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Cal Poly Basketball Welcomes Vesela as Transfer from Michigan State

Cal Poly Basketball Welcomes Vesela as Transfer from Michigan State

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball program has added Hana Vesela as a transfer from Michigan State, set to join the Mustangs with two years of eligibility remaining at the start of the 2018-19 season.

A 6-foot-4 power forward from Pribor, Czech Republic, Vesela helped the Spartans reach the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore, averaging 2.8 points and 1.1 rebounds while shooting .458 overall (as well as .455 from 3-point range and .714 from the free-throw line) in her 8.9 minutes per 21 appearances (including two starts) in 2016-17.

"Hana is an outstanding player and will help us in numerous ways," Mustang head coach Faith Mimnaugh said. "She possesses size, agility and 3-point shooting ability."

She also scored 13 points in 101 minutes as a freshman, when MSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Combined for her two seasons in East Lansing, Vesela played in 39 games (with three total starts), averaging 7.4 minutes as the Spartans went 46-21 (22-11 in Big Ten play).

As a foreign exchange student at Brimley (Mich.) High School during her junior season of 2013-14, Vesela (pronounced Hawn-a Vess-ila) posted 15.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game, earning the Eastern Upper Peninsula League Player of the Year award.

She helped the Bays win the EUPL title at 10-0 (21-4 overall) and qualify for the second round of Michigan's Class D playoffs, and also played volleyball and competed in track & field, before completing her prep career at Gymnázium Dany a Emila Zátopkových (in Ostrava, Czech Republic) in 2015.

Vesela played for the Czech Republic U-20 program at the 2016 FIBA European Championship in Podgorica, Montenegro (averaging 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in Division B), as well as the U-18 team at the 2014 tournament in Matosinhos, Portugal.

"Our hope is to help her achieve her goal of playing for her national team in the Czech Republic," Mimnaugh added. "We are very excited to have her join our family!"

Vesela's older brother Jan played for the Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets in the NBA from 2011-14, and for Fenerbahçe in Istanbul, earned All-EuroLeague First Team honors in 2016 before winning its championship in 2017.

Vesela will major in Communications at Cal Poly.