Woodlawn native was working at Staples last spring when he received scholarship offer from SIU.
Salukis trailed by one at halftime.
Tyler Smithpeters (Fr.), Bronson Verhines (Sr.) and Dawson Verhines (Jr.) added to 2013-14 roster.
Played in 27 games in his only season at SIU...Missed five games with a sprained ankle...Scored 17 points in the teams first two games of the season at Missouri (8) and versus Saint Louis (9).
Rend Lake College
Played one season (2012-13) and led his team to a 30-3 record and NJCAA Division II national championship...Team also won the Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship, a league composed of Division I teams, with a 14-2 record...Averaged 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds...Was named All-Conference, All-Region and national tournament MVP...Also named an Academic All-American...Coached by former Saluki Randy House.
Played one season (2009-10) and averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Woodlawn High School
Named All-Conference and Fourth-Team 1A All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association during his senior season...Averaged 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and led Woodlawn to a 30-2 record and second-place finish in the state tournament...His high school had an enrollment of 190 students.
Son of Don and Nancy Verhines...Father is a pastor and mother is a teacher...Played together with his younger brother, Dawson, for the Salukis in the 2013-14 season...Born Oct. 27, 1990 in Mt. Vernon, Ill...Majoring in economics.