Athletics

2000-01 Men's Basketball Player Bios

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

USI Returning Players

Drake Roberts # 3
Senior
Guard
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185

Nashville, Indiana
Major: Elementary Education
1999-00: Played in 23 games in his first season with the Eagles, started five games...averaged 2.7 ppg and 2.1 assists...had a season-high nine points against Oakland City University and seven assists against Saint Josephís College. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Olney Central Community College...averaged 9.3 ppg and 5.3 apg as the starting point guard for OCCC...had a season-high 22 points versus Southeastern Illinois for OCCC...transferred to OCCC from Division I Campbell University where he averaged 5.3 ppg, 3.0 assists, and 2.5 rpg as a freshman. HIGH SCHOOL: Named All-State by Hoosier Basketball as a senior at Brown County High School...named to the Top 15 All-State squad by Bloomington Times-Herald...averaged 27 points, 6.0 rpg, and 6.0 assists per game in his final season at BCHS. PERSONAL: Born July 27, 1979.
Year G/GS FGM/FGA .PCT 3 FGM/3 FGA .PCT FTM/FTA .PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN

1999-00

23/5 17/50 .340 6/16 .375 22/33 .667 21 1.8 48 22 3 62 2.7 243

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Derrick Lyons #23
Senior
Guard
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
Albany, Georgia
Major: Business Administration
1999-2000: Named second team All-Great Lakes Region and All-GLVC in his first season with the Eagles...led the team in scoring with 14.5 ppg...shot over 50 percent from the field (189/375)...played in all 31 games as a junior, starting 30....had a season-high 25 points against Kentucky Wesleyan College in the GLVC Tournament...had a season-high nine rebounds against Central Washington University and six assists against Kentucky Wesleyan College at the PAC...named Blue Ribbon Basketball NCAA Division II Newcomer of the Year. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Georgia Perimeter College...named Naismith Junior College Player of the Year in 1999...also named second team NJCAA Division I All-American and the Region XVII Player of the Year...finished second in the nation in scoring and field goal percentage after averaging 27.8 ppg and shooting 70 percent from the field (253-361)...averaged 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 4.5 steals as a sophomore at GPC.. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in basketball and track at Dougherty High School in Albany, Georgia. PERSONAL: Born May 30, 1972.
Year G/GS FGM/FGA .PCT 3 FGM/3 FGA .PCT FTM/FTA .PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
1999-00 31/30 189/375 .504 21/70 .300 49/110 .445 100 3.2 80 64 9 448 14.5 671

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Kimon Green #54
Senior
Forward/Center
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
East St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Education
1999-2000: Named to the GLVC All-Tournament team after turning 29 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocks in three games...led the GLVC and ranked 18th nationally with 2.3 blocks per contest...also led the GLVC by hitting 66.9 percent from the field (113/169)...averaged 9.2 ppg and was third on the team with 5.3 rpg. 1998-99: Became a force in the middle for the Eagles in January and February after Leighton Nash went down with an injury...appeared in 32 games with 15 starts, averaging 9.6 ppg and 5.0 rpg...had a season-high 21 points against Saint Josephís College...reached a season-high nine rebounds at the University of Missouri-St. Louis...second in the GLVC with 54 blocked shots, four coming against Northern Kentucky University and SIU Edwardsville. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa...averaged 10.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg in 30 games as a freshman...had 69 blocked shots in his first year as a collegiate player. HIGH SCHOOL: Earned letters in basketball, track, and football at East St. Louis (Illinois) Lincoln High School...averaged 19.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, and 7.0 blocks as a senior...had a triple double against Madison High School, which included 15 blocks. PERSONAL: Born July 3, 1978.
Year G/GS FGM/FGA .PCT 3 FGM/3 FGA .PCT FTM/FTA .PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
1998-99 32/15 117/205 .571 0/0 .000 73/109 .670 159 5.0 16 32 54 307 9.6 563
1999-00 31/26 113/169 .669 0/0 .000 59/95 .621 165 5.3 27 40 72 285 9.2 606
Total 53/41 230/374 .615 0/0 .000 132/204 .647 324 5.1 43 72 126 592 9.4 ---

