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April 18, 2008

Hogg to begin collegiate career at USI

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team announced the signing of Brandon Hogg, a 6-foot-1 point guard, to a national letter of intent for the 2008-09 season.

Hogg will start his collegiate career after a successful four seasons at Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, Illinois. He led the Tigers to a 27-3 record in 2007-08, good enough to be ranked seventh in the Associated Press Class 4A poll at the end of the season.

A fourth team Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State selection, Hogg averaged 14.0 points, 8.1 assists, and 6.6 rebounds per game. His 8.1 assists per game led the St. Louis area in that statistical category.

"Brandon comes from one of the best high school programs in the state of Illinois and has been a winner his entire life," said USI Head Coach Rick Herdes. "On the floor, he has one of the quickest first steps I have seen in a long time from a high school player. Brandon is a natural at delivering the ball to players at the right time.

"Not only is he a great player, Brandon comes from a great family and they all will be a welcome addition to the USI family," concluded Herdes.

The USI men's basketball team is coming off its 16th straight winning season that has included 15 20-win seasons and 14 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. The Screaming Eagles also have won 27-or-more games four times in the last five seasons and included three GLVC West Division and two GLVC Tournament crowns.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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