Monday, March 21, 2011
Basketball: End-of-year player capsules, No. 1
By Pedro Moura
For the next two weeks, we're going to go over the 10 scholarship basketball players who were on USC's 2010-2011 roster -- one by one, Monday-Friday -- and recap their accomplishments in the now-completed season, no matter how big or how small. We'll start with a transfer player who sat out this season, continue with reserves for the rest of this week and then lay out the starters next week, with a bonus look next Friday on the concluding day of the series at the one player who wasn't on this year's official roster but practiced with the team beginning in December and will be eligible to compete in the second half of the 2011-2012 season.
First up is Aaron Fuller, a rising redshirt junior who transferred from Iowa last April. Fuller sat out this past season per NCAA transfer regulations but practiced with the team throughout the season. He might be the biggest unknown of any player on this roster, a 6-6, 235-pound tweener forward who doesn't necessarily fit any position perfectly but is a scorer nonetheless, having put up 12.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in conference play last season in the Big 12 and 9.7 points and 6.2 rebounds overall.
In practice this season, he's fit in fine with the current team and looks to fit the bill fairly well as a second or third option as a scorer. The question is where will he play. If Nikola Vucevic returns, Fuller is probably a small forward. If Vucevic leaves, Fuller is probably a power forward. It's not clear where he fits best at this point in time, although players of similar measurements to his more typically play power forward in the Pac-10 than small forward, because the conference tends to lean on the small end.
Regardless, Kevin O'Neill and Co. will be expecting Fuller to put up double-digit points next year.
That's it for today. Tomorrow is sophomore forward Evan Smith.