Men's Basketball Adds Six To 2010 Class
May 6, 2010
CHICAGO- The UIC men's basketball program announced on Thursday, May 6 that the following six student-athletes will join the Flames beginning in 2010-11:
Paul Carter (6-8, Forward, Little Rock, Ark./Mills H.S./Minnesota)
Daniel Barnes (6-2, Guard, Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest H.S./Kaskaskia College)
Paris Carter (6-7, Forward, Lansing, Ill./T.F. South H.S./Lake Land College)
Shawn King (6-4, Guard, Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert H.S.)
Dorian Tyler (6-9, Center, Chicago, Ill./Marshall H.S./Morton College)
Darrin Williams (6-9, Center, Louisville, Ky./Eastern H.S./Wallace State CC)
"This class greatly enhances the program in the areas of depth, athleticism and toughness, particularly on the inside," said UIC head coach Jimmy Collins.
"This is a class that features a very high level of skill," said associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Tracy Dildy. "We have a great mix of guys with experience and success at the collegiate level, yet they are also young, talented players that are tough, physically strong and explosive athletically. Our depth improves significantly with this group.
"Most importantly, all of these guys come from winning programs," said Dildy. "Each one of these guys brings a winning mentality that will greatly enhance our program."
Paul Carter is a versatile 6-8, 203-pound forward who played a key role as the sixth man for Tubby Smith at Minnesota the past two seasons, helping the Golden Gophers reach a pair of NCAA Tournament berths by averaging 5.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg in 15.5 minutes in 63 games. He is transferring to UIC with one year of eligibility remaining for family reasons.
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"Paul can play the 1-4 positions and just knows how to win," said Dildy. "He had an outstanding junior college career before becoming a big part of Minnesota's resurgence under coach Smith and helping them go to the postseason twice. He brings experience and leadership."
Barnes is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard who played on the same high school team as current Georgia Tech standout Iman Shumpert. Barnes was a reserve as a freshman for Eastern Michigan before transferring to Kaskaskia in Centralia, Ill., where he averaged a team-high 14.9 ppg and 2.8 apg as a sophomore.
"Daniel wanted to prove that he could carry the scoring load for a team, and he went the junior college route and did just that," said Dildy. "He is quick, he's a lefty who can shoot, and he can see the entire court and create. He is hungry to prove he can succeed at the Division I level."
Paris Carter, a power forward, is 6-7 and 230 pounds and played prep ball at T.F. South. As a sophomore at Lake Land in Mattoon, Ill., he averaged 15.7 ppg and 7.6 rpg in 29 games.
"Paris is extremely athletic and explosive," said Dildy. "He was one of the top players in the state coming out of high school. He is all muscle and athleticism personified."
King, 6-4 and 200 pounds, is considered one of the top shooting guards in the state of Arizona after averaging 23.8 ppg and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 52.0 percent from the field as a senior at Gilbert. He was named the 5A-1 Central Region Player of the Year.
"Shawn is a big guard who can do it all," said assistant coach Bryant Lowe. "He can score, he can rebound and he can pass. His size, athleticism and scoring ability at three positions will be a major asset in the Horizon League."
The 6-9, 230-pound Tyler was a cog in Marshall High School's 2007-08 Class 3A state championship team. The center moved on to play two seasons at Morton College in Cicero, Ill., garnering 2009-10 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year honors after leading Morton in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg).
"Dorian is a beast on the blocks and can score at will," said Dildy. "He is a high-low player who can post up and face up, and his range even extends past the three-point arc. Dorian comes from winning programs and provides a boost to our frontcourt from the first day he steps on the floor."
Williams is a 6-9, 270-pound center who just finished an abbreviated season due to transfer rules at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala., where he averaged 6.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.0 bpg while shooting 58 percent for the No. 5 team in the NJCAA. He started his college career at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 16.9 mpg off the bench to earn Sunshine State Conference All-Freshman accolades in 2008-09.
"Darrin has great post moves," said Dildy. "He has a high skill level in the post and has a really high skill level as a basketball player in general, especially for a man his size.
"We wanted to bring in the right mix of players who can help us immediately while simultaneously laying a foundation for the future," said Dildy. "Our philosophy was to bring in players from the area, particularly from the Chicago Public League, while also getting athletes with size, versatility and a winning background. These young men fit that bill."
"I want to compliment Tracy for his outstanding work in identifying and bringing in a crop of tough, skilled young men to this program," said Collins. "I must also commend Bryant for doing a great job in finding Shawn and recruiting him to attend UIC. The entire staff worked extremely hard to secure this class, which is a class that I truly believe will make an immediate impact and shore up numerous areas of need heading into next season."
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