UIC Flames (7-24, 2-14)
Projected starting five:
Sr. C Dorian Tyler
Sr. C Darrin Williams
Sr. F Paris Carter
Jr. G Gary Talton
So. F Hayden Humes
Robo Kreps: 15.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 apg
Paul Carter: 14.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.9 apg
Zavion Neely: 8.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg
Brad Birton: 5.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg
The Flames were hit hard by graduation. Robo Kreps, Paul Carter, Brad Birton, Zavion Neely, K.C. Robbins (4.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.5 apg), Jimmy Harding (0.6 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 0.2 apg), and Dipanjot Singh (5.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg) all graduated. Eddie Denard and Shawn King are no longer with the team. Guard Corey Gray (3.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.4 apg) transferred to Chicago State.
% returning scoring and rebounding:
Scoring: 19 percent
Rebounding: 36 percent
The Flames return one starter: Darrin Williams.
Jerome Brown is a freshman guard and local product from Chicago who is known for his outside shooting. Marc Brown is a freshman guard from Texas who received all-state honors during his senior year. Ahman Fells is a freshman forward and local product from Chicago who helped his high school team win two consecutive state titles. Rob Robinson is a freshman swingman who is another Chicago product who played for a year at a prep school before joining the Flames. Will Simonton is a freshman center from Virginia who is known for his defensive prowess. Sammy Sutter is a freshman guard who was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) all-state team and who joined the team as a walk-on. Greg Travis is a freshman guard and yet another local product. Guard Gary Talton is a Juco transfer.
The Flames’ biggest nonconference matchup is against Oregon State. During Horizon League play, the Flames face a tough three-game test of Butler, Milwaukee and Green Bay.