Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
UCLA poised to add two foreign stars to 2023-24 roster
By ADAM ZAGORIA
UCLA is poised to add two foreign stars to its roster for the upcoming season in 7-foot-3 Spanish big man Aday Mara and 6-9 forward Berke Buyuktuncel of Turkey.
The news was reported by Jon Rothstein after UCLA coach Mick Cronin said in a radio interview the team will announce two signings next week.
Mara averaged 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds last season for Basket Zaragoza.
Buyuktuncel averaged 11.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists for Turkey in the recent FIBA U19 World Cup.
The Bruins lost Jaime Jaquez Jr. , Amari Bailey and Jaylen Clark to the NBA Draft and will now reload with elite foreign talent.
UCLA is poised to join the Big Ten in 2024.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.