Jovanovic To Travel To China With Pac-12 All-Star Team
May 23, 2014
USC rising sophomore Nikola Jovanovic has been selected to play for the Pac-12 All-Star Team which will play four games in China between Aug. 13-18 as part of the conference's Globalization Initiative, the Pac-12 Conference announced today (May 23). The 10-day tour will commence on Aug. 10.
The forward from Serbia Jovanovic averaged 8.0 points and 4.4 rebounds and started 24 of USC's 32 games during the 2013-14 season, while appearing in every contest. Jovanovic scored in double figures 11 times with a season high of 23 points vs. California on Jan. 22. He had a season-best 10 rebounds and scored 14 points vs. CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 15 for his first career double-double.
Jovanovic led all Pac-12 freshmen during the regular season in shooting percentage and was in the top 10 in rebounds and scoring. His .761 free throw percentage ranks eighth and his .516 field goal percentage ranks 10th among Trojan freshmen all-time. He was given the Harold Jones Memorial Award at the USC team banquet as the most improved player.
"I'm really excited to be selected to the Pac-12 team for this trip to China," said Jovanovic. "I am really honored to represent USC and the Pac-12 in the tournament and I will give my best to help the team win every game."
The coach of the Pac-12 All-Star team is Larry Krystkowiak of Utah and Jovanovic will be joined on the team by Andrew Andrews (Washington), Bo Barnes (Arizona), Malcolm Duvivier (Oregon State), Jacob Hazzard (Arizona), DaVonte' Lacy (Washington State), Jordan Loveridge (Utah), Cheikh N'diaye (Oregon State), Schuyler Rimmer (Stanford), Xavier Johnson (Colorado), Roger Moute a Bidias (California), Brandon Taylor (Utah) and Jeremy Olsen (Utah).
In addition to the competition in China, the team will participate in various youth clinics, as well as take in the culture and history of China with visits to various landmarks and historical sites in the cities of Shanghai, Nantong and Shenzhen.
The aim of the initiative is to help support Pac-12 member universities' international outreach efforts, build their brands in an important market, and provide quality educational and cultural exchange experiences for student-athletes.