"It has actually gotten easier every year after coming to Oklahoma and then to Mississippi. I still talk to my dad on the phone or the Internet."
Because of one good hire by head coach Rick Stansbury, Michal fell into Mississippi State's lap.
"Coach (Phil) Cunningham recruited me while I was in Poland and he was at Georgia Southern," said Ignerski of why he came to MSU. "He kept in contact with me while I was in Juco in Oklahoma. I just wanted to follow him, and this is where he came."
While MSU might have been lucky to get a player like Michal, he knows he has to focus while he is here.
"When I go home, that is my time to get away from basketball. When I come back, all I think about is basketball and school," said Ignerski. "I know that if I want to stay here that I have to play hard and work hard, but I really love it."
And work hard he has. Michal looks like he has gotten stronger, and will also be listed just a little taller this season.
"I guess I have grown a little bit," said Ignerski through a smile. "I know that with shoes on I am at least 6-10. I have been working with the weights to get stronger this year. Last year I did not get to work out in the preseason because I was having wrist surgery. This season I have already gotten bigger. I was about 225 last season; this season I will be about 235."
He has gotten bigger, but Michal has also worked hard on the court.
"I have been working a lot on my outside game, perimeter moves and defense," said Ignerski. "The coaches have told me to expect to play some three this season, so I know that I will have to be able to cover the other teams' three-man."
Michal played mostly at the four last season, but he is really looking forward to getting to play some three.
"I like playing the three. It gives me the chance to shoot from outside and use my range," said Ignerski. "If I play three, then Mario will probably move to four and Marcus (Campbell) will probably play the five, but we will have the best five players out there regardless."
Mississippi State has never had the kind of talent on it's basketball team that is here now, and Michal knows that he is playing with some of the greatest.
"Playing with guys like 'Z', Timmy and Mario makes playing a lot easier," said Ignerski of his teammates. "Those guys can really play. And you never know when they are going to pass you the ball. That is one thing I really like about playing with them; they spread the ball around. I like to do that too."
Even with the talent around him, Michal started off slow last season. But, he does not expect that to happen this year.
"Playing in the SEC is the best basketball around," said Ignerski. "Everyone can run and shoot; the game is just real fast. I was not ready for that at first last year, but I got used to it as the year went on. I think in the SEC Tournament is where I really found out about SEC basketball."
Many people expect the end of last season to be a preview of what is to come for MSU basketball this season. Michal agrees.
"We played really good at the end of last season, except for the first few minutes of the Texas game," said Ignerski. "We all know what it feels like to lose and to win now, and we want to win.
"I think this team can go all the way this year. We just have to keep playing like a team, working hard and getting better each game."
Grant Alford is a free-lance correspondent for Gene's Page. He is a student at Mississippi State University. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.