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Meet the 2002-03 Screaming Eagles
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Diond're Givens #15
6'6"...205...Senior...Forward...Mt. Vernon, Indiana
MAJOR: Communications
2001-02:
Averaged 8.1 points and 4.0 rebounds in 30 contests as a junior...his 243 points has put him on track to reach 1,000 career points as a senior...had a season-high 18 points against Indianapolis and 11 rebounds against Oakland City University at the PAC.  2000-01: Played in 30 games, started 12, as a sophomore...averaged 8.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg...had a season-high 21 points against Indiana University/Purdue University Ft. Wayne and Ferris State University...posted a season-high nine rebounds at the University of Indianapolis led the Eagles in scoring on two occasions and in rebounding three times. 1999-2000: One of USI's most exciting freshman players, averaging 9.5 ppg and a team-leading 6.1 rpg...saw action in all 31 games, started 14...had a career-high 25 points against Lincoln University at the PAC and 12 rebounds at Northern Kentucky University...ranked third in the GLVC, hitting 65.2 percent from the field (131/201), and 13th in rebounding. 1998-99: Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three seasons at Mt. Vernon (Indiana) High School...averaged 21.4 ppg and 8.7 rpg as a senior...named first team All-Big Eight Conference three consecutive seasons, first team All-Sectional as a sophomore and junior, and Hoosier Basketball Magazine second team All-State as a senior. PERSONAL: Born January 24, 1980...son of James and Ardyth Givens

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
99-00 31/14 131/201 .652 0/0 .000

32/ 63

.508 189 6.1 46 16 13 294 9.5 710
00-01 30/12 113/191 .592 7/25 .280 25/ 54 .463 112 3.7 40 10 15 258 8.6 626
01-02 30/3 111/191 .581 1/ 4 .250 20/ 47 .426 121 4.0 50 10 7 243 8.1 545
Total 91/29 355/583 .609 8/29 .276 77/164 .470 422 4.6 136 36 35 795 8.7 ---

David Ragland #23
5'11"...165...Senior Guard...Evansville, Indiana
MAJOR: Business

2001-02: Became USI's starting point guard, playing in 29 games and starting 17...averaged 8.2 points and 3.6 assists...ranked fourth in the GLVC in free throw percentage...also ranked eighth in the league for assists and 12th in assist/turnover ratio...had a career-high 22 points versus Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at the PAC...posted a career-high for assists twice at the PAC, dishing out eight against  Wilberforce University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis...grabbed a career-best six rebounds on three different occasions. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Missouri Southern State College...averaged 5.7 points, 1.5 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per contest as a sophomore...had a two-year career average at MSSC of 4.2 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 64 games...had a career-high 18 points, six assists, and five rebounds against Central Missouri State University...also had a career-best four steals against Southwest Baptist University...was a member of the MSSC squad which advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 1999-2000. HIGH SCHOOL: Southern Indiana Player of the Year as a senior for Harrison High School when he led the Warriors to a 21-3 record and the sectional and regional tournament. PERSONAL: Born April 28, 1981...son of Darrell and Karen Ragland.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
01-02 29/17

73/156

.468

22/ 47

.468 69/ 84 .821 74 2.6 103 36 0 237 8.2 670

Mike Arnold # 3
6'1"...170...Junior...Guard...Indianapolis, Indiana
MAJOR: Secondary Education
2001-02: 
A surprise contributor as a sophomore...played in 26 contests, started nine, at the point guard position...averaged 2.3 points and 2.7 assists...had a career-high nine points against Saint Joseph's College and eight assists versus Olivet Nazarene University at the PAC.  2000-01: Played in nine games as a freshman, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds. 1999-2000: Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: A member of the 1999 Lawrence North High School sectional championship team and 1998-99 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference Champions...won four varsity basketball letters and one track and field letter at LNHS. PERSONAL: Born April 10, 1981...son of Valrie Garner.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
00-01 9/ 0 2/ 8 .250 0/ 3 .000 0/ 0 .000 2 0.2 0 1 0 4 0.4 18
01-02 26/ 9 19/46 .413 10/21 .476 11/19 .579 50 1.9 69 14 0 59 2.3 413
Total 35/ 9 21/54 .389 10/24 .417 11/ 19 .579 52 1.5 69 15 0 63 1.8 ---

Billy Harris #34
6'4"...200...Junior...Forward...Carbondale, Illinois
MAJOR: Public Relations and Advertising 

