2008-09 Notes: Appeared in 29 games for UIC, earning the starting nod in 11 contests... turned in outstanding stretch of performances to end the season, averaging 15.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg in UIC's final three games...averaged 10.1 ppg and 5.6 rpg in last seven games...finished season with averages of 5.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg...posted first career double-double with career highs in points (20) and rebounds (14) at Youngstown State on Mar. 3...scored 16 points on perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the field in win at Loyola on Feb. 27...pitched in 11 points and nine boards against Cleveland State in Horizon League quarterfinals on Mar. 6...went 7-for-9 at the free throw line and posted 11 points and six rebounds against Wright State on Feb. 18...had 13 points and 8 rebounds against Valparaiso on Jan. 15...scored 10 points, going 5-for-5 from the field, at Youngstown State on Jan. 8...scored 10 points and pulled down four rebounds versus Northern Iowa on Nov. 19...pulled down eight rebounds against Lewis on Dec. 17...had five rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, to go with a pair of blocked shots at Vanderbilt on Dec. 3.
Prior to UIC: NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American and NJCAA All-Region IV First Team selection at Highland Community College for head coach Pete Norman in Freeport, Ill. in 2007-08...All-Arrowhead Conference pick...averaged 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game...led the Cougars to an NJCAA Region IV title...played the 2006-07 campaign at Indian Hills Community College under coach Jeff Kidder in Ottumwa, Iowa...averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 rebounds to help Indian Hills go unbeaten in the regular season, finish 34-2 and reach No. 1 in the NJCAA Division I poll for the season's final two weeks...helped the Warriors to a Region XI title and national tournament berth.
Prep/Personal Notes: Finished his prep career at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Minn...Second Team All-State selection for the Patriots after averaging 22.4 ppg and 13.0 rpg...named to the Minnesota Mr. Basketball All-State Senior Team in 2005-06...played three seasons at Thomas Jefferson High School in Rockford, Ill., where he was a First Team All-State selection in 2004-05...averaged 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds as a junior at Jefferson...guided the J-Hawks to a 22-8 record and a fourth-place state finish in 2004-05...NIC-9 Most Valuable Player...Illinois Mr. Basketball nominee as a junior...2003-04 All-State Special Mention as a sophomore...family originally from Peoria, Ill...born October 2, 1987...son of Dorothy and Robert Eppinger...majoring in communications.