Jordan Adams back after knee surgery, aiding USC’s NCAA tournament push
By Joey Kaufman
LOS ANGELES — The reunion between this player and this coach at this school seemed unlikely.
Almost a decade ago, Jordan Adams received her first recruiting information letter from USC as she began a freshman year at Mater Dei.
It included Mark Trakh’s signature.
Their paths soon diverged.
In 2012, Adams, a seasoned McDonald’s All-American, joined USC’s women’s basketball team, though it was no longer under Trakh’s direction.
Within a year of him first contacting Adams, the promising high school recruit, Trakh stepped down as the Trojans’ coach and ultimately leave for New Mexico State.
A re-encounter did not seem in the cards — until Adams’ senior season at USC was derailed.
In the first quarter of the Trojans’ final game of the Great Alaska Shootout, a day before Thanksgiving in 2016, Adams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. As she had missed most of her freshman season because of a previous knee injury, she was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, allowing her to play this season.
The player was back. Now for the coach.
When last season ended, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke resigned, triggering a lengthy coaching search that ended with Trakh’s return to USC.
“It’s funny how life works out,” Trakh said.
In her final college season, Adams has been a pivotal player for the Trojans (15-7 overall, 5-6 in Pac-12 Conference), as they vie for only their second NCAA tournament berth this decade. USC, which next faces rival UCLA (18-4, 9-2) on Monday evening at the Galen Center, is currently on the tournament bubble. ESPN analyst Charlie Creme’s most recent projection included the Trojans among the first four teams outside the field.