Jordan McLaughlin scored 24 points in the game
Nikola Jovanovic takes over down the stretch
Jordan McLaughlin scored 18 points to lead USC
Nikola Jovanovic had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead USC
Hot shooting early is the difference for the Nittany Lions
November 30, 2014
USC vs. Cal State Fullerton men's basketball
November 17, 2014
Men's Basketball Pac-12 Media Day
USC vs. Colorado (USATSI)
BREAKDOWN: Nikola Jovanovic (NEE-cola Yo-VON-oh-vich) is a 6-11, 230-pound skilled sophomore forward from Serbia who can score from the outside and in the paint. Drew comparisons to and posted better freshman numbers than former Trojan and NBA star Nikola Vucevic.
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 career-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. 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.