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USC basketball’s Bennie Boatwright voted to All-Pac-12 first team for 2018-19

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USC basketball’s Bennie Boatwright was named to the All-Pac-12 first team for 2018-19 after a strong bounce back senior season.

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Bennie Boatwright’s final season with USC basketball hasn’t exactly gone as well as he might have hoped, but he will at least have an individual honor to cling to as he finishes out his time with the Trojans.

Boatwright was one of 10 players voted to the All-Pac-12 first team for the 2018-19 season on Monday.

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The honor reflects just how fully Boatwright has returned from the injuries which plagued much of his Trojan career. Returning in 2018-19 from a knee injury, he took some time to truly get back in the groove. Once he was back in the groove however, he became USC’s most consistent playmaker.

As a senior, Boatwright has averaged 18.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. That point total is good for third in the Pac-12. He moved to second on USC’s all-time three-point shooting chart and currently sits seventh on the all-time scoring list for the school.

Boatwright wasn’t the only Trojan honored on this year’s All-Pac-12 team. Nick Rakocevic was named as an honorable mention with an average of 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. His rebounding ranks third in the Pac-12, with an offensive rebounding rate that puts him second.

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Both Boatwright and Rakocevic have been the key figures for Andy Enfield’s squad this season, though their efforts have only taken the Trojans so far. USC sits eight in the Pac-12 with an 8-10 record in conference and a 15-16 record overall. They finished out the season with a four-game losing streak.

Of course, the Pac-12 Tournament will be an opportunity to quickly turn feelings about another disappointing season around. The No. 8-seed Trojans will take on No. 9-seed Arizona on Wednesday as they pursue an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Boatwright, Rakocevic and USC’s postseason hopes hinge on a run to the Pac-12 Tournament title.

Last year, Jordan McLaughlin and Chimezie Metu were named to the conference’s first team.

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