Tahj Eaddy Creates His Own Shot At USC

USC guard Tahj Eaddy has risen to his own challenge

The senior guard has been the complementary scorer the Trojans needed after transferring from Santa Clara

Tahj Eaddy celebrates the Trojans’ 72-66 victory over Stanford on Tuesday night at Stanford. (AP /Tony Avelar)

Adam Grosbard (OC Register)  —  When Tahj Eaddy hooped at Santa Clara, his favorite vacation spot was Los Angeles. Many of his teammates were from L.A., so when they had a long weekend, they headed south to enjoy the beaches.

“I was always in L.A.,” Eaddy said.

When Eaddy made the decision to transfer for his final year of eligibility, it wasn’t such a big deal that he couldn’t visit USC’s campus when the Trojans came recruiting. But USC wasn’t the only finalist for his services with whom Eaddy was familiar.

Connecticut, his home state school, made a push for the 6-foot-2 guard, and that was an option he had to consider. His college career had taken him far from home, and his family rarely had the chance to see him play in person.

But the Trojans offered something that the Huskies could not: A wide-open competition for playing time.

“I didn’t want to go into a situation where there was already a lot of upperclassmen guards who were already solidified roles. I wanted to really come into a spot where I was kinda depended on,” Eaddy explained. “I never had that throughout my career and I was looking for that challenge.”

The senior guard has risen to it as USC’s second-leading scorer with 13.7 points per game, starting all but one game and playing an average of 31.6 minutes per contest.

He’s proved to be the perfect complement to the Trojans’ leading man, Evan Mobley. Eaddy spaces the floor by making 37.3% of his 3-pointers, providing the freshman center more space in the post.

And Eaddy doesn’t need to play within the flow of the offense. He’s capable of creating his own shot and feeding off his own energy when he sees a couple attempts go through the rim, an ability that he says draws frequent comparisons to Clippers sixth-man scoring connoisseur Lou Williams.

Eaddy was on full display in the first half of USC’s win over Arizona State on Wednesday. On the opening possession, he went opposite the direction of a screen and drove to the top of the key to sink a lunging jumper.

Two minutes later, Eaddy drilled a catch-and-shoot 3. The next possession, he took the in-bounds pass the length of the court, finishing with a left-handed finger roll despite the efforts of two defenders.

It was the start of a 15-point half, and just another in a string of scorching performances for Eaddy this month. In February, the guard is averaging 17.4 points per game on 48.5% shooting.

“He’s done an amazing job of knowing when to score the ball himself and also getting his teammates involved,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said after Eaddy’s season-high 29-point performance against Washington State last week. “We need him to continue this if we’re going to keep winning games.”

The 17th-ranked Trojans have been winning a lot. At 18-3, USC is off to its best start in 47 years and holds a one-game lead over UCLA for first place in the Pac-12.

And in addition to the expanded playing role Eaddy expected when he committed to USC this summer, there was also the hope that this team could give Eaddy a chance at his first NCAA Tournament appearance.

“I kinda knew. I understood that we had Evan coming in, I knew we had some talented guys coming back who were gonna make that sophomore year jump,” Eaddy said. “With the talent we had, I knew there was a good chance to do something special.”

And Eaddy has played an outsized role in that success.

ocregister.com

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TrojanRJJ
Diamond Member
February 20, 2021 5:09 pm

Sorry, but Enfield cannot lose a game like this and be taken seriously. He has a rep for disappearing in February. Team was on the big stage and bombed.

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 5:13 pm
Reply to  TrojanRJJ

Here in the NY Metro area I remember when Parcells was asked about his defense being successful he would say …………………….. ” #56 ( Lawrence Taylor) helps alot on making that happen ” ……Same the Mobleys and the current SC Basketball Head Coach ?

Steveg
Mt Rushmore
February 20, 2021 5:06 pm

USC is simply just shooting up bricks. Look bad.

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 4:58 pm

This teams just looks off.

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 4:57 pm

GOTTA GET THOSE REBOUNDS .

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 4:53 pm

Every shot seems juuuuuussssst short .

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 4:46 pm

Please don’t tell one of USC’s other head coaches hung around (and spoke to ) this team over the last 3-4 days .

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 4:40 pm

C’MON SC …………………..There is lots of time to still win this game !…………….FIGHT ON !!!!!

ATL D.D.S.
Diamond Member
February 20, 2021 4:38 pm

Poor free throws are going to haunt this otherwise very good SC basketball team….

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 3:35 pm

OK SC Lets start playing a lot better soon …….FIGHT ON !!!!!

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 3:15 pm

As of this morning I thought SC mens basketball had 4 games left in their regular season now I see it is actually 6.

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 3:18 pm
Reply to  HOF19

Since I have been shoveling snow recently that scene they just showed of a Southern California beach looked dang good .

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 3:23 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Yea rub it in LOL .

