USC: Gabe Pruitt

Video: Catching up with Gabe Pruitt

July, 11, 2011
Remember Gabe Pruitt?

The former USC guard and 2nd round pick in the 2007 NBA draft has been overshadowed by good friend and ex-USC teammate Nick Young for much of his basketball career, even though the two were both key pieces in the the Trojans' success for a three-year period in the 2000's.

In fact, through their first two seasons in college, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, Pruitt had outscored Young. But, in their third and final years in college, when USC made it to the Sweet 16, Young broke out of his shell some and led the Trojans in scoring.

Pruitt and Young proceeded to leave school a year early and declare for the draft, Young going 16th overall to the Washington Wizards and Pruitt going 32nd to the Boston Celtics.

A Westchester High alum, Pruitt stuck around the NBA for parts of two seasons before latching on to a NBA Development League and then trekking overseas to Ironi Ashkelon in Israel, where he played with, among others, former USC swingman Desmon Farmer and former Cornell forward Jon Jaques.

Pruitt made a quick appearance at the Drew League over the weekend in South L.A., joining a team led by Young and Wizards' teammate JaVale McGee for the second half. He played mostly point guard and distributed the ball well.

Here's a one-on-one video conversation with the 25-year-old Pruitt:

Wednesday links and notes

July, 7, 2010
A few things to pass along on this Wednesday:
  • Just as Seantrel Henderson wanted out of his letter of intent to USC — and got it, Tuesday — another Trojan signee in the class of 2010 wants out. Linebacker Glen Stanley (Thatcher, Ariz./Eastern Arizona JC) has requested his release from USC, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. Interestingly, his comments in the Sentinel — "Hopefully they grant my release," he said — contrast directly with coach Lane Kiffin's comments to the L.A. Times on Tuesday: "We anticipate Glen being here by fall camp once he has taken care of everything." The Stanley saga has been long and winding. The juco linebacker first committed to UCF last fall with the stated intention of enrolling at the school in January. He didn't, of course, and he didn't resurface again until he committed Tennessee in January, a week before Signing Day. Then, on Signing Day, he faxed in his letter of intent to USC in what was regarded as a mild surprise, even by recruiting insiders.
  • In other football news, USC athletic director Mike Garrett has sent formal letters to a number of schools apologizing for incorrect allegations concerning the recruitment of USC freshman running back Dillon Baxter, an early enrollee who practiced with the Trojans during the spring. The day after the NCAA announced its sanctions on the football program, the Trojans went public with allegations that five schools — Florida, Washington, Oregon, Fresno State and Alabama — had contacted Baxter against NCAA rules. Questions were raised about the Baxter claims because the San Diego native reportedly lost his phone just after the incident and was unable to provide proof of calls from any of the schools. Now, various media reports have confirmed that each of the other schools have all received Garrett's apology letter as well.
  • On basketball: two former Trojans — guards Dwight Lewis and Marcus Johnson — will compete against each other in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League on Friday as members of the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns summer-league teams. The two squads will match up at 3 p.m. at COX Pavilion in Vegas. Meanwhile, fellow former USC guard Gabe Pruitt is listed on the official summer-league roster for the New Jersey Nets but has not logged playing time in any of the Nets' first three contests.
  • And, lastly, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that — while Tennessee did turn down an opportunity to face USC in 2011 — it was not Kiffin who first approached the Volunteers' athletic department with the possibility, but, rather an Atlanta Sports Council official. Either way, the Trojans and Volunteers will not play in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and will instead have to wait until a two-year home-and-home series begins in 2021 to face each other — barring, of course, a bowl game matchup.



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