Illinois State University basketball announced a trio of signings last week.

The Redbirds started the signings when Harouna Sissoko signed his national letter of intent. The 6-foot-7 wing forward hails from Mali, Africa.

This past season while at Grand View Christian High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Sissoko average 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. During his senior season, he shot 56.6 percent from field goal range, 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 58.7 percent from the charity stripe.

He led the Grand View Christian team to a 26-1 record to take their third straight Class 1A Iowa State championship.

Head coach Dan Muller is excited for what Sissoko can bring to the Redbird program.

"We're excited to add Harouna to our program," said Muller. "He's a physical, versatile athlete that we believe has tremendous potential. As Harouna gets in our program and develops, we are excited about his future. He's a wonderful young man who is going to be a great contributor to our program."

ISU added another high-school signee when guard Antonio Reeves signed his national letter of intent Friday.

Reeves named a three-star prospect by Rival, comes from Chicago where he played for Simeon High School. During the 6-foot-5 guard's senior season he averaged 21.7 points, six rebounds, and three assists, leading to an All-City second team selection.

"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Antonio to our program," said Muller. "Antonio is a skilled guard that can really shoot the basketball and will have a chance to play all three positions on the perimeter as he continues to grow and advances his game. He has played for a couple of the best high school coaches in the country in Mike Bibby and legendary Simeon coach Rob Smith. Antonio has a special future ahead of him and is a wonderful young man that we can't wait to get a chance to coach."

Amid the high school signings, the Redbirds also added a transfer signing in Ricky Torres.

Torres transfers after a season a junior season at Wichita State that saw Torres appear in all 37 games for the Shockers. Coming off the bench for most of the year, Torres finished with 90 assists, good for third-best among Shockers.

Before joining Wichita State, Torres was a junior college stand out for the Missouri-West Plaines Grizzlies. His final season for the Grizzlies Torres was named a Junior College All-American point guard.

Torres brings experience at the point guard position that will face the loss of graduated senior Keyshawn Evans.

"I'm so excited to add Ricky to our program," said Muller. "He's a special young man who is mature beyond his years. Ricky is a physical and talented point guard that brings experience, toughness, skill, and leadership to our team next year. He was extremely well coached last year under Gregg Marshall and is ready to help lead our team immediately."

The trio of players joins fall signee D.J. Horne. The Redbirds also add senior Jayvee Hillsman, juniors Keith Fisher III and Lijah Donnelly, sophomore Dedric Boyd and freshman Abdou Ndiaye who are all eligible to play after sitting out the 2018-2019 season.

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at jerme@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @JackSermersheim 


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