RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Former Felician University men's basketball player Jeyvi Miavivululu was on the roster of national team of Switzerland during the First Round of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Eurobasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers. Play in the Pre-Qualifiers First Round for nine countries began in November 2017 and ended last Sunday.
According to the recruiting newsletter NJ Hoops, Miavivululu was one of just three players to attend New Jersey high schools to participate in the event. Miavivululu is a 2010 graduate of the now-closed Paterson Catholic.
Teams were split into three groups of three countries. Switzerland did not advance to the Pre-Qualifiers Second Round after posting a 2-2 record in its group. Macedonia was 3-1 and moved on. The Swiss were done in by a 88-83 loss to Slovakia in Bratislava on Sunday.
Miavivululu, 28, did not appear in a game in the tournament.
Miavivululu was born in Belgium and spent much of his childhood living in Lausanne, Switzerland. He played football and basketball at Paterson Catholic and attended a postgraduate year at Avon (Conn.) Old Farms before matriculating at Felician.
In a three-year career for the Golden Falcons from 2013-16, Miavivululu amassed 1,037 points, 559 rebounds and 68 blocked shots. He signed a professional contract with Swiss club Union Neuchatel in April 2016, and currently plays for BC Winterthur.
FIBA Eurobasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers Second Round begin in September, consisting of the four teams that advanced from the First Round joining the eight bottom-placed teams from each of the FIBA World Cup European Qualifiers.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,400 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician Univeristy also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.