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May 08, 2006

Love returns to Midwest to play for USI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team announced that Kenny Love (South Bend, Indiana) has accepted a scholarship to play for the Screaming Eagles in 2006-07. Love, who will have two seasons of eligibility at USI, is the fourth player to commit to Head Coach Rick Herdes this year.

Love transfers to USI after two years at the University of Oregon. The six-foot-2 guard played in 20 games as a sophomore, averaging 1.1 points and dishing out 14 assists, and was redshirted after five games last year.

The native of South Bend, Indiana, posted a career-best six points against the University of Portland during 2004-05 and three assists on three different occasions during his 25 games with the Ducks.

Prior to attending Oregon, Love played one season for Casper College (Casper, Wyoming). He led the T-Birds to an 18-12 record and to the Wyoming Conference Championship after averaging 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game in 2003-04. Love also was named to the All-Region IX team.

Love prepared for collegiate career at John Adams High School (South Bend, Indiana). The honorable mention Associated Press All-State and South Bend Tribune All-Star averaged 16.7 points, eight rebounds, and four steals as a senior and finished his career ranked fourth on JAHS's all-time scoring list (1,042 points). He also was a two-time All-Northern Indiana Conference selection.

"We are happy to be bringing an Indiana native back to the Midwest," said Herdes. "Kenny is a big, athletic point guard with all of the tools to be successful at any level of college basketball.

"The addition of Kenny gives us depth and experience at the point guard position that we were in short supply of after the departure of Danny Gibson and David Bryant," concluded Herdes.

The Screaming Eagles finished 2005-06 with its fourth-straight year of 25-or-more wins 14th-straight 20-win season and 13th appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament in the last 14 years. USI appeared in the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championship game for the ninth time in the last 14 years in March.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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