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Gibson, DeRozan on USA Select team

May, 21, 2012
Two former USC Trojans were officially named to the 13-man USA Men's Select Team roster on Monday, meaning they'll practice against the U.S. Olympic squad for six days in July to help train the eventual international competitors.

Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson and Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan were the two ex-Trojans selected. They join a roster of young NBA players like New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, as well as former USC nemesis Klay Thompson, now coming off his rookie year for the Golden State Warriors.

Gibson, who will turn 27 before the July 6-11 camp in Las Vegas, is the oldest of the 13 players. He just finished his third season with the Bulls and averaged 7.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as a reserve forward.

DeRozan put up 16.7 points per game for the Raptors last season, second on the squad. He also just finished his third season, as both players were drafted in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft -- DeRozan ninth and Gibson 26th.

Gibson will be up against established NBA forwards like LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin in camp; DeRozan will be matched up with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Andre Iguodala.

Getting named to the US Select Team is often considered the first step to eventual consideration for the Olympic team.

Game-time updates: USC-Oregon

November, 19, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. -- We're about set to go here at Autzen Stadium for the Trojans' 5 p.m. PT game against Oregon. Here are a couple of last-minute things worthy of an update before kickoff:
  • It's in the low 40's here, with a kickoff temperature of about 42 expected, per Chances of a rain or snow shower have decreased over the weekend, and it's now considered very likely it'll stay dry all game. It should be in the mid-30's by the time the fourth quarter comes around.
  • Oregon is expected to sport what the Ducks call their "ninja" uniforms tonight, meaning everything is in black: helmets, jerseys, pants, socks, shoes and gloves. The Trojans were wearing their normal road uniforms in pregame warmups.
  • USC receiver Robert Woods, who has been bothered by ankle and shoulder injuries the past few weeks, looked as good as possible in warmups. He looks like a great bet to start despite Lane Kiffin's comments questioning that possibility this week.
  • Other players who missed time for the Trojans this week, left tackle Matt Kalil and defensive tackles Christian Tupou and DaJohn Harris, also appeared ready to play during warmups. It seems like USC took a bit of an NFL approach in getting them ready for this game.
  • In attendance at Autzen are a number of prominent NBA players, no doubt connected to Oregon through Nike and Phil Knight. Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul all appeared on the field a half-hour before kickoff to much fanfare form the Ducks crowd. They'll stay on the Oregon sideline during the game.

Join us here on the USC Report on beginning just before game time as Mark Saxon and I keep you updated throughout the game in Trojans Live!, an interactive live chat where we provide updates on game action and answer any and all questions.



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