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The lost recruits

Dwight Lewis said he didn't notice the crowd of 4,823 at the Galen Center booing Derrick Williams, Solomon Hill and Lamont Jones during pregame warmups and each time they touched the ball.

The crowd boos everybody, he said.

Nikola Vucevic did. He said it was "kinda funny."

Coach Kevin O'Neill didn't mention the recruits, who all de-committed from USC and eventually chose to attend Arizona after former coach Tim Floyd resigned, in his postgame presser. Lewis said he thought the media made more out of the situation than it truly warranted.

"Half the guys on our team didn't even know who those guys were," Lewis said, laughing.

This after freshman forward Evan Smith was quoted in the L.A. Times this morning as saying: "I just want to win this [expletive] game because they left us, they left the program."

As for the recruits' actual play, Williams had a game-high 15 points for the Wildcats, making his first 11 free throws before missing his final attempt in the last two minutes. Hill played 36 minutes but scored just three points. Jones played just three minutes in the second half and scored two points.

Smith is USC's only freshman. He hasn't played since recording one minute of time against Idaho State on December 11 but was more than lively on the bench, standing up in the final minute and hugging a USC assistant shortly after time expired.

So while the Trojans could certainly use the lost trio, it's safe to say they're better off without them than we thought they'd be.