Second on team in scoring last year (12.1 ppg) ... More comfortable and more confident at this stage ... Coaches expect him to be a more consistent shooter and to improve his individual defense ... Plays with great speed and quickness ... Wing-span is 76 inches ... First HCC basketball player to sign with an SEC school since Demitrius Alexander (Alabama, 1996) ... Older brother Dainmon played basketball at Southeast Missouri State and younger brother Ricardo Smith plays running back at North Texas University.
"Josh had an excellent first year here at Carolina. The thing that surprised me most about him was that he played basically unafraid, and I like that. He shot the ball incredibly well in streaks last year, but this year he has to work on shooting the ball consistently, improve his ability to handle the basketball in traffic and his assist to turnover ratio. I don't know that he'll ever be a creative passer, but he should be a very effective passer. He must work to be more committed defensively."
- USC Head Coach Dave Odom
Averaged 11.8 ppg/2.3 rpg/2.1 apg/1.4 spg ... Finished second on the team in ppg, averaging 11.8 ... Tied for 2nd with 44 steals, third with 68 assists, third in free throw percentage (.725) ... Was 1-8, scoring 5 PT, in NCAA first round loss to Memphis; added 1 AST in 23 MIN ... Scored in double figures in all three SEC Tournament games, averaging 16 PPG ... Tallied 20 or more points in 4 SEC games ... Three or more steals - including career-high 5 twice - in six games ... Scored 22 PT with 3 REB, 2 AST and 4 STL in 30 MIN of the UGA win - including 3 slam dunks ... Scored 9 PT with career-high 5 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL in 31 MIN in win vs. Vandy ... Had scored in double figures every SEC game prior to the Vandy game ... Scored 12 PT in 34 MIN with 1 STL in MSU OT loss ... Scored 10 PT with 3 REB in 30 MIN in loss at UK ... Played 34 MIN, putting up 22 PT with 2 AST and 1 STL in OT win over Bama. Was 9-10 from FT line; second straight game with career high 5 STL ... Scored team-high 20 PT in loss at Ole Miss ... Led the team with 17 PT, 3 REB, 2 AST and 5 STL in 35 MIN; had an important steal with 39 seconds left that led to a basket in the win over Vandy ... Scored 10 PTS, 2 AST, 2 STL in 34 MIN in win over LSU - his 10th game in double figures this year and fifth straight after scoring 0 PT vs. ASU ... Scored a career-high 24 PTS vs. UT; career bests also in BLK, FG MADE and FG ... Played an amazing 35 MIN after being sick with the flu two straight days prior to Auburn game; scored 10 PTS with 3 REB, 2 AST and 1 STL ... Played 29 MIN, scoring 13 PTS with 2 REB, 2 AST and 1 STL in win at UGA ... Bounced back to score team-high 18 PTS vs. UF, adding 3 REB, 2 AST and a STL vs. UF ... Scored a career-high 19 PTS with 4 REB and 1 STL - leading all scorers - in win over NCSU ... Suspended for CSU game; violation of team rules ... Playing 31 MIN, scored 13 PTS with 5 AST, 1 STL and 1 REB in win over Clemson ... Scored 9 PTS with 1 AST and 1 STL in 18 MIN vs. The Citadel; also pulled down 4 REB ... Did not dress for the Campbell win due to neck strain he suffered against Richmond ... With 3 MIN on the clock against Richmond, went down on the floor; after examination on the court, was taken off on a back board and transferred to a local hospital where he was later released ... Scored in double figures in the win over SMS, collecting 13 PTS with 6 AST, 2 STL and 3 REB.
Team captain his sophomore year ... Averaged 18.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and shot 82% from the line last season ... Led team to 24-8 record and the semi-finals of the Region 6 Playoffs, losing to eventual champion Coffeyville (73-66) ... Finished fifth in the conference in scoring, second in three point shots made (2.6 pg), third in free throw shooting and steals (2.6 spg) ... Named to the Jayhawk All-Conference first team his sophomore year in addition to being named all-region and named to the all-tournament team ... Led the west in scoring, steals and three pointers made ... Averaged 11.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game his freshman year ... Played for Coach Chad Wintz ... Team was 24-9 ... Chose USC over Illinois, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Southeast Missouri State and East Carolina.
Graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth in 2001 ... Averaged 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game his senior year when he was named First Team All-Region and All-Conference ... Team captain his senior year ... His junior year he averaged 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game ... Played for Coach Mike Hatch ... Lettered in football his senior year.
Name: Josh Gonner
Born: 10/11/82, Ft. Worth, Texas
I wear my number in college because: They gave me 31 when I was in JUCO -- my brother had 32
What is your long-term career goal off the court: To teach
Favorite Event/Sport in the Olympics: Basketball
The best basketball player I've ever faced on the court: Julius Perkins
The best advice I have ever been given: Keep your head up
Growing up, I had these posters on my wall: Jordan/Mighty Ducks
If I had to cook all my own food, I would live on: Microwavable pizza
What impressed you most about Dave Odom: His spark
If I could change one thing about college basketball, I would: Play half court and make it, take it
People would be surprised to know this about me: I am from Puerto Rico
Favorite soda and favorite food: Kool-Aid and Chicken
I would like to have witnessed this sporting event: 1986 NBA Dunk Contest
Prized possession: Mighty Duck movies
My parents were right when they told me: People would talk about me if I sagged my pants
Team I'd like to add to our schedule: SEMO
If USC could play in any arena, I would like to see them play in: Texas Stadium