Matthew has been gracious in taking time out of his busy schedule, after a well-deserved vacation, to answer some questions on this past season and offer his insights on what could be a very exciting season next year for USC Basketball.
Matthew thanks for taking the time out to answer our questions. - Paragon
What was your best/worst moment (personally) from this past year as USC basketball's beat writer?
From more of a standpoint of what I saw, I'll always remember covering USC's first game at Galen Center, Daniel Hackett's defense on Kevin Durant and seeing Denzel Washington in the USC locker room.
The worst moment was probably a fight between two players that Ben Bolch and I witnessed early in the season. Floyd told us we would not have further access to viewing practice if we reported on it. Since he said there would be no punishment for the incident, and neither player missed any playing time, we decided to let it go. It didn't seem to affect relations between the players the rest of the season.
While a lot of us were pleased at how well SC did this past season what were your general impressions of the team as you observed them day in and day out, where did you see them grow?
After struggling to win early in their careers, Nick Young, Gabe Pruitt and Lodrick Stewart really enjoyed this season. They just seemed like boys riding their first roller coaster, and that was fun to watch.
With Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt pretty much out the door to the NBA, who do you see filling the void in order for this team to move forward?
Which incoming freshman, besides O. J. Mayo, do you look forward to seeing and why?
From our wishful thinking file. Do you have any thoughts on the remote possibility of Michael Beasley being interested in USC with the departure of Bob Huggins to WVU? There has been a lot of rumor and speculation, is there any possibility that Mayo bolts from his commitment to play near home?
What are your predictions for next season and which player do you think will surprise everyone?
There has been some criticism of the Galen Center, is it completely finished? If not, what still needs to be done?
And for our conspiracy theorists out there, what if any impact does Ronald Guillory have hanging around the program/Mayo and how is Floyd handling this?
Matthew thanks once again for taking the time out to answer our questions. We'll see you next season.
Thanks to CC commenter AO for his input on the questions.