Hayden Humes transferring to UIC from Toledo; Will sit out season


UPDATE: Per a correction from UIC, Humes will only have two years of eligibility at UIC.

Red-shirt sophomore forward Hayden Humes (6-8, 220 lbs.) will be transferring to the Flames with three years of remaining eligibility, per a release from UIC basketball, after playing in all 32 Toledo games last season and starting in 25. However, per NCAA transfer guidelines, Humes, a native of Valparaiso, Indiana, will miss out on the 2011-2012 campaign.

"Hayden is a great addition to our program," said UIC head coach Howard Moore in a statement. "He's a
versatile big man that can play either the 4 or 5 position, and has
shooting range up to 18 feet. He has great feet and great hands, and
fits our system very well. I'm really excited to welcome Hayden to our
team, and I think our fans will really enjoy seeing him play when he
suits up for us."

Humes' numbers after the jump.

Humes was a limited role player with the Rockets (with 15 percent of Toledo's possessions), and would fit right into Brad Birton's scrappy wing spot. He tallied 5.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 26.1 mpg.

As far as efficiency goes, Humes was an efficient player on a very inefficient last-place Toledo team. He led all of his teammates with a 97.0 offensive rating (that's also better than Paul Carter's 96.9 o-rating) last season, and pulled down boards at a rate of 8.2 percent on the offensive end and 15.5 percent on the defensive end - nothing spectacular, but good numbers for a freshman.

Humes' 20.3 percent turnover rate from last season was lower than all Flames starters except for Robo Kreps. He can handle the ball well enough. He shot the ball decently, going 50-114 (.439) from two and 5-20 (.250) from three last season.

This is a big get for Moore. To be able to attract starting players - especially young ones from competing regional teams is a great sign. It's only too bad that Humes won't be able to compete immediately, because the Flames will be hurting on the baseline wing this season without Birton.

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