USC basketball is off to an amazing start this season, and ranked No. 7 in the country.
USC basketball alums in the NBA are having similar success. In fact, the USC Men's Basketball Twitter account even pointed out a feat that nobody would have expected of any school on Wednesday night, after Kevin Porter Jr. nailed a buzzer-beater to send the Washington Wizards home:
The former Trojan and current Houston Rocket shot a beauty last night. There were three other beauties from the Trojans shot as well, and it's worth taking a look back at every one of them.
DeMar DeRozan has represented USC basketball in fantastic ways this NBA season, as he always does.
DeRozan has made USC basketball proud this year, setting himself up to be selected to a fifth All-Star team. Putting up 26.9 points per game, five rebounds per game, and 4.5 assists per game, he's been a major key to Chicago placing first in the Eastern Conference with a 25-10 record so far. DeRozan is having the best three-point shooting year of his career, converting on 36.2% of his three-point attempts this year.
He put that on display against the Indiana Pacers on New Year's Eve, where he drained an impossible buzzer-beater with a defender draped all over him:
The crazy part about all this is that DeRozan followed that up with another impossible buzzer-beating three-point game-winner on literally the next day. He was double-teamed, and trapped into the corner. For Deebo, that stuff doesn't matter:
What a New Year's holiday for DeRozan. And Chimezie Metu hit a buzzer from the corner just a few nights earlier. He sent the Dallas Mavericks home on a confident shot where he gave himself another highlight from the career year he's had with the Sacramento Kings:
Seeing SC alums playing like this says a lot about the basketball program here at USC. Not only is the team performing exceptionally well right now, but their alums are also proving that the Trojans know how to develop.
This seems to be paying off on the recruiting trail, as USC is currently in the top five in 2022 recruiting (247Sports). We as USC fans are lucky to have the rich tradition of major dominance from the USC football program, as well as a basketball program that is really shining and proving itself to be one of the best in the Pac-12.