Panthers Add To Roster As 2013-14 School Year Begins
Sep 5, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team has officially added a pair of Division I transfers to its roster as the 2013-14 school year begins this week.
Malcolm Moore will join the Panthers after graduating from UTEP and will be eligible immediately for a single season of basketball. Meanwhile, Akeem Springs is coming to Milwaukee from Northern Illinois and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after he sits out the coming year.
The 6-foot-7 Moore appeared in 21 games over two injury-plagued seasons at UTEP. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in the first seven games of the 2011-12 season before tearing his ACL. He then played in 14 more contests while recovering from the injury during the 2012-13 season.
Prior to going to UTEP, Moore was a two-time All-Region 14 choice at Tyler Junior College in Texas. He earned Third-Team NJCAA All-America honors after his sophomore year, when he averaged 16.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.
At Iowa City High School, he was a four-time all-state honoree who averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior.
"Malcolm is an experienced inside player that plays with high energy," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "We're excited to have him on our team this year and he can certainly be a contributor for us."
Springs played in 18 games as a true freshman for Northern Illinois this past season, averaging 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. His best single-game effort actually came against the Panthers at the Klotsche Center Dec. 7, when he poured in 21 points off the bench. He also reached double figures four times and made eight starts before leaving the team in early February.
In high school at Waukegan Township, Springs was a Third-Team Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State performer who averaged 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a senior. He averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior.
"Akeem is a tough guard that is not afraid to mix it up inside," Jeter said. "He can also rebound from his guard position and is very strong at attacking the paint offensively. He'll certainly challenge our guys in practice this year and will be a key piece for us moving forward."
The 2013-14 roster will also include a pair of new walk-on transfers from the Milwaukee area. Dan Studer is on the team after spending last year at UW-Stevens Point, while Connor Weas joins the team after a season at Lawrence University.