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April 18, 2008

Gant returns to Indiana roots to join the Eagles

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team announced the signing of Kevin Gant, a 5-foot-9 point guard, to a national letter of intent for the 2008-09 season. Gant will have three seasons of eligibility at USI.

Gant returns to his Indiana roots after one season at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He was selected for the Western MCCAA All-Stars after averaging eight points, 7.9 assists, and three steals per game. The 7.9 assists per game ranked sixth in the NJCAA, while the All-Western Division player set the Lake Michigan single-game (17) and single-season (229) records for assists.

Prior to attending Lake Michigan, Gant played for North Central High School in Indianapolis. He was an alternate for the Hoosier Basketball Top 40 in 2006-07 and tied for 20th in Indiana for assists per game.

"Kevin does not have to score to be a factor in a game," said USI Head Coach Rick Herdes. "His strengths lie in the ability to get the ball in the hands of the right people at the right time.

"Kevin is a great teammate that puts winning before himself and has proven he can help a team reach its goals," continued Herdes. "Playing for one of the premier high school programs in Indiana, Kevin knows what winning is all about."

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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