USC Basketball Updates: DeWayne Dedmon Injured, Jio Fontan Out For Season

Fontan scored 57 points in two games in USC's exhibition tour through Brazil.

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USC Basketball Injury Update: Dewayne Dedmon Out For At Least A Month

The USC Trojans are already in trouble, as they've already lost Jio Fontan for the season. They could also be down one of their most talented big men for a significant chunk of the schedule.

Forward Dewayne Dedmon suffered a stress fracture and will probably miss at least the rest of December. Head coach Kevin O'Neill announced that Dedmon will miss at least a few weeks, perhaps more if his foot doesn't fully heal. Dedmon could be out as few as four weeks and as many as eight.

Transfer James Blasczyk is expected to take Dedmon's place in the rotation, but the Trojans are in really bad shape in terms of depth. Dedmon was arguably the most talented player on the team and gave USC perhaps their best offensive presence inside the first few games. Now they'll have to rely on Maurice Jones and Aaron Fuller almost exclusively to generate the offense they need to win their games.

To discuss USC basketball, head to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Basketball: DeWayne Dedmon Practices With Broken Hand

DeWayne Dedmon is a tough kid. If that was ever in doubt before Friday, it will not be anymore. According to reports, Dedmon actually practiced with a broken hand in the team's first official practice. 

Michael Lev at the OC Register tweets an update:

#USC F Dewayne Dedmon practiced tonight with a cast on his right hand. Had bubble wrap over cast, and tape over bubble wrap.

Pretty amazing. Many believed it would take months for Dedmon to return to the court and he did it just a few days after breaking his hand.

Safety will obviously be the primary concern for head coach Kevin O'Neil, his coaching staff and the players, but Dedmon must have been feeling pretty well to be up for practicing today. While it appears the forward will avoid any drills with heavy contact, it is still great to see him participating and staying in shape once he can make his return in a few months.

For more on the Trojans, check out Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Basketball Injury Report: DeWayne Dedmon Breaks Hand, Out 4-6 Weeks

The hits keep on coming for USC Trojans basketball, and by hits I mean crowbars to various body parts. As if Jio Fontan's season-ending injury wasn't bad enough to deal with, sophomore transfer DeWayne Dedmon broke his hand in practice and will miss at least the next month. The 7-foot forward Dedmon was recruited from Antelope College and expected to tag up with Aaron Fuller and Garrett Jackson.

The injuries to Fontan and Dedmon will force Kevin O'Neill to again shorten his depth chart and lengthen the minutes each Trojan starter plays, regardless of whether they can manage those minutes and maintain playing at a high level.

Dedmon could be back in time for the start of the season, but he could also miss the team's first several basketball games, including a crucial road date with San Diego State. Although it won't damage the team's conference title chances, any losses early in non-conference play could be very damaging to any tournament hopes the Trojans have.

To discuss USC basketball with fellow Trojan fans, head to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Trojans Basketball Roster Addition: Danilo Dragovic, Brother Of UCLA Star Nikola

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And for the USC Trojans basketball team, short their top scorer, producer and best guard, things could not be more desperate for their 2011-12 campaign. They had to call on an old friend. Well, not really a friend. More like a former foe, who kind of turned into a friend when his teams got pummeled in head-to-head matchups.

USC Associate Head Coach Bob Cantu tweets that a Dragovic is coming to Los Angeles basketball--Danilo Dragovic, a 6'4" combo guard from North Hollywood-Harvard Westlake. If that name sounds familiar, it's because it is. Danilo is the brother of former UCLA Bruins forward Nikola Dragovic, which makes you wonder how much Nikola is pumping the blue and gold pom-poms in the family.

Nikola wasn't much beloved by the UCLA fanbase because of erratic shooting and effort in games. Not much is known of Danilo because he didn't play his senior season after failing to gain eligibility, but USC could use any hands right now, even ones they're not sure will do anything productive. Danilo has said Nikola has sped up his development to American rules, so he might be further along to help out the Trojans earlier rather than later.

For more on USC Basketball, go to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Trojans Basketball: Jio Fontan Tears ACL, Season Over

The USC Trojans 2011-12 basketball team was not expected to make a big splash. The losses of big men Nikola Vucevic and Alex Stepheson deprived them of their length and strength inside defensively, and the graduation of top wing defender Marcus Simmons and backup guard Donte Smith meant they would be down to two starters from last year's squad.

Now they could be in outright panic mode. Two just became one.

Guard Jio Fontan was USC's best scorer and passer, and looked ready to be an impact Pac-12 player as the senior leader of the squad. But Fontan sustained a knee injury during a Brazil exhibition and had to fly back to Los Angeles to get an MRI. Head coach Kevin O'Neill called Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times to say Fontan tore his ACL, and his senior campaign is over. A medical redshirt is a possibility.

USC will now have to look at the 5'7" Maurice Jones handing point guard duties (Fontan had been assuming most point guard duties while Jones played more of a scorer/slasher role). JuCo signee Greg Allen will also be pressed into action as Jones takes on the point role. O'Neill has had trouble maintaining depth in his program, and this year looks like it'll be the most severe test of that deficiency.

For more on USC basketball, go to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Trojan Basketball News And Notes: Jio Fontan Injures Knee, Trojans Fall To Brazil's Mogi Das Cruzes

The USC men's basketball team in on a tour of South America, with their latest stop in Sau Paulo, Brazil to play the professional Brazilian team Mogi das Cruzes in an exhibition match. The Trojans fell 81-70 in the exhibition, but may have lost even more with their star senior Jio Fontan suffering a knee injury.

Fontan has been the most productive scorer for the Trojans, dropping 57 combined points in USC's first two exhibitions on its five-game, 10-day excursion through Brazil to play professional Brazilian teams. Fontan took a blow that caused him to fall, landing awkwardly with about four and a half minutes before halftime. The team has diagnosed it as a left knee sprain as X-rays were negative, but has an MRI scheduled for Wednesday after the team lands in Rio de Janeiro. 

Sophomore guard Maurice Jones lead the way, dropping 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds, not bad for being 5'7". The team also started 7-footers Dedmon and James Blasczyk, who scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds combined, while sophomore forward Garrett Jackson added 12 points and six rebounds.     

Mogi das Cruzas is in it's first year at the professional level in Brazil, and is 3-0 thus far in it's exhibition season. 

For more on the Trojans, head on over to Conquest Chronicles to get in on the action.

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USC Trojan Basketball News And Notes: Curtis Washington Tears Labrum

Injury puts the Trojans in a tough place, depth-wise, going into next season.

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