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GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNCG's men's basketball program has added Arizona State transfer Kyle Cain and Delaware transfer Kelvin McNeil, Spartan coach Wes Miller announced Tuesday.
Cain, who just completed his sophomore season for the Sun Devils, played in 29 games with 17 starts this season. He will have to sit out the 2012-13 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining for UNCG.
"Kyle Cain is a tremendous addition to our basketball family," Miller said. "He brings a combination of athleticism, experience, versatility and skill to our program, and I believe he will excel playing at the pace we want to play. Because of NCAA rules, Kyle will have to redshirt next season and he will have a unique opportunity to spend a year that will be focused on improving his body and his game. He has tremendous work ethic and character, and I'm looking forward to having him join us this summer."
A 6-7, 210-pound forward, Cain was ASU's third-leading scorer with 7.5 points per game and its second-leading rebounder with 5.5 rebounds in 2011-12, shooting 45.4 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. He was ASU's leading rebounder in 10 contests and pulled down a team-high 160 rebounds on the season.
The Chicago, Ill., native started 23 of Arizona State's contests as a freshman in 2010-11 and was the only Sun Devil to appear in all 31 contests on the season. He led ASU in rebounding 11 times that year, including a 17-board effort against Houston Baptist in just his third career game to tie him for second in school history in single-game rebounds by a freshman.
Cain attended New Hampton (New Hampshire) Prep for a year before going to Arizona State. Prior to that, he starred for Thornton Fractional North (Ill.) High School, earning all-state honors and helping the Meteors to a 17-6 record in 2008-09.
"I am very excited to join the UNCG men's basketball program," Cain said. "I look forward to working with all my coaches to improve my overall game. I know they will do a great job coaching me and showing me things because they are all former players. I've always strived for the best and I don't plan to stop now. UNCG is on the rise."
McNeil comes to UNCG after four years at Delaware and will enroll in graduate school at UNCG. The Newport News, Va., native redshirted his true freshman season and will have one year of eligibility remaining for the Spartans. McNeil will be eligible to play for UNCG immediately, as he meets the NCAA's one-time transfer exception for men's basketball as a graduate student.
"We are fortunate to be able to add a player to next year's roster who has a combination of ability, size and D1 playing experience that will fill a void at the forward positions with Aaron Brackett, Aloysius Henry and Elhanan Bone graduating," Miller said. "Kelvin has high character, leadership skills and versatility. We are excited that he has chosen to finish his collegiate career at UNCG."
As a redshirt junior in 2011-12, the 6-8, 230-pound forward appeared in all 32 contests for the Blue Hens, averaging 2.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He shot 41.3 percent from the floor.
In 2010-11, McNeil appeared in all 31 games with 10 starts, averaging 5.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. He started 18 of the 20 games he played as a redshirt freshman in 2009-10 before a knee injury cut his season short. McNeil led the team with 6.2 rebounds per game that season and was third on the squad with 6.0 points per game.
Prior to attending Delaware, McNeil was a two-year starter at Menchville High School in Newport News, Va., before completing his prep career at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va.
"A second chance is what coach Wes Miller and the UNCG staff and school have given me," McNeil said. "My career at UD has had its ups and downs as I battled through injuries and coaching changes, but I'm just grateful and extremely excited for the opportunity to play at UNCG. UNCG has a good group of guys coming back to play. They are all hard-workers and play basketball with a high level of passion and energy. I think what drew me to coach Miller was his work ethic; no other coach recruited me as hard as he did, and even though it was a short time recruiting period, I was able to build a great, high trust level with him and his staff. He coaches a high-octane offense that really gets out in transition for offensive opportunities while getting after it on the defensive end. I think I fit well within his offensive and defensive schemes and the pieces he has coming back. I can't wait to play for UNCG and coach Miller."