Kevin Francis - 5
Opponents are often fooled by the lackadaisical manner of Kevin Francis, realizing all to late that the Viking big man is anything but subdued when the clock is running. Slated to be one of the regular post players for the Vikings this season, Francis has a knack for doing the little things on the court that helps a team succeed. His ability to block shots and apply defensive pressure figure significantly into the plans that Gary Waters has for the season.
Was the top reserve inside during the first half of the season, averaging 18.3 minutes a game.
Missed the final 13 games of the season so that he could concentrate academically.
Was third in the league in blocked shots (1.39) at the time he sat down, blocking a team-best 25 shots in 18 games.
Had at least one blocked shot in each of the first seven games, including four vs. Evansville (11/18/06), before going four straight contests without a rejection.
Made 13 blocks over his final seven games.
Had 10 points with seven rebounds (all offensive) at Loyola (1/4/06).
Blocked a career-high six shots vs. West Virginia Tech (12/30/06), one block shy of the school record, adding 14 points with 8 rebounds.
Led CSU with 11 points and eight rebounds at Butler (12/2/06).
Had eight points, six rebounds and a career-high three assists vs. John Carroll (11/22/06).
Paced the Vikings in the win over Notre Dame College (11/13/06), scoring 20 points with 12 rebounds for his first career double-double.
A member of the Canadian Junior National team in 2004 and 2005, representing the country at three international tournaments.
Played on the Canadian Under 21 team at the Jack Donohue Invitational in Ontario in 2005. Also on the Under-20 squad at the 2004 Global Games in Dallas, Texas and the 21-under team at the 2005 Tournament of the Americas in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Played his sophomore season (2004-05) at Vincennes (Ind.) Junior College, coming off the bench to average 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Averaged 14.7 points and 5.8 rebounds a game as a freshman at North Dakota School of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., earning second team all-conference honors.
First team All-Canada selection as a senior at C.W. Jeffery Secondary, playing for coach Phil Edwards.
Tabbed as the team's most improved player as a senior after averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds a game.
Born Dec. 18, 1984 in Toronto, Ontario. . . . son of Truman Francis and Elaine Randall. . . has two brothers and two sisters. . . criminology major.