2001-02: Started 28 of 30 games for the Eagles as a sophomore...averaged a career-high 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds...was ranked ninth in rebounding and 25th in scoring in the GLVC...had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds against Saint Joseph's College at the PAC...averaged 16.3 points in the final six games of 2001-02...shot a team-best 64.2 percent from the field (140-218)...posted a season-high four steals against Grand Valley State University in Disney's Tip-Off Classic. 2000-01: Missed season with knee surgery. 1999-2000: Had an explosive impact on the Eagles as a freshman...saw action in 31 games and averaged 8.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg...shot 60.5 percent from the field (101/167)...had a season-high 20 points on the road against Indiana University/Purdue University Ft. Wayne and nine rebounds against Oakland City University and Central Washington University. HIGH SCHOOL: A second team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and third team All-State by Associated Press selection as a senior at Carbondale (Illinois) High School...named first team All-South Seven Conference and to the All-South team...averaged 21.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg, and 1.4 assists in 1998-99...shot 60 percent from (212/356) as a senior...honor student at CHS. PERSONAL: Born May 19, 1981...son of Deloris Easley

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
99-00 31/2 101/167 .605 1/ 5 .200 63/96 .656 120 3.9 38 16 2 266 8.6 540
00-01 Red-shirted
01-02 30/28 140/218 .642 4/12 .333 81/117 .692 197 6.6 48 39 5 365 12.2 643
Total 61/30 241/385 .626 5/17 .294 144/213 .676 317 5.2 86 55 7 631 10.3 ---

Travis Farmer #51
6'8"...240...Junior...Center...Wadesville, Indiana
MAJOR: Speech Communications
2001-02:
Contributed strong minutes off the bench as a sophomore...played in 24 contests and averaged 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds...had a career-high eight points  against Wilberforce University  and grabbed a career-best six rebounds against Abilene Christian University at the PAC.  2000-01: Saw action in 12 contests in his freshman season, scoring six points and grabbing 11 rebounds. 1999-2000: Attended USI, but did not play basketball. HIGH SCHOOL: Participated in basketball, baseball, cross country, football, and track at North Posey High School in Poseyville, Indiana...named All-County and All-PAC as senior...recognized as one of the top 40 big men in 1998. PERSONAL: Born June 9, 1981...son of Bill and Pam Farmer.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
00-01 12/ 0  3/ 9 .333 0/ 0 .000

0/ 4

.000 11 0.9 1 1 0 6 0.5 32
01-02 24/ 1 13/28 .464 0/ 0 .000 9/22 .409 33 1.4 8 1 1 35 1.5 166
Total 36/ 1 16/37 .432 0/ 0 .000 9/ 26 .346 44 1.2 9 2 1 41 1.1 ---

Cris Brunson #22
6'1"...180...Sophomore...Guard...Evansville, Indiana
MAJOR: Sociology

2001-02:  Named GLVC Freshman of the Year and honorable mention All-GLVC...was second on the team and 17th in the GLVC with 13.4 points per game...ranked first in the GLVC in free throw percentage and fourth in three-point field goal percentage...posted a season-high 26 points in the home win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville...also had a season-best five assists versus the University of Indianapolis and six rebounds at Roberts Stadium against the University of Indianapolis and Kentucky Wesleyan College...tied a USI record with a 12-12 performance on the line against Brescia University.  HIGH SCHOOL: Named first team All-Conference and first team All-Metro as a senior at Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana...named to the Hoosier Basketball Top 40 camp...averaged 25.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, and 2.4 assists in 21 contests as a senior at RHS...led RHS in scoring 17 of 21 games with a season-best of 37 points against Mater Dei High School. PERSONAL: Born October 7, 1982...son of Chuck and Carolyn Brunson.

Career Statistics

Year G/GS FGM/FGA PCT 3FGM/FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
01-02 30/20

128/274

.467

56/123

.455 91/103 .883 74 2.5 68 26 1 403 13.4 734

Newcomers

Alan Goff #21
6'4"...185...Senior...Guard/Forward...Terre Haute, Indiana
MAJOR: Communications
Transfer:
Comes to USI for his final collegiate season from Lehigh University... averaged 6.0 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 28 games for the Mountain Hawks in 2001-02...played in 57 games for Lehigh, averaging 7.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists over two seasons...prior to attending Lehigh, Goff played two seasons for Vincennes University, averaging 14 points and led the team with 4.5 assists per game...helped the Trailblazers to a 34-6 overall record and a number-five ranking nationally as a sophomore. HIGH SCHOOL: Played his prep basketball at Terre Haute North...earned first team All-State honors as a junior and senior...scored over 1,200 career points, which was the second best total in the history of the program...scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out five assists a game as a senior. PERSONAL: Born August 4, 1980...son of Jerry and Carol Goff.


