- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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The USC coaching staff expects Nick Young to announce his intention to declare for the NBA draft at a Tuesday news conference, sources told ESPN.com.
But as of late Monday night, the Trojans were holding out hope that Young wouldn't sign with an agent. One source told ESPN.com that there was a chance Young would wait to sign with an agent to see where he stood in the draft.
A 6-foot-6 swingman, Young averaged 17.5 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Trojans this season. He caught fire in the NCAA Tournament, scoring 20 points in a first-round win over Arkansas, 22 in a second-round win over Texas and 15 in a Sweet 16 loss to North Carolina.
The Trojans may get hit again with an early entrant if Gabe Pruitt decides to declare as well by the April 29 deadline. Members of the USC coaching staff told ESPN.com that they're still unsure of Pruitts' intentions and don't know if he'll sign with an agent if he does declare.
The Trojans exceeded expectations this past season by going 25-12 and finishing 11-7 in the Pac-10. The addition of O.J. Mayo and the likelihood that Taj Gibson won't declare makes USC a favorite to win the Pac-10 next season, but much of that depends on having Young and Pruitt available for their senior season.
Pruitt was third on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game. Outgoing senior Lodrick Stewart averaged 13.8 points per game. That means there's a chance that USC could lose its top three scorers in Young, Stewart and Pruitt.
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.
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