Every USC Basketball fan remembers how dominant Drew Peterson was in the final minutes of the Trojans' March Madness game last year. He was electric, as he ended up finishing the day with 17 points on seven of 15 shooting from the field, and nailing three of seven three-point shots. The team, however, didn't end up getting the win.
They lost by two points, largely due to turnvoers early in the contest and incredibly poor officiating in major spots. The worst part about it? The team that they lost to, Miami, ended up going all the way to the Elite Eight. The 10 seed Miami upset more than just the 7 seed Trojans. If USC could have just been slightly better, they could have been good enough to go all the way to the Elite Eight.
Why couldn't they? Again, they were the better team than Miami during the regular season, and ranked No. 22 in the country. If Miami could do it, why couldn't USC have? They could have, and Peterson clearly knows it.
He told USCFootball.com's Shotgun Spratling that the reason he came back to play college ball for a fifth year was due to "unfinished business" following how the NCAA Tournament went down last season. This is the exact type of news that Trojan fans want to hear.
A Drew Peterson looking for revenge is a dangerous Drew Peterson for USC Basketball.
Drew Peterson was already a First-Team All-PAC 12 selection for USC Basketball last year, so if he's looking at this season as an opportunity to settle some unfinished business, don't be surprised if SC sees a big bump in production from him. He's already going to be motivated, as he clearly has NBA aspirations that he showed through flirting with entering the NBA Draft this past offseason.
Last year, Peterson nailed 46.7% of his field goal attempts and 41.2% of his three-point shots. He recorded 12.4 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game. An extra motivated Peterson could see significant improvement from what was already a great player. This is why he's a contender for PAC-12 Player of the Year this season.