April 30, 2007

UCSB Signs Illinois Junior College Star D.J. Posley to National Letter of Intent

April 30, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - D.J. Posley, an Honorable Mention All-American guard as a sophomore at John A. Logan College in Centerville, Ill., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Bob Williams announced Monday.

The 6-3, 180 pound Posley averaged 17.1 points, 5.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while playing all three backcourt positions for the Volunteers during his sophomore season. In addition, he shot 46.0% overall, 43.0% from three-point range and 73.0% from the free throw line. Not only was Posley named Honorable Mention All-American for a team that was ranked sixth nationally and finished with a 28-4 record, he earned First Team All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and First Team All-Region 24.

"D.J. is a great fit for our program, as a player and as a person," Williams said. "We are excited to get him. He fits right in as the fourth guard we were looking for. He shoots the ball well, passes it, defends and has good hands. He fills a real void for us."

Posley scored in double-figures 28 times for JALC, including a career-high 30 against Lincoln Trails College. In a pair of games against traditional power Vincennes Junior College, he scored 26 and 24 points respectively. He also had personal bests of 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Before playing one season at the junior college level, Posley spent a year at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, an NCAA Division I Independent. In his only season at IPFW, he averaged 3.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He averaged 13.0 minutes per game, but played nearly 20 per game in the second half of the season including a 30-minute stint against Northwestern. In a game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Posley had a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds, and in another against South Dakota State, he had 16. Against Penn State, he had 10 points, four rebounds and five assists. IPFW, playing its first season at the NCAA Division I level won 10 games in 2005-06.

"The fact that he has played a year at the D-I level is a very good thing," commented Williams. "D.J. also played against very good competition at the AAU and high school levels so he knows what to expect."

Posley, a native of Hazel Crest, Ill., played high school ball at Homewood Flossmoor High School. As a junior his team finished second in the state tournament, losing in the championship game to a team that included current Los Angeles Clippers' star Shaun Livingston. In his senior season, Posley starred on a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the state tourney. In December of 2004, during his final high school campaign, he scored 14 points had four rebounds and four assists as Homewood Flossmoor beat Oak Hill Academy at a tournament in Kentucky. The loss was Oak Hill's first in two and a half years. During his prep career, Posley's teammates included Julian Wright of Kansas and Cyrus Tate of Iowa.

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