Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Evansville’s Ottens dies in car accident

Evansville, IN (Sports Network) – Evansville forward Eric Ottens was
tragically killed in a Friday traffic accident near Dubuque, Iowa. Ottens was
23 years old.

Ottens was in the small town approximately 50 miles from his family’s home in
Morrison, Illinois for a job interview.

The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 6.0 points and 2.2 rebounds for the Purple Aces
this season, playing in 10 games before a knee injury forced him to the
sidelines in early January.

“The UE community is heartbroken at the news of Eric’s death. He was an
unbelievable young man,” Evansville athletics director Bill McGillis said.
“Eric was the epitome of the model student-athlete. He represented himself,
his team, our program and our community with class throughout his five years
at UE.”