Illinois Mens Basketball Inks Houston Guard Quintan Lipkins
To National Letter of Intent
DeKalb, IL Houston, we have our point guard of the future.
Northern Illinois Universitys mens 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 McDonalds All-American Daniel
Gibson and Baylor University commit Henry Dugat. Lipkins will enter
his senior season as the states 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 Sharpstowns
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.
excited to be adding a player of Quintans 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.
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.
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 AAUs Houston
Swoosh and led his club to all four of Mike Kunstadts Summer
Texas Shootouts titles, which had never been done in the 30 years
of the tournaments existence.
hes the best in the state of Texas, Sharpstown head
coach Adrian Jones said. I cant talk about national
rankings because I havent seen everyone play, but I can talk
about this state. Hes played against Gulf Shores, which has
some nationally-ranked players, but they didnt stop him. That
speaks volumes in my opinion.
been the sparkplug in our offense, Jones continued. He
pushes the ball, hes a good shooter and a snappy passer. One
things for sure, his teammates need to be ready to catch the
ball, because hell fire it over to them with some authority.
Hes 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.
with Northern Illinois after receiving heavy interest from Oklahoma
State University, the University of Tulsa, and the University of