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May 11, 2005

Brooks transfers to USI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team announced that junior guard/forward Nick Brooks will transfer from Butler University this fall. The Robinson, Illinois, native will have two years of eligibility at USI.

Brooks is the fifth player to commit to USI and Head Coach Rick Herdes this year, the fourth of the spring.

In his two seasons at Butler, Brooks averaged 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 52 appearances for the Bulldogs. He also had 14 starts, 12 coming last season.

Brooks was the Bulldogs top scoring freshman with 4.5 ppg in 29 games and posting a career-high 21 points in 21 minutes against Youngstown State University. He also grabbed 1.9 rpg and sank 20 three-point field goals in 2003-04.

Last season, Brooks saw action in 23 of the 28 Butler contests and averaged a collegiate best 5.7 ppg and 2.8 rpg. He shot 47.5 percent from the field (48-101) and ranked second on the team in blocked shots and fifth on the team in steals.

Prior to attending Butler, Brooks was an All-State forward at Robinson High School. He was named the Wabash Valley Most Valuable Player for two consecutive years by the Terre Haute Tribune Star and averaged 24.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 4.3 assists as a senior.

Brooks led RHS to a 29-3 overall record and to the Illinois Class A Elite Eight as a junior in 2001-02 and finished his prep career with 2,240 career points.

“Nick is a tremendous athlete, who can get to the basket and score and is an impact player at this level,” said Herdes. “He is committed to winning and will be a vitale part of our success.”

Brooks joins the group of newcomers for 2005-06 that includes junior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Indiana) junior forward Marty Wise (New Orleans, Louisiana) junior forward Jeff Fahnbulleh (Van Nuys, California) and freshman forward George Cunningham (Jamul, California).

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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