Does USC need Isaiah Collier to be its best player, or is it fine if Boogie Ellis is the Trojans’ best player.
It’s not an easy question to answer. Kevin Sweeney of Sports Illustrated talke to us about it.
“I do think for USC to reach its ceiling, Isaiah Collier has to be its best player, but the best player or most impactful player isn’t always the guy,” Sweeney told us. “Let’s say that Collier wins the postseason awards, right? Boogie Ellis could have a better year this year and put up worse numbers because he has Isaiah Collier and Kobe Johnson and hopefully a healthy Vince Iwuchukwu, right? That would be good for USC if Boogie Ellis doesn’t have to score 18, 19, 20 points a game. I think to that point, if this team has the year that people think they can have, I think a big reason why will be because Isaiah Collier comes in and makes everyone better. Yes, he’s able to score, yes, he’s able to pass, yes, he’s able to defend, yes, he’s able to run a team and lead.
“Because USC is going to put all of that on him, he’s their most important player and if they reach their ceiling, he’ll probably be their best player. But I think it’s certainly understandable why Boogie’s in that conversation among national player of the year for pundits. I think he is really good and has probably gotten undervalued a little bit nationally because of who he was early in his career.”
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