Chippewas Sign Minnoy and Eddie

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University men's basketball coach Ernie Zeigler has announced the signing of William Eddie III of Detroit Cass Tech High School and Nate Minnoy of Schoolcraft Community College to National Letters of Intent.

William Eddie is a 6-2, 175-pound point guard while Nate Minnoy is a 6-3, 270-pound guard/forward who played one season at Purdue and more recently at Schoolcraft Community College.

Zeigler already inked 6-5 guard Chase Simon of Detroit Community High School and 6-4 guard Jeremy Allen, a teammate of Eddie's at Detroit Cass Tech, during the fall signing period.

"In light of some guys leaving our program, we were able to sign some additional student-athletes who will upgrade our talent level," coach Ernie Zeigler said. "These two give us more depth and will create competition at every position in practice, which is what we need to get better."

In Zeigler's first year as head coach in 2006-07, the Chippewas were 13-18 overall and 7-9 in the Mid-American Conference. CMU was 4-24 overall and 1-17 in the MAC the previous season.

Central Michigan is expected to announce an additional signee in the coming weeks.

Aaron Richie, Andre Smyth and walk-on John Tiemeyer have all left the CMU program and plan on transferring to other institutions.

William Eddie III

Point Guard

6-2, 175 pounds

Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech HS

Zeigler on Eddie: "William's ability to be a true point guard makes him a great addition to our team. He is a skilled passer who sees the floor well and makes the team better. Add to that his defense and quickness, and he will fit into our system well."

High School: Injured most of the 2006-07 season … averaged 13 points and seven assists per game … ranked 10th best point guard in the state by prior to senior season … prior to junior year was ranked No. 22 by the Detroit Free Press and No. 25 by the Detroit News … ranked No. 24 in the state by Detroit Free Press prior to sophomore year … ranked 27th overall prospect in the state prior to senior year by Craig Wind of Prime Time High School Sports … rated a two-star recruit by … high school coach was Robert Shannon and AAU squad was Team Detroit … named to the all-tournament team at the All-American Classic tournament in the summer of 2006 … father, William Eddie Jr., is a CMU assistant coach under Ernie Zeigler.

Nate Minnoy


6-3, 270

Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan

Purdue/Schoolcraft CC

Zeigler on Minnoy: "Nate is a tremendous addition to our program. He brings a lot of the intangibles that will allow us to continue to develop a winning situation here at CMU. His leadership and toughness, along with his skill set, will enhance our program and the rebuilding process."

2006-07 at Schoolcraft CC: Earned National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-Region XII honors along with first team All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association laurels … played in 17 games … averaged 22.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game which ranked 11th and 14th nationally in NJCAA Division II … shot .518 from the floor and .612 from the line. 2005-06 at Purdue: Started the first 12 games of the year at Purdue before suffering a knee injury in the Big Ten opener at Northwestern … was the only player to start each of the first 12 games … came back to play in Big Ten Tournament game against Michigan State … averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Boilermakers … added 31 assists, three blocked shots and 12 steals … shot .505 from the floor and .438 from the line… scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds in collegiate debut against Wofford … tallied 13 points and a season-high six assists against Chicago State … notched 15 points and seven rebounds against Tennessee-Martin … pulled down a season-high nine rebounds on two occasions — at Loyola-Chicago and versus IPFW … led the team in charges drawn despite playing in only half of the team's games … scored in double figures eight times … led the team in scoring twice and rebounding twice. High School: Averaged 17.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a senior, 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a junior and 16.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a sophomore … named co-MVP of the East Team in EA SPORTS Roundball Classic at the United Center in Chicago … rated as one of the nation's top 75 high school seniors by and rated a three-star recruit by … leading scorer on the Class A state championship team as a sophomore … named first team all-state … attended Mt. Carmel High School as a freshman … played AAU ball for Illinois Fire.

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