UTEP’s Floyd Lashes Back at USC’s Enfield

UTEP coach Tim Floyd didn’t pull any punches regarding USC’s Andy Enfield Thursday night.

Floyd, who coached USC from 2005-9, ripped into Enfield for his comments about El Paso, Texas in a recent Men’s Journal article and his involvement with top recruit Isaac Hamilton.

“I damn didn’t sure appreciate the comments that he made last week publicly about the city of El Paso, Texas, where my grandparents were born and raised, where my father was born and raised and played at Texas Western,” Floyd said Thursday in Paradise Island, Bahamas, according to The Gazette. “Where I’ve lived 22 years of my life. It’s a fabulous city. My reaction (Wednesday) was more about the city of El Paso than the previous part. I’ll just leave it at that. To read more of this story, click here

Jordan McLaughlin to USC

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Jordan McLaughlin has committed to play his college basketball at the University of Southern California.

The 18th ranked player in the country by ESPN, McLaughlin recently took a visit last week to USC and not long after, he announced that he would be making his college decision on Wednesday afternoon.

Last week, McLaughlin’s AAU coach, Cameron Murray spoke to SNY.tv about Jordan’s view on Southern California. To read more of this story, click here

Isaac Hamilton Chimes In On Sick Grandmother

Isaac Hamilton reportedly wants to get out of his Letter of Intent at UTEP in order to play at USC and be closer to his sick grandmother, but UTEP coach Tim Floyd won’t let him leave.

“Right now I’m not really looking into schools,” Hamilton told SNY.tv by text. “Just been out here taking care of my grandma.”

Hamilton is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Los Angeles St. John Bosco who first committed to UTEP last November. His older brother, Jordan Hamilton, plays for the Denver Nuggets, and his younger brother, Daniel Hamilton, is committed to UConn in 2014. To read more of this story, click here

Katin Reinhardt to USC (Again)

Katin Reinhardt is headed to USC.

Again.

After initially committing to USC on New Year’s Eve 2010, Reinhardt changed his mind and decommitted in May 2011.

He ultimately landed at UNLV, but is now on the move again and headed to play for “Dunk City” coach Andy Enfield at USC.

“I have chosen where I am going to school,” he Tweeted.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Reinhardt told Scout.com he visited the campus Wednesday and hopes to play the point as well as the two at his next stop. He will have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer regulations. To read more of this story, click here

Dunk City to USC: Enfield Named New Trojans Coach

Dunk City is coming to USC.

Just two days after UCLA hired Steve Alford as its new coach, crosstown rival USC answered by hiring Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield.

Enfield reportedly agreed to a six-year deal worth approximately $1.5 million annually. He was making $152,000 at Florida Gulf Coast.

The news was first reported by Pete Thamel of SI.com.

“Andy has been successful in every area of his life,” USC AD Pat Haden said. “He has been a success on the court as a record-setting player, in the classroom as an Academic All-American, in the corporate world with successful businesses, in his personal life as a husband and father, as an NBA assistant and shooting coach, as a collegiate assistant at Florida State and most recently as a head coach with his Sweet Sixteen team at Florida Gulf Coast.” To read more of this story, click here

USC's Fontan Suffers Torn ACL

USC point guard Jio Fontan has suffered a torn ACL, according to an MRI he underwent Thursday.

“Tore my ACL,” the former St. Anthony star told SNY.tv by text.

Typical recovery from an ACL tear is at least 4-6 months.

The senior guard from Paterson, N.J., flew back to the U.S. Wednesday from Brazil after injuring the knee during the second quarter of USC’s 81-70 loss to Mogi das Cruzes on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.

Fontan transferred from Fordham and became eligible mid-semester last season, averaging 10.5 points and 3. 9 assists over 24 games.

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USC's Fontan to Undergo MRI Thursday

USC point guard Jio Fontan is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee Thursday in Los Angeles, according to reports.

“Hoping my knee isnt that bad smh,trying to stay positive and not stress,” Fontan Tweeted Thursday.

The former St. Anthony star flew back to the U.S. Wednesday from Brazil after injuring the knee during the second quarter of USC’s 81-70 loss to Mogi das Cruzes on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.

USC is calling the injury a sprain.

Baxter Holmes, who covers USC for the Los Angeles Times, Tweeted, “Just asked USC Coach Kevin O’Neill how bad Jio Fontan’s knee injury is on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst. His answer: ‘Ten.’”

A call to Fontan’s father, Jorge, was not immediately returned Thursday.

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USC Reinstates Kevin O'Neill

USC reinstated head coach Kevin O’Neill on Sunday, two days after he had been suspended.

“Effective immediately, I am reinstating Kevin O’Neill as our men’s basketball head coach,” USC AD Pat Haden said in a statement. “Coach O’Neill and I have talked numerous times these past few days. He has continued to express his regret and embarrassment over the incident that led to his suspension from any remaining games of the Pac-10 Conference Tournament.

“… Further, he understands that he let them down as their role model and leader. He has apologized to his team, as well as to me, our administration, our fans and the Pac-10.” To read more of this story, click here

USC's Fontan to Debut Against Former Friars Teammate

NEW YORK — Jio Fontan and Tyshawn Taylor have been talking smack on the phone and in text messages for several weeks now.

With Fontan set to make his debut Saturday for Southern Cal (6-4) against Taylor and No. 3 Kansas (9-0) at Allen Field House (noon, ESPN), the chatter is running high between the two old friends and former St. Anthony teammates.

“I told him that’s a terrible place for him to come back,” cracked Taylor, Kansas’ junior point guard from Hoboken, N.J.

Said Fontan: “I’ve been calling him telling him how we’re going to beat them and he’s been calling me telling me how they’re going to blow us out.” To read more of this story, click here

De'Andre Daniels Visiting USC, UCLA

De’Andre Daniels will visit USC Saturday and UCLA Sunday, but beyond that his plans remain unclear, according to Derrick Taylor, his coach at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.

“I don’t know,” said Taylor, who was waiting to meet Friday with Daniels and his father. “I have to talk to his dad.”

Taylor said Daniels, who appears to be reclassifying to 2010 from 2011, will visit the California schools this weekend “because they’re both local.”

Taylor said Kentucky and Texas were also involved, but wasn’t sure who else the family was considering. Daniels recently decommitted from Texas.

The 6-foot-8, 180-pound Daniels is ranked the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2011 by Rivals, and Taylor compared him to a young Scottie Pippen.

“I think he has a chance be an impact player,” Taylor said. “He’s improving as fast as anybody I’ve ever seen. Year to year he’s making gigantic leaps. He still  has much more to go because  he has a thin, young body. He shoots it well. He’s very skilled. He can handle, he can pass it. He’s a big, big rebounder. He rebounds very well. He’s a shot-blocker because he’s so long.

“I call him a poor man’s Scottie Pippen-type. He’s long and rangy on the wing and he’ll defend it. He’s a willing defender.”

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