CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team has added South Alabama transfer Viktor Juricek (Prievidza, Slovakia) to its 2014-15 roster. The 6-foot-11 Juricek, who will have to sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when he arrives at the Island University.
"Viktor is a high-character, high-effort player who will make a big impact for the team," head coach Willis Wilson said. "He obviously brings an inside presence, but he also is a versatile player who is a good shooter from the outside and uses his length to his advantage on defense. Even though he won't be able to play in 2014-15, he will have a big impact for our scout team and in the practice gym, and as we saw last year, that can be a major factor for our team's success."
Juricek played in just three games in 2013-14 for the Jaguars under first-year head coach Matthew Graves. He played 23 games as a freshman during the 2012-13 season, with his best effort coming against the Islanders, as he scored 10 points and nabbed five rebounds in helping the Jaguars to a 74-69 victory.
A product of the Canarias Basketball Academy, Juricek was recruited to South Alabama by former Islanders head coach Ronnie Arrow. At Canarias, he was a teammate of current Islander Dale Francis, as the duo helped CBA to a runner-up finish at the Rinus de Jong Invitational in 2011-12 and first place at the event in 2010-11. He also played for the Slovakian National Team, and was the leading scorer for the Under-20 squad in 2011-12.
Juricek is the third addition to the Islanders Basketball program this spring, joining junior college transfer Chris Tawiah (Milton Keynes, England/Frank Phillips College) and incoming freshman Ihab Amin (Alexandria, Egypt/St. John's Northwestern Military Academy) as the program's latest signees. The Islanders also added Joe Kilgore (Houston, Texas/Spring Dekaney) during the early signing period in November.
A&M-Corpus Christi was the third-most improved team in the nation in 2013-14, posting 18 wins, a 12-win improvement from the 2012-13 campaign. The Islanders went 14-4 in conference play, finishing second behind only undefeated Stephen F. Austin in the Southland standings. Wilson was also honored with the Ben Jobe Award as the top minority coach in Division I.
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