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September 29, 2003

Screaming Eagles ranked third in Street & Smith Top 10

In the first preseason poll of the year, the University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team was ranked third in the Street & Smith’s College Basketball Top 10. This is the highest USI has been ranked in the preseason since Division II Bulletin ranked the Eagles third in 1997.

“This is a great honor for the program and the players,” said third-year Head Coach Rick Herdes. “I am grateful to Street and Smith for their recognition of our program. However, it is not where you start the season, but where you finish.

“We have a lot work to do before the start of the season,” continued Herdes. “This type of recognition makes you want work that much harder. A lot of the credit goes to my assistant coaches, who have done a great job in the recruiting process.”

Individually, senior forward Billy Harris (Carbondale, Illinois) and senior center John Oden (St. Louis, Missouri) were named honorable mention All-American. Harris returns to the Eagles line-up after averaging 13.0 ppg and a team-best 7.5 rpg. Both averages were career highs for Harris, who was a second team All-Region and All-GLVC performer in 2002-03.

Oden, a transfer from DePaul University, will be in his first season with the Eagles. He averaged 2.2 ppg and 1.9 rpg in two seasons with the Blue Demons.

The Eagles were a 2003 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Finalist after finishing second in the GLVC last spring. USI, which returns two starters, finished the 2002-03 campaign with a 25-7 overall record and a 16-4 GLVC mark.

Street & Smith’s Division II
Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll

1. Humboldt State
2. California-Pomona
3. Southern Indiana
4. Tarleton State
5. South Dakota State
6. Rollins
7. Cal State-San Bernardino
8. South Dakota
9. Kentucky Wesleyan
10. Findlay

Possible Breakthroughs: Assumption, Bridgeport, Cal State-Bakersfield, Clayton State, Edinboro, Emporia State, Fairmont State, Fort Hays State, Incarnate Word, Kennesaw State, UMass-Lowell, Metro State, Millersville, Northern State, Northeastern State, Queens (NC), Southern New Hampshire, Wheeling Jesuit.

Street & Smith’s Preseason All-Americans

Peter Bullock (Alaska-Anchorage)
Ron Christy (Teikyo-Post)
Fred Hooks (Humboldt State)
Elad Inbar (UMass-Lowell)
Tommie King (South Dakota)

Brian Atkins (Concord)
Matt Jones (South Dakota State)
Austin Nichols (Humboldt State)
Spencer Ross (Queens, NC)
Brian Westre (Missouri-Rolla)

Romauld Augustin (Bryant)
Stephen Baul (Colorado Mines)
Jeff Bonds (California-Pomona)
Carl Edwards (Charleston)
Anthony Frazier (Cheyney)
Philip Godfrey (West Virginia Tech)
Chris Hanks (Bemidji State)
Billy Harris (Southern Indiana)
Darnell Hinson (Northeastern State)
Jimmie Hunt (Franklin Pierce)
Luke Kendall (Metro State)
Jonathan Levy (Cal State-San Bernardino)
Dan Lytle (SIU-Edwardsville)
Billy McDaniel (Arkansas-Monticello)
Terri Miller (Cal State-Bakersfield)
Josh Mueller (South Dakota)
Achille Ngounou (Tampa)
John Oden (Southern Indiana)
Brian Robinson (Assumption)
Charles Stephens (Longwood)
Marquette Wilkins (Midwestern State)

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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