Jonathan Moore - Daily Trojan
It's hard to say which way it will go but I would be lying if I said I didn't want him to stay at SC for one more year. There are a couple of reasons, 1, it would be great to him play with O.J. Mayo and 2, with every one returning across town to me it's all hands on deck as we need to start making the most of what we have in order to beat the Bruins. To me that is all that matters; I want to beat the Bruins in the worst way but it will be tough to do with a lot of young players on the team and a freshman phenom that will probably stay for only one season.
I have faith in Tim Floyd's ability to some great things with team though some would argue that Floyd gets worse as time goes on not better. I've seen the numbers but as I said before past performance is not indicative of future results. Having both Young and Mayo, if only for a season, would do wonders in the years to come in the areas of recruiting and we all know that is how seasons are won. I think the road only gets harder not easier as the expectations are higher than they have ever been in regards to USC Basketball. It would great to have all of our underclassmen return in order to see this through.
From Kredell's article in the Daily News:
"That was very emotional coming out there because it could be my last game at Galen," Young said. "I try not to think about it, but it kind of got to me because I want my jersey hung up like that too."
Hard to argue for him to stay if he is a first round pick. But I think it is also apparent that he sees that he is a part of something special and that coming back would sit well with him should the NBA not project him in the first round.
Also, Gabe Pruitt will ask for an NBA evaluation as well.
I'm not sure that this is the best move for Pruitt but I think the reasons are obvious so I will just leave it there.