Nov 8, 2013; Logan, UT, USA; USC Trojans guard J.T. Terrell (20) is fouled by Utah State Aggies guard/forward Danny Berger (12) while driving to the basket in the first half at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

JT Terrell To Return for USC Against Long Beach State Thursday

Senior guard JT Terrell will be back in uniform for USC basketball Thursday night against Long Beach State after serving a suspension for academic ineligility since late November.

Terrell was suspended for the remainder of the semester before USC played West Alabama in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament on November 21st. He scored 20 points in USC’s opening loss to Utah State, but saw his minutes dwindle in wins over CSUN and Northern Arizona before he was held out of the line up completely against Cal State Fullerton.

USC’s leading scorer among returning players from the 2012-2013 season, Terrell was expected to be a major player for Andy Enfield this season. A glimpse of that came in the opener but with veterans like Byron Wesley and Pe’Shon Howard thriving along with young players like Julian Jacobs stepping up in Terrell’s absence, his place in the team will need to be reevaluated.

Wesley is averaging 17 points a game, while Howard is second on the team with 11 per game. However, Terrell is the most prolific scorer on USC’s roster and his addition should give Enfield’s Trojans a boost.

The Trojans have gone 5-2 in contests Terrell has missed this season, while remaining unbeaten at home.

Last night, USC beat Cal State Bakersfield, 63-59, to improve their overall record to 7-3.

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