Finke up to 15 offers

Power Forward Michael Finke is becoming one of the hotter targets for Big Ten schools.

Power forward Michael Finke from Champaign (Ill.) Centennial has been a very hot name in the Midwest on the recruiting trail. At 6-foot-7 he can really shoot the ball from deep, and now Big Ten schools are really taking notice.

"I've been pretty busy getting ready for the season," said Finke. "I was in the Peoria Irish Fall League, and that ended a few weeks ago. Also I had open gyms, and have been working out with my dad and Trent Meachem. I am trying to improve in all of the little areas."

Recruiting wise it has simply been one school after another for Finke, who is now one of the hottest names in the Midwest.

"I now have 15 offers and five high-major," said Finke. "I got one from Purdue on (Thursday) night. I have just been taking it all in at this point."

The Purdue offer was a big one, as the Boilers have been in touch with Finke for quite some time, and decided to pull the trigger.

"I went to their Elite Camp and then I also went for a visit a few weeks ago," said Finke of Purdue. "I have been talking to Coach (Matt) Painter and Coach (Micah) Shrewsberry and that whole staff. I want to learn more about them, but that sounds like a very intriguing program."

Also living in the backyard of Illinois, the Fighting Illini have also offered. For Finke that offer meant a lot because of his connections with the school.

"Coach (John) Groce is a great guy and I love that staff," explained Finke. "To know that my hometown school has interest in me and wants me to play for them means a lot. Also my dad went there and played basketball and football, and to be a legacy means a lot."

Maybe the school that has been after Finke the longest is Wisconsin. The Badgers have done an excellent job of recruiting Finke to this point, and they are in a solid position because of that.

"Coach (Gary) Close has been texting me and I have been busy talking to him and also Coach (Bo) Ryan is a great coach. I really love it in Madison, the campus is beautiful, it is just a really good place."

For now there is no timetable on a decision for Finke, instead he is focused on improving his game and getting better on the court.

"Right now getting stronger and getting quicker is a focus," said Finke. "Also I want to do better at going down low and scoring on the post."


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