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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:06 am

FAIRBANKS—The Alaska Nanooks men’s basketball program signed its fourth and fifth transfers Wednesday.

Dallen Bills and Andrew Kelly signed their National Letters of Intent and will both join the Nanooks in the fall with two years of eligibility each.

“What you see is what you get with Dallen,” Nanooks head coach Mick Durham said in a press release Monday. “He’s going to be physical, compete and give you great effort every day. Dallen is a power forward who brings strength and experience to our front-line.”

Bills is a 6-foot-5 transfer out of Walla Walla Community College, who’s coming off a year where he averaged 11.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. His blocks and rebounding ranked him 11th and 32nd, respectively, in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

The Inkom, Idaho, native helped Walla Walla finish 19-10 last season and 10-4 in the East Division to clinch a berth into the 2012 NWAACC Championship, where they fell in the first round to eventual champion Tacoma.

“Dallen runs well and is also an outstanding athlete,” Durham added. “His competitive spirit is what convinced me, along with his 3.75 GPA and his pursuing of a psychology degree.”

Kelly will join the Nanooks in the fall from Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona, where he spent the last two seasons.

“We’re excited to have Andrew join our program,” Durham said. “Andrew gives us a lot of versatility at the forward position. He’s long and athletic and brings a ton of energy to the court in the way he plays.”

Kelly is a 6-7 forward and a native of Gilbert, Ariz. This past season at Chandler-Gilbert, he was the season-leading scorer on the team with 12.6 point per game. He also recorded 8.1 rebounds per outing and dished out 2.7 assists, came away with 1.7 steals and had 1.2 blocks per game, as well.

“Andrew has grown six inches since high school, so his game has changed in a short time,” Durham added. “He will give us a different look on the front-line, and I believe his best basketball is ahead of him.”

Bills and Kelly join Ronnie Baker, Zach Ngawaka, Cody Pierson and Pat Voeut on the list of incoming student-athletes to the men’s basketball program.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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