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Boys' basketball: Boyd might also take to the court at USC

February 18, 2009 | 12:08 pm

James Boyd, the star quarterback and defensive end from L.A. Jordan, was always capable of being a double threat at USC.

It's just that not everyone knew he was capable of being this kind of double threat.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound forward may play basketball in addition to football for the Trojans, according to Jordan basketball Coach Van Myers. Myers said USC basketball Coach Tim Floyd has visited campus to talk to Boyd in recent weeks and Trojans assistant Bob Cantu attended a Jordan victory over Garfield in which Boyd tallied 40 points, 24 rebounds and five assists.

"It's firm," Myers said of Boyd playing basketball. "Tim Floyd said he had a spot on the team. That's something [Boyd] wants to do."

Boyd is among the nation's leading rebounders, averaging 22 per game. He also averages 24 points and 4.5 assists. Boyd could give the Trojans depth at small forward -- something they have lacked in recent seasons because of departures and injuries -- without costing a scholarship.

Boyd and the 11th-seeded Bulldogs (22-4) play at sixth-seeded Crenshaw (18-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday in a City Section Division I first-round game.

-- Ben Bolch