BREAKDOWN: Nikola Jovanovic (NEE-cola Yo-VON-oh-vich) is a 6-11, 235-pound skilled junior forward from Serbia who can score from the outside and in the paint. Has drawn comparisons to former Trojan and NBA star Nikola Vucevic, as he has posted comparable numbers through his first two seasons. Played for the Serbian National Team at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea this past summer.
2014-15: Jovanovic showed improvement in almost every area as a sophomore, leading the team with an average of 7.0 rebounds per game and finishing second in scoring with a 12.3 average. He started 31 of USC's 32 games and played in each contest. He led USC or tied for the lead in rebounding in 17 games and led or tied for the team high in scoring in eight games. He ranked sixth in rebounding and eighth in field goal percentage (.515) among Pac-12 players. Was one of eight players to rank in the top 21 in scoring and rebounding, and just one of two in that group to be in the top 10 in field goal percentage among Pac-12 players. He had five double-doubles, to give him six in his career. Scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had a career-high four blocks vs. CS Fullerton on Nov. 25. Followed that up with 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds at New Mexico on Nov. 30. He also had double-doubles on Dec. 13 vs. Army (14 points/13 rebounds), Dec. 30 vs. Vermont (12 points/10 rebounds) and Jan. 22 at Oregon (10 points/10 rebounds). Scored in double figures in 22 of 32 games, including 15 consecutive games from Nov. 25-Jan. 29. In the game on Jan. 29 vs. Colorado, he scored a career-high 30 points in USC's triple-overtime 98-94 loss. Earned the Bob Boyd Award as the team's top rebounder, given out at the USC Men's Basketball Awards Banquet following the season.
2013-14: Jovanovic had an outstanding freshman campaign, averaging 8.0 points and 4.4 rebounds while making 24 starts and appearing in all 32 games. He made 76.1 percent of his free throws which was eighth-best all-time by a Trojan freshman and hit 51.6 percent of his field goals which were 10th best by a USC freshman all-time. Jovanovic ranked eighth in scoring, fourth in rebounding and tops in field goal percentage among all Pac-12 freshmen. Scored in double figures 11 times. Reached double figures in his second collegiate game with 11 points in 16 minutes vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 12. Started his first game on Nov. 15 vs. Northern Arizona and scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds. Scored 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting including 2-for-2 from three-point range vs. West Alabama on Nov. 21. Had 12 points and eight rebounds in the win vs. Xavier on Nov. 30 at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. CSUB on Dec. 15. Scored a season-high 23 points on 8 of 10 shooting vs. California on Jan. 22. He then scored 14 points in the rematch with the Bears on Feb. 23. Tallied 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the regular season finale at Washington on March 8. Was bestowed the Harold Jones Award at the team banquet following the season as the team's Most Improved Player. Was selected to play on the Pac-12 All-Star team which traveled to China in late August and led the team in scoring with 33 points in the three games and his 11 rebounds was one shy of tying for the team lead. He also had four steal and three assists and made 70.6 percent of his shots (12-for-17).
HIGH SCHOOL: Jovanovic played for Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Fla. as a senior. He averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds while leading the Apaches to a 30-4 record and a No. 2 ranking in the state of Florida. Was ranked at the No. 20 prospect in the state of Florida by Florida Hoops.
PERSONAL: Nikola was born on Jan. 6, 1994 in Belgrade, Serbia...Played in 2012 for the Serbian KK Partizan Junior Team in international competition and averaged 10.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. His team won the Serbian championship in 2011 and 2012. His parents are Ljubisa and Dragana and he has one sister, Tamara, who played on Red Star and is a student-athlete at LMU. His father played professionally 15 seasons in Europe. Nikola is looking to major in Business and minor in French. He is fluent in Serbian, French and English.