UWM Signs Four to Letters of Intent
MILWAUKEE - Tim Flowers of Chicago, Ill., Anthony Hill of Milwaukee, Wis., Kevin Johnson of Chicago, Ill., and Deonte Roberts of St. Paul, Minn., have all signed national letters of intent to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, head coach Rob Jeter announced today.
The quartet of highly-regarded players will join a UWM program that has won the last three Horizon League regular season titles and has won three NCAA Tournament games over the past two years.
Flowers and Johnson are teammates at Simeon High School in Chicago, which won the Illinois Class AA state title last year and is ranked seventh in the country this season by USA Today. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Flowers is ranked as the 72nd-best prospect in the country in the Class of 2007 by Hoop Scoop, while he also is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ranked seventh among seniors in the state of Illinois. He averaged 18.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game last season while leading his Simeon team in scoring 15 times and in rebounding 28 times. He averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the state tournament.
"Tim is one of the best rebounders in the country at the high school level and has a real knack for playing around the basket," Jeter said. "He is also a tremendous leader on his high school team, both vocally and how he plays. He has a real presence about him, holding his teammates accountable for their play and really acting as a coach on the floor. He is a perfect fit."
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Johnson is ranked 11th in the state of Illinois after emerging this summer with strong play on his Mean Streets Express AAU team alongside Flowers and Memphis recruit Derrick Rose. He was called one of two elite power forwards in the Chicago area by the Chicago Sun Times heading into this season. Last season, Johnson averaged just over three points and three rebounds a game in a reserve role for Simeon.
"Kevin is a player with great potential who is extremely athletic and can play both forward positions," Jeter said. "He possesses the type of length we need at the front of the press and will give us another athlete in the frontcourt. He is also a tremendous student and is very excited about the opportunity to get his education at Milwaukee."
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Hill appears poised for a stellar senior season at Bradley Tech High School after a breakout summer on the AAU circuit. Hill earned honorable mention all-City Conference honors last season after averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game.
"Anthony just keeps getting better and better," Jeter said. "He has worked very hard on changing his body over the past 12 months, becoming a strong, powerful interior player. His game has really evolved as he has grown from a 6-5 center to a 6-7 guy who can play both inside and out. He is also another local addition to our program, and we're happy to have him join the Panther family."
The 6-foot-3 Roberts is playing this season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., after a standout high school career in Minnesota. Roberts averaged 22.3 points per game in his final year at Saint Bernard's High School in St. Paul, scoring 20 or more points 20 times and 31 points in two occasions. He was named to the Associated Press All-State team twice while also earning all-league honors.
"Deonte is a highly-skilled player who is also a tremendous competitor," Jeter said. "He is a very good on-ball defender and excels in the open court. He has also developed an excellent mid-range game. He was a standout high school player who should grow even more as a player this year and gives us another wing player who can really help us."
UWM also has a pair of Division I transfers sitting out this season that will be eligible for game action next year. Torre Johnson comes from Oklahoma State and will have one year of eligibility remaining, while Deion James comes from the University of Tulsa and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"When you start to look at all of the pieces we are putting together, our newcomers next year will provide a great compliment to the strong group of young guards we assembled this year," Jeter said. "We now have a large core group that will play together for three years, in addition to the upperclassmen who will return next year or are sitting out."