Minnoy Commits to CMU

The Central Michigan University men's basketball program received a verbal commitment today from one of the most high profile recruits in its history. His presence at CMU next season could elevate the Chippewas to the top of the Mid-American Conference West Division.

Chippewas Insider has learned from a source close to the situation that power forward Nate Minnoy (6-3, 270) of Schoolcraft (Mich.) Community College made a verbal commitment to Central Michigan University today (Monday).

Minnoy completed his official visit to CMU this past weekend. A first team all-region and JUCO All-American candidate, Minnoy averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game this season for Schoolcraft.

He also reported offers from Oklahoma, DePaul and UAB. He will join Detroit high school standouts Chase Simon, Jeremy Allen and William Eddie in the Chippewas 2007 recruiting class.

Minnoy prepped at Chicago's Hales Franciscan High School, where he was a two-time Illinois Player-of-the-Year and a high school All-American. Rated among the top 10 players in the state's 2005 recruiting class, Minnoy led Hales Franciscan to two state titles.

He originally signed with Purdue University where he averaged more than 10 points and five rebounds in 12 games as a true freshman before a knee injury ended his season.

Minnoy transferred to Schoolcraft for this his sophomore season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining at CMU.

The Chippewas reportedly still have one scholarship remaining and could use it to add a JUCO post player. Among the leading candidates is sophomore power forward/center Edwin Ejike Hart (6-8, 240) of Hillsborough (Fla.) Community College.

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