Boys basketball: Chris Palombizio commits to WMU
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org July 20, 2013 9:52PM
Updated: July 20, 2013 10:22PM
Chris Palombizio has some familiarity with the Mid-American Conference.
His father, Dan, played at Ball State.
Chris decided to continue the family tradition. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Chesterton made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Western Michigan on Friday. He will be part of the Broncos’ Class of 2015.
“My dad played in the MAC and I always wanted to play in the MAC,” he said in a phone interview on Saturday.
Palombizio led Chesterton in scoring last season. He averaged 12.6 points as a sophomore.
“He started late in his freshman year and he’s improved every year and he’s getting better and better,” Chesterton coach Tom Peller said. “Obviously he’s made a lot of improvement from the end of last year to right now. His upside potential is really unlimited. He’s a very, very hard worker and very dedicated to becoming the best player he can be.”
Palombizio reportedly also received interest from Eastern Illinois.
There were several things that stood out about Western Michigan. Including its conference affiliation.
“It’s really competitive,” Palombizio said of the MAC. “They play bigger schools. I like that a lot.”
Palombizio said he received an offer from Western Michigan on Friday.
“Me and my parents sat down and discussed it and thought it was a great idea, so I called the coach up and committed,” he said.
Western Michigan’s staff, its location and facilities also were factors.
“I really like the coaches,” Palombizio said. “It seems like they will really get the best out of me. It seems like a nice place. It’s only an hour away. My whole family can go right down 94 to see me play. It just seemed like the right situation.”
The Broncos went 22-13 last season and were 10-6 in conference games, winning the West Division. The 22 wins were the third-highest single-season total in program history. Coach Steve Hawkins is the most tenured current coach in the conference.
“The first person that started recruiting me was (assistant) coach Clayton Bates. From then on, they started recruiting me. I really like coach Hawkins,” Palombizio said. “I haven’t met any other assistants, but I really like those two and I’m ready play there in a couple of years.”