November 30, 2008

UAB Signs Basketball Guard from Florida

The UAB basketball team added its second signee of the 2009 recruiting class. Dexter Fields, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla., signed a National Letter of Intent with the Blazers on Sunday.

Basketball coach Mike Davis was understandably happy with his new recruit. "Dexter Fields is a very talented basketball player who has a knack for scoring," Davis said. "I expect him to play a big role for years to come."

Fields says he expects to step in and play as a freshman. "I feel like I can make a big impact," he said. "With [Robert] Vaden leaving [after his senior season], I feel like I can fill his shoes."

Indeed he might. Davis describe Fields as "an athletic guard who has put up some good numbers in high school and AAU." Fields averaged 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game last year as a junior. He helped lead his team to a 24-3 overall record and nabbed First-Team All-Star honors from the Orlando Sentinel.

Fields is rated a three-star athlete by ranks him in the top 40 among all shooting guards in the nation. He chose UAB after receiving interest from a number of other schools, including Alabama, LSU, Central Florida and Western Kentucky.

Fields visited UAB over the Labor Day weekend and felt comfortable with the coaches and the players. "When I visited, I felt like I was home," he said.

He is currently undecided about his major, but his basketball goals are clear. "I see the NCAA Tournament in the future," he said.

Fields is the second guard signed by UAB in the early signing period. Adrien Coleman has already signed with the Blazers. "Having signed two guards in Dexter and Adrien, I think we have the makings of an excellent backcourt," Davis said.

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