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.