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Rice Adds Grad Transfer Cavit Ege Havsa
UPDATED: April 27, 2020 -- 10:01 p.m. CT
POSTED: April 27, 2020 -- 12:21 p.m. CT
Rice men's basketball Head Coach Scott Pera announced Monday morning the signing of grad transfer Cavit Ege Havsa to a grant-in-aid for the 2020-21 school year.
Coach Pera said, "I am excited to announce the signing of graduate transfer Cavit Ege Havsa. Ege come to us from Utah Valley University. He is a very good open court player that possesses all the skills we look for in a guard. He will be able to do a variety of things for us at both ends of the floor and is a great compliment to our incoming and returning guards. Ege will also be looked to for leadership as he will be the only senior on this year's team."
Havsa, a 6'4" guard, spent the last two years at Utah Valley. After sitting out the 2018-19 season due to the NCAA's Transfer rules, he played in 24 games last season, scoring 76 points while recording 46 assists and 39 rebounds. Havsa connected on 45.2% from the field and 37.5% from three, He scored a season-high 12 points against Lamar and had season-highs of eight assists and six rebounds in the season-opener against Westminster.
Prior to Utah Valley, Havsa spent his first two collegiate years at Fordham, where he played in 49 games, making 11 starts. He averaged 3.6 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 rebounds, connecting on 45.9% from the field. As a sophomore in 2017-18, he was second on the team in assists with 93 (3.1 assists per game).
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Havsa, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, prepped at Esenyurt Okyanus High School in Turkey and played club basketball with the Pertevniyal Basketball Club where he was the team captain and MVP. He grew up playing for the Anadolu Efes grassroots program, the same program that developed former NBA star Hedo Turkoglu.
Havsa joins Noah Hutchins (Buffalo, NY), Mylyjael Poteat (Reidsville, NC) and Cameron Sheffield (Alpharetta, GA) and transfers Riley Abercrombie (Wollongong, Australia / Boise State), Travis Evee (Randolph, MA / VMI) and Jake Lieppert (Scottsdale, AZ / Pima CC) in the 2020-21 signing class.
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