Jordan Harks Transfers to UIC, Will Be Immediately Eligible|
May 29, 2013
CHICAGO - Jordan Harks, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward/center from Lombard, Ill., is set to enroll in UIC's graduate school, and will complete his final year of collegiate eligibility with the UIC men's basketball team, head coach Howard Moore announced on Wednesday. Harks, who is transferring to UIC from Central Arkansas, will begin his program coursework during the summer session, and be immediately eligible for the Flames next season.
"We're excited to welcome Jordan to our program for his senior season," said Moore. "He made contact with us after the season, and expressed his interest in returning home to finish his college career and pursue his master's degree. He's a great student, and a player that comes into our program with invaluable experience at the Division I level. We expect Jordan to have an immediate impact on our team next season, and to be a great representative of this university."
Harks prepped at Glenbard South High School, collecting IHSA 3A Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention plaudits during his senior season, when he averaged 20.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. A top-60 recruit in the state of Illinois, Harks received several Division I offers, but opted to begin his college career at Olivet-Nazarene in Bourbonnais. In just one season with the Tigers, he averaged 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game en route to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Freshman of the Year honors, along with Honorable Mention NAIA All-American recognition.
Upon transferring to Central Arkansas, Harks sat out the 2010-11 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. During the 2011-12 season, his first campaign with the Bears, Harks saw action in 25 games with eight starts. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor in an average of just 18.3 minutes per game.
Last season, Harks scored 7.9 points per contest, and averaged 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 58.6 percent from the field in an average of 19.9 minutes per outing. He collected 11 double-digit scoring outputs, including a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) at Arizona State in the season opener (11/10/12). Harks also scored 15 points and corralled nine rebounds against UT-Martin (12/5/12) and chipped in 16 points to go along with seven rebounds at Oklahoma State (12/16/12).
"I'm really excited to be able to finish my career at UIC and to be given the opportunity to pursue my Master's degree," Harks said. "The campus is only 25 minutes from my hometown, and to be able to play in front of my friends and family during my senior year is really a dream come true. I can't wait to get to work this summer."
Harks will complete a five-member newcomer class for the UIC men's basketball team in 2013-14, joining Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow, and freshmen Markese McGuire (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial), Lance Whitaker (South Elgin, Ill./Bartlett) and Pat Birt (Plano, Texas/Plano East). His transfer also gives the Flames a three-member senior class (Harks, Barlow, Hayden Humes) for the upcoming campaign.