Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Ernie Zeigler inked two forwards during Wednesday's early signing period.
MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan University men’s basketball coach Ernie Zeigler has announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Joining the Chippewas next season will be 6-7, 220-pound forward Tyler Brown (Eau Claire, Wis./Eau Claire North HS) and 6-5, 170-pound forward K’allante Miller (Oak Park, Mich./Oak Park HS).
“We tried to take care of our needs in a couple areas with this recruiting class,” coach Ernie Zeigler said. “Both Tyler and K’allante are perfect fits for our university. The levels of toughness and winning attitudes that they each possess are going to advance our program.”
CMU loses current seniors Chris Kellermann and Marcus Van following the 2008-09 season which tips off on Friday as the Chippewas travel to Princeton.
Zeigler is in his third season at the helm of the CMU program. Central has increased its win total both years during his tenure.
Eau Claire, Wis./Eau Claire North High School
Wisconsin Blizzard AAU
honorable mention all-state honors from the Associated Press and
received all-state votes from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches
Association ... twice named All-Big Rivers Conference and was tabbed the
2008 Player of the Year ... averaged 12.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per
game as a junior ... four-year starter ... helped the Huskies to a pair of
league championships ... team qualified for the Division I state
tournament last year where it lost to eventual champion Wauwatosa East
... 4.0 student ... also plays baseball ... high school coach is Pat Hammond
and AAU coach Bill Weiner.
Zeigler on Brown “Tyler will give us
versatility and a high skill level at the power forward position. He
is a tough rebounder and really understands spacing on the floor and
how to screen.”
Oak Park, Mich./Oak Park High School
Detroit Fire AAU
the No. 1 senior wing in the state by bankhoops.com and
prepspotlight.com ... ranked No. 15 overall in the state by Craig Wind of
Prime Time High School Sports ... earned 2008 honorable mention
all-state honors from the Detroit Free Press, along with honorable
mention all-north ... listed among the juniors to watch by the Detroit
News ... averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals per game ...
high school coach is George Ward and AAU coach Dave Dixon.
on Miller “K’allante is a tough competitor. He’s very adept at scoring
and slashing to the basket. We are looking forward to how he will fit
into our defensive team philosophy.”