Men's Basketball Newcomers Named `Head of the Class' by USA Today

Howard Moore's second full recruiting class includes a pair of D1 transfers.
Howard Moore's second full recruiting class includes a pair of D1 transfers.

Oct. 17, 2012

CHICAGO - Thanks to the addition of Division I transfers Josh Crittle and Joey Miller, along with incoming freshmen Matt Gorski and Jake Wiegand, the UIC men's basketball 2012-13 recruiting class has been recognized at the "Head of the Class" by USA Today in its Horizon League men's basketball preview and "Rating the Recruiting" section.

Additionally, senior point guard Gary Talton was named Second-Team All-Horizon League by USA Today. He played in all of UIC's 30 games last season, starting 27. Talton led the Flames in scoring (11.6 points per game), field goals made (122), free throw percentage (.867), and assists per game (3.3), and was named to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team.

Crittle, a senior transfer, arrived to UIC from UCF - he will have one year of immediate eligibility. The 6-foot-9 center from Bellwood started 25-of-31 games last season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game. He is pursuing a Master's of Education in UIC's Instructional Leadership program. Crittle has played in 82 Division I games and more than 1,100 minutes over the past three seasons.

Miller, previously a guard at Eastern Illinois, was granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA, and will have three years of eligibility at UIC, beginning this season. The 6-3 sophomore started 24-of-29 games for the Panthers last season, and was named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week three times. Miller ranked second on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game, and set the EIU freshman single game scoring record.

Gorski, a 7-foot center, and Wiegand, a 6-8 power forward, both attended Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va., for one year of postgraduate school before signing at UIC. Both are expected to immediately contribute to UIC's rotation this season, and factored into USA Today's rankings of the top recruiting classes in the Horizon League. UIC's other newcomers include sophomore point guard Jay Parker (Highland [Ill.] C.C.) and freshman guard Gabe Snider, who starred at Whitney Young High School in the Windy City. Joining the program as walk-ons are freshmen Austin Angel (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and Ngijol Songolo (Madison, Wis./Memorial).