Bland, 'We're a young team'

When Andy Enfield was hired as head coach at USC his first mission was to bring San Diego State assistant coach Tony Bland to Troy. Bland is now in his first season at USC as an assistant, he joined SCPlaybook to discuss season expectations for the program...

With USC's season tip off in less than two weeks, fans were able to catch a preview of the 2013 new look team under head coach Andy Enfield on Sunday at the Trojans' tip off event.

After the twenty minute scrimmage, first year USC assistant Tony Bland discussed not only the play on the court, but the progress of the young program.

"It was exciting," Bland said of the day. "We saw a lot of athleticism and guys who have the ability to put the ball in the basket."

The Trojans return eight players who played significant minutes in 2012, including two of its three top scorers, J.T. Terrell and Byron Wesley.

Expected to see much more of the court this season is 7-foot-2 center omar oraby.

Bland says the returners have adapted well to Enfield's new staff, which also includes Jason Hart and kevin Norris.

"The guys know we've been where they are trying to get," Bland explained, "They listen when we speak and Coach Enfield coached in the NBA for nine years, so they know that's where they are trying to get so they listen, I think it's coming together well."

USC's season opener is on the road at Utah State on Nov. 8. Their home opener is Nov. 12 hosting Cal State Northridge.

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