The USC Trojans entered Thursday’s game against Cal State Bakersfield without Bronny James, Vincent Iwuchukwu, and Kobe Johnson. A year ago, that would have been a crushing blow for this team, but things are different this time.
On Thursday, Isaiah Collier led the team in scoring, but it was Oziyah Sellers who made a statement. He gave Andy Enfield a tough decision to make on how many minutes to give him once everyone is healthy later in the season.
Sellers was second on the team with 16 points on 6-9 shooting from the field with four rebounds and three assists. This was a huge performance which created a smooth night for USC in an 85-59 win which was never close..
Sellers also received some preseason hype from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. The sophomore guard from Northern California didn’t wait long to make his presence felt.
In the opener against Knasas State, Sellers played just 16 minutes and had three points on 1-5 shooting from the field. On Thursday, one notable stat was his bagel: zero fouls.
If Andy Enfield and the Trojans can get these performances from bench players such as Sellers, this team will go a long, long way this season. It was a step in the right direction, and with games against UC Irvine and Brown coming up, we could see more minutes for Sellers and others as Enfield figures out how to tinker with the rotation.