In a teleconference on Tuesday, USC head coach Tim Floyd announced that Dwight Lewis will attempt to play on Thursday when the Trojans travel up to play Washington. Lewis leads the Trojans in scoring at 15.8 per, so for the Huskies it would have been nice to see him sitting on the bench. However it appears that Lorenzo Romar & co. will now have to focus not only on Lewis, but freshman Demar DeRozan as well when originally it appeared as if Lewis would not be a factor. So far this year DeRozan has not lived up to the lofty expectation set for him, only magnified by the fact that Floyd infamously brought in Percy “Lil Romeo” Miller on scholarship because of his close relationship with DeRozan.
DeRozan of late seems to be getting in somewhat of a groove after his 22 point, 8 rebound effort against UCLA last week. This is much better than him “absolutely sucking,” which one of my USC friends proclaimed. Seems as if DeRozan is somewhat of USC’s Quincy Pondexter this year, in that he is held to a much higher standard than what he actually produces.
With Lewis coming back, expect to see Justin Holiday getting more playing time to contain either DeRozan or Lewis. With this sudden change, it also could lead to Elston Turner making his first significant appearance since his ankle injury almost three weeks ago. DeRozan and Lewis would be difficult to defend for the two guard whenever Romar uses the small guard combo involving Justin Dentmon, Isaiah Thomas, and Venoy Overton.
After last season’s loss at home to USC, it would be nice to see this rebound season continue with a win over a talented Trojan team. By splitting against the two Los Angeles schools this week, it could push Washington into the Top 25.