Mid-Major Hess Makes Decision

Danny Hess will be a Division I fall signee because of exposure. After an outstanding week at the Big Time in July, Hess saw interest from schools take off. Now, he's a committed prospect.

Last month, Danny Hess, a power forward from Owosso (MI) Corunna, made an unofficial visit to Western Michigan. On Tuesday, he made a commitment to the program.

What's interesting about the 6-7 forward is that just two months ago, he was but a blip on the Division I radar.

"He had one scholarship offer on the table and it was Lake Superior State," Michigan Hurricanes coach Chris Grier said. Hess then ran with the ‘Canes in the Big Time and had a great game in a major setting. "From the game against Southeast Pump ‘n Run, when he had three tip jams, he had Iowa State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Buffalo and Lehigh all calling."

AAU basketball, in particular one game at a major event in a big time setting got Hess the Division I attention he deserved.

At first glance, it's tough not to notice his athleticism. He's packaged into a mid-major frame and has the game to be successful at that level. "He'll be a guy that brings a lot to their transition game because he runs and he'll be the guy that scores in transition. They haven't been an up-tempo team but they want to run."

And run he will because he ran in the summer he'll get a chance to sprint in the fall of 2004 at Western Michigan.

"This kid is so excited. His whole life changed. It was crazy. He almost didn't go on the trip with us."

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