CARBONDALE — Kani Acree, a 6-foot-4 senior wing from Carbondale High School, verbally committed to Ball State Monday night.

Acree, who spent his birthday weekend in Muncie, Indiana, according to the Star Press newspaper there, announced the news on his Twitter feed.

"This has always been a dream of mine to play division 1 basketball," Acree wrote. "I told my mom this day would come and its here. This was a long and tough process for me and my family. With that, I am proud to announce that I will be committing to Ball State University!"

Acree scored 25 points in Carbondale's last game of the 2016-17 season, a regional final loss to Benton. The Terriers finished 20-9.

Acree was a first team all-conference pick and All-South. He is the second Terrier to commit to a Division I program, joining guard Darius Beane, who committed to SIU earlier this year. Acree and Beane can sign with their respective clubs in November during the official NCAA signing period.

Ball State went 21-13 overall and 11-7 in the Mid-American Conference West Division. The Cardinals tied for first place in their division with Western Michigan and played in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT) for the second straight year. Their appearance in 2016 was the program's first postseason game outside the conference tournament in 14 years.

-- Todd Hefferman

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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