Clarence Chillers #2
6'6"...215...Junior...Forward...Glendale Heights, Illinois   
MAJOR: Education
TRANSFER:
Transferred to USI from Pensacola Junior College where he was the Defensive Player of the Year and honorable mention All-Panhandle Conference after averaging 10.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.0 assists, and 50.7 percent from the field as a sophomore...averaged 6.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists as a freshman in helping PJC to a 20-9 record. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in basketball at Percy L. Julian High School in Chicago, Illinois. PERSONAL:  Born November 5, 1980...Clarence Palmer and Patricia Chillers.


Sam Beyer #31
6'9"...220...Junior...Forward/Center...Roanoke, Illlinois
MAJOR: Biology
TRANSFER:
Transfer to USI from Illinois Valley Community College where he has played the past two seasons...helped lead IVCC to a 13-17 overall record in 2002-03, ranking third on the team with 7.0 rebounds and 7.9 points per contest...shot 48.3 percent from the field (85-176) and 66.7 percent from the line (26-39) in his second season...also dished out 17 assists, blocked 12 shots, and posted 12 steals in 25 games.  HIGH SCHOOL:  Lettered in basketball at Roanoke Benson High School. PERSONAL: Born October 9, 1981...son of Aaron and Karen Beyer.


Reque Newsome #54
6'8"...253...Junior...Center/Forward...St. Petersburg, Florida
MAJOR: Undecided
TRANSFER:
Transfer to USI from Central Florida Community College where he was a two-year starter...helped CFCC to a 41-22 over the last two seasons...posted a career average of 5.5 ppg and 4.3 rpg....averaged 7.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg despite suffering a stress fracture last season...also raising his field goal percentage 8.7 points and his free throw percentage 26.5 percent as a sophomore. HIGH SCHOOL:  Graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. PERSONAL: Born October 8, 1981.


Ayton Branch #10
6'1"...185...Sophomore...Guard...Newark, N.J.
MAJOR: Undecided
TRANSFER:
Started at guard for Sage Junior College of Albany (New York) in 2000-01...averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, and 4.0 rebounds. HIGH SCHOOL: Earned letters in basketball and football at  Bayley-Ellard High School in Madison, New Jersey...named conference Player of the Year and first team All-County as a senior...also was a parochial All-State selection in his final season at BEHS...made the top 40 players in New Jersey at the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp....averaged in double digits in scoring three straight seasons (14.0 ppg as a sophomore; 18.0 ppg as a junor; and 23.0 ppg as a senior)...posted 8.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds a game as a senior. PERSONAL: Born September 13, 1980...son of Ayton Branch and Diane Gibbons.


#42
6'6"...205...Sophomore...Forward...Jeffersonville, Indiana
MAJOR: Elementary Education
2002-03:
Named honorable mention Preseason All-American by Street & Smith's College Basketball. TRANSFER: Comes to USI from  Riverside Community College, where he played last season...averaged 19.8 point, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 37 games for the Tigers...ranked third in the Orange Empire Conference in scoring, while his 33 points in a single game ranked fourth...also was named to the prestigious All-Orange Empire Conference team, leading RCC to a 28-9 overall record...joins teammate Ronald Roundtree in transferring to USI this year.  HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Jeffersonville High School in Jeffersonville, Indiana...was named first team All-State as a senior, averaging 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest...was an Indiana All-Star, a NIKE All-American, and was selected for the USA Youth Development Festival. PERSONAL: Born March 8, 1982...son of Joe and Evelyn Coutee


Jed Davis
6'1"...180...Freshman...Guard...Grayville, Illinois
MAJOR: Business
HIGH SCHOOL:
Graduated from Grayville High School...averaged 14 points and helped lead the Grayville Bisons to a 28-2 record last year...was selected to the All-Mid South Conference team the last two seasons...helpled lead Grayville to a 74-14 record over the last three seasons.  PERSONAL: Born July 19, 1983...son of Rick and Sandy Davis.


Mike Phillips #33
6'5"...212...Sophomore...Forward...Madisonville, Kentucky
MAJOR: Pre-Pharmacy
TRANSFER:
Transfers to USI from Madisonville Community College...attended MCC for two years, but did not play basketball. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in basketball at North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky. PERSONAL: Born May 2, 1982...son of Mike and Candy Phillips...father was a member of the 1978 University of Kentucky NCAA Championship team.

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