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USC's Washington regains eligibility

USC forward Leonard Washington was declared eligible today, according to a team source, just in time for a showdown against one-loss Saint Mary's at the Diamond Head Classic, which tips off in about half an hour.

Washington, a sophomore, sat out the first semester due to academic issues, but his grades were posted this morning. He made 13 starts for the Trojans as a freshman.

With point guard Mike Gerrity now eligible as well and leading the team, it's all coming together for the Trojans just in time for the Pac-10 season.

Andy Katz had an in-depth story on USC, with coach Kevin O'Neill talking about his team's prospects. O'Neill also the other day chatted with fans at ESPNLosAngeles.com.