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Aug. 28, 2003

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach John Phillips announced today that Brian Cardwell, who has played baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization for the past four years, has enrolled at Tulsa and will play collegiate basketball for the Golden Hurricane.

Cardwell, a 6'10", 215-pound center/forward, was an all-state basketball player as a senior at Sapulpa High School in the 1998-99 season. In 1999, Cardwell signed a financial aid agreement to play basketball at Tulsa, but opted for a professional baseball career.

He is the second Tulsa student-athlete this year to leave a professional baseball career to pursue a college education. Cardwell and current TU football player Shannon Carter were teammates on the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Cardwell pitched this past season with Dunedin in the Florida State League. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft by the Blue Jays. Cardwell completed his career with a 5.34 earned run average and had 10 career victories. He made eight appearances this past season and registered a 1-0 record and 3.60 ERA.

As a prep basketball player, Cardwell was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter. As a senior, he averaged 17.6 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots in leading the Chieftains to a 23-5 record and a third straight appearance in the Class 6A Final Four. He also added 3.2 assists and 3.0 steals during his senior campaign. Cardwell shot 52-percent from the first, 66-percent from three-point range and 82-percent from the free throw line as a senior.

He was a Tulsa World all-state selection his senior season, while also earning all-metro, all-conference and all-district accolades. Cardwell was MVP of the Frontier Conference and was selected as the District Player of the Year. He was named to the Daily Oklahoman's FAB FIVE, which consists of the five best players in the state of Oklahoma.

"In high school, Brian was an extremely skilled big man. He was a terrific passer, excellent shooter as well as a solid rebounder and shot-blocker. He had great shooting range for his size." said Phillips. "With his work ethic, hopefully it will not take too long for him to return to that type of basketball form.

"With an extremely young team, Brian's experience in professional sports and his maturity level will be of great benefit to his teammates. We're excited to have him join our basketball family."