Husker Update: Basketball Recruiting, New Rifle Coach


Nebraska Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg adds one of college basketball’s top 3-point shooters with the announcement Monday that Matej Kavas (pronounced MAH-tey KAH-vahs) will join the Husker program for the 2019-20 season.

Kavas, a 6-foot-8 guard from Slovenia, has played at Seattle University for the past three seasons, totaling 980 points and 358 rebounds in his career. Kavas provides the Huskers with another 3-point threat, as he as totaled 177 career 3-pointers in his collegiate career and is a career 44.7 percent shooter from long range. He is sixth among active Division I players in 3-point point percentage, and will have one year of eligibility at Nebraska.

A preseason first-team All-WAC selection in 2018-19, Kavas was limited to 24 games because a significant shin injury suffered in early January. He finished the season averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.  At the time of his injury, he was averaging 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and had reached double-figures in 13 of his first 16 contests. He totaled three 20-point games in 2018-19, including a 26-point outburst vs. Omaha and a 22-point, 13-rebound effort against Longwood. He missed nearly six weeks of action with the injury, as Seattle went 1-7 in that stretch. Kavas saw limited action the rest of the season until Seattle’s Tournament game against Presbyterian when he had 11 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes.

Rifle Sports

Nebraska rifle coach Rachel Martin announced the addition of five-time All-American and 2020 Olympic hopeful Mindy Miles as an assistant coach to the Husker staff on Monday, April 29.

Miles was a three-time first-team NRA All-American in the air rifle for the Horned Frogs from 2016 through 2018. She was also a two-time NRA All-American in smallbore during her career (2017, 2018). She finished fifth in the air rile and added a third-place NCAA finish in the smallbore to help TCU to a third-place team finish at the NCAA Championships.

Her 597.4 air rifle average as a senior ranked No. 2 in the nation, while her 583.7 smallbore average ranked No. 7 nationally in 2017-18.