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April 12, 2006

Page signs with USI today

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team announced the signing of Kenny Page to a national letter of intent for the 2006-07 NCAA Division II basketball season. Page is the first player to sign this spring and the second player to sign a national letter of intent with USI Head Coach Rick Herdes this year.

Page, a 5-foot-9 guard, comes to USI from Kankakee (Illinois) Community College where he averaged 12.8 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game as a sophomore. The 2006 first team All-Region IV performer helped KCC to the Midwest Junior College Championship in 2005 and to a 46-19 two-year record.

Prior to attending KCC, Page was a three-time Most Valuable Player, All-Conference, and All-County performer at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He finished his career ranked second all-time in assists at WCHS.

"Kenny will be one of the quickest player, if not the quickest, to ever step onto the court at USI," said Herdes. "He will give us a true point guard, which is an immediate need for next season.

"Kenny also will fit in well with our emphasis on team defense," continued Herdes. "He has tremendous reach to go with his speed."

Page joins forward/center Brandon Hopf in signing with the Eagles. Hopf, who signed during the early signing period last fall, recently finished his prep career by helping Forest Park High School to a second straight Indiana High School Class 2A state championship. He also was named second team All-State and the Southwestern Indiana Player of the Year.

Hopf's final season statistics for 2005-06 were 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. He completed four years as the FPHS all-time leader in points, rebounds, and field goal percentage.

USI finished 2005-06 with a 27-7 overall record, reaching 20-or-more wins for the 14th consecutive season, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship. The Eagles have appeared in the NCAA II Tournament 13 of the last 14 seasons.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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