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The USC Trojans concluded their three-game European summer tour on Sunday in Dubrovnik, Croatia. USC had played its previous two games of the tour in Mykonos, Greece, against Serbian team Mega Mis. This Sunday finale in Croatia was against SC Derby, a team based in Montenegro. SC Derby was playing shorthanded, but it had some players who challenged the Trojans and forced this team to work hard at the defensive end of the floor.
USC won the game over SC Derby, 96-87, and there is plenty to discuss with the Trojans’ overall performance up and down the roster. However, the first thing we need to emphasize at the end of this now-concluded tour: No one picked up significant injuries.
Isaiah Collier hit the deck late in the third quarter when bumped on a drive to the basket. He was on the floor for several seconds but was just shaking off the bruise, nothing more. He played the fourth quarter at full strength.
Boogie Ellis dove for a loose ball in the fourth quarter and was shaking off a stinging pain in one of his fingers, but it was nothing more than that. Trainers did not need to tend to him.
USC therefore avoided injuries and was able to play three games in a five-day span. Players were pushed hard, though Andy Enfield gave Isaiah Collier fewer minutes in this game after giving him heavy minutes in Greece last Wednesday and Friday. Backups got a lot of minutes in this game, and the coaching staff was able to see how different combinations of players functioned on the court.
Bronny James, recovering from his episode of cardiac arrest one month ago, did not accompany the team to Europe. Neither did Vince Iwuchukwu, who is making sure his back is fully healthy after encountering problems late last season. Bronny is highly unlikely to be available for the first few weeks of the season. We will see about Iwuchukwu when preseason practice begins in October.
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USC basketball European tour showed how much Trojans need Vince Iwuchukwu
The USC Trojans’ European basketball tour ends on August 15. Before the 11-day journey ends, the Trojans will go on a boat ride in Croatia , a reward for the three games they played. The final game of the three took place on Sunday in Dubrovnik, Croatia. USC won, but it allowed 87 points to Montenegro-based pro team SC Derby.
The Trojans scored 96 points and showed that they are capable of playing high-octane basketball. However, when the game gets slower and uglier, the Trojans might be in a difficult spot this coming season. Can they win a slog and manage to grind out possessions? Can they win in the mud? These are legitimate questions which will follow the team as it moves along.
The piece USC really could use was not able to play in Europe. It showed.
Vince Iwuchukwu, not just Bronny James, was unavailable to play in Europe. He has been practicing this summer, but he wasn’t part of this past week. Per NBA TV, his health is not yet at 100 percent, and the USC coaching staff hasn’t provided a specific timeline for future availability.
Big men Josh Morgan and Kijani Wright played solid minutes in Europe. Freshman Arrinten Page gained meaningful playing time and began his college basketball education at USC. Yet, none of those three bigs play defense as well as Vince Iwuchukwu does. Vince the Prince is USC’s best big-man defender and rim protector.
His absence was keenly felt in Europe.
If you’re worried about USC’s defense, you should be, but if Iwuchukwu enters the picture and can consistently play 20 minutes per game this season, USC becomes a better defensive team and a far more complete team. USC really needs him on the floor this November. We’ll see what happens.
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USC still preparing for a European tour as Bronny James recovers at home after cardiac arrest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Bronny James continues to recover after going into cardiac arrest, his Southern California teammates have been at practice to prepare for a 10-day exhibition tour of Greece and Croatia that begins next week.
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The tour will run from from aug. 5-15 and see the trojans visit athens and mykonos, greece, and dubrovnik, croatia james was discharged from cedars-sinai medical center on thursday and is resting at home, according to a statement from the hospital bronny james will continue to undergo tests to determine the cause of his cardiac arrest, which occurred monday morning during a workout at usc's galen center it’s too soon to know how james’ playing career could be affected, especially without a lot of information being made public.
The tour will run from from Aug. 5-15 and see the Trojans visit Athens and Mykonos, Greece, and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Teams are allowed to go on a foreign tour once every four years under NCAA rules.
James was discharged from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Thursday and is resting at home, according to a statement from the hospital. His father, Lakers superstar LeBron James, also posted on social media that his family is “safe and healthy."
I want to thank the countless people sending my family love and prayers. We feel you and I’m so grateful. Everyone doing great. We have our family together, safe and healthy, and we feel your love. Will have more to say when we’re ready but I wanted to tell everyone how much your… — LeBron James (@KingJames) July 27, 2023
Bronny James will continue to undergo tests to determine the cause of his cardiac arrest, which occurred Monday morning during a workout at USC's Galen Center.
Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart abruptly stops beating, because of a problem with its electrical activity. While uncommon in young people, sudden cardiac arrest is the leading medical cause of death in young athletes. Some studies have estimated one sudden cardiac death in 50,000 to 80,000 young athletes each year.
No information has been made public about what may have caused Bronny James’ cardiac arrest. But one of the most common causes in young athletes is an underlying problem with the heart’s structure, such as a genetic condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy that leads to a thickened heart muscle more prone to irregular electrical activity. A more rare cause is commotio cordis, which occurs when someone receives a sharp blow to the chest during a specific part of the heartbeat’s cycle — what happened to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin earlier this year.
James was the second high-profile USC basketball recruit to go into cardiac arrest in the last year. Vincent Iwuchuwku also was stricken during a workout last July, but the 7-foot-1 center returned to the court six months later and appeared in 14 games.
It’s too soon to know how James’ playing career could be affected, especially without a lot of information being made public. Various experts point to James' quick move out of intensive care and being released three days later as encouraging.
The upcoming trip is important for the Trojans as James recovers. USC had the nation's fourth-ranked recruiting class, including the top-rated player in guard Isaiah Collier.
James committed to the Trojans in May after the 6-foot-3 18-year-old became one of the nation's top prospects as a two-way point guard for Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California.
He is the sixth McDonald's All-American to come to USC since Andy Enfield became coach in 2013.
With his family fame and huge social media following, Bronny James also has the top name, image and likeness valuation in sports at $6.3 million, as estimated by On3.com. He is the oldest of LeBron and Savannah James' three children.