Chippewas Sign Bitzer

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University men's basketball coach Jay Smith announced the signing of 6-2, 175-pound guard Jordan Bitzer of Unionville-Sebewaing Area (Mich.) High School to a National Letter of Intent.

"The best way to describe Jordan is that he's a winner on and off the court," CMU head coach Jay Smith said. "He has the ability to make those around him better, and that has been proven with his state final appearances in both basketball and football.

"He can play a couple of positions, but we're looking for him to man the point. Jordan shoots the ball well and has great passing instincts, which are two things that are difficult to teach."

Jordan Bitzer is a three-sport standout, earning all-state honors in both football and basketball. He quarterbacked Unionville-Sebewaing Area High School to the 2004 Division 7 state football championship and was the point guard on the Class C runner-up hoops squad in 2005. He was named first team all-state on the hardwood by both the Detroit Free Press and Basketball Coaches of Michigan and all-state on the gridiron as a defensive back.

He is currently 25-0 as a quarterback with this year's team standing 11-0 heading into this weekend's regional final.

Bitzer averaged 18.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as a junior while shooting 53 percent from the floor.

The Chippewas will not lose any players from this year's squad to graduation, as the team features no seniors in 2005-06. CMU was 10-18 in 2004-05, including 4-14 in Mid-American Conference play.

Jordan Bitzer, Guard • 6-2, 175, Unionville, Mich. • Unionville-Sebewaing Area High School

Three-sport standout in basketball, football, and baseball ... averaged 18.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game as a junior ... racked up first team all-state honors from Detroit Free Press and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, third team from Detroit News, and honorable mention from Associated Press ... basketball team went 22-5 and was state runner up in 2005 ... tallied 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals in state semifinal win over Negaunee and 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in state final loss to Olivet ... all-conference and all-area selection by Saginaw News, Bay City Times, and Tuscola County Advertiser ... three-year letterwinner in hoops.

Quarterback/safety/punter on the football team ... led the Patriots to the 2004 Division 7 state championship and a 14-0 finish ... all-state selection as a defensive back ... recorded 16 interceptions as a junior which ranks second in the MHSAA record book for a single season ... in the 2004 state championship game, ran seven times for 15 yards, including a nine-yard TD; completed 5-of-11 passes for 79 yards; and recorded six tackles and a pass breakup ... basketball coach is Mark Gainforth.

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