Gary Talton Joins UIC Basketball Program
May 18, 2011
CHICAGO -UIC head men's basketball coach Howard Moore announced Wednesday that Gary Talton, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard from Mountain View (Texas) Community College, has signed a National Letter of Intent to finish his academic and athletic career with the Flames. Talton will have two years of eligibility at UIC, beginning in the 2011-12 season.
"We're very excited to have Gary join our program," said Moore. "He has shown to be a winner wherever he has been, and the way he led his junior college team to a national championship last season is a prime example of that. Gary brings all of the qualities that we want in our program - his leadership, character and work ethic are going to be vital to our success over the next couple of years. We are excited about him being a key contributor on our team right away next season."
Talton, who hails from Dallas, led Mountain View to the 2010-11 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Championship. He was named a First-Team Division III All-American, and chalked up First-Team All-Tournament honors during the Lions' national title run.
Talton led Mountain View 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. Mountain View College ended the season with a 26-8 record.
"UIC showed me a lot of interest throughout the recruiting process, and was the most aggressive school that recruited me," said Talton. "Coach Moore and his staff remind me of the type of coaches that I've been around all of my life. They've got a great vision, and I trust in them. They expect me to come in and contribute as a leader, and I welcome that challenge."
Talton 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. His first year of college eligibility was completed at Navarro (Texas) Junior College.
In the past six months, Moore has signed eight players: Chicago natives Rob Robinson (6-5, SF, St. John's Military Academy [Wis.]), Jerome Brown (6-4, SG, Morgan Park H.S.), Ahman Fells (6-5, G/F, Simeon) and Greg Travis (6-0, PG, Curie); along with 6-foot-5 shooting guard Marc Brown, also out of Dallas, Will Simonton, a 6-11 center from Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia, transfer Hayden Humes, and Talton.