Three quick thoughts on news that Ramon Galloway is replacing an injured Lakeem Jackson in the lineup for Saturday's game against Auburn. Jackson is expected to return next week from a sore foot:
Gained and lost: At 6 foot 5, Jackson gives USC better rebounding, inside scoring and defense. Galloway, who is three inches shorter, gives the team much better perimeter shooting and provides good defense. Still, they share the same key quality -- energy. Hopefully, missing one of these dynamos won't reduce the team's drive.
Sub shift: It will be interesting to see how the substitution rotation will change. Galloway usually subs for shooting guard Brian Richardson. But both will start, giving USC three starting guards along with point guard Bruce Ellington. If Horn wants a bigger and better rebounding lineup, reserve foward Malik Cooke will likely sub for one of the guards rather than starting forward Damontre Harris. That means Harris might get some extended minutes -- if he can stay out of foul trouble. Otherwise, look for R.J. Slawson -- the reigning Mr. Basketball in South Carolina -- to find more court time.
Starting something: I don't care what he said after learning the news, Galloway must be excited to get his first start of the season. He was penciled in as a starter before breaking his foot just as practice began. He lost the job to Richardson and has been a good about coming off the bench. Galloway usually greets teammates during player introductions. I have to imagine the sophomore from Philadelphia is looking forward to the boost of hearing his name called out at Colonial Life Arena.
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