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Basketball: Munster’s Drew Hackett commits to UIC

Munster sophomore Drew Hackett dribbles against Merrillville during their game Merrillville High School Friday February 2 2013 Merrillville Ind. |

Munster sophomore Drew Hackett dribbles against Merrillville during their game at Merrillville High School Friday, February 2, 2013, in Merrillville, Ind. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 1, 2013 6:46AM



Mike and Vicki Hackett suspected all along that UIC was the right place for their son, Drew Hackett, to play college basketball.

They just wanted him to make up his mind without any parental interference.

Drew, a shooting guard for the Mustangs, made the call on Thursday, verbally committing to play for the Flames after an on-campus visit that was near perfect.

Hackett, who just finished his sophomore year, is the kind of heady, high-IQ player that will fit snugly into UIC’s system.

He can play either point guard or off guard (Mike Hackett said he’ll play both for Munster next year) and he’s as solid as a rock.

Drew said he just got that feeling after visiting campus that UIC was meant to be for him.

“That’s just the place I wanted to be,” he said.

Mike Hackett has had other players — Mike Bizoukas (DePaul) and Joe Crisman (Loyola) — end up at Chicago schools and they have had positive things to say about the academic and athletic experience.

According to Mike, there were no other major suitors for Drew aside from UIC. Mike that said Howard Moore, the Flames’ head coach, had worked hard to develop a relationship with Drew. Moore graduated from Wisconsin and Stew Robinson, one of the assistant coaches who recruited Drew, worked for Bob Knight at Texas Tech. Their view of the game fit well with Drew’s style of play.

“Vicki and I kind of thought it was the right place for him,” Mike said. “We went to team camp there and everything was very positive. We went on the visit, we kind of thought this was where he belonged but we didn’t want to push him.”

Drew, who is 6-1, averaged 12.5 points per game, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and he led the team with 50 3-pointers.

The Flames finished 18-16 last season (7-9 in the Horizon League).



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