The UIC graduate was selected by the Grand Rapids Drive
First meeting between two programs since Nov. 16, 2003
Flames to honor Sonny Parker prior to tip-off
Talton taken in the fourth round by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers
50 student-athletes receive bachelor's degree in spring, summer sessions
2012-13: Played in all 34 games, starting 33 ... Named Second-Team All-Horizon League ... Averaged a team-high 12.3 points, 4.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in an average of 34.4 minutes per contest ... Posted an assist/turnover ratio of 1.6 ... Ranked 14th in the Horizon League in scoring, third in assists, second in free throw percentage (.864), sixth in steals per game (1.4), seventh in assist/turnover ratio and eighth in minutes played (all games) ... In conference games only, ranked 11th in the League in scoring (13.3 ppg), fourth in assists (4.0 apg), fifth in free throw percentage (.846), eighth in steals per game (1.4) and ninth in minutes played (34.6 mpg) ... Collected 26 double-digit scoring outputs ... Led the Flames in scoring 14 times ... Dished out five or more assists 15 times, including in seven-of the last 10 contests ... Was the Flames' assist leader in 28-of-34 games ... Pulled down five or more rebounds in nine individual games ... Was named the Horizon League Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 26, 2012 after averaging 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while committing just two turnovers in the Flames' two wins over Iona (11/19/12) and Southeast Missouri (11/24/12) ... Scored a career-high 25 points on 6-of-8 shooting against visiting Valpo (1/9/13) ... Dished out a season-best nine assists in the Flames' triple overtime win at Youngstown State (2/10/13) - also played 53 minutes against the Penguins ... Pulled down a career-high nine rebounds against SEMO ... Was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line in UIC's win over visiting Colorado State (12/8/12), and 11-of-11 from the charity stripe against Valparaiso at the Pavilion ... UIC's lone player to eclipse more than 400 points (419) on the season.
2011-12: Played in all 30 games, starting 27 contests as UIC's point guard ... Led the Flames in scoring (11.6 ppg), field goals made (122), free throw percentage (.867), free throws made (78) and assists per game (3.3) ... Ranked 12th in the Horizon League in scoring, seventh in assists, and led the League in free throw percentage ... Named to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team ... Recorded a team-high 21 double-digit scoring outputs ... Led UIC in scoring 10 times ... Dished out at least three assists 17 times ... Posted a 1.2 assist/turnover ratio ... Averaged 3.3 rebounds per game ... During Horizon League play, upped his scoring average to 13.2 points per game, ninth-best in the League ... Scored a season-high 21 points in back-to-back home games against Horizon League Champion Detroit (12/29/11) and Wright State (12/31/11) ... Poured in a game-high 20 points in UIC's 67-63 BracketBusters win at Eastern Illinois (2/18/12) ... Scored 19 points in the Flames' 72-68 victory over Youngstown State (2/2/12) ... Chipped in 18 points in Horizon League road games at Milwaukee (12/3/11) and Loyola (2/11/12) ... Scored 17 points at Detroit (1/27/12) ... Chipped in 16 points in UIC's 58-51 win over Loyola (1/14/12) at the Pavilion ... Scored 15 points against Western Illinois (12/19/11) and at Valparaiso (2/14/12) ... Chipped in 14 points in Horizon League road games at Green Bay (12/1/11) and Butler (2/21/12) ... Dished out a season-high eight assists versus Milwaukee (2/23/12) at the Pavilion ... Handed out seven assists at Dayton (12/23/11) ... Dished out at least four assists in seven Horizon League games ... Converted a season-best seven field goals at Milwaukee, and hit six field goals on four other occasions ... Pulled down a season-high seven rebounds at EIU, and corralled six boards on two other occasions ... One of two players on UIC's roster to score 300 or more (349) points on the season ... Served as a team captain in his first season in a UIC uniform.
Prep/Prior to UIC: Spent the past season at Mountain View (Texas) Community College, where he led the Lions to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Championship ... First year of college eligibility was completed at Navarro (Texas) Junior College ... Prepped at DeSoto High School, leading the Eagles to a 28-9 record and final national ranking of No. 137 during the 2007-08 campaign ... Was named a First-Team Division III All-American, and chalked up First-Team All-Tournament honors during the Mountain View's national title run ... Led the Lions in both scoring (14.7 ppg) and assists (6.8 apg) en route to Metro Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors ... His 6.8 assists per game ranked fifth in the nation.
Personal: Full name is William Gary Talton II ... Born March 29, 1990 ... Son of William Talton and Sonya Smith ... Father played college basketball at Cook Junior College ... Has one older sibling, Ciera Hunter, and two younger ones, Shelby Talton and Donte Smith ... Plans on majoring in History.