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 3:22 pm
Reply to  HOF19

I remember in 1972 swimming at Santa Monica beach .

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 2:41 pm

Just hoping this SC Men’s Basketball team can finish with best record in Conference ……..And be in this EXACT SPOT >>>>>>> 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by New York LifeThursday, March 11
Game 4: No. 1 seed vs. Game 1 winner, 11:30 a.m. PT – PAC12
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev…………(Note where it says #1 SEED as in USC hopefully) …….FIGHT ON !!!!!

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HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 2:45 pm
Reply to  HOF19

And we WIN the Pac-12 Championship AND our AD falls madly …….. madly …….. madly …….. madly …….. madly ……..IN LOVE with winning Pac-12 Championships and RAISES the level on ALL USC Sports ( Listening Clay ?????)………FIGHT ON !!!!!

misterusc
Active Member
February 20, 2021 1:30 pm

Allen, I watched the tape on Ty Kana. I think he looks pretty good for a three star. Would you happen to know how these players get their stars? And did you give out stars to the players that you reviewed when you were doing your magazine?

Chris
Knighted Member
February 20, 2021 2:52 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I thought guys take jumps in rankings based upon offers. No way they evaluate every guy, I can’t imagine how much work that would be.

LawyerJohn
Knighted Member
February 20, 2021 10:26 am

‘Let’s not get carried away with SC basketball’ sounds like an oxymoron, but it is nice the Trojans are finally getting some love as SC fans continue to come out of the closet… But to call the 2021 team the greatest in SC history indicates a lack of history. Of course the team of the early ’70s with Paul Westphal, No. 9 NBA pick, was sensational,,, In the ’80s Coach Stan Morrison had some good teams and Purvis Miller… The early ’90s had the once-in-a-lifetime college player, Harold Miner, No. 12 NBA pick and sucla slayer, who mixed with other… Read more »

HOF19
Noble Member
February 20, 2021 10:09 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Will be watching 6PM (NY Time ) …….Fight On !

UtahTrojan
Knighted Member
February 19, 2021 10:06 pm

USC baseball getting in on the action. Winning the season opener against LMU in the ninth.

HOF19
Noble Member
February 19, 2021 5:43 pm

Sometimes being connected to NY Metro area sports fans does not make me proud ………Back in 2018 Jets fans LOVED Sam Darnold…..Now Jets fan treat him like Bum ………SMH !!!!!!!!

HOF19
Noble Member
February 19, 2021 5:51 pm
Reply to  HOF19

Some Jets fan allready acting like Deshuan Watson is a Jets employee (Way to leave themselves open for a disappointment ).

HOF19
Noble Member
February 19, 2021 5:32 pm

My family is quite used to me planning a Saturday around a USC Football game but a USC Basketball game ? …………………………………………………..FIGHT ON !!!!!

HOF19
Noble Member
February 19, 2021 5:40 pm
Reply to  HOF19

While watching SC’s last basketball game I noticed that they said that Evan Mobley is ranked (by ESPN ) as the second pick in the draft .And Yahoo sports recently felt he might be the First Pick in the NBA Draft .

Steveg
Mt Rushmore
February 19, 2021 5:28 pm

For all the totally die hards, the FCS is about to start their spring football season.

Steveg
Mt Rushmore
February 19, 2021 5:15 pm

This makes me laugh. Toa has been hired as a grad assistant at USC. I’m sure CH will have him work with the centers getting their snaps dialed in. Only Helton would make a move like this. Of course Toa is one of his favorite children. Per Scoop.com

Jamaica
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February 19, 2021 5:56 pm
Reply to  Steveg

Maybe CH brought Toa in so he could be in charge of showing Toa how to stand behind the offense at practice and hold a clipboard. CH stood around at practices like the best of them under Kiffin & Sark. CH might have been considered the QB coach, but with Kif & Sark there, you know who did that coaching. Maybe Clay held their clipboards too?

John Weld
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Diamond Member
February 19, 2021 6:20 pm
Reply to  Jamaica

He hired Toa to send a message to the players…..if you suck up to me, I will take care of you!

LEBO
February 19, 2021 8:50 pm
Reply to  Steveg

Funny as I remembered Toa he was a lineman who played 3 positions on the OL for the Trojans in order to help his team , he was not a good center , but he was a good guard and tackle. He never complained about being switched around and his teammates loved him. A true Trojan….glade to have him on the staff….

Golden Trojan
Diamond Member
February 20, 2021 6:19 am
Reply to  LEBO

“Not a good center”? He was possibly the worst center I have ever seen in college or pros. He would snap the ball over the QB several times, not per season, but, per game! And yet he kept that job, and now he’s teaching others?

Steveg
Mt Rushmore
February 19, 2021 3:16 pm

What a thrill it would be to see USC seeded into the championship. I don’t watch much basketball, but am very excited and am jumping on the bandwagon with everyone else. This could be an exciting March Madness.

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