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Andy Enfield: J.T. Terrell harnessing talent

Andy Enfield: J.T. Terrell harnessing talent
"J.T. Terrell is a big part of our team," USC Coach Andy Enfield says. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

New USC Coach Andy Enfield participated in his first Pac-12 conference call Monday and most of the questions that came to him were about senior guard J.T. Terrell, who is back with the team after missing almost a month because of an academic suspension.

"J.T. Terrell is a big part of our team," Enfield said. "It hurt us him being out, but he's done very well since he's been back. He's been a spark off the bench, he defends multiple positions, he's important to our future success in the Pac-12.

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"We give players a lot of freedom in our system, but we don't want [to take] contested jump shots. If you're open, shoot it; if not, drive to the basket or pass it. Sunday against Howard [University] he made some good decisions, but a couple of times we took him out when he dribbled in place and then took a bad shot."

Enfield also said the strength of his team so far is that it's playing better defense and rebounding well, and that the biggest weakness is perimeter shooting.

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