Monday, June 10, 2013

Miklasz, Gatz and Lorenz Commit To Four-Year Schools

Men's Basketball: Miklasz/Gatz/Lorenz collage-sign to move on
Miklasz, Gatz and Lorenz are all moving on to play at four-year schools. (Jim Cummins)
PALATINE, Ill. – Harper men’s basketball coach Tony Amarino had a young group to work with in the 2012-13 season, with only three healthy sophomores on the roster. Connor Miklasz (Mount Prospect, Ill., Hersey)Garett Gatz (Elk Grove Village, Ill., Conant) and John Lorenz (Elk Grove, Ill., Elk Grove) left their mark on the program in their two seasons for the Hawks, and now each player has committed to a four-year school.

Miklasz verbally committed to the Lake Superior State University Lakers, a Div. II program in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Lakers compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and had a 16-13 record last season.

The 5-foot-9 point guard earned First Team All-Conference N4C, First Team All-Region, and N4C Academic All-Conference honors for the Hawks in the 2012-13 season. As a freshman, Miklasz averaged 9.5 points (PPG) and 5 assists per game (APG) and earned Second Team All-Region Distinctions. He improved his averages as a sophomore, scoring 11.2 PPG while ranking 11th in the nation with 6.8 APG.

“Connor sees the floor really well and is a great player,” Amarino said.

Gatz has committed to play for the North Park University Vikings on Chicago’s north side. The Vikings are a Div. III program and were 6-19 last year while competing in the CCIW.

The 5-foot-10 guard led the Hawks in scoring at 13.8 PPG in the 2012-13 season. Gatz began his career at Harper in the 2010-11 season, when he scored 13.3 PPG as a freshman. Gatz redshirted the next season after playing in only five games due to injury.

Lorenz will continue his play career for the Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlet Hawks on Chicago’s south side. The Scarlet Hawks went 4-14 last year as an NAIA school but will become an NCAA Div. III school in September.

The 6-foot-2 guard provided a steady scoring presence for the Hawks, averaging 7.3 PPG as a freshman and 8.7 PPG as a sophomore. Lorenz made N4C Academic All-Conference this year and will major in business at IIT.

“It’s good for our program that we can send our guys to four-year schools,” Amarino said. “I’m really happy for our kids and it’s something we can hang our hats on. Each guy will get a chance to play and make an immediate impact.” 

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