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April 23, 2009

USI men's basketball signs a pair of forwards

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team announced the signing of a pair of forwards for the 2009-10 season. Forwards Mohamed Ntumba and David Palmer are the first to sign with USI men's basketball this spring.

Ntumba transfers to USI as a junior from Southeastern Illinois College and will have two years of eligibility. He was named first team All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and All-Region 24 after averaging 13.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 68 percent from the field.

The 6-foot-7 forward is a native of Kinshasa, The Congo (formerly Zaire), that also produced former Screaming Eagle Ilo Mutombo, who still ranks second all-time at USI in rebounding. Ntumba also follows in the footsteps of former GRAC alumni such as two-time Division II Player of the Year Stan Gouard and All-American Melvin Hall.

Palmer comes to USI to finish his collegiate basketball career and continue his education after graduating from the University of Iowa. He played two seasons for the Hawkeyes after transferring from Seton Hall University and averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds during three seasons at Division I.

The 6-foot-9 native of Antioch, Tennessee, had a career-high 21 points against the University of Wisconsin and eight rebounds twice with the last coming against Penn State University last January. He also scored 19 points against Purdue University this past season.

USI is coming off a 27-7 season in which it won the GLVC West Division and was the number one seed in the GLVC Tournament before playing in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the 15th time in 17 seasons. The Eagles, who were ranked 19th nationally in the final NABC/Division II Top 25 and led the NCAA II in field goal percentage, also reach 27 victories for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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