Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Basketball: Walk-on Dragovic joins squad
By Pedro Moura
Serbian native Danilo Dragovic has enrolled at USC this week and will join the Trojans in October when they begin practicing for the upcoming 2011-2012 season, the school announced Tuesday.
Dragovic, the younger brother of former UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic, is a 6-5 shooting guard who didn't play any basketball at the varsity level in high school. He spent his junior year at San Marcos in Santa Barbara and then transferred to Harvard-Westlake for his senior year but wasn't permitted to play at the highest level at either location.
Still, he's believed to be a potential rotation player for the Trojans at some point over the next few years, including as soon as this upcoming season. He could also earn a scholarship later on in his college career.
While the addition can help the Trojans in the absence of Jio Fontan, who tore his ACL last week in Brazil, Dragovic had been scheduled to come to USC well before Fontan's injury. It appears he's now slated to be the fifth guard in the rotation behind starters Alexis Moore and Maurice Jones and reserves Byron Wesley and Greg Allen.
USC has nine scholarship players available for the 2011-2012 season.