On at least one note, he's probably right: USC will take a trip to Hawaii in November to play in the 2012 Maui Invitational.
O'Neill is hoping that guard Jio Fontan, 7-footer Dewayne Dedmon and forwards Aaron Fuller, Evan Smith and Curtis Washington will return from injuries next season to compete against a tournament field that includes North Carolina, Butler, Illinois, Texas, Marquette, Mississippi State and Chaminade.
The Trojans finished fifth in the 1999 tournament.
Meantime, USC has eight regular-season games and at least one Pac-12 tournament game remaining.
The Trojans fell to 6-17 overall and 1-9 in conference play Thursday night after losing at Washington State, 60-53.
With only one player taller than 6 feet 7, USC bombed away from the perimeter, making nine of 25 three-point attempts. Reserve guard Greg Allen made five of 11 three-pointers and finished with 17 points.
O'Neill said the long-distance approach, necessitated by the Trojans' depleted roster, would continue.
Now USC plays a Washington team that is 15-7 and 8-2 in conference play following Thursday's 71-69 victory over UCLA. The Huskies are alone atop the Pac-12 standings.
USC won at Washington in each of the previous two seasons.