USC's Rakocevic collects second Pac-12 Men's Basketball weekly honor

Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week (1/21/19) - Nick Rakocevic, Jr., F, USC

SAN FRANCISCO USC junior forward Nick Rakocevic earns his second Pac-12 Player of the Week award of the season as voted on by media who cover the league.

• Rakocevic made 9-of-12 shots from the field en route to a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double in just 28 minutes to help USC snap a four-game skid in the crosstown rivalry with UCLA, 80-67, on Saturday. The double-double was Rakocevic's league-leading eighth of the season and the 6-11 forward from Chicago matched a career-high with four assists against just one turnover.

• The Trojans led by just three, 36-33, at the break, but Rakocevic totaled 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the second period to propel USC to a 26-point lead at its peak.

• It marks the second weekly award for Rakocevic in the past three weeks - the quickest timeframe a Trojan has earned multiple weekly awards (Wayne Carlander, four weeks in 1984-85) and the first USC player to win multiple weekly awards in a season since Jordan McLaughlin in 2016-17.

• USC (10-8, 3-2) begins a challenging three-game stretch Thursday when it hosts Arizona (6 p.m. PT/FS1). The Trojans then welcome Arizona State on Saturday (5 p.m. PT/ESPN2) before starting next week's road trip at league unbeaten Washington.

ALSO NOMINATED: Brandon Williams, ARIZONA; Zylan Cheatham, ARIZONA STATE; Tres Tinkle, OREGON STATE; Josh Sharma, STANFORD; Timmy Allen, UTAH; Jaylen Nowell, WASHINGTON.

2018-19 PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 Week of Player
Nov. 12 KZ Okpala, So., Stanford
Nov. 19 Jaylen Nowell, So., Washington
Nov. 26 Luguentz Dort, Fr., Arizona State
Dec. 3 Zylan Cheatham, R-Sr., Arizona State
Dec. 10 Jaylen Nowell, So., Washington
Dec. 17 Remy Martin, So., Arizona State
Dec. 24 Rob Edwards, R-Jr., Arizona State
Dec. 31 Josh Sharma, Sr., Stanford
Jan. 7 Nick Rakocevic, Jr., USC
Jan. 14 Stephen Thompson Jr., Sr., Oregon State
Jan. 21 Nick Rakocevic, Jr., USC
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