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Matt Carter #24
Junior
Guard
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Cannelton, Indiana
Major: Elementary Education
1999-2000: Saw limited action as a sophomore due to a knee injury...appeared in eight games, averaging 1.6 ppg... had a season-high six points at Saint Josephís College. 1998-99: Averaged 6.6 ppg in his first season with the Eagles...appeared in 27 games with two starts...had a season-high 15 points against Saint Josephís College...sank five three-point field goals from beyond the arc against Oakland City University and Saint Josephís...was third on the team in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 43.1 percent (44/102). 1997-98: Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in basketball at Perry Central High School in Leopold, Indiana...finished his career at PCHS as the schoolís and the countyís all-time leading scorer with 1,797 points in four seasons...named Southwestern Indiana Player of the Year by the Evansville Courier, County Most Valuable Player, and All-Conference in 1996-97...also named first team All-State by the Louisville Courier Journal and second team All-State by the Associated Press...was honorable mention All-American in Street and Smithís Basketball Yearbook prior to his senior year...holds the Indiana all-time record for three-point field goals in a game with 14. PERSONAL: Born September 17, 1979.
Year G/GS FGM/FGA .PCT 3 FGM/3 FGA .PCT FTM/FTA .PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
1997-98 Redshirted
1998-99 27/2 57/130 .477 44/102 .431 21/27 .778 20 0.7 24 6 0 179 6.6 412
1999-00 8/0 4/8 .500 3/7 .429 2/2 1.000 1 0.1 2 1 0 13 1.6 20
Total 35/2 61/138 .442 47/109 .431 23/29 .793 21 0.6 26 7 0 192 5.5 ---

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Shirica Shy #44
Junior
Forward
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
Gordon, Georgia
Major: Computer Information Systems
1999-2000: Redshirted. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Georgia Perimeter College... second in the NJCAA Division I in rebounding with 13.8 rpg...also averaged 10.0 ppg and ranked 12th nationally in field goal percentage, hitting 54 percent of his shots (97-179) as a sophomore...named to the 1999 Region XVII All-Tournament team. HIGH SCHOOL: Collected letters in basketball and football at Wilkins County High School...named team Most Valuable Player each of his four seasons at WCHS. PERSONAL: Born June 11, 1978.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Diondíre Givens #15
Sophomore
Forward
Height: 6-6
Weight: 205
Mt. Vernon, Indiana
Major: Undecided
1999-2000: One of USIís most exciting freshman players, averaging 9.5 ppg and a team-leading 6.1 rpg...saw action in all 31 games, started 14...had a season-high 25 points against Lincoln University at the PAC and 12 rebounds at Northern Kentucky University...ranked third in the GLVC, hitting 65.2 percent from the field (131/201), and 13th in rebounding. 1998-99: Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three seasons at Mt. Vernon (Indiana) High School...averaged 21.4 ppg and 8.7 rpg as a senior...named first team All-Big Eight Conference three consecutive seasons, first team All-Sectional as a sophomore and junior, and Hoosier Basketball Magazine second team All-State as a senior. PERSONAL: Born January 24, 1980.
Year G/GS FGM/FGA .PCT 3 FGM/3 FGA .PCT FTM/FTA .PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
1999-00 31/14 131/201 .652 0/0 .000 32/63 .508 189 6.1 46 16 13 294 9.5 710

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Billy Harris #34
Sophomore
Forward
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
Carbondale, Illinois
Major: Business Administration
2000-01: Will miss season with knee injury. 1999-2000: Had an explosive impact on the Eagles as a freshman...saw action in 31 games and averaged 8.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg...shot 60.5 percent from the field (101/167)...had a season-high 20 points on the road against Indiana University/Purdue University Ft. Wayne and nine rebounds against Oakland City University and Central Washington University. HIGH SCHOOL: A second team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and third team All-State by Associated Press selection as a senior at Carbondale (Illinois) High School...named first team All-South Seven Conference and to the All-South team...averaged 21.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg, and 1.4 assists in 1998-99...shot 60 percent from (212/356) as a senior...honor student at CHS. PERSONAL: Born May 19, 1981.
Year G/GS FGM/FGA .PCT 3 FGM/3 FGA .PCT FTM/FTA .PCT REB AVG AST STL BLK TP AVG MIN
1999-00 31/2 101/167 .605 1/5 .200 63/96 .656 120 3.9 38 16 2 266 8.6 540

