Broncos Complete Hoop Class

The Western Michigan men's basketball team has announced prep standout Silver Laku has committed to WMU, head coach Steve Hawkins announced Tuesday morning.

The 6-2, 175-pounder will begin his Bronco career next fall and have four seasons of eligibility in Kalamazoo.

"Silver is an outstanding perimeter shooter and also quick enough off the dribble to attack the basket and create his own shot," Hawkins said. "He is a versatile athlete who will add depth at both guard positions."

Laku recently completed a standout prep career at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in Toronto. During his tenure he garnered the program's most valuable player award and was also named the school's athlete of the year. Invited to the Canadian Junior National Team camp this summer, Laku helped lead his team to the Star Wars Basketball Classic team championship in 2003 with a pair of 30-point efforts. He has been recognized as player of the week by both CITY TV and the Toronto Star and was named to a Toronto South Regional All-Star by HoopsMax.com.

Laku's individual game highlight was a 59-point performance in just three quarters of play. He hit 14-of-15 of his attempts from behind the 3-point line en route to the career night.

"Silver's shooting ability addresses one of our primary concerns from last season," Hawkins said. "The team didn't shoot well from the perimeter and we expect him to help us in that area."

Laku, who was born in Juba, Sudan, moved to Toronto with his mother and five siblings when he was eight-years-old.

The signing completes the team's recruiting efforts for the 2003-04 campaign and marks the first under new head coach Steve Hawkins. Laku joins Andrew Hershberger (Goshen, Ind.), Mike Jefferson (Kansas City, Mo.) and Levi Rost (St. Johns, Mich.).

"This is the program's first signee since I became the head coach and we couldn't be happier with the type of person Silver is, as well as the quality of playing abilities," Hawkins said.

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