The UCLA Bruins basketball team is getting ready for an eventful 2023-2024 season, and with the recent confirmation of Aday Mara and Berke Buyuktuncel joining the roster, things are falling into place as planned. Although the loss of top assistant coach Ivo Simovic to the Toronto Raptors will be felt, the Bruins are determined to make the most of the new rule allowing them to add two new assistants to focus on skills and player development.
The team has wasted no time in making their new hires, announcing the additions of Nemanja Jovanovic and Brendyn Taylor to their coaching staff this morning. In addition, Nate Georgeton has been promoted from Director of Student-Athlete Development to an official assistant.
Nemanja Jovanovic brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having recently coached at DePaul and amassed around seven years of Division 1 coaching expertise. His previous involvement with summer league and overseas coaching staffs further enhances his credentials.
On the other hand, Brendyn Taylor boasts an impressive playing career on the court, having spent seasons at the University of Southern California. His more recent coaching experience includes serving as an assistant on St. John’s staff.
With the addition of these seasoned coaches, the Bruins are poised to reap the benefits of their expertise. Moreover, Nate Georgeton’s familiarity with the team’s culture, stemming from his long tenure with the program, will undoubtedly contribute to the team’s success.
The 2023-2024 season holds immense significance for the Bruins, as it marks their final season in the Pac-12 conference before their anticipated move to the Big Ten. The team is fully committed to making this season a memorable one and is pulling out all the stops to achieve their goals.