Northern Illinois Men’s Basketball Inks Houston Guard Quintan Lipkins To National Letter of Intent

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November 10, 2004

Northern Illinois Men’s Basketball Inks Houston Guard Quintan Lipkins To National Letter of Intent

DeKalb, IL – Houston, we have our point guard of the future. Northern Illinois University’s men’s basketball coaching staff may catch themselves uttering that same phrase with the signing of highly-touted point guard Quintan Lipkins of Houston, TX, (Sharpstown HS) to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

The No. 3 scorer in Texas Class 4A last season (24.5 ppg), the 5-foot-9, 160-pound speedster terrorized opposing defenses in leading Sharpstown to an 18-12 overall record. An outstanding creator for his teammates, Lipkins dished out a Sharpstown single-season record 296 assists last year en route to earning All-District 22 accolades for the second consecutive season. The three-year starter earned Second Team All-District honors as a sophomore and First Team recognition as a junior.

While his 9.9 assists per game shattered the Sharpstown school record, his 24.5 ppg scoring average ranked third in the state behind current University of Texas freshman and former McDonald’s All-American Daniel Gibson and Baylor University commit Henry Dugat. Lipkins will enter his senior season as the state’s No. 2 returning scorer (at Class 4A) and has scored over 1,500 points in his three prep seasons, including 735 tallies in 2003-04 (junior season).

A durable performer, Lipkins has started 85-of-91 career games including all-60 of Sharpstown’s contests each of the past two seasons. A three-year regular for the Apollos, Lipkins averaged 12.1 points and 4.9 assists in 25 starts (31 games) as a freshman, while leading his team to a 26-5 mark and a District 22 title. As a sophomore, the 5-foot-9 guard poured in 15.2 points and handed out 5.3 assists.

“We are excited to be adding a player of Quintan’s quality,” head coach Rob Judson said. “Texas is a talent-rich state and they play the game at a high level down there. Quintan will add to our team speed and quickness, but we are also excited about his ability to shoot the basketball.

“We saw Quintan at a few places over the summer and identified him as a player who could help this program,” Judson continued. “I saw him at a tournament in Las Vegas, NV, and Rick Ray (NIU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator) saw him at the Great American Shootout. We are pleased with his decision to be a Huskie.”

In addition to being a talented offensive penetrator, Lipkins also possesses the ability to burn opponents with his jump shot. As a junior, Lipkins hit 48-of-114 three-point attempts (42.1 percent) to lead the team and complete one of the top offensive campaigns in the Lone Star State in 2003-04.

During the summer, Lipkins was the starting point guard for the AAU’s Houston Swoosh and led his club to all four of Mike Kunstadt’s Summer Texas Shootouts titles, which had never been done in the 30 years of the tournament’s existence.

“I think he’s the best in the state of Texas,” Sharpstown head coach Adrian Jones said. “I can’t talk about national rankings because I haven’t seen everyone play, but I can talk about this state. He’s played against Gulf Shores, which has some nationally-ranked players, but they didn’t stop him. That speaks volumes in my opinion.

“He’s been the sparkplug in our offense,” Jones continued. “He pushes the ball, he’s a good shooter and a snappy passer. One thing’s for sure, his teammates need to be ready to catch the ball, because he’ll fire it over to them with some authority. He’s a fiery competitor that hates to lose and if he needs to take the ball at a big man to win a game, he will do it.”

Lipkins signed with Northern Illinois after receiving heavy interest from Oklahoma State University, the University of Tulsa, and the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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