NORMAL — Illinois State's basketball program got some more size Friday when Redbird coach Dan Muller officially announced that William Ransom, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward from Daytona State (Fla.) College, has signed a national letter of intent to play for ISU beginning in the fall.
Ransom averaged 4.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this past season for Daytona State. He started 27 of 29 games and was named to the all-Mid-Florida Conference second team. Ransom, who signed his NLI on Thursday, will have two years of eligibility with the Redbirds.
"Will is a very talented and physical post who is ultra-competitive," said Muller. "He plays with incredible energy and passion, and we are excited about what he will bring to our team."
Muller figures to have plenty of options upfront for the 2014-15 season. ISU also expects to have 6-8 Teddy Hawkins and 6-7 MiKyle McIntosh, who both sat out this past season as non-qualifiers, available along with Ransom.
ISU used 6-10 freshman Reggie Lynch and 6-9 junior John Jones around a four-guard lineup last season, with 6-9 sophomore Jamaal Samuel filling in when Jones suffered a stress fracture to his foot.
Ransom is a Fort Worth, Texas, native who played as a freshman for Paris (Texas) Junior College, where he averaged 3.5 points and 4.7 rebounds.
ISU still has one scholarship available. Graham Woodward, a point guard who played for Penn State as a freshman this past season, is visiting the ISU campus this weekend.