The 6-6 senior led his high school, Glenbard East to a 23-2 record in the regular season, and a Regional title. Mike averaged 18.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.2 steals per game and was recognized for his individual efforts as he was named to the All-State 3rd team by the AP, and was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Illinois
Even so, he wanted to talk team above all else.
"It was a lot of fun, and we had a great team," Capocci said about his senior season. "We played as a team, we worked off of each other and that is something that is going to help me at the next level."Capocci uses his athleticism to make plays on both ends of the court. While Capocci has put up good scoring and rebounding numbers, he is also a hard worker on the defensive end.
"I just try to play hard and do a little bit of everything and try to make an impact on the game," said Capocci. "I think I can bring a little bit of athleticism. I know they have had a little trouble crashing the glass and I think I can help them there. I'm going to try and do a little bit of everything like I have been since I started playing basketball."Capocci is also looking forward to playing along side Northwestern's other commit, Lincoln Park point guard Michael Thompson, and the rest of the Wildcat team's young group of talent.
"They had a good core group of young guys this past year and they played pretty well," said Capocci of his future teammates. "I think me and Michael (Thompson) are going to come in with an attitude of being ready to work hard and try and do something with the program.While Capocci put up great numbers in his high school career, it might take some time for him to get used to Northwestern's version of the "Princeton Offense."
I've talked to him a lot already and that's one of the main things we've talked about."
"I think it's going to get a little bit of time to get used to," said Capocci about the offense. "I've never run an offense like the Princeton offense that Northwestern runs. I think over the summer I'm going to be working very hard on watching film and getting with the guys and trying to learn it."Although Mike Capocci has a lot of work ahead of him, he is also looking forward to the college experience and playing Division 1 basketball.
"I'm looking forward to it a lot," said Capocci about the future. "I can't wait to get out of high school. I'm going to go to summer school, get in the gym, get in the weight room and try and get better for next year.Capocci starts at Northwestern during the first summer school session in mid June. Capocci will use the 6 week session to take a few classes and work on his game. Mike has also not decided on the focus of his major yet.
"I'm just going to come in and take it slow," said Capocci of his school work.Mike Capocci is a hard worker who brings a team first attitude to Northwestern's program. While he may have put up great numbers and won some accolades in high school he is focused solely on one thing.
"I'm going to be coming in, working hard, and trying to change things and bring a winning atmosphere."
Catching Up with Mike Capocci
After a fantastic senior season, Mike Capocci is ready for college basketball.
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