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Jio Fontan Of USC Wins Pac-10 Player Of The Week

In his first full week as a member of the USC Trojans, junior guard Jio Fontan has won Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week. It is the first weekly conference honor this season for the Trojans, and the 32nd all-time honor for USC. Fontan has made quite an early impact on the Trojans in his three games.


Fontan, who transferred to USC from Fordham last season, became eligible to play against Kansas on December 18. USC nearly pulled a huge road upset, leading the No. 3 Jayhawks in the final minute, but ultimately lost 70-68. Fontan then had 13 points, four assists, and three steals in USC's 65-64 win in Knoxville against the No. 19 Tennessee Volunteers last Tuesday. Fontan then led USC with 21 points and four steals in the Trojans' blowout win over Lehigh at Galen Center on Thursday.


Fontan for the week averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.5 steals for the Trojans, who were 2-0 on the week. USC opens conference play Wednesday at home against the Washington Huskies at Galen Center, then hosts the Washington State Cougars on Friday evening.


For more USC hoops news, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.