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Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team adds 5 recruits from 3 states

Northern Michigan University men’s basketball head coach Matt Majkrzak reacts to a play against Grand Valley State at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on Feb. 20. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University men’s basketball coach Matt Majkrzak has welcomed five recruits who recently signed national letters of intent to play and attend NMU.

Three of the new players are from Wisconsin, with another from the Lower Peninsula and one from Minnesota.

“I’m fired up about this group of early signees,” Majkrzak said. “It’s been a challenging year recruiting, but we were able to bring in high-character student-athletes from winning high school and AAU programs.

“This group went a combined 104-21 as high school juniors and know what it takes to win. The other area we wanted to address was adding more size. Bringing in four guys (who are) 6-foot-6 or taller adds to our depth and ability to compete with the top teams in the GLIAC.”

Here is a brief sketch about each recruit:

Northern Michigan University head men's basketball coach Matt Kajkrzak calls out instructions from the sideline during the Wildcats' GLIAC game against Wayne State on Jan. 4 at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

• Dylan Kuehl, a 6-6 forward from Hustisford, Wisconsin, High School, averaged 24 points, 6.4 rebounds, four assists and 2.6 steals per game. He helped his team post a 22-4 record last year as was named first team all-conference and Division 5 all-state.

“Dylan is one of the most gifted wings I’ve recruited,” Majkrzak said. “He combines that with an incredible motor.”

• Brian Parzych, a 6-1 point guard from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, East High School, averaged 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, three assist and 1.9 steals. He received second team all-league honors in the Greater Metro Conference and was named team MVP.

“Brian was the first kid we offered in the class of 2021 and was our top guard recruit all year,” the NMU coach said. “He’s everything you want out of a point guard both as a player and person.”

• Sam Privet, a 6-8 forward from Caledonia, Minnesota, High School, averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds and helped lead his team to a 28-1 record last year as they were ranked No. 1 in Class AA.

“Sam is a 6-9 versatile forward who’s a perfect fit for our program,” Majkrzak said. “He can stretch the defense from three(-point range), and control the pain on both sides of the ball.”

• Jackson Dudek, a 6-7 forward from Kimberly, Wisconsin, High School, helped lead his team to a 22-3 record last year.

“Jackson is 6-7 and plays with an incredible motor and gets a lot done on the basketball floor,” the Wildcats’ mentor said. “He’s that hard-nosed blue-collar player that causes his team to win.”

Mike Reed, a 6-8 center from Muskegon High School, helped lead his team a 20-2 record last year.

“Mike is a 6-8 post player who can step outside and shoot the 3(-pointer) as well as finish with dunks,” Majkrzak said. “His best basketball is in front of him.”

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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