Bill Hewitt was a standout at USC in the late 1960s. An All-America and All-Pacific 10 selection, he led the Trojans in scoring twice and also was the team’s most valuable player two times. His single-season scoring average of 19.5 is 12th best in team history, and he scored 30 points or more in 39 games.
He was selected by the Lakers 11th overall in the 1968 draft and wound up making first-team all-rookie, averaging 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 19.4 minutes a game that season. His numbers improved to 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 27.5 minutes a game during a postseason run that ended with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.
After 20 games the following season, Hewitt’s scoring average had dropped to 4.2 (although his rebounds improved to 7.1) and he was traded with a third-round draft pick to the Detroit Pistons for Happy Hairston. He averaged 5.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in his six-year NBA career.
Feb. 12, 2011