Tech basketball programs sign recruits for 2014 class

HOUGHTON – Head women’s basketball coach Kim Cameron announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period. Elizabeth Kelliher from Waukesha, Wis., Sarah LewAllen from Rochester Hills, Mich., Hannah Stoll from Lansing, Mich., and Lindsay Winter from Clare, Mich., have all committed to play for the Huskies in 2014-15.

“Overall, our recruiting class fills a number of the needs we have for the future,” Cameron said. “Each one is a high-character person and high-academic student who will fit into our program perfectly. They are die-hard basketball players who want to be successful both on and off the court.”

Kelliher averaged more than 10 points and six rebounds at Waukesha North High School a year ago. The 6-1 forward was a two-time Classic Eight All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, and the Northstars were a Wisconsin regional finalist in 2012-13.

“Elizabeth improved every time we saw her play this summer,” Cameron said. “She is a strong post player with great feet and great body control. She can face up from anywhere on the floor and can finish over anyone. She is a patient player who attacks at all the right times but has a quiet dominance that will be very effective in our program.”

LewAllen, a 5-8 guard, was a Detroit Free Press All-State selection, BCAM Academic All-State and BCAM All-State Honorable Mention as a junior at Notre Dame Preparatory High School. She was also a two-time all-conference selection in the Catholic High School League and averaged more than 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game for the Fighting Irish. Her team has been a two-time conference champion and set a school record for most wins (18) in 2011 while winning a district championship.

“Sarah is someone who stood out to us immediately because she is fundamentally sound in everything she does,” said Cameron. “She is a heads up player who can shoot the three, pull up or get to the rim. Her length as a guard will be a huge advantage for her in this league. She is constantly working to get better and has a high ceiling.”

Stoll is a guard at DeWitt High School. She was a BCAM All-State selection, class A all-area honorable mention and first team all-conference selection in the Capital Area Activities Conference Red. She averaged more than 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field as a junior. The Panthers have been two-time conference champions.

“Hannah is a long forward who has a great touch around the basket,” said Cameron. “She has the ability to pull up and knock down shots anywhere on the floor. She is aggressive on the boards and will be a player who will fit our system very well. Her best basketball is still to come and is another player whose length will give us an advantage.”

Winter, a 5-6 guard, was a Class B First Team All-State selection by the AP, Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, and Detroit Free Press as a junior at Clare High School. She was a three-time Jack Pine Conference Player of the Year and two-time Morning Sun Player of the Year. Winter averaged more than 22 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists in 2012-13 and broke the school record for points scored in a season (546). Her team has been a three-time conference champion, two-time district champion and regional champion in 2013.

“Lindsay is a tough, hard-nosed competitor who makes herself stand out whatever team she is on,” said Cameron. “She is aggressive in the open court and finds a way to win. She is a relentless-on-the ball defender and will bring a ton of energy to our team and make us better both offensively and defensively.”

Kevin Luke, head men’s basketball coach at Michigan Tech, signed two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent last week in the early signing period. Alex Almquist of Hancock and Sean Clarey of Pewaukee, Wis., have committed to play basketball for the Huskies in 2014-15.

“We’re really excited about both guys for all the right reasons,” Coach Luke said. “This is a good place for them academically and they clearly fit our systems as far as what we want to get accomplished with our offense and defense. They are both Michigan Tech-type players.”

Clarey is a 6-3 guard and plays at Brookfield Academy. He led the state of Wisconsin in scoring last season and has twice led the state in three-pointers made.

Luke praised Clarey for his shooting abilities. “Sean’s a lights-out shooter who will be effective in our screening system. He’s a coach’s son who is very unselfish and knows how to play the game the right way. He’s also got good size for a guard and can handle the ball.”

Clarey was a second team all-state selection after his junior season and is a three-time All-Midwest Classic Conference selection, including the player of the year in 2012-13. He averaged 23 points per game while shooting 51.4 percent from the floor and 45.9 percent from three-point territory as a junior.