To say the USC Trojans are suffering through a tough season would be an understatement. The Trojans, who have shot under 40% in nine of their last 10 games and are averaging just a shade over 50 points per game during that span, could be without their leading rebounder and second leading scorer for the rest of the season. Junior forward Aaron Fuller could undergo shoulder surgery as early as next week, reported Baxter Holmes of the Los Angeles Times.
Fuller is averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, and has started all 18 games this season. Per Holmes, Fuller has suffered labral tears in both shoulders this season.
Fuller is shooting 51.5% from the field, thanks in part to getting many easy shots as a result of leading the team in offensive rebounding (2.8 per contest). His loss would be a definite blow to a team that has shot 39.7% as a team with Fuller. The team without Fuller is shooting 37.8% from the field.
Earlier in the week, Trojans head coach Kevin O'Neill said he didn't know whether or not Fuller would play this weekend in Oregon, but Fuller told Holmes that he would travel with the team but is not expected to play. USC is 0-5 in the Pac-12, their worst start since starting 0-12 in 1989. The Trojans have lost six straight games and are 5-13 heading into Thursday night's battle in Eugene against the Oregon Ducks.
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