One of the tallest players in school history, freshman Sergej Vucetic (pronounced sir-gay vu-che-tich) will add depth to the Husker front line. After being without their top two centers during most of Big Ten play last season, the addition of Vucetic, who checks in at 7-foot-1, 236 pounds, and the return of senior Andre Almeida will be a boost for the Huskers' hopes. Vucetic originally is from Serbia and graduated from Prva Sportska Kosarkaska Gimnazija before spending the 2011-12 season at AIM Prep in Michigan, where he averaged 19.5 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Vucetic, who arrived on campus for the start of the fall semester, is a skilled big man who can play with his back to the basket or show range that extends beyond the foul line. He also possesses a good understanding of the game and has impressed the coaching staff with his competitiveness on the court. He also continues to make strides as he adds strength to a lanky frame.
Vucetic spent the 2011-12 at AIM Prep in Northville, Mich., where he averaged 19.5 points and 12 rebounds per game. He was a member of the CAPS All-Stars AAU team under Chris Sparks and played with an international all-star team at the Northwest Indiana All-Star Classic in April of 2012.
A native of Serbia, he played in the Nike International Junior Tournament in Paris in April of 2012 and has played for the FMP Belgrade program, considered one of the top youth programs in Europe.
Sergej is the son of Veselin and Marika Vucetic and was born on Dec. 15, 1992, in Vrbas, Serbia. He has one younger brother, Vasilije, and one younger sister Oksana. Sergej is the first 7-footer to play at Nebraska since NBA first-round draft pick Rich King in 1991. Vucetic selected Nebraska over a host of schools, including Providence, SMU, Illinois, Northwestern and Vanderbilt among others.