University of Evansville basketball coach Marty Simmons announced today that Bryan Bouchie will transfer from Valparaiso University to UE. The 6-10, 245-pound Bouchie will have three years of eligibility with the Purple Aces, beginning with the 2009-10 season.
As a freshman at Valparaiso this past season, he played in all 36 games and averaged 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the floor for the 22-14 Crusaders. Bouchie totaled eight points, five rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes to help Valpo defeat Evansville on Dec. 11, 75-67. He totaled 20 points in Valpo's 72-71 post-season victory at Washington in the first round of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational March 19. Bouchie scored a season-high 23 points in a November 23 win over Maryland Eastern Shore.
"Bryan has a chance to be a really good player for us," Simmons said. "He's a 6-10 guy who runs the floor well. He has very good hands, he can score in a variety of ways, and he's a winner."
Bouchie is from Washington, Ind., and helped lead Washington High School to the 3A state championship in 2005. He averaged 15.3 points and 8.4 rebounds as a junior, and 15.9 points and 7.8 rebounds as a senior. The Hatchets were 65-12 during his prep career, winning three consecutive sectional championships and two Big 8 Conference titles. Bouchie played on the Indiana All-Star team last June.
"I'm coming to Evansville because I like the people and the coaches," Bouchie said. "I'm excited about getting down there and getting started. We're definitely going to win in the next few years at Evansville."