USC Basketball: 2020-21 season preview for the Trojans

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 07: Head coach Andy Enfield of the USC Trojans (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

USC Basketball has consistently been a 20-win, middle seed team in the NCAA tournament, but will Evan Mobley’s arrival carry them to new heights?

Coach Andy Enfield and USC Basketball only returned four scholarship athletes for the 2020-2021 season, losing a pair of impactful seniors in Jonah Matthews and Nick Rakocevic, as well as freshman phenom Onyeka Okongwu to the NBA draft.

For them to continue their trend of winning 20+ games and making the NCAA tournament as a middle seed, they’ll need the Mobley brothers, Isaiah and Evan, to form a dominant frontcourt.

Evan Mobley is one of the most notable recruits in USC history, and he’ll almost certainly be a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA draft – following in Okongwu’s footsteps.

Outside of the Mobley brothers, the Trojans will rely on rising sophomore guard Ethan Anderson and a trio of graduate transfers brought in to add experience to a young team.

The Trojans are an enigma heading into this season, in part because we don’t know who they will play in the non-conference, and the overall newness of the squad suiting up on Jim Sterkel Court this year.

Here’s a look at USC’s projected starting lineup and key reserves, as well as a look at what we know about their schedule and how we think they will perform in coach Enfield’s eighth season at the helm.

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