Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Nikola Dragovic Undergoes MRI on Foot

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA junior Nikola Dragovic underwent a MRI on his left foot this evening after complaining of pain.

The MRI shows what appears to be a cyst involving the left foot and ankle and the 6'9 forward will undergo further evaluation.

Dragovic averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 25 games last season. He played 9.2 minutes per game and was expected to challenge for more court time this year.

The Bruins begin practice on October 17 and play their first exhibition game on November 3 against Cal Baptist at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (10/6)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


If that's not enough for the Mustangs' defense to worry about, there's also senior tight end Reeves Nelson. A standout basketball player who has made a verbal commitment to play for UCLA, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Reeves has six receptions for 156 yards, averaging 26 yards per catch and two touchdowns. Ledger Dispatch 10/3

High school center Anthony Stover has verbally committed to Head Coach Ben Howland and the UCLA program. The lanky 6'10 210 lb senior recently transferred from Renaissance Academy in La Canada to Winward High in Los Angeles. Stover joins a burgeoning UCLA 2009 recruit class that already includes forwards Brendan Lane, Reeves Nelson, and Tyler Honeycutt. Bruin Basketball Report 10/3


Derrick Favors, ranked fourth in the Class of 2009 by Rivals, recently narrowed his list of finalists down from 10 to six. Making the cut, according to, were Georgia, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Florida State, Memphis and Kentucky. That leaves Florida, Kansas, Connecticut and UCLA to exit stage left. Fayetteville Observer 9/29

Xavier Henry, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Putnam City (Okla.) High, will make his official visit to Memphis this weekend. He will visit KU for the Oct. 17 Late Night in the Phog, then pick between the two schools, his dad, Carl, told Lawrence Journal World 9/30

Fairfax High's Renardo Sidney will make a recruiting visit to Mississippi State next week and is also planning a trip to Nevada Las Vegas, his father says. Sidney, a 6-foot-10 senior center, also has had conversations with USC and UCLA, but his father said Tuesday that neither is a front-runner. "We don't have a front-runner," he said. Sidney Sr. hinted that he appreciates extra attention. "If you're recruiting a big-time player, you should recruit him like he's a big-time player and call him every day, not just once every two weeks... That's not interest." LA Times 9/30

Michael Snaer, a 6-4 senior shooting guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., who has visited Missouri, Florida State and Marquette, tells he will visit UCLA this weekend and Kansas for the Oct. 17 Late Night in the Phog. KU Sports 10/1

Lance Stephenson, a 6-5, 195-pound senior shooting guard from Lincoln High in Brooklyn, N.Y., will visit KU this month, likely for Late Night, reports. Stephenson also wants to visit Memphis, Southern Cal and UCLA this month. Other schools on his list: Pittsburgh, Indiana, North Carolina, Seton Hall. He will not sign until April. KU Sports 10/3

Brandon Jennings said that three high school players in the class of 2009 — the California big men Renardo Sidney and Jordan Hamilton and Lance Stephenson of Brooklyn — were talented enough to play professionally in Europe. Stephenson’s father, Lance Sr., has expressed interest in making the move. “I would ask them this: What do you want to get out of it?” Jennings said. “If they’re coming over here for the money, don’t do it. If they want to learn and get better, they should think about it. If you have a bad attitude, it’s not going to be good.” NY Times 10/4

(photo credit: LA Times)