Pair of Murray State College Standouts Transfer to UIC Basketball
May 4, 2012
CHICAGO - UIC head men's basketball coach Howard Mooreannounced the additions of Murray State College (Okla.) transfers Jordan Lankster and Carlos Henderson to the Flames' program Friday. Lankster, a 6-foot-5 wing, and Henderson, a 6-foot-9 center, will both have two years of eligibility with the Flames beginning next season.
"Jordan and Carlos are two tremendous additions to our team and our program," said Moore. "They come to UIC with some very valuable experience at Murray State College under head coach Randy Rutherford. I expect both Jordan and Carlos to immediately contribute to our team next season."
Lankster, a native of Tulsa, Okla., attended Tulsa Central High School before beginning his collegiate playing career at Murray State College. He averaged 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a team-high 1.7 steals per game for the Aggies last season, while shooting 43 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line.
"Jordan has great size and athleticism, and possesses the ability to create his own shot," Moore said. "He plays very physical, has a solid mid-range game, and will really help us on the defensive end. His versatility will allow us to play him at multiple positions."
Henderson is a native of Grant, Okla. - he attended Hugo High School before moving onto Murray State College. Last season, Henderson averaged 6.3 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game - he also recorded 20 blocks in 20 games played, and shot 49 percent from the field.
"Carlos is a solid rebounder, and is very active defensively in the lane - he has a great knack for blocking shots," said Moore. "He'll help us right away in those areas of the game, and can also be an offensive presence in the post. Carlos will really help our young frontcourt grow next season."
With the additions of Lankster and Henderson, UIC will now welcome seven newcomers to the mix next season. Matt Gorski (7-0, Center, Chesterfield, Va./Fisburne Military Academy), Gabriel Snider (6-1, Guard, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) and Jake Wiegand (6-8, Forward, Herndon, Va./Fisburne Military Academy) all signed in last November's early signing period, while Jay Parker (5-10, Guard, Thornton, Ill./Highland C.C.) and Joey Miller (6-3, Guard, Charleston, Ill./Eastern Illinois) transferred to UIC last month.
Per NCAA transfer rules, Miller will likely be required to sit out the 2012-13 campaign before resuming his three-year eligibility the following year. All six other newcomers will be immediately eligible for the Flames next season. UIC is also set to return four starters (Daniel Barnes, Marc Brown, Hayden Humes and Gary Talton) from the 2011-12 squad.