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Men's Basketball Announces Spring Signings

May 23, 2011

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - SIUE men's basketball Head Coach Lennox Forrester has announced five additions to the team, all signed during the recent spring signing period. Derian Shaffer (Detroit), Jerome Jones (St. Louis), Maurice Wiltz (Stafford, Texas), Kris Davis (Detroit), and Michael Birts (Homestead, Fla.) have each signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Cougars.

Derian Shaffer, a 6-7, 230 lb. post player, comes to SIUE from Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. Shaffer is from Detroit Michigan and played with fellow recruit Kris Davis at Cass Technical High School.

"Derian is a very athletic player who runs the floor very well and does a great job rebounding on both ends of the floor," Forrester said. "Derian is a tremendous teammate." Shaffer averaged 7.6 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 54.3 percent from the field for Kilgore.

Jerome Jones is a 6-6, 215 lb. forward from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Jerome is originally from St. Louis and played at Career Academy before playing his freshman year at Missouri State. Jones averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds for Indian Hills while shooting 40.7 percent from three point range.

"Jerome brings more length and athleticism to our team," Forrester said. "He can score in a variety of ways and will be a very versatile player for us."

Maurice Wiltz is a 6-2, 175 lb. point guard who is transferring from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo. Wiltz played in seven games for the Rams as a freshman. In high school, Wiltz scored 21 points per game and averaged 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Stafford High School in Stafford, Texas. Wiltz was a McDonald's All-American Nominee his senior year.

"Maurice has great size for his position," Forrester said. "He is a superb athlete who has played at a very high level."

Maurice will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years eligibility remaining to play for the Cougars.

Kris Davis is a 6-2, 170 lb. combo guard from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich. Davis was selected to the second team All-Detroit Public League team. He averaged 19 points, three assists, six rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game while leading Cass Tech to a 15-7 record.

"Kris is a long, athletic guard who can play both guard spots," Forrester said. "He is a fantastic scorer and a great defender with a high basketball I.Q."

Michael Birts is a 6-6, 200 lb. power forward from Robert Morgan Educational Center in Miami, Fla. Birts averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks per game as a senior. Michael was selected to play in the Dade vs. Broward All-Star game and also was selected to the ESPN All-South Florida team. He was also named to the All-Dade Honorable Mention team. "Michael is a very long and athletic player," Forrester said. "He is a great rebounder and shot blocker."

These five players are in addition to Charles Joy of O'Fallon who signed with the Cougars during the fall.

"With the addition of these six young men, we continue to build our program to have success on and off the floor," Coach Forrester said. "These guys are all great players but more importantly are great citizens and students."

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