October 12, 2006
USI ranked ninth in first preseason poll
Hall named preseason honorable mention All-American
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team was ranked ninth in Street & Smith's College Basketball Preseason Top 10 for 2006-07. The Screaming Eagles have been ranked in the preseason each year since 1993-94 and have been a preseason fifth or better 10 times in the last 13 seasons.
From the NCAA II Great Lakes Region, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, from the GLVC, and Grand Valley State University, from the GLIAC, were picked third and fifth respectively. The GLVC's Drury University, Northern Kentucky University, and Quincy University were listed as Possible Breakthrough teams.
The Screaming Eagles will tip-off the 2006-07 campaign with Midnight Madness Saturday evening at 11 p.m. and will have their first full practices Sunday at noon and 6 p.m.
Returning to lead USI is two of the best long-range shooters in the GLVC in senior forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana) and senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana). Van Winkle needs just 22 three-point field goals to break Cris Brunson's all-time record of 237, while Hall set the USI single-season record of 82 in 2006-07.
Hall, who was honorable mention All-GLVC last years, was named honorable mention preseason All-American. The former third team NJCAA All-American is USI's top returning scorer with 13.2 point per game.
As a team, USI was 27-7 overall and tied for the GLVC West Division title with a 14-5 mark. The Eagles also won the Disney Division II Tip-Off Tournament last fall and advanced to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional finals last spring.
The Eagles have won 27 or more games each of the last three seasons 20 or more games 14 straight years and appeared in the NCAA II Tournament 13 times in 14 seasons.
USI is under the direction of Head Coach Rick Herdes for the sixth season. Herdes has won more games (129) than any other USI coach after five seasons and ranks fourth among all NCAA coaches in winning percentage.
2006-07 Street & Smith's College Basketball
1. Winona State (Minn.)
2. Barton (NC)
3. Southern Illinois Edwardsville
5. Grand Valley State (Mich.)
6. Humboldt State (Calif.)
7. Tarleton State (Texas)
8. Clayton State (Ga.)
9. Southern Indiana
10. Montevallo (Ala.)
Possible Breakthroughs: Alabama-Huntsville, Alderson-Broaddus, Arkansas-Monticello, Armstrong Atlantic State, Bentley, Bryant, Drury, Eckerd, Edinboro, Findlay, Florida Gulf Coast, Fort Hays State, Lenoir-Rhyne, Metropolitan State, Minnesota State-Mankato, Mount Olive, Northern Kentucky, Northern State, Nova Southeastern, Pfeiffer, Quincy, Rollins, St. Cloud State, Saint Rose, Salem International, Shippensburg, Sonoma State, South Dakota, Texas A & M Kingsville, Virginia Union, West Virginia State and Wingate.
Luke Anderson, Minnesota State-Mankato
Anthony Atkinson, Barton (NC)
Greg Brown, Montevallo
Shaun McKie, Salem International (WVa.)
John Smith, Winona State (Minn.)
Andre Dabney, Bloomfield (NJ)
John Davis, Tarleton State (Texas)
DeMario Grier, Pfeiffer (NC)
Dusty Jura, Nebraska-Kearney
Jason Smith, Alabama-Huntsville
Tyrone Anderson, Concord (WVa.)
Eric Babers, Southeastern Oklahoma State
Alejo Barovero, Barton (NC)
Beau Bauer, Florida Gulf Coast
Tim Bieri, Fort Lewis (Colo.)
Christian Burns, Philadelphia
Brad Byerson, Virginia Union
Matt Causey, North Georgia College
Elton Coffield, Mount Olive (NC)
Tony Cornett, West Virginia State
Mike Crain, Valdosta State (Ga.)
Chuck Davis, Shippensburg (Pa.)
David Dreas, St. Cloud State (Minn.)
Christopher Evans, Tampa
Honorable Mention cont'd
Callistus Eziukwu, Grand Valley State (Mich.)
Jonte Flowers, Winona State (Minn.)
Matt Hall, Harding (Ark.)
Melvin Hall, Southern Indiana
Collin Harris, Drury (Mo.)
Jeff Holmes, Bentley (