USC sophomore guard Daniel Hackett returned to the court for the Trojans last week after missing time with a stress fracture to his lower back.
Hackett's return, coupled with a healthy Marcus Simmons, gives the Trojans some much needed depth on the perimeter heading into the final stretch of the season.
Burfict Makes it Official
Corona Centennial linebacker Vontaze Burfict became the tenth player to commit to play for Pete Carroll and the USC Trojans in the 2009 recruiting class.
The 6-2, 235-pound linebacker is a high- energy player and is known as one of the hardest hitters in state.
As a junior in 2007 Burfict recorded 162 tackles and lead his team to the CIF Inland Division Championship.
Kaluka Maiava to Miss Spring Practice
According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News USC linebacker Kaluka Maiava will undergo surgery on his wrist and will be sidelined for spring practice.
Maiva is the frontrunner to replace All-American Keith Rivers at weakside linebacker in 2008.
Bonds Gets USC Offer
Four-star defensive end prospect Chris Bonds became the latest player from the south to get an offer from USC.
"I am very excited about this offer, I'm ecstatic! Anytime a school of this caliber offers you, you have to be excited," Bonds said.
The 6-4, 275-pound defensive end from Columbia, South Carolina is one of the most sought after defensive linemen in the nation and already has offers from USC, Auburn, Tennessee, Miami, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, and Louisville.
Bonds is very high on USC and plans to visit in March. "I have my spring break on March 3rd. I am going to spend a week-and-a-half in Los Angeles and will visit the campus then and meet with the coaches," said Bonds.
USC Basketball Splits in Arizona
The Trojans headed to Arizona last week with their NCAA tournament fate uncertain and came away with an impressive win against the Wildcats and a bad loss against the Sun Devils.
OJ Mayo had a team-high 20 points and Davon Jefferson added 15 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
The Trojans dominated the action all game and never trailed.
Saturday's game against Arizona State was a much different story. The Trojans were tied at the half, 25-25, but lost their poise and the game in the second-half.
USC's OJ Mayo scored a career-high 37 points in the loss.
Offseason Workout Notes
Cornerback Kevin Thomas is healthy and has been very impressive during offseason workouts. Thomas has more than held his own in one-on-one drills against USC's receivers. Thomas should make a big impact in 2008 and add depth to the secondary.
Kevin Ellison has emerged as the veteran leader of the secondary. Ellison doesn't get the national attention that he deserves, but make no mistake he is one of the top defensive backs in the country.
Mitch Mustain has shown he has all the tools to push Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback position. Mustain's strong arm has been on display this offseason.
Wide receivers Ronald Johnson and Damian Williams have been the most productive receivers in workouts. Both players can stretch the field and have been the favorite targets of both Sanchez and Mustain.
USC wide receiver Travon Patterson will be able to run full-speed today for the first time since undergoing surgery on his foot.