MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball program signed junior college All-American Bik Gill to a National Letter of Intent as the signing period opened Wednesday.
Gill, originally of Toronto, Canada, starred for Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, this season. He averaged 15.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game on his way to first-team recognition in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and third-team All-America honors in Division II of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound post player ranked among the top 10 nationally in his division of the NJCAA in blocked shots (73) and total rebounds (298) while also setting the Owens record for blocks in a season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“We are really excited to add Bik Gill to our 2014 recruiting class,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said. “We were looking for an older, experienced post player, and Bik provides that. He had a tremendous season at Owens Community College and was well-coached by Dave Clarke. He is a terrific player and a great rebounder who comes from a great family. I think he is going to be a valuable asset for us and can make an impact immediately.”
Gill continued to improve as his sophomore season progressed, raising his production to 19.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game against OCCAC competition. He logged 14 double-doubles on the year, including nine in league play. Gill scored 20 points or more in five of Owens’ final six games and helped the Express to a 25-6 overall record and a share of the conference championship.
Gill played his freshman season at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri. Before that, he was a three-time provincial all-star at Ascension of Our Lord Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. He will be one of two Canadians joining the Cardinals next season, along with Francis Kiapway, who signed with Ball State in November out of St. Thomas More School in Connecticut.
The incoming class also includes a trio of in-state products in Sean Sellers of Greensburg and Rashaun Richardson and Jeremie Tyler of Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis. Sellers and Tyler were each named to the Indiana All-Star Team last week.
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