Seattle Saint Marys Basketball

Seattle's Matej Kavas (5) shoots over Saint Mary's Calvin Hermanson during the first half of an game in December 2017 in Moraga, Calif.

The Nebraska men's basketball team has added a Slovenian sharpshooter to its roster.

Matej Kavas, a 6-foot-8 guard who spent his first three seasons at Seattle University, committed to the Huskers on Friday after officially visiting Lincoln last weekend.

The native of Slovenia gives NU an immediate threat from three-point range. He shot 46% from three last season on 96 attempts while averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

As a junior in 2017-18, he scored 15 points per game while shooting 46% from three-point range. For his career, Kavas is a 45% three-point shooter who has taken more than half his career shot attempts from beyond the arc.

He was the Western Athletic Conference freshman of the year in 2016-17, averaging about 12 points and four rebounds per game in conference play. 

Kavas has also dealt with a pair of tough injuries. He tore an ACL late in the summer of 2015 and was forced to miss what would have been his freshman season. Last year, he suffered a broken shin and appeared in 24 of Seattle's 33 games. 

He is the second immediately eligible grad transfer to join Nebraska's roster. Haanif Cheatam, a 6-5 guard from Florida Gulf Coast, committed last weekend. His addition gives the Huskers a pair of players ranked in the top 40 nationally by ESPN for immediately eligible transfers. Kavas ranks 27th while Cheatham ranks 34th.

Nebraska now has three open scholarships remaining for 2019, and potentially a fourth should Isaiah Roby decide to turn professional.

Kavas' commitment came as Nebraska prepared to host five official visitors this weekend: junior college point guard Cam Mack from Salt Lake Community College, the No. 2-rated juco player in the nation; Jace Johnson, a 7-foot, immediately eligible grad transfer from Utah who averaged about seven points and eight rebounds per game last season; Western Kentucky transfer guard Dalano Banton, a 6-8 Canadian who was a top-100 recruit out of high school; Yvan Ouedraogo, a 17-year-old, 6-8, 230-pound forward from France who played for his national team at the 2018 FIBA U16 European championships; and Kevin Cross, a 6-8, 240-pound late-blooming high school senior from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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