May 14, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Igor "Iggy" Nujic, a 6-foot-8 forward who spent the last two seasons at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has signed an athletics grant-in-aid agreement to join the UC Davis men's basketball program, Aggie head coach Jim Les announced on Monday.
Nujic, who played down under at the Christian Brothers College Fremantle High School and the Australian Institute of Sport before beginning his collegiate career in the United States, will not be eligible next season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013-14.
"Iggy is a skilled player who is capable of spreading the floor with his shooting ability but can also attack the rim and post smaller defenders," Les said. "Our staff is extremely excited to be able to add a player with Iggy's talent, experience and great character.
"We are looking forward to coaching him in the coming years along with rest of his Aggie teammates."
Injury limited Nujic to just 15 games as a freshman at UTSA but he came back to play in all 32 games this past season while starting five. He was particularly effective over the final five games of the year, averaging 13.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Nujic scored in double figures in four of those matchups including tallying 20 points in UTSA's overtime win Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 22. He averaged 5.8 ppg for the year.
He was also named All-Academic second team by the Southland Conference in April.
Nujic was born in the former Yugoslavia but moved to Australia where Handle Magazine ranked him the No. 1 small forward in his age group while playing at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2009. He had a prolific senior season at Christian Brothers prior to that, averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds and was his team's MVP. Nujic averaged 19 points and eight rebounds for his prep career.
Nujic was named to the All-Academic second team by the Southland Conference.
Nujic joins an Aggie program which has added several talented players to its roster. UC Davis recently announced national letter of intent signings of 6-10 post player Spencer Clayton (Mt. Hood Community College) and 6-8 forward Clint Bozner (L.A. Trade-Tech).
UC Davis signed three incoming freshmen during the fall including guard Darius Graham from nearby Sacramento High School, forward Tyler Ott from Desert Hills High School in Utah, and guard Olivier-Paul Betu of Worcester Academy in Massachusetts.
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