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I know we are 40 days from the start of football season but I wanted to post an update on USC Basketball. These are some of news and notes that I have compiled for the past few weeks.

Mayo Update from July 17:

There has been no confirmation on OJ Mayo's commitment status.

From the Sporting News:

Despite reports from various media outlets that Mayo had given a commitment to Coach Tim Floyd and Southern Cal, the answer right now is that Mayo is not committed to the Trojans. At the recent Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ, Mayo told Rivals.com that he has not committed to USC. He also denied that a private commitment with USC existed. Instead, he said that USC is one of three schools on his short list, which also includes Kansas State and Florida.

I have been pretty up front on my opinion of Mayo and whether or not he should come to SC.  Not much has changed.

Austin Signs:

From the Pasadena News.  Kyle Austin of Pasadena High signed a scholarship offer to play Basketball at USC.

From the article:

Austin, 6-foot-7, was the Pacific League's MVP for the past two seasons and helped the Bulldogs reach the CIF-Southern Section finals two seasons ago. Recently, he was a part of the Southern California All-Stars, a traveling team.
USC has scouted Austin since last summer. In May, Trojans coach Tim Floyd asked Austin to participate in USC's June camp, where 150 potential players tried out.

Glasser de-commits, signs with ASU:

The Austin signing prompted USC verbal-commit Derek Glasser to de-commit and accept a scholarship at Arizona State.

Hackett coming early?

From the LA Daily News.  Daniel Hackett of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower is contemplating graduating a year early to play for USC in the fall.  While nothing has been decided yet his arrival could help solidify the point guard issue. The death of Ryan Francis and academically ineligible Gabe Pruitt has left a big hole to fill at the point guard position.

From the article:

"It's a 50-50 decision," Hackett said. "We still don't know if it's possible. It's going to be a tough decision. We still have to make up our minds. We're talking to people to see if it's possible."
Hackett, probably the best prospect to commit to USC in the Tim Floyd era, would be the first USC athlete to graduate high school early since quarterback John David Booty enrolled three years ago.