MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State head men's basketball coach Steve Tappmeyer has announced two more student-athletes to sign NCAA and MIAA National Letters of Intent for the 2005-06 season. Juniors Ed Hudson (Miami, Fla.) and Reggie Robinson (Chicago, Ill.) will join the Bearcat basketball program, which is coming off a 19-11 season from a year ago.
Hudson is a 6'7, 215 lb. forward from State Fair (Mo.) Community College. A graduate of Miami Northwestern High School, Hudson did not play much due to knee surgery. At SFCC, Hudson was a two-year team captain and led the club in rebounding averaging nearly eight boards per game and was tops with 50 blocked shots on the season. Hudson totaled 15 games of double-digit rebounds. In regional player rankings, Hudson was third in both rebounding and blocked shots.
"I think Hudson is an excellent athlete on the front line and can give us a different look there," said Tappmeyer. "He can rebound, block shots and run the floor well. If we can get him to a higher level than where he is right now, he will be an excellent player for us.
Robinson, a 6'2, 185 lb. guard, comes to Northwest via Cincinnati State Community College. He played the point and shooting guards while at CSCC. The Simeon High School product was named to the First Team All-City squad. Over his senior season, he averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 4.4 steals per game.
"I think Robinson will compete as a combo guard both at the point and off position," said Tappmeyer. "He came from a good high school and seems to know how to play. He is a distributor that can really find the open man. I expect him to be an excellent defensive player for us. I look for him to continue to get better as a perimeter shooter."
The Bearcats host St. Mary's (Kan.) on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. to open up the 2005-06 season.
Northwest Signees for 2005-06:
*Xzavier Gaines - Sr., 6-4, 210 (Grandberry, Tex.)
*Dillon Higdon - Jr., 6-4, 215 (Kansas City, Mo.)
*Mose Howard - Jr., 6-2, 190 (Omaha, Neb.)
*Ed Hudson - Jr., 6-7, 215 (Miami, Fla.)
*Reggie Robinson - 6-2, 185 (Chicago, Ill.)