HOUGHTON, Mi. The Michigan Tech men's basketball program and Head Coach Kevin Luke are pleased to announce the addition of three players to the program for the 2017-18 season. Eric Carl (Kaukauna, Wisconsin), Owen White (Rhinelander, Wisconsin), and Jake Witt (Bruce Crossing, Michigan) have all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Huskies next season.
"As a whole this is an excellent incoming recruiting class for what we need in our program," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "These players have good size, are good shooters, rebounders, play solid defense, and possess all the skills that are important for incoming players to have. We are excited about adding these players to our team. They are not only great athletes, but great students as well."
Carl is getting ready to begin his senior season at Kaukauna High School after averaging 14.4 points per game a year ago as a junior. He knocked down 53 percent of his shots from the field and showed pinpoint accuracy from behind the three-point line, shooting at a 49 percent clip. At the free throw line, Carl converted on 84 percent of his trips to the charity stripe. Carl was a Second Team All-FVA selection and helped guide his team to a State Championship as a sophomore. His team is a preseason number one going into the 2017-18 campaign. Carl is looking to study engineering at Michigan Tech.
"Eric Carl is coming from a great high school program in Kaukauna," Coach Luke said. "He is a big guard that can really shoot the basketball well and shoot it from deep. He has done a nice job preparing himself physically for the next level, can handle the basketball, has a great IQ, and we expect him to have a great career here."
White will be coming to Michigan Tech by way of Rhinelander High School where he averaged 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last season as a junior. White dialed in 50 percent of his shots from the field a year ago. White has been named First Team All-Great Northern Conference twice and was the Player of the Year following his sophomore season. In the classroom, White is looking to study engineering at Michigan Tech.
"Owen White is another Wisconsin kid who committed to us early and is a really good athlete as a perimeter player," Coach Luke said. "He can also play in the post, defend, rebound, shoot, and score. We expect Owen to have a really nice career here at Tech."
Witt is about to begin his senior season at Ewen Trout Creek High School where he averaged 24.2 points, 17 rebounds, and 5.1 blocks per game. He made good on 59 percent of his field goal attempts and 50 percent of his triple tries. He was a Class D All-UP First Team honoree, Copper Mountain Conference MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, and AP Class D First Team All-State. In addition, he was selected to the All-State Class D Free Press, Bankhoops, and BCAM teams. Witt is looking at studying engineering or exercise science when he arrives at Tech in 2018-19.
"Jacob Witt is a big strong UP kid that we are really excited to bring in," Coach Luke said. "He's an excellent post player and will bring size, strength, defense, rebounding, and scoring to the post position. He is very athletic and can step out and shoot so he is going to be a player that's tough to defend. In addition, he has the size and strength to play at the college level entering his final year of high school. We expect Jacob to have an outstanding career as a Husky."
The Huskies will tip-off the 2017-18 season on Saturday at home against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at 6 p.m. This year's schedule features 15 home contests, including the season opener.