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SkyHawks Set Inaugural Roster

April 19, 2002 - United States Basketball League (USBL) - St. Louis SkyHawks News Release

St. Louis, MO - The St. Louis SkyHawks, an expansion franchise of the United States Basketball League (USBL), announced today their 2002 inaugural season roster for their season home opener this Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Mark Twain Basketball Arena.

According to USBL rules, each team must carry 12 players on their roster, including two rookies. The SkyHawks squad, balanced with overall talent, is a young club composed of five rookies and seven veterans. Among the inaugural season SkyHawks are former St. Louis University standout Justin Love, University of Connecticut’s Albert Mouring and rookie Lance Williams of DePaul University. Love, a 6-3, 190-pound guard, joined the team as the first player in franchise history. He brings two years of professional experience to the SkyHawks, following a brief stint with the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in their 2000 preseason and playing two months in France with the BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque-Grand-Littoral (2001). Despite only two seasons at SLU, he ranks 8th among the school’s career scoring leaders (16.3 ppg), 6th among all-time 3-pt field goals made (113) and 4th in career 3-pt percentage (.406). In 2000, he earned First Team All-Conference USA honors.

Mouring, 6-4 and 195 pounds, also brings professional experience to the young SkyHawks. The former UConn guard was a member of the 1999 NCAA Division-I National Championship Team under Coach Jim Calhoun, while also honored as a nominee for the prestigious John Wooden Award (1999). He ranks 24th on the Huskies all-time scoring list (1,214 pts), 2nd in career 3-pt percentage (.412), and holds their all-time record for free throw percentage (.842). Most recently, he played professionally overseas with Hapoel Holin (2002) and Spojnia Stargard (2001).

Making his professional debut with the SkyHawks is DePaul University rookie Lance Williams. The 6-5, 255-pound forward played all four seasons with the Blue Demons, averaging 11.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 109 games played, while accumulating 1,170 career points. As a junior (2000-01), Williams was selected among the nation’s top 10 power forwards by Dick Vitale. In 1999, he was a member of the USA Basketball Silver-medal Men’s Jr. World Championship Team.

The roster also includes Creighton University guard Ben Walker, University of Houston forward Kenny Younger, and Mohammed Niang, a former University of Delaware forward/center. In addition, two of the SkyHawks 2002 USBL Collegiate Draft selections will make their professional debut on Saturday night, including Western Kentucky’s Derek Robinson (3rd Round, #30 overall) and Chad Prewitt from Arizona State University (5th Round, #48 overall).

The SkyHawks will play their first game in the USBL, Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. against the Kansas Cagerz. Kansas, coached by Francis Flax, finished the 2001 season with an 18-12 overall record.

Don’t miss the opportunity for fun-filled, affordable, family entertainment, as men’s professional basketball returns to St. Louis. Individual tickets range in price from $5-$25 and may be purchased through MetroTix at 314.534.111 or online at www.metrotix.com. For season tickets or SkyHawks general information, please call 314.367.4600 x409 or visit www.stlskyhawks.com.

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