On Friday, May 7, 2010, the Hoosiers coaching staff and fanbase received good news, that 7'1'' junior college transfer center Guy-Marc Michel had signed a letter of intent to play for the Indiana Hoosiers.
Michel, a native of Martinique, has spent the last two seasons at Northern Idaho College, where he refined his game, hoping to be able to play with Gonzaga.
However, after he realized the Bulldogs had a good center already, he began to look around at other potential colleges to play at before finally deciding on Indiana.
Here are five reasons why Michel will help the Hoosiers next season.
5. He is a JUCO transfer:
Michel comes into the IU basketball team as a junior and not a freshman, thus opening up a scholarship for the talented class of 2012. It could certainly help persuade in-state big men like 2011 center Cody Zeller (Washington, IN) and 2012 center A.J. Hammonds (Carmel, IN) to come to Indiana, knowing that they would have plenty of playing time available when they arrived.
4. He has experience:
Michel has played for two years at the JUCO level for Northern Idaho under head coach Jared Phay, who has given many positive reviews about Michel. He also has played with the France U-20 team, which included members from France's U-20 European Championship team that finished in second place in 2009.
3. He has excellent blocking ability:
Michel averaged three blocks per game last season at Northern Idaho and coach Phay, as well as new Indiana coach McClain, both have commented on his excellent blocking ability.
Even current point guard Jordan Hulls was impressed with his skills.
"He's a presence inside. He's big, 7'1'', can block shots....He's a great big presence inside," said Hulls.
2. He adds much needed height and length:
Michel has been listed as 7'1'' tall and 265 pounds. That right there on its own is a huge upgrade to what we currently have.
The Hoosiers will have to go up against that kind of length every day in practice, which can help prepare them for some of the long-armed, tall centers they face in the Big Ten every week, including Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), Mike Tisdale (Illinois), and Ralph Sampson (Minnesota).
1. He can't be as bad as Tijan.
At the very least, Michel won't be as bad of a basketball player as Tijan Jobe was. Sure Tijan was a fan favorite, but he certainly left much to be desired on the court. Michel is said to have good footwork, and he probably wont be used more than ten minutes per game in his first season in Division I basketball, so expectations wont be too high.
Michel will, like Tijan, have every chance to become a fan favorite, and I believe the Hoosier Nation will love him as a player on the court and a gentleman off the court.