Czech forward Matej Svoboda signs with UD


DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that Matej Svoboda (Muh-TAY Svuh-BO-dah) has signed a national letter of intent to join the Flyers.

“I’m excited to add Matej to our program,” Grant said. “His skill set and experience against high-level competition make him unique among most college freshmen. Someone who has his size and shooting ability will fit into our style of play very quickly. He’s is excited to be a part of the Flyer basketball family and we’re very happy to have him.”

A 6-foot-7, 205 lb. forward from Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Svoboda was the second-leading scorer in last year’s FIBA U-20 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Svoboda averaged 19.0 points a game in the seven-game tournament. The leading scorer was Lauri Markkanen, a 7-0 forward who starred for Arizona last year and is now headed to the NBA.

Svoboda was the tournament’s top three-point shooter, making 21 of 42 from behind the arc. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists at the 2016 championships.

He is currently an amateur playing on the CEZ Basketball Nymburk club in the NBL, the top professional Czech basketball league.

Dayton was 24-8 overall, and Atlantic 10 Conference regular season champions with a 15-3 league record. The Flyers reached the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive year and set a UD Arena attendance record, averaging 13,108 fans per game.

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