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UCLA basketball: Dragovic decision still pending

November 21, 2009 |  3:37 pm

Dragovic_300 UCLA Coach Ben Howland will not make any announcement today regarding suspended forward Nikola Dragovic, a team spokesman said.

Dragovic faces a felony assault charge in relation to an altercation at a Hollywood concert last month. He surrendered to police on Friday and was later released on bail.

Despite the fact that Dragovic told the team about the altercation soon after it occurred -- and Howland accompanied him to meet with police on Friday -- the coach said he knew few details about what happened.

The Bruins' only returning starter, Dragovic was suspended for Friday night's game against Cal State Bakersfield. Howland said he would decide on any further suspension after meeting with the player and with university administrators.

Dragovic had a brush with the law early last season, arrested after an incident with his former girlfriend. The city attorney decided not to file charges but left open the possibility of revisiting the case within a year.

"That will be taken into account," Howland said after the Bakersfield game. "This is a second incident."

The coach is scheduled to speak with reporters on Sunday afternoon. UCLA plays against Pepperdine at Pauley Pavilion on Monday night.

-- David Wharton

Photo: UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic forces Humboldt State's Kevin Atkins to pass on a drive down the lane. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press