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December 14, 2012


Michael Finke Verbally Commits to the University of Illinois

by Leon Phanrana

The Centinal was able to interview future University of Illinois men’s basketball player, Centennial’s own Michael Finke.  Michael Finke, a junior at Centennial,  made a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, December 12th.

The Centinal: What made you commit to Illinois now instead of next year?

Finke:  I felt like there was no point in waiting.  I love the coach and his staff.

The Centinal: Did Illinois being a hometown school affect your decision?

Finke: Not really, I looked at all schools. Illinois happened to be on top and fact that they’re just across the town is a plus.

The Centinal: You were also being looked at by Bo Ryan at Wisconsin and Matt Painter at Purdue, what made you choose the John Groce system?

Finke: I like how they run up and down the court.  Also watching Tyler Griffey and seeing how well he’s done shows how I can contribute in the system.

The Centinal: How do you think you will fit in John Groce’s system?

Finke: Watching Griffey I feel like I can come outside and shoot or go down low and post up or do a pick and pop or pick and roll.

The Centinal: What do you plan on majoring in at the U of I?

Finke: I’m interested in broadcasting but have not decided.

The Centinal: Did you ever think you would be looked at by other big Big Ten schools like Michigan or Ohio State?

Finke: Yeah, I looked at both schools for a little bit but Illinois felt like the right school for me out of all the schools in the country.

The Centinal: Did this year’s start for the Illini influence your choice?

Finke: For sure. I’ve been talking to Coach Groce and his staff for a few months now, and now that they’re 11-0 I want to play for a winning team.

The Centinal: When Bruce Weber was fired did you think Groce would still try to recruit you?

Finke: When he was fired my recruitment wasn’t taking place.

The Centinal: You have two years before you go. What would be the biggest thing for you to improve upon?

Finke: I need to gain weight, get stronger and work on the little things like shooting, posting up, getting quicker, defense, and other little things.

In the 2014-2015 basketball season Finke will begin to play with the Illinois basketball program.  Come cheer on this  Charger before he plays for the Illini.

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  1. Marian Wyatt
    Dec 15 2012

    Congrats Michael!! I am so proud of you!!!!

  2. Aimee Houchens
    Dec 17 2012

    Way to go Michael!!

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