Of course the entire IPFW basketball staff was showing interest in 6-foot-8 forward Demario Hines all along, but Monday's signing of the junior college transfer from Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College marks the first under the tenure of new coach Tony Jasick.
Jasick was named the head coach at IPFW after Dane Fife resigned the position to accept an assistant's job at Michigan State.
Getting Hines is significant in the fact that IPFW didn't lose him.
Often, when there is a coaching transition, players change their minds and look elsewhere. That wasn't the case with Hines, who averaged 11.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game at Trinity Valley.
Hines is the third player the Mastodons have signed for next season, joining Center Grove guard Jonny Marlin and transfer guard Justin Jordan.