Nikola Dragovic, the freshman forward, has been ruled ineligible to compete in the first ten regular season games, UCLA announced today.
Dragovic was ruled ineligible because the NCAA deemed a team he competed on in Serbia as professional due to the fact that some of the members received compensation. Dragovic never received compensation and played on the team for ten games, which is how the NCAA determined he’d be ineligible for the first ten games.
“Nikola and his father (Vitomir Dragovic) tried to do everything the right way to keep his amateur status,” UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. “They were unaware that anyone on the team had accepted money. This is very unfortunate, but we will comply with the NCAA’s ruling.”
Dragovic will be reinstated in time for the Bruins’ eleventh game of the season, a home contest with Michigan on December 23rd.