USC men's basketball is into their second week of official practices, and new head coach Andy Enfield has already made his mark on the program.
Most well known for his up-tempo and exciting style of play, Enfield has upped the intensity and conditioning over at the Galen Center.
Junior guard Byron Wesley, the most seasoned Trojan on the team having played in all 64 games since coming to Troy, says the extra emphasis on conditioning has put him in the best condition he's ever been in.
Last season, Wesley made 17-for-35 three-pointers during Pac-12 play, narrowly missing out on leading the conference. Wesley says he's doing some one-on-one practice to step up his long-range game even more and hopes to lead the conference outright this season.
Considering the 6-foot-5 guard only sunk 1-of-9 three-pointers his freshman year, he looks to be more than capable of continuing to improve.
Wesley is also a strong defender, averaging 4.3 rebounds per game. During practice on Tuesday, Wesley demonstrated his rebounding ability, making a great grab after Nikola Jovanovic missed a shot, and put it back up for a basket. Wesley says the team has been doing a lot of technique work on defense.
In terms of defensive schemes, Enfield says the team has looked at man-to-man, but has not even touched zone yet. He says the team has more than enough time to continue to develop before their season opener against Utah State on Nov. 8.
The Galen Center has never been louder during practice, as the team is doing a much better job of communicating with each other. Wesley says that starts with great team chemistry and cracking jokes in the locker room. Wesley said he knew the team would be laughing about a missed dunk after their workout today.
Enfield said the Trojans' positive attitude was the first thing that changed. The players are more receptive to his game plan and the energy has heightened on the hardwood.
Besides more communication, practice has also adopted a better flow under Enfield. When former coach Kevin O'Neill lead the Trojans, his perfectionist style caused a start-stop pacing for practice. Now, the Trojans just continue to play, which has helped their endurance as well.
It was the Trojans' first practice on the main stage of Galen since official practices began, and the Men of Troy will continue to work out in the arena a bit longer as volleyball goes on a road trip to Oregon.