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April 17, 2006

Sullivan signs in for 2006-07
6'8" transfer is third player to sign with USI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team announced the acceptance of a scholarship by 6-foot-8 forward/center Rashard Sullivan for the 2006-07 season. Sullivan is the third player this year and the second of the spring to commit to USI Head Coach Rick Herdes.

Sulllivan, who will be a graduate student next year, will transfer to USI from the University of Arkansas where he played in 84 games during three seasons. He averaged 2.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game and shot 44.2 percent from the field.

As a junior in 2004-05, Sullivan played in all 30 games for the Razorbacks, started five games, and averaged 2.3 ppg and 3.2 rpg. He led Arkansas in rebounding nine times and had a season-high eight rebounds in a win at the University of Missouri.

Sullivan posted a career-best 10 points against Louisiana Tech University as a freshman and 12 rebounds against Western Carolina University as a sophomore.

Prior to beginning his collegiate career at Arkansas, Sullivan was a Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He averaged 15.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, and 5.0 blocks as a senior in helping St. Thomas to a 27-6 record. Sullivan helped St. Thomas to an 81-33 (.711) record during his four-year prep career.

"With the departure of GLVC's and our teams leading rebounder (Chris Thompson), Rashard gives an immediate help on the boards," said Herdes. "He has the size and the ability to be a dominating force in the GLVC.

"As a graduate student, Rashard has maturity and knowledge our younger players will be able to lean on," concluded Herdes.

Sullivan joins point guard Kenny Page (Indianapolis, Indiana) and forward/center Brandon Hopf (Ferdinand, Indiana) in committing to USI this year.

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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