Turkish guard Cavit Ege Havsa has committed to Rice basketball. The grad transfer will have one year of eligibility remaining at South Main.
Rice basketball was active on the transfer market this spring. When outgoing transfers threatened the depth of the program across the board, the Owls did not waste any time. They added players from the prep, junior college and grad transfer ranks, that included international guard Cavit Ege Havsa.
Havsa was one of the most well-traveled graduate transfers before he committed to Rice basketball. The Turkish native played internationally on the U20 Turkish National team and in several European tournaments prior to that. The grassroots program he grew up playing for, Anadolu Efes, also developed former NBA star Hedo Trukoglu. After spending most of his time connected to Turkish basketball, Havsa moved to the States.
Havsa spent his first two collegiate seasons at Fordham, where he appeared in 49 games, mostly as a reserve. He averaged 4.0 points, 3.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game, shooting 45.1 percent from the field.
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From there he transferred to Utah Valley State, sitting out the 2018-2019 season and making his debut last year. Havsa was a key bench player for the Wolverines, averaging 16 minutes per game. He was third on the team in assists and second in three point field goal percentage, shooting .375 from distance.
At 6-foot-4, Havsa has some size, but he hasn’t been a big rebounder in either of his previous stops. His impact will come from his precision passing and ability to make threes. The Owls will need both skillsets to replace most of their primary ballhandlers from last season’s team.
Havsa will have one season of eligibility at Rice, his third and final stop of his collegiate career. Both head coach Scott Pera and he hope it’s an impactful victory lap for the well-traveled senior.
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