SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Matt Bullinger and Avery Harmon have signed letters of intent to continue their education and basketball careers at Indiana University South Bend as announced by head coach Scott Cooper on Wednesday.
Bullinger comes to IU South Bend from Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan. The 6'5" forward helped guide the Jets to an 18-13 record and a trip to the NJCAA Division II District 9 semi-finals last season.
"Matt is a good get for our program," said Coach Cooper. "He is good-sized, skilled forward who is a natural stretch-four, but can also play the wing if we needed him to. Matt was a match-up problem for a lot of teams this year, and was a big part of the reason Jackson had one of their best seasons in recent history."
The two-time honorable mention All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association selection averaged 9.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 56.1 percent from the floor and just over 38 percent from long distance. Bullinger has accumulated 570 points and 263 rebounds in his career so far.
"Matt's versatility and instincts should allow us to play a lot of different types of line-ups, which was something we were not able to do this past season," continued Cooper. "Matt is also a solid student and great kid, who I have no doubt will make an immediate impact on and off the floor for our team the next two years."
Harmon will make his way to South Bend from Kenosha, Wisconsin where he played at the University of Wisconsin Parkside. The 5'11 point guard helped lead the Rangers to a No. 14 ranking and a berth in the NCAA Division II tournament. Prior to Parkside, Harmon played two seasons at the University of Indianapolis where he averaged 4.0 points, 1.7 assists, and shot 41 percent from the arch en route to helping the Greyhounds to back-to-back NCAA Division II tournament appearances.
"Avery is big addition to our team for this coming year," stated Cooper." He has been a major contributor for two of the best NCAA division II programs in the country the past three years, and that experience is something we will really need with such a young team."
Harmon prepped at Illinois powerhouse St. Joseph, guiding the Chargers to a regional championship as a senior while earning Chicago Catholic League and Cook County Prep All-Area Honorable Mention accolades along with an invitation to the Suburban vs. City All-Star Game.
"Avery is a quick, play-making point guard, who can defend 94 feet, and score if we need him to as well," added Cooper. " He is a pretty good shooter, who we think will be a very good fit in our system on both ends of the floor. Getting an experienced, talented point guard like him will allow us to play guys like Joe Bannister and Jackson Edwards off the ball some, and take more advantage of their scoring ability. Avery is also a strong student who will be able to finish his degree in the one season of eligibility he has left here at IU South Bend. He is the type of player, student, and person we want in our program, and we are looking forward to having him."