New Southern California head basketball coach Tim Floyd, who was hired on January 15, will actually not began coaching until after the Trojans' current season ends. But, he will began making recruiting forays next week. Now NCAA certified, Floyd's first travels will be to Texas, Idaho, and Utah.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News Tim Floyd has already met with Interim coach Jim Saia and the current staff, and assured all of them that they will be "strongly considered" to remain with the Southern California basketball program.
Also, the Los Angeles Times reported that The Trojans' leading scorer, 6-foot-4 sophomore wing guard Lodrick Stewart, currently averaging 14.7 points, said that his chances of returning to U.S.C. next year are "50-50" right now. His twin brother, 6-foot-4 Rodrick Stewart, has already left the program, and transferred to Kansas.
Reportedly, Tim Floyd will be in Texas next week scouting junior college and high school players. One that he will definitely watch is 6-foot-6, 225-pound power forward Theo White of Tyler Junior College. White committed to Southern Cal last fall, but did not sign a national letter-of-intent because he was still trying to meet academic requirements.
Floyd is also expected to stop by to see powerful 6-foot-9, 260-pound center Jeremy Barr, Houston, Texas, Westbury Christian High School; and 6-foot-9 power forward Gary Flowers, Dallas, Texas, Lincoln High School; and others.
From Texas, reportedly, Floyd will go to Twin Falls, Idaho, to observe the talent at the College of Southern Idaho, whose top prospect is talented 6-foot-11, 230-pound center/forward Abdoulaye Ndiaye, a native of Senegal, that Trojan assistant coach Eric Brown had recruited long before Floyd came to Southern Cal. The head coach at Southern Idaho is former Pepperdine assistant Gib Arnold.
Coach Eric Brown helped Southern California receive a commitment last fall from another native of Senegal, 6-foot-11, 210-pound power/wing forward Samba Gueye, who is now getting his academic credits and playing basketball at a high school in Paris, France. Gueye is expected to sign a letter-of-intent with Southern Cal in April.
After Idaho, Coach Floyd will journey to Utah to watch several junior college programs, including "loaded" Dixie State College in St. George.
Floyd's first California visits, reportedly, will be to Carlsbad to watch superb 6-foot-7 junior guard/forward Chase Budinger of Las Costa Canyon High School, whose dad, Duncan, attended U.S.C.
Coach Floyd is also expected to soon watch 6-foot-5 junior combo guard Derrick Jasper, Paso Robles High School, who is currently averaging 21.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per games.
He is also expected to observe top players at Los Angeles area traditional powers, including Santa Ana Mater Dei High School, Westchester High School, and Compton Dominguez High School.
Make no mistake, Tim Floyd is a relentless and most effective recruiter!