Andy Enfield on the Prowl


USC Basketball Coach Andy Enfield has quietly gone about his business since his arrival at USC.

There are still a lot of unknowns about Enfield and just how successful he will be at USC, but it is hard not to be excited about what Enfiled could do in the years to come.

His run with Florida Gulf Coast in this year's NCAA Tournament was fun to watch.

But things are a little easier when you are not on many people's radar and when expectations are low.

Off the court, Enfield has taken the world by storm with his easy going style, Beautiful wife and his numerous TV appearances. Enfield was at this year's ESPY's for his FGCU tournament run.

Enfield's first notable player move was the transfer of former Mater Dei star and UNLV Guard Katin Reinhardt back in May. Word now has it that UTEP commit Issac Hamilton wants out of his Letter of Intent to attend USC.

Enfield has already rankled a peer, and it just so happens to be a former USC coach.

Texas El Paso Coach Tim Floyd confirmed that Isaac Hamilton, a highly regarded shooting guard from Bellflower St. John Bosco High, had asked out of the letter of intent he signed with UTEP last fall and wants to enroll at USC.

Floyd said UTEP denied the request and Hamilton has appealed to the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee. According to Floyd, Hamilton told him he wanted to stay closer to home because of an ill grandmother. Hamilton could not be reached for comment.

Sorry Tim...

USC fans have very supportive of Floyd in how he was shoddily handled by Mike Garrett. Those same fans were even more supportive of Floyd with the piece the insufferable Jason Cole and Charles Robinson's wrote that never proved that Floyd was Rodney Guillory's bag man.

But all that legitimate support for Floyd aside, Tim Floyd had his warts when he recruited players. He ran more than his share of players off, so I am not going to get upset if a player wants to leaves Floyd's program. I don't have a problem if Floyd won't let Hamilton out of LOI, but I doubt the kid is staying with UTEP.

Obviously Enfield can't comment, but the situation is an intriguing one.

Andy Enfield now has a target on his back. He is now in a big boy conference coaching a team that has had many fits and starts over the past 6-7 years. He now has to go up against UCLA. Regardless of what you think about Steve Alford, the UCLA brand, just like USC Football, gets its share of the top players on name alone.

Enfield and Alford are now going head to head for one of the area's top players (from the same article linked above)...

Alford and Enfield have different puzzle pieces they need and different right answers but at least one thing in common: A point guard is the missing puzzle piece and Etiwanda High's Jordan McLaughlin could be the right answer.

The new coaches have been here, there and everywhere this month looking to sign signature recruiting classes in their first year at a new school.

Alford and Enfield are both in hot pursuit of McLaughlin and Santa Ana Mater Dei forward Stanley Johnson, two of the top-rated recruits in the country.

If Enfield can pull McGlaughlin into the USC fold that would send a strong message...even if he doesn't, Enfield being in the hunt for a top player is message enough that he won't be intimidated and will go after any player that fills the bill.

It is still a bit early but it is exciting!


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