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May 21, 2004

USI men’s basketball signs a pair for 2004-05
Central’s Hoover to become an Eagle

The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team announced the addition of 5’11” guard Danny Gibson (Madison, Indiana) and 6’4” forward John Hoover (Evansville, Indiana) to the squad for the 2004-05 season. Gibson, who will have two years of eligibility with the Screaming Eagles, and Hoover are the fourth and fifth players to sign with USI Head Coach Rick Herdes this year.

Gibson comes back across the Wabash River to Indiana from Olney Central Junior College where he played for two seasons. He helped lead the Blue Knights to a 16-17 record this year, averaging 10.8 points and 4.8 assists per game as a sophomore.

During his freshman campaign, Gibson averaged 8.3 points and 2.8 assists on an Olney team that was 20-11. Gibson also has been an exceptional shooter from the field during his two seasons with Blue Knights, hitting 51.4 percent of his field goals (159/309).

Prior to attending Olney, Gibson averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 assists per game for Madison (Indiana) High School. In addition to playing basketball, the all-around athlete led the state in receiving yards as a wide receiver and nearly qualified for the state track and field meet with a pole vault mark of 13’6.”

“Danny adds quickness and defensive intensity to our program,” said Herdes.

Hoover travels across Evansville to USI from Central High School where he helped the Bears to a 20-5 overall record and the Evansville Sectional Championship and the SIAC Tournament Championship. The Academic All-State selection was honorable mention All-State and was named to the All-Metro first team after averaging a team-high 15.2 points and was second on the team with 7.0 rebounds per game.

Hoover, who was Hoosier Basketball Preseason third team All-State, shot 50 percent from the field (113-225) and 42.0 percent from long range (14-33) in 2003-04. He also was invited to the IHSAA Top 100 Showcase.

“John is a competitor with the ability to play three positions,” said Herdes. “His background from a tremendous fundamental program is a great bonus.”

Gibson and Hoover join guards David Bryant (Louisville, Kentucky) and Carl Richburg (Mason, Ohio) in signing with USI this spring. The Eagles had signed forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida) during the early signing period last November.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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