The 7-foot center is one of 13 former Flames still playing professionally
UIC returns home on Saturday for Senior Day at 1 p.m.
Grizzlies won previous meeting with last-second three on Jan. 25
Tip scheduled for 7 p.m. CT; ESPN3 to air broadcast
UIC led Phoenix with less than three minutes to play in Jan. meeting
UIC & HORIZON LEAGUE CAREER LEADER IN BLOCKED SHOTS
UIC & HORIZON LEAGUE SINGLE-SEASON RECORD HOLDER FOR BLOCKED SHOTS
Career Notes: All-time leading shot blocker in UIC and Horizon League history...finished three-year UIC career with school- and league-record 273 blocked shots for an average of 2.84 bpg...also owns UIC and Horizon League single-season blocks records (111 set in 2006-07) and single-game blocks record (9 vs. Cleveland State on Jan. 27, 2007)...three-time Horizon League All-Defensive Team selection (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09)...ranked eighth in UIC record book with 703 career rebounds.
2008-09 Notes: Garnered Horizon League All-Defensive Team honors for the third consecutive season, the first time a UIC player has accomplished such a feat...started all 31 games at center...Horizon League's leading rebounder (8.9 rpg) and shot-blocker (2.5 bpg)...ranked 20th nationally in blocked shots per game...team's third-leading scorer with career-high 10.3 ppg...led team with nine double-doubles...pulled down season-high 17 rebounds, including 12 in the first half, and scored 12 points for a double-double in win at Loyola on Feb. 27...fell two blocks short of a triple-double, scoring 13, pulling down 10 boards and rejecting season-high eight shots, against Cleveland State on Feb. 5...eight blocks versus Vikings set a new UIC Pavilion single-game record...pulled down season-high 16 rebounds and blocked six shots at Milwaukee on Jan. 31...had 12 points and 12 rebounds at Toledo on Dec. 23...scored 19 points, matching a career-high, to go with 10 rebounds against Lewis on Dec. 17...matched his career high with 19 points, scoring 17 in the second half, against Georgia Tech on Dec. 14...tallied 18 points while hauling in 14 rebounds against Loyola on Dec. 6...pulled down 11 rebounds against Vanderbilt on Dec. 3.
2007-08 Notes: Horizon League All-Defensive Team selection for the second straight season...led Horizon League in rebounds per game (7.5 rpg), total blocked shots (85) and blocked shots per game (2.58 bpg)...finished 20th in the nation in blocked shots per game...broke the UIC career record for blocked shots after rejecting three Valparaiso attempts on Jan. 24 to eclipse Sherell Ford's previous school-best mark of 164 blocks...team's second-leading scorer with 9.3 points per game...posted six double-doubles...tallied game-highs in points (17) and rebounds (13) for a double-double at Milwaukee on Mar. 1...pulled down 14 rebounds at Loyola on Feb. 9...came up a point short of a double-double at Valparaiso on Jan. 24, scoring nine points while pulling down a career-high 21 rebounds...21 rebounds against the Crusaders ranks as the third-best single-game rebounding performance in school history and the fourth-best total in Horizon League history...played a career-high 46 minutes and turned in a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds to go with four blocks in UIC's win over Loyola on Jan. 12...posted first double-double of the season against Central Michigan on Nov. 28, scoring a game-high 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds... tallied 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in win over DePaul on Dec. 15...scored a career-high 19 points and blocked five shots against UIS on Nov. 13.
2006-07 Notes: Saw action in all 32 games, starting at center in 27 outings...averaged 5.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and a Horizon League-best 3.5 blocks per game...ranked fifth nationally in blocks per game and fourth in total blocks (111)...set the UIC and Horizon League single-season blocks record with 111...Horizon League All-Defensive Team pick...totaled 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in UIC's Horizon League Tournament opening round win over Milwaukee on Feb. 27... tied the UIC single-game record for swats with nine versus Cleveland State on Jan. 27, while also adding seven points and 12 rebounds...pulled down season-high 14 rebounds, adding nine points and six blocks, versus Wright State on Feb. 7...recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while adding six blocks, in the Flames' win over No. 12 Butler...chalked up second career double-double at Youngstown St. on Feb. 3 with 10 points and 10 rebounds...just missed a double-double against Akron on Dec. 16 with a 11 points and nine rebounds, while adding four blocks...totaled seven blocks versus Florida A&M on Nov. 24.
2005-06 Notes: Sat out the 2005-06 season per NCAA Transfer Guidelines, retaining three years of eligibility.
Prior to UIC: Played the 2004-05 season at Bowling Green State University under then-head coach Dan Dakich...played in all 29 games, making 11 starts, for the Falcons as a freshman...averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per contest...ranked fifth in the Mid-American Conference in blocked shots with 31...totaled five points, seven rebounds and three blocks in Bowling Green's win over UIC on Nov. 24.
Prep/Personal Notes: Played his final season of prep basketball at Lake Central High School in Dyer, Ind...First Team All-Conference and Team MVP after his senior season in which he averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and three assists per outing...competed his first three years at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill...son of Ray and Brenda VanderMeer...born on May 16, 1986...earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.