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Basketball: LC’s Mike Miklusak commits to Western Illinois

Updated: June 23, 2013 6:29AM



Lake Central’s Mike Miklusak had to let the season end to find out exactly where he stood with the Division I schools — or if he had any standing at all.

Turned out, he had enough value to get a good offer.

Miklusak verbally committed to Western Illinois on Monday after months of playing the wait-and-see game, trying to figure out what was going to be available.

It was a good ending for the 6-foot-6 forward from Lake Central, who sometimes got lost for two seasons in the Glenn Robinson III-Tyler Wieman forest. Robinson, of course, ended up at Michigan and Wideman will possibly make a college call at the end of the summer.

WIU, along with Chicago State and Texas Pan-American, were the only two other Division I schools that pursued Miklusak. He had plenty of interest from Division II schools. Western had shown interest in him last spring, then backed off before coming around again about a month ago with a real offer and legitimate interest.

Miklusak said he was “relieved” the process was all over.

WIU, which won the Summit League regular-season title but lost to Purdue in the CBI tournament, recruited him as a shooting specialist. The Leathernecks finished 22-8 overall.

Miklusak made 38 percent of his 3-pointers this past season while averaging just over 12 points per game.

He plans on trying to bulk up this summer — he’s a skinny 6-6 — so he can bang around down low in the future.



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