Chicago Colleges: UIC

Odiase, Sims commit to UIC

September, 1, 2013
Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) senior power forward Tai Odiase and Bloomington North (Ind.) combo guard Grant Sims committed to UIC on Sunday.

Odiase, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward, chose the Flames over Ball State, Kent State, IPFW, Southern Illinois and Valparaiso. Odiase, who is ranked the No. 53 power forward in the country by ESPN, committed to UIC while on an official visit this weekend.

Sims, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, also committed to UIC while on an official visit this weekend. He had offers from Air Force, Miami (Ohio) and UNC-Asheville, among others.

“I was just really comfortable with the coaching staff,” Odiase said in a phone interview on Sunday. “From Day 1, they’ve been recruiting me the hardest. They were the first to recruit me. They really believe in my skill set and feel they can develop me in the next four years. I think they can get me where I need to be in the future.”

UIC assistant coach Donnie Kirksey was the lead recruiter on Odiase. UIC assistant coach Stew Robinson was the lead recruiter on Sims.

Odiase and Sims are UIC’s first and second Class of 2014 commitments. The Flames also recently received a commitment from Class of 2015 combo guard Drew Hackett, who is from Munster, Ind.

UIC to name stadium after Granderson

February, 7, 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago will name its new baseball stadium after Yankees centerfielder and UIC alum Curtis Granderson, who provided what is expected to be the largest contribution to the school's athletic department.

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Flames land Indiana prep shooting guard

September, 9, 2012
Elkhart Memorial senior shooting guard Markese McGuire committed to Illinois-Chicago on Sunday.

McGuire, a 6-3 guard from Elkhart, Ind., chose the Flames over Evansville. He averaged 16.3 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists last season.

“The whole coaching staff has been committed to me ever since I came to their elite camp over a year ago and (they) stressed the importance of having me there,” McGuire said. “Also with being there, I believe I will become the best player I can be, and they are willing to help me get there. I saw them play a year ago, and I can now see how much they have improved which shows how the coaches are getting their players to reach their potential.

“Most importantly, I have a great relationship with the whole coaching staff and players as well. I’m proud to say I will be a part of the UIC family.”

McGuire is UIC’s first Class of 2013 commitment.

Ex-UIC stars Kreps, Carter sign overseas

August, 22, 2011
Former UIC basketball players Paul Carter and Robo Kreps have signed overseas contracts, the school announced on Monday.

Carter, a 6-8 forward, signed with Proteas Danoi in the Cypriot League. He averaged 14.7 points and eight rebounds last season.

Kreps, a 6-1 guard, will play for MIA Tbilisi of the Georgian League. He finished seventh on UIC's all-time scoring list with 1,594 career points.

"I'd like to congratulate both Robo and Paul on extending their basketball careers on the professional level,” UIC coach Howard Moore said a statement. "Those guys did a great job serving as our co-captains last year, and had tremendous careers. I'm extremely happy for both of them, and we'll be paying close attention to their careers overseas."

Ex-Simeon F Robinson commits to UIC

March, 18, 2011
St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy and former Simeon forward Rob Robinson has committed to the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Robinson played for Simeon's state championship team last season. He attended St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, a prep school, in Delafield, Wis., this season, and averaged about 17 points and six rebounds.

He chose UIC over interest from DePaul, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, Utah State and other programs.

“I got that feeling that this is where I want to be,” said Robinson, who acknowledged UIC assistant coach Donnie Kirksey also was influential in his decision. “I’m home. I’m a Chicago guy, born and raised on the South Side. I just felt good about it. I talked to my mom about it. I prayed about it. I felt like I was in a win-win situation.”

Robinson is a versatile player who can play anywhere from shooting guard to power forward. He averaged 1.9 points and four rebounds on a balanced Simeon team in 2009-2010.

“If you notice, a lot of kids leave Simeon and their system, and they go to a junior college or prep school, and they just kill and have a great year,” Robinson said. “With Simeon, we were balanced in scoring. I don’t think it’s a negative. At Simeon, I can say one thing you’re going to learn is to play basketball. I learned a lot of things at Simeon.

“It was a blessing to have a post-grad year like this year. It made my stock rise. People are like, ‘Wow, where did he come from?’ ”

UIC's Moore lands Public League star in Brown

October, 1, 2010
UIC coach Howard Moore's strong Chicago Public League ties already are paying off as the first-year coach received a commitment from Morgan Park senior 6-4 guard Jerome Brown, arguably the Public League's best shooter.

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UIC's Moore hires Kirksey from Public League

August, 25, 2010
Whitney Young coach Tyrone Slaughter has heard plenty of Division I basketball programs say they're going to give Chicago Public League coaches a look in their hiring process. Slaughter has found more often than not that message is untrue.

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Sources: UW assistant Moore to coach UIC

August, 20, 2010
CHICAGO -- Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore will be named UIC men's basketball coach, according to multiple sources.

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Gophers' Carter transferring to UIC

May, 6, 2010
UIC coach Jimmy Collins understood the type of player that Minnesota transfer Paul Carter could be for the Flames from the moment he heard Carter was available.

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