LAS CRUCES, N.M. (April 26)-New Mexico State men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has signed Kevin Aronis and Matej Buovac to National Letters of Intent. The duo joins the Aggies for the 2012-13 season.
Aronis (pronounced Ah-ROW-niss) is a 6-3 shooting guard from Sebastopol, Calif., and Buovac (Mah-tay BOO-ah-vec) is a 6-7 small forward from Zagreb, Croatia.
"Obviously, we had a weakness in the area of shooting the ball last year, so we tried to identify some guys that could help us in that area, along with doing some other things," Menzies said. "Both of them are high character kids with good academic foundations and are great people. We are really excited to be able to add both Kevin and Matej to the Aggie family."
Aronis joins the Aggies after spending two years at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was a first team All-Big 8 selection after he averaged 12.3 points per game and posted a 40.1 3-point field goal percentage (99-of-247).
Aronis led the Bear Cubs to a 26-6 overall record and 14-1 conference record in 2011-12. He guided Santa Rosa to the California State Tournament Quarterfinals but fell to Yuba, 73-70. As a freshman, Aronis helped the Cubs to a 21-9 record and the third round of the state playoffs. At Santa Rosa, Aronis played for head coach Craig McMillan, a former Lute Olson player at Arizona, after graduating from Analy High School.
Buovac spent the 2011-12 season at La Lumiere in La Porte, Ind., after he arrived in the U.S. in August 2011. He helped the Lakers to a 27-3 record and shot 44.6 percent from the 3-point line. La Lumiere, who was ranked as high as No. 5, played in the ESPNHS National High School Invitational in March but fell to No. 9 Montverde Academy in the first round. Earlier in the season, the Lakers upset No. 1 Findlay Prep, 67-66, for its lone loss of the season. Buovac was the sixth senior from La Lumiere to sign an NLI this season.
In International competition, he was a team captain for the under-18 team in the European Championships in Poland and averaged nearly seven points a game. Buovac also played for the under-16 team in the European Championships in Lithuania. In 2010, he played in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and the squad captured silver in 3-on-3 action.
In 2011-12, the Aggies posted a 26-10 overall recorded and earned their 19th NCAA Tournament berth after winning the 2012 WAC Tournament.