Indiana makes Michel signing official

  • 05/08/2010 7:25 pm in

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball head coach Tom Crean has announced that Guy-Marc Michel, a 7-1, 265 lb., center from North Idaho College, has signed a national letter of intent to attend IU and play basketball starting in the fall.  He is the third player to sign with the Hoosiers for next season  joining Victor Oladipo (Upper Marlboro, Maryland/DeMatha Catholic) and Will Sheehey (Stuart, Florida/Sagemont), both of whom are ranked among the top 150 recruits in the country according to

Michel is a native of Sainte-Marie, Martinique, an island in the Carribean, and has played the last two seasons at North Idaho College for head coach Jared Phay.

This past season as a sophomore, he averaged 7.1 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game.  He led the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) in blocked shots and was 16th nationally with his 3.1 blocks per game output.  It marked the second consecutive season that Michel led the conference in blocked shots. He led NIC to the Region 18 championship game and was named to the all-tournament team after the Cardinals finished with a 27-5 overall record.

During his freshman year, he led the conference in blocked shots with 103 and was named All-SWAC Honorable Mention after averaging 8.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.

He was a member of the Under-20 French National Team and was widely considered one of the top prospects in Europe.

He is the son of Remi and Theramene Michel and has one brother.

Michel also earned honor roll accolades in the classroom at NIC and has a 7-foot-8 wingspan. In addition, he can speak three different languages.

“We feel fortunate to add a student athlete with the presence and size of Guy.  He automatically upgrades our program on the defensive end with his shot blocking and post defense.  We also feel he will help us with defensive rebounding and help defense.”

“Offensively, he wants the basketball with strong post ups.  I also see him being able to pass the ball out of double teams and we feel he can shoot it up to 15 feet.  His upside is exciting and once he gets in top shape, I think he will be prepared to help us.”

“I am glad Steve (McClain)is the relentless recruiter that he is because this is another example of him going against the grain to find a real prospect.  I know how excited Steve has been about Guy and we all feel the same way.  Our players are very excited to add Guy to our Indiana program.”

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  • walton

    If Daniel Moore gets minutes next year then the season will not be going very well.

  • walton

    Exactly my thoughts.

  • walton

    Sometimes more wins don't always translate into where someone might want to see a teams progression. I would like to see more wins, but at the same time less blowout loses, more consistency, and obvious player improvement.

  • walton


  • BFowler

    I'm loving that, I am seeing “Semi-Pro” Hoosier style, with the big afroes, short-shorts, etc. Jordan Hulls as – Walt “Clyde” Frazier, VJ III as – Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Christian Watford as – Bill “Senator” Bradley, Derek Elston as – Dave Debusschre, and Tom Pritchard as – Willis Reed. TP would come limping in to the NCAA Championship game, hit his first two jumpers and Indiana runs away with the championship.

  • Hardwood83

    Unfortunately- this is true.

  • MillaRed

    Well said Walton.

    Who else am I gonna bounce my crazy ideas off of if not ITH? My wife likes the Badgers and my dog doesn't give a crap.

  • marcusgresham

    I said a few days ago I'd expect this team to be within 1-2 games of .500 on either side of the ledger depending on what breaks it gets/doesn't get; but if they could finish the regular season at or above .500 and sneak into the NIT 17-19 could be a possibility. I think if this team won that many games most of us sane/logical fans would be semi-satisfied–maybe not thrilled, but it would look good to win more than you lose.

  • walton

    – Welcome to IU Guy – find a way to become a fan favorite – I'm always looking for them
    – Crean's attribute of being a good player developer will definitely be tested this year
    – IU has many players that need to really improve for IU to go .500 next year. I would play creek, watford, elston, VJII, hulls, and capibianco tomorrow. Everyone else is kind of up in the air to me.
    – Oufitt committing to IU would be the greatest news in the program I personally have received for some time
    – Definitely in the “we'll see what happens” mode, not entirely optimistic, but excited to see if they can surprise some people

  • walton

    You think Crean is done recruiting for 2010?

  • Bucky

    Agree with you, 222. At the same time, for me, it's hard to be patient, even when I know I should.

    That's because I was patient with Knight when he went fishing for years instead of recruiting. And I was patient with Davis. And with Sampson. So this waiting goes back a long time, which either is or isn't relevant to the current situation, depending on one's perspective.

    I agree with your points. I also see why some people are frustrated.


  • marcusgresham

    You forgot 6. limited turnovers

  • marcusgresham

    Jerry, when I saw you reference Bradley and DeBusschere I was seriously considering referring to you from this point on as Papaw!

  • marcusgresham

    I'd just like to see CTC come strolling out in that Knightesque plaid suit, a la Bruce Pearl in the orange sports coat.

  • marsh21

    You can't teach an old dog new tricks and JR is NOT our point guard. Hulls is the man for now.

  • JerryCT

    Stats show 2/gm and he played almost 800 minutes, which puts him as the worst rebounder of anyone w more than 300 minutes. Combine this w CTC's statement that in our offense our guards need to rebound on the defensive end and you have a “weakness”.

    In his defense he is very good at the loose balls however

  • JerryCT

    come to think of it …………. i am getting long the tooth ………. and I only have 3 teeth left

  • slikyslim222

    Purdue's success and Butler's unbelievable run probably add to IU fan's frustration & impatience. You are right though Bucky, it has been too long, & hard to be patient once you throw in the delay of Davis mediocrity & the Sampson train wreck.

    I hope & pray we have turned the corner (year 3), for last year it sometimes felt like my heart was ripped out and stomped on. Difficult to rein in those expectations sometimes even when the facts are clearly known.

  • slikyslim222

    And the faithful said, ……..”AMEN!”