Nikola Dragović
Nikola Dragović

Player Profile

Belgrade, Serbia

High School:
Second Secondary
School of Economics

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 225




Nikola Dragovic played in 34 of the 35 games, starting the last 21 at forward ... missed the season-opener vs. Prairie View A&M (Nov. 12) due to a team suspension ... won the Bruin Bench Award, presented for the most improvement in all-around play and mental attitude (from the previous year), at the team's postseason banquet ... made at least one three-pointer in 18 consecutive games (longest streak of his career), but it was snapped in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal win over Washington State (Mar. 12) ... after being elevated to the starting lineup, Dragovic shot 43.8 percent (49-for-112) from three-point range, which was better than what he was shooting when coming off the bench (.244, 11-for-45) ... additionally, he averaged 5.8 points per game when coming off the bench and averaged 11.6 points per game as a starter (244 points in 21 games) ... in Pac-10 play, he ranked 6th in league games in three-pointers made (2.4 per game), 8th in three-point field goal percentage (.440, 44-for-100), 10th in defensive rebounds per game (3.7 drpg) and 17th in rebounding (4.4 rpg) ... he ranked 18th in the Pac-10 in all games played in rebounds (4.3 rpg) and 10th in three-point field goals made per game (1.8) ... registered a career-high 23 points with a career-best four steals in a home loss to Washington State (Feb. 21) ... also shot 8-for-12 from the field, 5-for-8 from three-point range and added three rebounds, two assists and a block against the Cougars ... scored a then-career-high 20 points (6-for-10 from three-point territory) in the win at Washington State (Jan. 22), sinking a career-best six three-pointers (all in the first half) ... helped the Bruins to a 64-60 win at USC (Jan. 11) in his first career start with 14 points and four rebounds ... also had 15 points and three assists in his second start in a blowout win over Arizona (Jan. 15) ... registered 15 points and eight rebounds to go along with two assists and one steal in the home win over Washington (Feb. 19) ... had 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the win at California (Feb. 28) ... had 13 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal in the win over Oregon State (Mar. 5) ... had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and a career-high four blocks in the win over Oregon (Mar. 7) ... in the blowout home win over Notre Dame (Feb. 7), he scored 10 points, grabbed a then-career-high six rebounds and had a huge block of a dunk attempt by 2008 Big East Player of the Year, Luke Harangody ... had the first double-double of his career with 10 points and a career high 13 rebounds in the win over VCU (Mar. 19) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... ended the season scoring in double figures in 10 straight games, a personal-best streak.

Dragovic made 25 appearances with no starts and played 230 minutes on the season (9.2 mpg) ... he averaged 2.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 0.2 blocks and 0.1 steals per game ... he shot 33.9 percent (20-for-59) from the field and 23.8 percent (10-for-42) from three-point range ... also shot 100.0 percent (12-for-12) from the free-throw line ... scored a career-high 12 points against Youngstown State (Nov. 12) in the opening round win of the CBE Classic ... also registered eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in a season-high 23 minutes in the Bruins' NCAA Tournament first-round victory over Mississippi Valley State (Mar. 20) ... tallied seven points, three rebounds and one steal in the Bruins' win over Yale (Nov. 23) ... scored five points and hauled in a career-high five rebounds and added one steal in the win over George Washington (Nov. 28) ... came off the bench at the 3:55 mark to hit a huge three-pointer at Oregon (Jan. 24) with UCLA down 71-67 with 3:21 left in the game ... the long-range basket sparked the Bruins to an 11-2 run and ultimately an 80-75 victory.

Appeared in his first collegiate game against Michigan (Dec. 23) after missing the first 10 games of the season due to an NCAA suspension ... played in six minutes, scoring three points (1-for-3 from the field, all three-point attempts) against the Wolverines ... played in a season-high 12 minutes in the blowout win over Oregon State (Feb. 3), registering eight points, six rebounds and an assist while draining 2-of-3 from 3-point range ... shot 30.0 percent (3-for-10) from three-point beyond the arc on the season ... appeared in six of the 25 games after becoming eligible, playing in a total of 26 minutes (4.3 minutes per game).

Dragovic attended the Second Secondary School of Economics in Belgrade, Serbia ... SSSE did not sponsor any athletic teams ... while in high school, he was a member of three different Serbia-Montenegro National Teams ... as a member of the Under 20 Team, Dragovic averaged 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals per game ... the Under 20 Team captured its first gold medal at the European Championships since 1998 when it beat tournament hosts Turkey 64-58 on July 23, 2006 ... he tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds in the semifinal win over Italy ... in a quarterfinal win over Slovenia, Dragovic scored 10 of his 14 points in overtime to lead Serbia-Montenegro to an 85-78 victory ... scored 20 or more points in three of his eight European Championship games (20 vs. Latvia, 22 vs. Croatia, and 20 vs. Lithuania) ... while with the three Serbia-Montenegro national teams, he shot a combined 39.5 percent (17-of-43) from three-point range and 84.1 percent (37-of-44) from the free-throw line ... in 2005 with the Under 18 Team, Serbia-Montenegro won gold at the 2005 European Championships ... his best game was a 19-point effort in a quarterfinal win over Israel ... he won his third gold medal at the European Championships in 2003 with the Under 16 team ... his best game again came in the quarterfinals, when he had 12 points, six boards and three steals in a win over Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Full name: Nikola Dragovic ... he is right-handed ... born on Dec. 20, 1987 in Podgorica Serbia-Montenegro ... his parents are Vitomir and Svetlana Dragovic ... has one younger brother, Danilo (17) and one younger sister, Ksenija (13) ... lists Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics as his favorite professional athlete ... says he chose UCLA because, "UCLA has a great basketball program and it is a great academic school in a great location" ... majoring in international development studies.