FAIRFIELD, CT- Sacred Heart Head Men's Basketball Coach Anthony Latina announced on Wednesday the addition of student-athletes Jordan Allen and Matej Buovac to complete the Pioneers' 2014 recruiting class.
"We are very excited to add two players of this caliber to complete our 2014 recruiting class," said Latina. "Besides being talented student-athletes, both Matej and Jordan bring a great deal of leadership and experience both on and off the court. They come from outstanding high school programs and have competed at the highest level of college basketball."
Allen joins the Pioneers from Hofstra, where he graduated in May and will be eligible to play immediately per the NCAA's graduate transfer exemption. Completing his undergraduate degree in just three years, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. A key contributor in his freshman season, he started in 25 of the Pride's 32 games averaging five points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Last season as a sophomore, he started in all 30 of his appearances en route to averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 28 minutes per game. He also led the team in steals and was second on the team in assists. He had a career high 18 points against Delaware on January 8 and a career-high 11 rebounds against Richmond on November 19. Before attending Hofstra, Allen helped lead Long Island Lutheran High School to the New York State Federation Class A Championship in his senior season.
Buovac joins the Pioneers after spending the last two seasons at New Mexico State University. As per the NCAA transfer rules, he will sit out this season before having two years of eligibility remaining at Sacred Heart. As part of a New Mexico State team that has made consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, Buovac appeared in 26 games off the bench last season. In addition to his NCAA experience, he also has an extensive international background. He most recently played on the U20 Croatian National team at the 2013 European Division A Championships where he averaged 9.2 points and 3.6 rebounds over the nine game tournament. Prior to that, he captained the U18 team at the 2011 European Championships in Poland.
Allen and Buovac join freshmen Cane Broome (West Hartford, CT), Vince Fritz (Overland Park, KS), Chris Robinson (Bronx, NY), and Filip Nowicki (Wloclanek, Poland) to round out Latina's first career recruiting class as a head coach.
"Along with the rest of our recruiting class, we believe Jordan and Matej will bring a winning culture to our program," Latina said.