Rakocevic reconfirmed his recent commitment to USC during a ceremony at his school on Tuesday, signing his paperwork to become a Trojan:
But USC’s compliance and communications departments did not approve and allow the release of Rakocevic’s confirmation until Friday. He committed to the Trojans last Monday just hours after returning from his official visit to USC a little more than a week ago.
“Nick’s size, versatility and work ethic will be extremely valuable to our roster moving forward,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said in a statement. “Nick and his team had an outstanding 2015-16 season and he was impressive with double-doubles in every game. We look forward to adding Nick to our team this summer where he will join his teammates in skill development and strength and conditioning programs.”
The 6-foot-11, 215-pound big man is exactly the type of rangy, shotmaking forward the Trojans continue to add. Rakocevic is a capable pick-and-pop player that could also develop into a stretch four in a four-out, one-in offense like USC likes to run. He still needs to put on some muscle to build out his frame to be able to battle for defensive boards in the lane, but the Serbian descendent has the ball-handling skills to drive from the wings and willingness to pass the ball.
Rakocevic should have the benefit of not being forced to contribute immediately, but the Trojans may have to use him immediately if Nikola Jovanovic doesn’t withdraw his name from the NBA Draft. Barring Jovanovic’s departure, Rakocevic should be able to add quality depth to the post positions this season and hopefully, begin to make a bigger impact as a sophomore.
Here are some Nick Rakocevic highlights from his senior season: