WMU Inks Kansas City Standout

The Western Michigan men's basketball team has signed high school standout Mike Jefferson to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Robert McCullum announced Wednesday morning.

Jefferson will begin his Bronco career in 2003-04 and have four years of eligibility. The national signing period began Wednesday morning.

"We are thrilled about adding a player of Mike's caliber to our program," McCullum said. "He is jet-quick, exciting to watch, and will add a dimension to our team we have yet to see."

Jefferson, a 5-9, 170-pound point guard, helped guide Westport High School as a junior to its first state tournament appearance in 25 years. The team finished fourth in Class 4A in the postseason tourney, posting a 23-7 record en route to the final four appearance.

Jefferson averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 2001-02 while leading the city with 84 3-pointers made. His efforts earned him a spot on the Kansas City Star's All-Metro Team along with the all-district and all-state squads. Jefferson was also tabbed the program's most valuable player after finishing as the squad's leader in nearly every statistical category.

As a sophomore, Jefferson posted season averages of 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. He has been a member of the varsity team since arriving as a freshman.

"Mike is the type of player who can break down the opposing defense on a consistent basis, something we haven't had in recent years," McCullum explained. "He sees the floor and shoots well and is a big catch for us with the graduation of Robby Collum."

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