September 23, 2010

Illinois wing Luke Hager visits CMU

While last Saturday was important for the Central Michigan football team as they dominated Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, it was also an important day for the CMU basketball team as they welcomed one of the top players in Illinois to Mount Pleasant for a visit.

Luke Hager, a 6-foot-7 and 210 pound player who exhibits a ton of versatility, made CMU his first spot for an official visit. He comes from powerhouse Whitney Young (IL) where getting to the state championship is almost a given every year. He currently holds offers from Central Michigan, TCU, Harvard, Akron, Bradley, Columbia, Penn, UIC, Sam Houston State and a host of other programs. With only one, and possibly two scholarships available for CMU in the 2011 class, Hager would be a welcome addition.

"It was great," said Hager on his visit to CMU. "I saw campus and had a chance to see the new facilites going in, which I'm real interested in. Then I was able to meet some of the players and hang out with them, and then spend some time with the coaching staff. So, I had a great time."

While he was able to see the usual sights and sounds of the Central Michigan campus, Hager was also interested in some of the programs the Chippewas have to offer.

"Obviously I wanted to look at the beasketball program and see the direction they are heading, which is the right way, but I also wanted to see what CMU had to offer academically," said Hager. "I was able to meet with an academic advisor and get presented with an academic plan."

With offers from Harvard, Penn and Columbia, it would be a fair judgement to say Hager is no slouch in the classroom. But it's not only his academics and basketball talent that separate him, it's his work ethic and effort on the defensive end that make him unique. In fact, it was his defense that initially caught the eye of scouts and recruiters.

"Luke Hager is a 6-foot-7 small forward with the Mean Street Express with some real bounce to his game. Hager put the ball on the deck well against the Comets Elite 16s to score and he defended Seth Hinrichs (one of the best shooters in Minnesota) as well as anybody I've seen. Hager was forced to chase around screens but he used length and good feet to limit Hinrichs in that game. The Mean Streets won 49-47 led by the constant basket assault of Adonis Filer as well as Hager" added GopherIllustrated at a camp in Minnesota this summer.

With so many schools actively recruiting him and offers piling up, where does Central Michigan currently stand?

"There still in the mix," added Hager. "I had a great time on my visit, but I will probably take the rest of my visits. From there I will just weigh the pros and cons of each school and select the one that is the best fit."

Although Hager has not set a date for when he wants to make a decision, the fact that he made it to campus for a visit puts the Chippewas in good standing with him. Look for much more on this talented wing in the near future.

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