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IU ADDS CENTER GUY-MARC MICHEL TO 2010 MEN’S BASKETBALL RECRUITING CLASS.
PRONUNCIATION: (GEE-Marc MEshell)
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 Rivals.com.
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.
TOM CREAN ON THE SIGNING OF GUY-MARC MICHEL
“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.”