The old timey barber shop has always been a place where you can go and talk about a smorgasbord of topics and come away with any variety of hair styles. If you were to go into a barber shop on Figueroa or Flower or even down on MLK and start talking about USC long-distance shooters, you might not have much reception.
Even if your barber shop attendees know USC basketball, they still might draw a blank on the last great (or even good) three-point shooter. Donte Smith was the last legitimate three-point threat the Trojans had, helping lead the Trojans to their last NCAA Tournament appearance along with Jio Fontan, Nikola Vucevic and Alex Stepheson in 2010-11.
4. Katin Reinhardt - Guard
The Trojans once again have a knockdown three-point shooter now with the emergence of redshirt sophomore transfer Katin Reinhardt.
Reinhardt would fit right in at the old timey barbershop. He has a big personality, a big smile and an arrogant confidence in his abilities -- something the bet shooters all seem to have. Plus, Reinhardt has gone through several hairstyles already in his year plus at USC since transferring from UNLV.
Katin Reinhardt should be one of the Trojans' biggest playmakers this season. As a true freshman at UNLV, he started 34 of the 35 games, helping lead the Rebels to a 25-10 record and an NCAA appearance -- the Trojans' only NCAA Tournament experience (Charlotte made the NIT Tournament during Darion Clark's freshman season).
Despite being a No. 5 seed and featuring the future No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Anthony Bennett, the Rebels lost in their first game to Cal. Reinhardt struggled from the field, finishing 4-for-13, including 3-for-8 from deep, for 11 points. He finished the season fourth on the team averaging 10.1 points and was second on the squad dishing out 86 assists.
The former Mater Dei HS (Santa Ana, Calif.) star can do a little bit of everything for the Trojans on the wing. Besides being a sharpshooter, he also has the ability to play above the rim in the open court -- where USC hopes to be a lot this season. Katin Reinhardt can also lead the break and handle the point guard position when Jordan McLaughlin isn't in the game, if Andy Enfield chooses to use him that way.
One thing Enfield will have to try to harp on Reinhardt is for him not to try to do too much. Because of his versatility and talent, Reinhardt will sometimes try to carry the team rather than letting the offense flow. That happened at the beginning of USC's exhibition victory over Cal State Los Angeles. When USC fell behind early, Reinhardt hoisted up two quick shots and ended up missing his first four shots from the field and finished 4-for-13 once again.
Here's Katin Reinhardt and his teammates talking about his abilities in this USC Athletics "Meet and Greet" video:
Here are some Katin Reinhardt highlights from Mater Dei HS when he dropped 35 points in a game:
BONUS: How about 9-year-old Katin Reinhardt showing off the handles and setting up a teammate for the bank shot 3-pointer. I'm sure he called it: