During many of the Golden Bears practice sessions, Kovacevic's main assignment is guarding Leon Powe.
Powe, a 6-8 sophomore forward and standout player on the team, was named first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference this week.
"Many times he does so without the double- and triple-teams that our opponents deploy in games," Braun said of Kovacevic's coverage of Powe. "Ivan is a great teammate and never complains. He is a tireless worker and liked and respected by all his teammates. He is a straight-A student and an outstanding example of what it means to be a student-athlete at Cal."
Kovacevic, who is undeclared but is leaning toward majoring in economics or business administration, said his experience playing college ball has left him wanting more.
"I plan on playing again next year," he said. "This experienced has definitely structured my day-to-day routine and has helped me grow and gain independence in college.
"And with it, I'm experiencing something new every day. The travel, we just had senior night and next, the Pac-10 tournament. It's been a rewarding experience."cpt.10-spplayer-1-CPhotoInfoJ91OP6D320060310ivu649kn(LA)California Golden Bear Ivan Kovacevic, a former Laguna Beach High School basketball star who is now a walk-on at Cal.cpt.10-spplayer-2-CPhotoInfoJ91OP6D520060310ivu650knCal Media Relations(LA)Ivan Kovacevic