it to the NCAA Elite Eight under Head Coach Henry Bibby.
USC forward Brian Scalabrine was taken in the second round--35th overall-- by the New Jersey Nets. As a senior, Scalabrine led the Trojans in scoring and rebounding. He has had a successful professional career, spending four seasons with the Nets and five with the Boston Celtics, where he won an NBA Championship in 2008. Last season Scalabrine was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bulls. While he did not log any game time in this year's playoffs, his team made it to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost to the Miami Heat.
One pick after Scalabrine, fellow Trojan and guard Jeff Trepagnier was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers 36th overall. Trepagnier finished second in USC's career steals. His first season with the Cavaliers he played only 12 games. From 2002-2004 he played 19 games with the Denver Nuggets before turning to international ball. He has played for two Italian teams, one French club, a Turkish team and various teams within the NBA's development league. This past season, he played for the LegaDue league, Italy's second-highest division of professional basketball, where he averaged 11.6 points in 29 games.
Two Trojans haven't been picked in the same draft class since 1992, when Harold Miner (Miami Heat) and Duane Cooper (Los Angeles Lakers) were selected.
The Trojans went 22-10 under Coach Bibby, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to UNC-Wilmington.
After withdrawing for the 2001 draft, Sam Clancy, Jr., son of former NFL defensive end Sam Clancy, was taken 45th overall in 2002 by the Philadelphia 76ers. A knee injury sidelined Clancy and a year later he played two seasons with the Continental Basketball Association, a now-defunct league. The power forward has played on various international teams, including a team in Israel during the 2010-2011 season. Most recently, he has been playing in the BSN, Puerto Rico's main basketball league. In five games with his latest team, he is averaging 7.6 points a game. He finished as USC's all-time leader in blocked shots and was the 2002 Pac-10 Player of the Year.
The Trojans went 13-17 under Coach Bibby.
Trojan co-captain Kostas Charissis grew up in Greece, went to USC for four years to play basketball and then went back home to star in the Greek League. He has played for six different teams in Greece and is currently a starter on the Kolossos Rhodes Basketball Club, averaging 5.5 rebounds and 9.2 points for the 2010-2011 season.
The Trojans went 13-15 under Bibby.
No player was taken in the draft that year, but three graduated. One of the graduates was a 7-foot center named Jonathan Oliver. After spending some time in the American Basketball Association (ABA), Oliver went over to Puerto Rico, where he played for different teams from 2007-2010, including a stint on the same team where fellow Trojan Sam Clancy, Jr. now plays. Oliver can be seen hitting the hardtop as a member of the Venice Basketball League, a not-for-profit organization out of Los Angeles.
Also an international player was former Trojan guard Desmon Farmer. Upon graduating, Farmer spent a brief amount of time with the San Antonio Spurs and was subsequently cut from the Indiana Pacers roster in 2004. He has made his way around the international scene, playing professionally with teams in Greece, Belgium, Poland, Croatia and Israel. He was named MVP at USC his last two seasons.
The Trojans went 12-17 under Interim Head Coach Jim Saia.
This year was most known for the firing of Henry Bibby just four games into the season. Also notable, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt had completed their freshman seasons and six seniors graduated.
One of the six was Nick Curtis, a 6'8 assist-friendly forward who played in Norway one season and two years in Holland. Since 2009, he has been an assistant coach for boys basketball at Santa Clara High School in Oxnard, Calif.
Another graduate, Gregg Guenther, saw some success on the professional level, albeit in a different sport. Playing both football and basketball at USC, Guenther was a tight end for the Tennessee Titans in the 2005 season and played for the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad the following season.
Jeff McMillan also came out of that class. Initially he began his career in Slovenia, playing a year in the Adriatic League. He is currently playing for the Austin Knights of the Universal Basketball Association.
Rory O'Neil graduated that same year. The following season he played for a basketball team in Turkey. He is now an assistant coach at his alma mater Burroughs High in Ridgecrest, Calif. His last two seasons at USC he was the team captain and co-captain.
Two twins round out this senior-heavy roster, Errick Craven and Derrick Craven. Both 6'2 out of Carson, Calif., Errick was the better athlete. He played briefly in Turkey, Venezuela, with an NBA development team and is currently playing in France. He is of West African descent, and played on the Ivory Coast national basketball team in 2009.
