UCLA To Get the Other Serbian

UCLA had a signed National Letter of Intent from one post player from Serbia and Montenegro, but it now looks like the Bruins will bring in another player from the same country, one who is considered more of a wing and a bigger talent, Nikola Dragovic...

Nikola Dragovic, the 6-7 forward from Serbia and Montenegro, has qualified academically and will sign a scholarship agreement with UCLA, according to sources. He will be eligible to enroll at UCLA this fall.

Marko Spica, the 6-9 post, also from Serbia and Montenegro, who signed a National Letter of Intent with UCLA back in November, will not enroll this fall. According to sources, he wasn't admitted to UCLA academically. There are some indications that Spica will follow former UCLA assistant coach Ernie Zeigler to Central Michigan. Zeigler was the primary recruiter of Spica, and recently took over the head coaching job at CMU.

While Spica was considered a post player, Dragovic is thought to be more of a wing. Reports from European scouts indicate that he's an excellent shooter and scorer, while still a bit thin physically. Playing for Mega Ishrana in Serbia and Montenegro last season, Dragovic averaged 16.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. He has participated in the Under-20 European Championships and averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in 23 minutes per game.

Dragovic had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes as Serbia and Montenegro defeated Italy, 89-83 in double overtime, to advance to the finals of the Under-20 European Basketball Championship. They will play home team Turkey in the championship game on Sunday.

There are some Internet sites that actually project Dragovic as a first-round level talent.

Editor's Note: UCLA currently has a defensive end on the football team of the same name, Nikola Dragovic.


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