Vucica (Split, Croatia) is a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama and will pursue a graduate degree at Miami while finishing out his final season of eligibility with the RedHawks.
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"Jere brings size and versatility. ... He ... can shoot the basketball, evidenced by his 33 triples last season." -- Miami head coach John Cooper
In three seasons at UNA, Vucica played in 90 games and made 43 starts. Last season, Vucica made 27 starts, playing an average of 30.4 minutes per game. He averaged 12.0 ppg and 6.8 rpg while amassing 20 blocked shots on the season. Vucica also knocked down 33 triples to rank fourth on the team. As a sophomore, Vucica averaged 7.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg as he helped the Lions to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In his first season with the Lions, Vucica played in 28 games and shot 41.8 percent from the floor while averaging 3.1 ppg and 3.0 rpg.
Prior to UNA, Vucica spent one year at Santa Fe Community College where he redshirted the 2011-12 season before transferring to North Alabama. While in Croatia, he played on the Croatian U20 National Team, which won the European Division B Championship.
“Jere plays with very high energy,” added Cooper. “We are really excited about his addition and getting him here on campus to work with him. Although we’ll only have Jere for one year, I think he’ll bring a lot of good things to the program.”