USC junior guard Jio Fontan is raking in the honors.
He's already the Trojans' best player, according to USC coach Kevin O'Neill. Now he's on the conference spotlight.
The former Fordham transfer was named the Pac-10 player of the week Monday, just nine days after making his USC debut in a hotly contested road game at No. 3 Kansas. The award covered his second and third games for the Trojans, wins over No. 18 Tennessee and Lehigh. Fontan averaged 17 points, four assists and 3.5 steals in the two games.
Fontan earned Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team honors after his freshman season at Fordham in 2008-09, but he had never before earned a player of the week award.
It's the 32nd time a USC player has earned Pac-10 honors. Former transfer point guard Mike Gerrity was the last winner, last December.
Also nominated this week were Arizona forward Jesse Perry, Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham, Washington guard Isaiah Thomas and Washington State guard Klay Thompson. Previous winners this season have been Thompson (twice), UCLA forward Reeves Nelson (twice) and Arizona forward Derrick Williams.