They say you never forget your first love. Such a thing can be said about Munster junior guard Drew Hackett and the UIC men's basketball program.
On Thursday, Hackett verbally committed to play for the Flames.
The 6-foot-2 Times All-Area selection last season averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals a game for the sectional champions.
"They were the first college program to recruit me during AAU my freshmen year," Hackett said. "I've had others come on lately, but UIC was the first."
Drew and his family, including Mustangs head coach Mike Hackett, went to see UIC play Loyola last winter. He was invited into the Flames' locker room after the game, where he met the players and coaching staff.
That was the first love dance. Last Wednesday Hackett went on a visit where he sat in a classroom and walked around the Chicago campus. He went home and slept on the offer.
He spoke with his family and friends. He called coach Howard Moore and the deal was done.
"This is a big weight off my shoulders," Hackett said. "If I have a bad game the next two years I don't have to worry about it. I have no pressure. I can just focus on our program at Munster."