Elijah Stewart and Katin Reinhardt each score over 20 points to lead USC to its sixth straight win
THIS SEASON: Brandon Granville, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior, is USC's all-time leader in assists (10th in Pac-10 history) and is set to start at point guard for the Trojans for his fourth season in 2002. One of the most effective playmakers in Pac-10 history, Granville is also one of USC's all-time three-point threats and one of two 1,000-point scorers on the team.
CAREER: Granville is set to become USC's first four-year starting point guard since Jacque Hill (1980-83). He has started 89 of his 92 games at USC. He is first on USC's career chart in assists (595, 10th in the Pac-10), third in three-pointers (162), fourth in steals (175) and 12th in free throw percentage (.785). He has 1,030 career points, 23rd most ever at USC. He was the 24th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 points. He is one of only four Trojans ever to have at least 150 career three-pointers.
SAID BIBBY: "Brandon Granville has improved each year and really has become a leader for us. I expect him to continue to improve and bring up his level of intensity. I'd like to see him be a little more aggressive offensively and be a little more creative this year."
2000-2001: Granville, in his third season as the Trojans' starting point guard in 2001, led the Pac-10 in assists (6.1) for the second consecutive year and finished as USC fourth-leading scorer (12.4) ... He became the school's all-time leader in assists in the third game of the year with nine against Loyola Marymount ... Granville's 207 assists were the second-most ever in a season at USC, behind only his school season record of 248 set as a sophomore... His NCAA Tournament highlights included 14 points, four steals and five assists against Oklahoma State and nine points and six assists versus Boston College. He also had eight assists vs. Kentucky and seven against Duke ... Granville's 64 three-pointers on the season were the seventh-most in school history ... He scored a season-high 22 points at Arizona State, going 4-of-6 on three-pointers and making 8-of-8 from the foul line ... He matched the effort vs. Cal, scoring 22 points, making four three-pointers and going 6-of-6 from the charity stripe ... He had 21 points and a season-high five steals against Long Beach State and had 20 points at Washington ... Granville scored 17 points vs. Pepperdine and posted career highs of free throw makes (10) and attempts (14) .... The game before, he canned 5-of-9 three-point attempts at UCSB, tying a career-high for makes en route to 18 points ... He scored 19 points (including four three-pointers) vs. Loyola Marymount and had 15 points vs. both CSUN and BYU-Hawaii.
1999-2000: Granville dished out more assists than any USC guard in school history (and the third most ever in the Pac-10) as a 2000 sophomore when he had 248 en route to 2000 All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors ... He led the Pac-10 in assists (8.3, fourth nationally), was fourth in steals (2.1) and 10th in free throw percentage (.786) ... He finished with a team-best nine double-doubles and 13 double-digit assist efforts ... Granville set a USC single-game record with 15 assists against Memphis in the Maui Invitational (tied for sixth-best in Pac-10 history) ... He strung consecutive double-digit assists efforts of four in a row once and three in a row twice ... He also made a team-best 57 three-pointers ... He scored at least 20 points seven times, including a career-high 24 points (including five three-pointers) at San Diego State and two 22-point performances against Arizona State ... His 62 steals tied him for the second-most ever in a season at USC ... Granville, who played every minute of six games, including two 45-minute contests, averaged 38.1 minutes per game in the Pac-10. It was the most by a Trojan in the conference since Wayne Carlander averaged 40.0 in 1985.
1998-99: A full-time starter at point guard as a true freshman, Brandon Granville earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention honors in 1999 ... He led USC in assists (5.0) and steals (1.9) and was third and fifth, respectively, in the conference in those categories ... His 140 assists on the season were the eighth-most ever at USC and his 41 three-pointers were third highest on the squad ... He made 5-of-9 three pointers en route to a season-high 22 points at UC Santa Barbara, adding eight assists and three steals ... He was instrumental in USC's upset at then-No. 6 Stanford, scoring 21 points, including 5-of-10 from behind the arc, to go with seven assists ... He had at least two steals 13 times and at least seven assists 11 times ... He had six steals four times (San Diego State, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount and at Arizona State) ... He had a then-career-high nine assists and four steals against Oregon State at home and had nine assists and six steals at Arizona State ... Granville scored 15 points (including 8-of-9 from the foul line) and had seven assists at UNLV ... He scored 10 points and had five assists and six steals vs. San Diego State in becoming the first true freshman to start a season opener at USC since Burt Harris in 1992-93.
HIGH SCHOOL: Granville averaged 12 points, 10 assists and three steals per game as a 1998 senior at Westchester (Calif.) High, playing with fellow Trojan senior David Bluthenthal ... He led the Comets to a 30-3 record and the Coastal Conference Western League championship, City Section 4-A title and Division I state championship ... Granville's honors include USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Los Angeles Times South Bay/Westside All-Star Team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area first team (for the second consecutive season), Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team and All-City 4-A first team ... During the Comets' postseason run to every championship they competed for, Granville made two free throws in the final seconds to defeat Artesia High of Lakewood, Calif., in the CIF Southern Section Regional finals ... In the spring of 1998, Brandon played in the Eddie Jones All-Star Classic's L.A. All-Star game.
As a junior in 1998, Brandon was named to the Student Sports' All-State Underclass Team.
SIDELIGHTS: Brandon was born on Oct. 5, 1979 ... He is a sociology major.
OTHERS ON GRANVILLE: (The Sporting News): "Brandon Granville is an outstanding athlete and a dazzling passer."
(Former teammate Brian Scalabrine): "Everything happens for us when Brandon is in control of the basketball. And we're out of sync without him. In this league, everything begins, offensively and defensively, with your point guard."
(Todd Harmonson of the Orange County Register): "He has a point guard's physique and skills but he also has a knack for knocking down clutch shots."
(Frank Burlison, then of the Orange County Register): "Brandon was one of the quickest and most creative point guards in Southern California in 1998. What sets him apart from other playmakers is his ability to stretch a defense with his three-point shooting ability."