CHICAGO- The UIC Flames continued their spring marathon on Wednesday as the athletic department announced another major edition to their men's basketball team. Jordan Harks, a 6'8" power forward who grew up in suburban Lombard has transferred to UIC from Central Arkansas. He will be eligible to play in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
Harks began his college career at Olivet-Nazarene in downstate Bourbonnais. While there he averaged 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. After playing at the NAIA level, Harks transferred to Central Arkansas. Although his numbers would go down, he was still an effective player averaging 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds a game down south.
The soon-to-be Senior decided to come to UIC to get his masters degree. Being from the Chicago area, it works out perfectly for Harks' friends and family. Here is what he said after Wednesday's announcement:
"I’m really excited to be able to finish my career at UIC and to be given the opportunity to pursue my Master’s degree. The campus is only 25 minutes from my hometown, and to be able to play in front of my friends and family during my senior year is really a dream come true. I can’t wait to get to work this summer.”
Head basketball coach Howard Moore had this to say: "We’re excited to welcome Jordan to our program for his senior season. He made contact with us after the season, and expressed his interest in returning home to finish his college career and pursue his master’s degree. He’s a great student, and a player that comes into our program with invaluable experience at the Division I level. We expect Jordan to have an immediate impact on our team next season, and to be a great representative of this university.”
At the moment it's not known if Harks will start or how much playing time he will get. But with Josh Crittle gone and Matt Gorski dismissed from the team last year, Harks' size and wing span will be very welcome at the UIC Pavilion. For all things sports, follow me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82