Record: 10-20 Home: 8-8 Away: 2-12 Conf: 5-13
Smith and Collins become Cougars
Men's Basketball - Wed, May 10, 2017
Indiana University Kokomo men's basketball has added two new Cougars to its ranks.
Luke Smith and Eddy Collins have officially joined the 2017-2018 IU Kokomo squad.
Collins comes to the Cougars from McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Ind. where he played basketball all four years. During his time as a high school athlete Collins was All-State Honorable Mention and All-Conference while averaging 14 points per game, two assists per game and two steals per game.
"Eddy is a big time signing for the Cougars. Eddy will bring much needed versatility to our program and I can't wait to utilize his talents on the floor," Head Coach Tom Church said of Collins becoming a member of IU Kokomo, "he played for one of the legends in Coach Peckinpaugh and in an extremely tough basketball conference (North Central Conference) making him collegiate-level ready from day one."
As for Collins, he says he decided to attend IU Kokomo because he feels it is "the best situation" for him personally.
"I'm looking forward to elevating my game while also learning new things," Collins said of the upcoming season.
Smith joins the Cougars from Monrovia High School in Monrovia, Ind. where he was a member of the varsity basketball team all four years, averaging 18.9 points per game, 2.9 assists per game and 2.4 rebounds per game. For his efforts on the court Smith earned the Martinsville Reporter-Times Player of the Year and was three-time All-Conference, while off the court Smith was on the Indiana High School Athletic Association Student-Athlete Leadership Committee.
"I decided to attend IU Kokomo because it was the best fit academically with the Kelley School of Business," Smith said of his decision, "it has the small school feel without being too small."
"I'm really excited to add Luke to our Cougar family. Luke has an extremely high basketball IQ and his all-around game will be extremely valuable to our team. Coach Swafford did an amazing job with him at Monrovia High School and we are lucky to have him," Coach Church commented on the addition of Smith, "I believe that Luke is just scratching the surface on how good he can really be."
"I'm most looking forward to being apart of something bigger than myself. I am excited to win and make a lot of memories with my new Cougar family," Smith said of his upcoming collegiate career.
The Cougars will begin their summer practices on May 15 at Cougar Gym.