Saturday night, long after the Trojans were getting soundly beaten by Washington State, 76-52, multiple USC basketball players were involved in another exchange in downtown Spokane that has resulted with the suspensions of two players: centers Dewayne Dedmon and James Blasczyk.
One assailant, mentioned by KREM to be “7-feet-tall, 260 pounds [...] center,” was boisterous in his behavior and admitted his actions. For reference, Dedmon is listed as 7-feet and 255 pounds, while Blasczyk is listed as 7-foot-1, 260 pounds.
Full details of the matter have yet to be disclosed, though Rich Hammond of the OC Register is reporting via a source that one player was ‘jumped’, which prompted the melee.
While neither USC nor head coach Bob Cantu has commented on the matter directly or publicly, Cantu suspended the two players indefinitely for a violation of team rules, as both Dedmon and Blasczyk were out past the Trojans’ curfew. Here’s the official release, as sent to the media this afternoon:
“James Blasczyk and Dewayne Dedmon have been suspended indefinitely from all team activities because of a violation of a team rule.
“Separately, we are aware of the Spokane investigation into an alleged incident involving those players and we are cooperating with the authorities to determine the facts. Until we learn all the facts, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
With the Trojans just two days from the tip-off of their opening Pac-12 Conference Tournament game in Las Vegas on Wednesday, it’s presumably safe to say that both 7-foot centers will not make the trip. That would leave USC with just one center: Omar Oraby. Oraby, who transferred from Rice before the season, is averaging just under points per game.