Northeastern's Vasa Pusica is no stranger to the state of Kansas

SALT LAKE CITY (WIBW) -- Northeastern is in Boston, but the team's leading scorer has a Kansas Connection.

Vasa Pusica spent the last year of his high school career at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas. His family moved there from Serbia.

"Coming over from Serbia, it was my dream to be in the NCAA Tournament," Pusica said.

He said his first year in the United States taught him how hard he had to push himself.

"Every day competing (and) just (seeing) how people work over here in the United States," Pusica said. "It was a tough year and it helped me become who I am right now."

Kansas head coach Bill Self said Pusica is one of the better unknown talents in America.

"He is a fabulous player," Self said. "He plays with pace, he's a point guard with size, he's got great vision and his stroke is pure.

"We had a kid last year in Svi that I see a lot of similarities in the way they carry themselves on the court."

Pusica transferred to Northeastern from the University of San Diego where he led the Huskies in scoring for a second-straight year, averaging 18 points per game while shooting 40 percent from three.

Now, the guard will try to carry his underdog Huskies past one of the most storied programs in college hoops.

"Kansas is a big name," Pusica said. "One of the greatest coaches in college basketball and every year (they) have talented guys, so we know we are facing a talented team."

KU plays Northeastern on Thursday at 3 p.m. CT.