Scores weren't officially kept, stats weren't really written down, but new USC basketball Coach Andy Enfield said he was pleased with the play of 7-foot-2 center Omar Oraby and junior guard Byron Wesley on Saturday during USC's first scrimmage of the season.
Freshmen forward Roschon Prince and guard Julian Jacobs also showed flashes of excellence.
Returning point guard Chass Bryan and Maryland transfer Pe'Shon Howard played together often, something Enfield said would not be unusual.
"This is so different, so fun," said Wesley, comparing the nonstop, up-tempo action under Enfield with the slower half-court ball played last year under coach Kevin O'Neill and then, after O'Neill's firing, interim coach Bob Cantu. "Who wouldn't like this?" Wesley said.
Prince, a 6-foot-6 forward from Long Beach Poly who had been recruited and signed by O'Neill, said the change in style suited him. "This is how we play in pick-up games," he said. "This is how we play for fun."
Wesley said Enfield had emphasized to every player that being in the best physical shape possible was important and Wesley said he was, in fact, in his best shape ever.
Two players, 7-foot D.J. Haley, a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth, and freshman guard Kahlil Dukes missed the scrimmage with minor injuries.
Enfield said that when Haley, who has a sore neck, gets healthy again it would not be uncommon for he and Oraby to be on the floor together.
J.T. Terrell, chosen by Enfield as the player he will bring along to Pac-12 basketball media day later in the month, said the whole team -- veterans and newcomers alike -- was having fun.
"It's a whole different attitude out here," Terrell said. "It's enjoyable."
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