The five seniors on this year's USC men's basketball team came to campus at different times, but they are leaving together.
Devan Downey, Dominique Archie and their three senior teammates are all graduating. Downey, Archie and fellow starter Brandis Raley-Ross are scheduled to walk across the stage this morning, while Evka Baniulis and Robert Wilder did so Friday.
"That's just a tremendous feat," Wilder said. "I don't know how many teams are really doing that this year. We have all five of our guys graduating this year. That's really a compliment to (athletics director Eric) Hyman and coach (Darrin) Horn and coach (Dave) Odom."
Last season's seniors, guards Zam Fredrick and Branden Conrad, also graduated on time.
This year's five seniors all took different roads to graduation. Downey arrived four years ago as a transfer from Cincinnati, while Archie came five years ago and redshirted his first season. The other three took four years to graduate, but Wilder didn't join the team until his sophomore year.
Downey and Archie received their degrees in African-American Studies. Raley-Ross majored in sociology, Baniulis in economics and Wilder in real estate and business management.
- Seth Emerson