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Kyle Howard #30
Freshman
Forward
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Mt. Vernon, Indiana
Major: Physical Education
1999-2000: Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in basketball, baseball, golf, and cross country at Mt. Vernon High School...named honorable mention All-State and team Most Valuable Player as a senior...led the team in three-point field goal and free throw shooting. PERSONAL: Born May 10, 1981.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon 
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris 
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Mike Arnold #33
Freshman
Guard
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165
Indianapolis, Indiana
Major: Secondary Education
1999-2000: Redshirted. HIGH SCHOOL: A member of the 1999 Lawrence North High School sectional championship team and 1998-99 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference Champions...won four varsity basketball letters and one track and field letter at LNHS. PERSONAL: Born April 10, 1981.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

USI Newcomers

Cory Brunson # 5
Junior
Guard
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
Evansville, Indiana
Major: Physical Education
1999-2000: Redshirted. TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from the University of Missouri-Rolla....averaged 7.9 ppg and 1.9 assists as a sophomore...hit 43 three-point field goals...had a career-high 31 points against Montevallo University and six assists against Arkansas Baptist College...ended the 1998-99 season with four 20-point games the last month of the season. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Reitz High School in Evansville...averaged 18.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, and 3.8 assists...named second team All-State and first team All-Metro and All-Conference as a senior...scored 1,408 career points, ranking fifth among all-time prep scorer in Evansville. PERSONAL: Born September 9, 1978.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Kevin Robinson #10
Junior
Center
Height: 6-10
Weight: 230
Largo, Maryland
Major: Art
TRANSFER: Transferred to USI from Butler County Community College where he played in 1997-98 and 1998-99...averaged 9.8 points and six rebounds as a freshman and 9.7 points and 6.3 rebounds as a sophomore...shot 45.5 percent from the field and 68.0 percent from the line in his career at BCCC...helped lead BCCC to 49 victories in two seasons (24-10 in 1997-98 and 25-7 in 1998-99). HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Largo High School where he participated in basketball. PERSONAL: Born May 14, 1979.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

LaJuan Christon #20
Junior
Guard
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Major: Undecided
TRANSFER: Picked USI over the University of Nebraska and Arkansas State University...played for two seasons at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Missouri...helped lead the Raiders to a 23-8 overall record, averaging 11.9 ppg, 6.4 assists, and 3.0 rpg...was an All-MCCAC selection as a sophomore...played under the legendary Gene Bess, who is 860-207 (.806) at TRCC. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Arkansas Technical High School. PERSONAL: Born February 5, 1980.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Wes Attebury #21
Junior
Guard/Forward
Height: 6-5
Weight: 180
Evansville, Indiana
Major: Undecided
TRANSFER: Transferred to USI after two seasons at Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois...named the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year and first team All-GRAC in 1999-2000...averaged 15.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 2.8 assists as a sophomore. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Reitz High School in Evansville. PERSONAL: Born April 11, 1979.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Marlowe Currie #42
Junior
Forward
Height: 6-7
Weight: 210
St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Sociology
TRANSFER: Came to USI after two seasons at Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis, Missouri...led Florissant Valley to a 26-6 record in 1999-2000, averaging 25.5 ppg, 12.8 rpg, and 3.0 assists per game...ranked fourth in scoring and third in rebounding in the NJCAA Division II...named Missouri Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, Region 16 Player of the Year, and NJCAA Division II first team All-American. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Gateway Technical High School. PERSONAL: Born June 10, 1978.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Chavon Farmer #32
Freshman
Guard
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Evansville, Indiana
Major: Computer Information Systems
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Central High School in Evansville...averaged 14.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, and 5.9 assists per game as a senior...also boasted a five-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio in 1999-2000...named second team All-Metro by the Evansville Courier & Press and selected as a Hoosier Basketball All-Star. PERSONAL: Born November 6, 1981.

Mike Arnold Wes Attebury Cory Brunson Matt Carter LaJuan Christon
Marlowe Currie Chavon Farmer Travis Farmer Diond're Givens Kimon Green Billy Harris
Kyle Howard Derrick Lyons Drake Roberts Kevin Robinson Shirica Shy

Travis Farmer #51
Freshman
Center
Height: 6-8
Weight: 240
Wadesville, Indiana
Major: Speech Communications
1999-2000: Attended USI, but did not play basketball. HIGH SCHOOL: Participated in basketball, baseball, cross country, football, and track at North Posey High School in Poseyville, Indiana...named All-County and All-PAC as senior...recognized as one of the top 40 big men in 1998. PERSONAL: Born June 9, 1981.

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