The Trojans went 17-13 under new Head Coach Tim Floyd.
Two graduates, Greg Gaudino and Dwayne Shackleford, were the only graduates out of another USC class without an NBA draft pick.
Gaudino was a walk-on at USC who eventually became a scholarship athlete. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics, he pursued his M.A. in public policy at Pepperdine University.
Schackleford, unlike Gaudino, continued to play ball and has had a long and successful career overseas. He is now a starting guard on an Iranian team.
The Trojans went 25-12 under Floyd. USC lost to North Carolina in the regional semifinals (Sweet Sixteen) of the NCAA tournament. This year was the Trojans first season in the newly built Galen Center.
Two Trojans were drafted in 2007, Nick Young with the 16th overall pick by the Washington Wizards and Gabe Pruitt, taken by the Boston Celtics with the 32nd overall pick.
In four seasons with the Wizards, Young has averaged 10.9 points a game, getting significant playing time (averaging 22 minutes a game) and seeing an increased role the past two seasons.
Pruitt has not fared as well as Young has professionally. After being drafted to the Celtics, a guard-heavy roster prevented him from making a significant impact in Pruitt's rookie season. In 2007-2008, while he spent most of his time playing for Boston's D-League team, the Celtics took home an NBA championship. While he played 47 games with the Celtics a year later, he jumped around the D-League thereafter. As of last season, Pruitt was playing for an Israeli team with fellow Trojan Desmon Farmer.
Former walk-on forward Reed Doucette graduated that year, and was named a Rhodes Scholar. He continued his studies overseas, at Oxford University.
Another graduate is Abdoulaye N'Diaye, a center from Senegal. N'Diaye played a year with an NBA D-league team before traveling to France, where he currently plays.
Finally, shooting guard Lodrick Stewart graduated in 2007 and played briefly with the Anaheim Arsenal of the D-League and had stints in Germany and Lithuania.
The Trojans went 21-12* under Floyd, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Kansas State.
In the 2008 NBA Draft, O.J. Mayo was the highest Trojan ever drafted, chosen third overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who eventually traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies. Mayo has had a successful career in the NBA, being named to the All-Rookie First Team in 2009. This past season he experienced his first playoffs, playing in all 13 games of the Grizzlies' trip to the Western Conference Semifinals.
After one year at USC, small forward Davon Jefferson declared for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not chosen by any team. Since leaving USC he has played on a team in France and in Israel.
[The USC wins were later vacated after O.J. Mayo was ruled ineligible for receiving improper benefits.]
The Trojans went 22-13 in Floyd's last year, after an NCAA investigation prompted Floyd's resignation. In the NCAA Tournament, USC lost in the second round to eventual runner-up Michigan State.
For the first time in Trojan history, two players were chosen in the first round this year: Demar DeRozan, taken ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors, and Taj Gibson, selected 26th overall by the Chicago Bulls. Both Gibson and DeRozan have been critical factors on their respective teams. Gibson was named to the All-Rookie first team and helped the Bulls reach the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. DeRozan has started every game for the Raptors in the 2010-2011 season, averaging nearly 35 minutes.
Another departure was USC guard Daniel Hackett. Hackett went undrafted, but the native Italian has logged quality game time in Italy the past two seasons.
The Trojans went 16-14 under new Head Coach Kevin O'Neill. In his first year at the helm, O'Neill earned Coach of the Year honors.
No player was drafted this year, but a few graduates are still making their way overseas.
Dwight Lewis graduated in 2010 and currently plays for a team in Romania. He was a member of a team that made the Romanian Cup Semifinals.
Another international player out of this year's group is Marcus Johnson, the strong defender who was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. He is currently playing for a team in Croatia.
Mike Gerrity, starting point guard for the Trojans that season, spent this year playing for the NBA D-League Dakota Wizards, an affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards.
The Trojans went 19-15 this past season, making it to the first round of the Big Dance. USC lost to eventual semi-finalist Virginia Commonwealth University.
Forward/center Nikola Vucevic has worked out with a dozen NBA teams and looks to be a first-round favorite Thursday.
Also, senior guard Marcus Simmons has worked out with more than 10 NBA teams leading up to this week's draft.
Alex Stephenson and Donte Smith are also graduating.