USC: Klay Thomspon
October, 28, 2010
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Notes and quotes from Thursday's Pac-10 Media Day, held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live:
- USC coach Kevin O'Neill and forward Nikola Vucevic represented the Trojans on Thursday just down the road from the USC campus. Remarkably, O'Neill walked to the event. He bought a condo over the summer just two blocks away from L.A. Live and saw no need to commute to USC and back in the early morning, although the Trojans did practice at 3:30 at the Galen Center.
- O'Neill chose three seniors -- guards Marcus Simmons and Donte Smith -- plus forward Alex Stepheson, to be his team captains this season. Asked why he chose Smith over more natural leader Jio Fontan, O'Neill said he thought it would be unfair to Fontan to force on him leadership roles as he is forced to sit out the first 10 games of the season after transferring from Fordham. "I think they should be the captains," Vucevic said of the three seniors. "They're the oldest guys on the team, and they are all good leaders."