USC Holds Annual Men's Basketball Awards Banquet|
March 30, 2015
Seven different Trojan players were honored with awards at the 2014-15 USC Men's Basketball Awards Banquet held in the Founders Room at Galen Center on campus tonight (March 30).
Sophomore guard Julian Jacobs was named the winner of the Harold Jones Award as the most improved player. Jacobs averaged 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and a team-leading 113 assists while playing in all 32 contests, making 22 starts. Jacobs kept improving throughout the season and in Pac-12 play had even better numbers, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. The Trojan co-captain also had 75 assists in conference play which ranked sixth among all Pac-12 players.
USC's top rebounder sophomore Nikola Jovanovic earned the Bob Boyd Award as the team's leading rebounder. Jovanovic grabbed 224 rebounds for an average of 7.0 per game, while finishing second on the team with a 12.3 points per game average. Jovanovic played in all 32 games and made a team-high 31 starts. Jovanovic also shot 51.5 percent from the floor and was one of two Pac-12 players to ran in the top 21 in scoring (21st) and rebounding (6th) and the top 10 in field goal percentage (8th).
Freshman Jordan McLaughlin was named the Ryan Francis Scholarship recipient as being the best example of being a Trojan. McLaughlin had his campaign cut short due to shoulder injuries, but averaged 12.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 22 games, 21 starts. Despite missing 10 games, McLaughlin recorded 100 assists which rank ninth on USC's all-time freshman list. The Trojan floor general also led Pac-12 freshman with an average of 4.5 assists and tied for the lead with 1.5 steal per game. For his efforts, McLaughlin was named to the conference All-Freshman team.
Sophomore guard Katin Reinhardt won the Bill Sharman Award for having the best free throw percentage. Reinhardt made 81.5 percent of his free throws (53-for-65) for the season and was even better in conference play, making 86.2 percent (25-for-29). Reinhardt led USC with a 12.5 scoring average and upped it to 13.5 in Pac-12 play which ranked 16th among conference players. Reinhardt was USC's three-point marksman making 61 shots from beyond the arc, including tying the school record with nine three-pointers made in the triple overtime game vs. Colorado on Jan. 29. In Pac-12 games, Reinhardt ranked seventh in three-pointers made (39) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (40.2).
The Forrest F. Twogood Award for being USC's best defensive player was given to freshman guard Elijah Stewart. Stewart averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 32 games played and led the team with 37 blocks, while finishing third with 31 steals. His 37 blocks were the sixth most ever by a Trojan freshman and the only guard to appear in the top 10. Stewart also made 37 three-point baskets which ranks seventh on USC's all-time freshman list. Stewart really demonstrated a late-season surge, averaging 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals in USC's final eight games.
Sophomore forward Samer Dhillon was the only Trojan to win two awards, earning the Dr. James H. Zumberge Academic Award as having the team's top GPA (3.44) and also being named the Ernie Holbrook Memorial Award winner as the most inspirational player. Dhillon appeared in four games this season, for a total of six minutes of action.
Freshman guard Malik Marquetti was named the John Rudometkin Award winner for giving 110-percent effort. Marquetti played in all 32 games, making 15 starts, and averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. Marquetti ranked among the top five on the team in assists (29), steals (22), three-pointers made (15) and total rebounds (86). Marquetti averaged 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and shot 45.0 percent from three-point range (9-for-20) in USC's final five games of the season.
The following is a list of all of tonight's award winners: