First things first–this is not a fan blog.
Galen Central is designed to provide informative, yet entertaining, analysis of the USC basketball team.
Our writers have been credentialed to cover more than 100 USC basketball games at the Galen Center. Our USC basketball insider, David Blu, led the Trojans to the Elite Eight in 2001.
Our goal is to supplement the lackadaisical coverage of USC basketball in the mainstream media.
Founder and Executive Editor
Seth Rubinroit (@SRubinroit) graduated from USC in 2013. He has covered NCAA, NBA, and Euroleague basketball, and interviewed and published articles about numerous sports icons, including Magic Johnson, Tommy Lasorda, and Paul Pierce. He covered the USC basketball beat for The Daily Trojan for two seasons. He currently writes profiles on USC basketball and football alumni for The Daily Trojan, as well as features on current players for the official USC basketball program. He vividly recalls his two attempts at the Galen Center halftime half-court shooting contest as being closer to going in then they actually were.
Jacob Freedman (@Jacob_Freedman) is a junior at USC. He covers USC sports for USC’s student-run news site, Neon Tommy. When he’s not in the press box, he’s busy grabbing the free pizzas being given out in the student section at USC home games. He is also interested in broadcast and radio journalism, interning at ABC and Southern California’s NPR affiliate this past summer.
Senior Writer and Social Media Director
Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) is a junior at USC. He is an executive producer and senior sports editor for Neon Tommy. He is currently interning with CBS Sports Network. You can also hear him on KXSC, where he co-hosts a one-hour live sports talk radio show on Sunday nights. He’s also the sports betting fanatic on of the Galen Central team.
Marshall Kelner (@MarshallKelner) graduated from USC in 2011. He covered the team for four years on the student radio station (KXSC) as a play-by-play broadcaster and radio show host. He still follows the program closely. Currently, he serves as a radio broadcaster for the Harrisburg Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Ryan MacDougall (@themacdougs) is a sophomore at USC. He has been an avid follower of USC Basketball since 2000. He’s a recruiting and analytics junkie who enjoys columnists such as Zach Lowe and Ken Pomeroy. He is also a strong follower of USC Football, the NFL and the NBA.
Historian and Women’s Basketball Insider
Darian Nourian (@dariannourian24) is a sophomore at USC. He’s been representing the cardinal and gold ever since the day he was born and is a basketball junkie. He is a beat writer for a variety of sports for the Daily Trojan and also writes columns for Neon Tommy. He is currently interning with Athlete Interactive, a digital branding company for professional athletes, and in his free time, he produces his PTI-like talk show, “You’re Killing Me Larry.”
Russell Simon (@RSimonSays_USC) is a freshman at USC. He does play-by-play and color commentary for USC basketball home games for KXSC, and also hosts a show on the station on Sunday nights. He also writes columns for Neon Tommy. The NJ native is an avid Knicks and Jets fan, and his favorite sports moment was when he stormed the field following the Trojan victory over No. 4 ranked Stanford in 2013.
Josh Faskowitz is a senior at USC. He is determined to witness the rise of the USC basketball program–a happening that he believes is in the near future. Josh is an avid reader of The Daily Trojan and Neon Tommy articles that his peers publish. He also has a keen interest in fantasy football and the Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.
David Blu (@davidblu) was a forward for Trojans when they reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament in 2001. Blu, who went by David Bluthenthal when he played for USC, finished his career with the third most three-point shots made in school history. He went on to lead Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) to the Euroleague Championship in 2004. He also played professionally in Russia, Italy, and France, as well as with the Sacramento Kings. He returned to campus to finish his degree and call USC basketball games on the radio for KXSC. He is currently playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.