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April 22, 2004

Bryant signs with USI men’s basketball
Louisville native is second player to sign with USI this year

Evansville, IN The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team announced the signing of 6’0” point guard David Bryant to a national letter of intent for the 2004-05 season. Bryant is the first player this spring and the second player this year to sign with USI Head Coach Rick Herdes.

Bryant, who will have two years of eligibility for the Eagles, comes to USI from Mineral Area College, which is located 65 miles south of St. Louis in Park Hills, Missouri. The first team All-Region XVI performer averaged 12.8 points and 4.7 assists per game as a sophomore for the Cardinals. MAC was 19-12 this past year.

As a freshman at MAC, Bryant helped the Cardinals to a 27-8 record and averaged 8.7 points and 3.1 assists per contest. He also had a two-year field goals percentage of 53.6 percent (192-358) and was 70.8 percent from the line (170-240).

“We are very excited to have David sign with our program,” said Herdes. “As a point guard, David begins to fill a need that we have at one with the graduation of Avery Queen and Mike Arnold.

“David is a proven leader from tradition-rich winning programs in high school and junior college,” continued Herdes. “He cares more about making the players around him better than his own numbers.”

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Bryant graduated from Ballard High School prior to playing for MAC. He was a first team All-Region and third team All-State selection as a senior when he averaged 15.9 points and 3.5 assists per game.

During his four-years as a varsity player at BHS, Bryant helped lead the Bruins to a 117-19 record, a .860 winning percengate, two national top five rankings, and to the 1999 Kentucky State Championship.

“This was my 18th year as a coach and he was the most coachable player that I have had,” said Ballard High School Head Coach Chris Renner. “He did everything I asked of him as a student athlete.

“USI is very fortunate to have David, while he is fortunate to be joining a good USI program,” continued Renner. “He will play with a lot of passion. The fans and the community will enjoy what he has to bring to the program.”

Bryant joins 6’6” forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) in signing with USI this year. Thompson, who will join the USI team as a junior next year, signed a national letter of intent in the early signing period in November.

The Screaming Eagles finished 2003-04 as the NCAA Division II National Finalist and the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Champions with a record of 28-7.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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