All Four LOIs Signed

The Bronco basketball program announced the signing of four high school seniors to national letters of intent during the early signing period.

Detroit Standout Andre Ricks Inks With WMU

Ricks, a 5-9, 175-pounder, will have four seasons of eligibility when he arrives in Kalamazoo next fall for the 2005-06 campaign.

"Andre is very quick in the open floor and possesses great vision," head coach Steve Hawkins said. He has the ability to dictate tempo at both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor and is also a dangerous 3-point shooter."

A member of the varsity squad at Detroit's Pershing High School since his sophomore year, Ricks averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals per outing as a junior, despite playing just the second semester.

Ricks helped his AAU squad, the Michigan Hurricanes, to several tournament titles and contributed 15.0 points and 6.0 assists per outing.

Donald Cloutier To Join Broncos In 2005-06

Cloutier, a 6-7, 190-pounder, will join the Bronco roster in 2005-06 and have four seasons of eligibility upon his arrival in Kalamazoo.

"It won't take long for Bronco fans to appreciate Donald's athleticism and ability to excel both in the post and on the perimeter," head coach Steve Hawkins said. "He has a good shooting touch and is just as comfortable posting up inside."

While the Broncos were on their way to a Mid-American Conference Tournament title, Cloutier was helping lead Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis to the Class 4A state championship and a 29-2 overall record. Serving as the Wildcats' sixth man, he posted season averages of 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Lawrence claimed the county tournament title (he started in two of those victories) that season and also defended its conference championship as well.

A member of the National Honor Society, Cloutier spent half of his sophomore year on the varsity squad and helped the Wildcats to a league title.

Cloutier's Amateur Athletic Union squad, the Indy Heat, was one of the top teams in the nation. The Heat captured numerous tournament titles, including the championship at The Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas last summer.

"Donald has really flown under the radar, playing for not only one of the best high school teams in the country, but one of the best AAU teams as well," Hawkins said.

WMU Inks Standout Guard Shawntes Gary

Gary, a 6-2, 190-pounder, will join the Broncos for the 2005-06 campaign and have four seasons of eligibility.

"Shawntes is a very athletic, high flying player," head coach Steve Hawkins said. "He will bring a lot of excitement to the floor with his athleticism."

Gary helped lead Concord High School to a 15-8 and sectional title last season, averaging 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. His scoring average ranked fourth among all players in the area and was aided by a shooting touch that converted on 58 percent of its chances from the floor.

A unanimous selection to the Elkhart Truth All-Area First Team, Gary also claimed all-conference accolades. He was also one of 15 players in the state named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Underclassmen All-State team.

A second team all-area performer as a sophomore, Gary posted season averages of 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He was the second-leading scorer on the roster and top rebounder, helping Concord post a 19-4 overall record and Northern Lakes Conference Tournament championship.

"He can drive to the basket and is also a very capable shooter, which makes him a difficult threat to defend," Hawkins said.

WMU Adds Forward Derek Drews For 2005-06 Season

Drews, a 6-6, 200-pounder, will begin his career next season and have four seasons of eligibility with the Broncos.

"Derek is a proven winner," head coach Steve Hawkins said. "He is one of the best passers for a player his size we have ever seen. It's like having a coach on the floor."

Drews averaged 14.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season as a junior, earning second team all-conference accolades at Elkhart Central High School. He shot 53 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe and was also named second team all-area by the Elkhart Truth and Honorable Mention All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Drews enjoyed a breakthrough season as a sophomore, garnering the conference MVP award after posting season averages of 17.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per outing. He shot 51 percent from the floor and was tabbed first team all-league for his efforts. Drews claimed a spot on the all-sectional team and was named the South Bend Tribune Metro Player of the Year.

The first sophomore named to the Elkhart Truth All-Area team since 1987, Drews helped lead the Blazers to a 20-5 record in 2002-03 and a sectional title.

He averaged 9.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per outing as a freshman and has played his entire prep career under the tutelage of his father, Mike.

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