POWER FORWARD | (6-7, 240) | USC
Notes: Sam Clancy is USC's all-time leading shot-blocker (195). He started 102 of his 113 games at USC. He finished third on USC's career scoring chart (1,657 points), second in rebounding (839) and fifth in
steals (134). He had 35 career double-doubles and was one of only 10 Trojans ever to score at least 30 points in
a game at least three times.
Clancy was the 2002 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a USBWA and Basketball Times All-America second
teamer. The Naismith Award finalist started all four seasons at USC and as a senior led USC in scoring (19.1), rebounding (9.4),
field goal percentage (.494), blocks (1.5) and was second in steals (1.8).
In Pac-10 games, Clancy tied for third in the conference in scoring (21.1) and second
in rebounding (9.8). Clancy finished the season
scoring in double figures in 28 consecutive games.
Positives: Clancy is extremely strong, and has an NBA body. Very strong low-post moves, great with his back to the basket. Has the ability to step away from the basket and sink the 18-foot jumper. A solid rebounder, very tough, and has great leadership skills.
Negatives: You'll get sick of hearing this, but if Clancy were two inches taller, we'd be talking lottery pick. But two inches is two inches. He doesn't have
the shooting range or the ball-handling skills to play small forward and doesn't have the explosiveness or leaping ability to compensate for his lack of height at power forward.
Summary: Clancy declared for the draft last year and was the most impressive prospect in Chicago. It looked like he was a lock for the late first round, but he
decided to go back to school and try to solidify his status. He's had another great year, but once again, the questions about his height and a recently
dislocated left knee cap will continue to haunt him.