Trojans Wire staff writers offer their main keys and concerns for USC basketball this season

So much has been said already, but let’s offer one final summation of where USC stands heading into this much-anticipated basketball season.

Here’s what we think about USC basketball heading into the 2023-2024 campaign.

Matt Zemek:

Bronny James gets the attention, but the not-fully-healthy player USC needs to get back in its lineup is Vince Iwuchukwu. The Trojans need more big-man depth behind Josh Morgan. Kijani Wright can’t do it alone. Vince The Prince needs to be a significant contributor for this team to reach its potential, even more than Bronny.

Assuming neither Bronny nor Iwuchukwu gets healthy, USC will need a role player — Kijani Wright, Oziyah Sellers, Harrison Hornery — to play above expectations and become a significant rotational player. USC doesn’t have enough depth to become a complete team as is, with Bronny and Vince unavailable. An unheralded player has to become a big (pleasant) surprise.

D.J. Rodman’s 3-point shooting could make the whole difference between USC being a good team and a great team. If he shoots well, that spreads the floor for Isaiah Collier and Boogie Ellis. It would be a game-changer.

Matt Wadleigh:

Health, health, and health. The pieces are there, and if Vince Iwuchukwu can be healthy, and Isaiah Collier can be himself, the Trojans are going to be a Pac-12 nightmare.

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