When Isaiah Mobley left for the NBA Draft, USC Basketball was most certainly going to have it tough this upcoming year. There was a chance, however, that they surprise some if certain things happen. One of those certain things was going to need to be Drew Peterson returning for the Trojans. The First-Team All-Pac 12 selection from last season was needed, due to SC not returning much else.
It was the No. 1 thing that needed to happen to assure that the Trojans have a shot to have a good year this season. It truly was the biggest win of the offseason. Wouldn't SC bringing in the No. 7 recruiting class in the country be the biggest win (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports)?
Well, it would be, but not that the No. 1 recruit from the class is out indefinitely after suffering from cardias arrest. It was an awful break for five-star Vince Iwuchukwu, but one he can still bounce back from.
It remains to be seen whether his health will permit him to bounce back from it this season, though, so Peterson's return needed to happen to give this squad a shot. Peterson is going to be the featured player for this program, as he's only older after averaging 12.4 points per game on 46.7% shooting. He shot 41.2% from deep too.
Drew Peterson is a good ball handler, and also happens to give USC Basketball 6-8 size from the guard position.
Drew Peterson is the same player who also averaged 6.2 rebounds per game for USC Basketball. To do that at the guard position is massive. Also, don't forget that he also dished out 3.3 assists per contest despite not even being a point guard full time. Boogie Ellis took the ball up half the time. It goes to show that Peterson can do quite a variety of different things on the field.
Couple that fact with the reality of this being a strong two guard system again this upcoming season, and Peterson is in for a strong year. Look--he's going to be coming in with a lot of fire, and looking to play his way into the NBA.
A fifth-year senior coming off of a First-Team All-Conference selection, while also contending for a Pac-12 Player of the Year nod? Sign Trojan fans up for a huge season from him.