Family runs deep for Lewis

There was no following of any footsteps for USC guard Dwight Lewis.

None. His father, also named Dwight, has been a musician for most of his life. And he wanted his son to do so too.

Keep in mind they lived in Metairie, La. — a suburb of New Orleans. The elder Dwight said after USC's practice Wednesday that near New Orleans, "music is everything."

But not to young Dwight.

"When he was eight or nine years old he told me he wanted to play basketball,” the elder Lewis said, laughing. “At first, I asked him why, because I wanted him to play music. He said, ‘Dad, it’s what I want to do.’ ”

So father and son learned basketball together. It was a relationship strengthened through the game.

And it reached a high point when Dwight, 18 at the time, came to USC. It worked out for everyone. Young Dwight grew as a person and a player, his parents said, and they enjoyed seeing him develop from afar.

"He likes it," said his mother, Rosa. "This is just what he likes to do."

And Rosa and Dwight aren't ready for their son's four-year ride with the Trojans — in which he has nearly tripled his scoring average since his freshman season — to come to an end.

"Me personally, I wish he had another year at USC," Lewis' father said. "I've enjoyed watching, I've enjoyed seeing the ups and downs."

With some luck, the season will end in positively. If the Trojans win their final four games, there's a solid chance USC will capture the regular-season Pac-10 title. But that will be it for Lewis' college career.

"It's going to affect him after the Arizona game, knowing that it's the end," the elder Lewis said. "There's no more games left to play — it's over."

Lewis' parents will be in attendance this weekend — both tonight against Oregon and Saturday against Oregon State.

“It’s tight,” the younger Lewis said Wednesday. “They don’t get to see me play too much so it’s cool for them to see me in person.”

Speaking of Oregon, tonight's game against the Ducks tips off at 7:30 at the Galen Center. No television, but we'll have frequent in-game updates and a postgame report.

Notes: USC's men's volleyball team lost to Cal State Northridge for the 16th consecutive time Wednesday night in four sets. ...With the Women of Troy basketball team in Eugene, Ore. to also face Oregon tonight, check out this featureon USC guard Jacki Gemelos from the Daily Trojan, USC's student newspaper. Of Saturday's impending Senior Night celebrations, Lewis said: “After the game, I’ll probably be a little emotional."