October 11, 2007
USI men's basketball ranked seventh in first preseason poll
Plummer and Schnitker named preseason honorable mention All-American
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team was ranked seventh in preseason Division II Top 10 poll published in The Sporting News 2007-08 College Basketball Magazine. The Screaming Eagles have been ranked in the preseason each year since 1993-94 and have been a preseason fifth or better 11 times in the last 14 seasons.
The GLIAC's Grand Valley State University, the defending Great Lakes Regional champion, was third. The GLVC's Drury University, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside were listed as "Possible Breakthrough Teams."
The Screaming Eagles tip-off the 2007-08 campaign with Midnight Madness Sunday evening at 10:30 p.m. and have their first full practices Monday at 1:30-4 p.m.
A pair of USI newcomers – senior forward Norman Plummer
and senior guard Tylson Schnitker
– were named honorable mention preseason All-Americans by The Sporting News
. Schnitker transferred to USI from Indiana State University after sitting out last season. He averaged 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2005-06 for the Sycamores.
Plummer transferred to USI from the University of Dayton after averaging 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 28 games off the bench in 2007-08. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 88 appearances for the Flyers.
USI has been the definition of the word consistent in the building of its legacy the last 15 years. The Eagles have posted 15 straight 20-win seasons, won 25 or more games six straight years, won at least 27 games four straight years, appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament 14 of the last 15 years, and advanced to the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championship game nine times since 1994. The Eagles won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1995 and reached the championship game in 1994 and 2004.
The USI squad, which won two of the last three GLVC Tournament championships, also has captured three straight GLVC regular season titles.
The Sporting News 2007-08 College Basketball Magazine
(formerly Street & Smith's
by Chuck Mistovich
Division II Top 10
1. South Dakota
2. Winona State (Minn.)
3. Grand Valley State (Mich.)
4. Northwest Missouri State
5. Metropolitan State (Colo.)
6. Augusta State (Ga.)
7. Southern Indiana
8. West Virginia State
9. Christian Brothers (Tenn.)
Alderson Broaddus, Barton, Benedict, Bentley, BYU-Hawaii, Caldwell, Cal Poly-Pomona, Central Oklahoma, Clayton State, Drury, Emporia State, Findlay, Harding, Humboldt State, Kutztown, Millersville, Mount Olive, Northern Kentucky, Northern State, Pace, Pfeiffer, Philadelphia, Queens, Rollins, Saint Anselm, St. Edwards's, Saint Rose, Southwest Minnesota State, Stonehill, Tarleton State, Virginia Union, West Liberty State, Wingate, Wisconsin-Parkside.
Tyrekus "A.J." Bowman, Augusta State
Steve Dagostino, Saint Rose
Callistus Eziukwu, Grand Valley State
Jonte Flowers, Winona State
John Smith, Winona State
Sean Barnette, Wingate
Brad Byerson, Virgi