MIKE NIETO: Orris familiar with recruiting go-around

2013-04-04T19:00:00Z 2013-04-05T01:54:16Z MIKE NIETO: Orris familiar with recruiting go-aroundMike Nieto Prep Beat nwitimes.com
April 04, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

Former Crete-Monee boys basketball star Michael Orris doesn't expect a long, dragged-out recruitment.

Earlier this week, he announced he was transferring from Kansas State. He said he will finish the school year in Manhattan, Kan.

"I really don't know where I will go," Orris said. "Once I get a school, I will sign."

Per NCAA rules, he will have to sit out next year.

It was almost a year ago that Orris got out of his letter of intent with the University of Illinois after Bruce Weber was fired. Weber ended up at Kansas State and Orris followed.

"I enjoyed my time at Kansas State, but I just feel this is not for me," Orris said. "Coach Weber was great and we accomplished a lot (a Big 12 title), but I think I will be better off someplace else."

Orris originally committed to Creighton, then decommitted and signed with Illinois. He said he learned a lot about recruiting.

"I think I am well-versed in that," Orris joked. "I've been through it all. I just want to end up where it will be the best situation."

It hasn't been easy, but he said he has gotten through it. After all, he is still a teenager.

"My faith played a big role in my remaining strong," Orris said. "My parents, family, they have all been supportive."

After starring for two years at Crete, Orris played in just 15 games for the Wildcats. It was tough, but he rode it out and did not quit midseason. He also offers advice for those who might transfer.

"I guess, make sure where you go is a good, fit, but sometimes things just don't work out," Orris said. "Don't transfer just to transfer, but think things out and think about academics as well as the athletics."

Orris admits he has been in a merry-go-round, but he has learned from it. Let's not forget that he is a darn good point guard, a good kid, and should fit in with a good program.

It also depends on what scholarships are available. I think someone will take a good look at him. It is starting all over again, but Orris seems ready to do so.

Let the recruiting begin.

This column is solely the writer's opinion. Reach him at mike.nieto@nwi.com.

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