The Eastern Kentucky men's basketball team has picked up a pair of transfers from Division I schools, Coach Jeff Neubauer announced Friday.
Mike DiNunno, a 5-foot-11 guard from Northern Illinois, and Devin McDonald, a 6-foot guard from New Orleans, have joined the EKU roster.
Under NCAA transfer rules, DiNunno will have to sit out the 2010-11 season. McDonald will be able to play immediately because New Orleans is moving from Division I to Division III. DiNunno has two seasons of eligibility remaining while McDonald has one season left to play at EKU.
DiNunno, a Chicago native, started 21 of 30 games for Northern Illinois in 2009-10 while averaging 7.0 points and 3.0 assists. He recorded his first career double-double with season highs in points (21) and assists (10) in NIU's win over Western Michigan on Jan. 13.
"Mike is a very skilled guard who can score and distribute the ball at this level," Neubauer said. "We are looking forward to working with him during his redshirt season and believe he will have a positive impact on EKU basketball."
McDonald, a native of Houston, started the final 15 games in 2009-10 and scored a career-high 24 points in a win at Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 18. McDonald averaged 8.3 points this past season while leading New Orleans in three-pointers made (46) and three-point shooting (38.7 percent).
"Devin is a proven Division I guard," Neubauer said. "He has shown he can shoot from behind the arc at a very high rate."
Eastern Kentucky finished 20-13 and tied for third place in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2009-10. The Colonels lost in the first round of the post-season College Basketball Invitational.