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October 13, 2005

USI ranked 10th in Division II Bulletin

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team was ranked 10th in the Division II Bulletin and was picked as a "break-out team" by Street & Smith's College Basketball. USI has been ranked in the preseason polls each year since 1993-94.

The Screaming Eagles will tip-off the 2005-06 campaign with Midnight Madness Friday evening and will have their first full practice Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Returning to lead USI is a trio of honorable mention All-GLVC performers in senior forward Chris Thompson (Starke, Florida), senior guard David Bryant (Louisville, Kentucky), and junior forward Geoff Van Winkle (Ferdinand, Indiana).

Thompson is the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder with 11.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg in 2004. The All-American candidate also had a team-high 12 double-doubles, which ranks second at USI to former Division II Player of the Year Chris Bowles' 18 double-doubles in 1991-92.

Van Winkle was fifth on the team in scoring with 9.3 ppg and sank a team-best 75 three-point field goals, while Bryant averaged 8.7 ppg and was second on the squad with 94 assists.

As a team, USI was 27-5 overall and won the GLVC regular season title with an 18-2 conference mark. The Eagles also won their first GLVC Tournament championship and appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the 12th time in 13 seasons before bowing out in the Great Lakes Regional semifinals.

Holbrook signs with Notec Inowroclaw

EVANSVILLE, Ind. Former USI All-American Randy Holbrook has signed to play for Notec Inowroclaw of the Poland Division in the European Basketball League (EBL). The team is headquartered in Niepodleglosci, Poland.

Holbrook led the Screaming Eagles to the GLVC regular season and tournament championships in 2004-05, averaging 16.2 ppg and 6.6 rpg. He shot 62.7 percent from the field (170-271) 61.8 from three-point field goal range (21-34) and 81.5 percent from the charity stripe (110-135).

Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25

1. Tarleton State
2. Bentley
3. Montevallo
4. Virginia Union
5. Western Washington
6. Findlay
7. Mount Olive
8. Metropolitan State
9. Catawba
10. Southern Indiana
11. Saint Rose
12. Lynn
13. Cal Poly Pomona
14. Nebraska-Omaha
15. West Virginia State
16. Central Missouri State
17. Saint Anselm
18. Winona State
19. Ferris State
20. West Georgia
21. South Dakota
22. Nebraska-Kearney
23. Hawaii-Hilo
24. Salem International
25. Pittsburg State

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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