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Orris commits to Northern Illinois

2013-04-29T21:00:00Z 2013-04-30T12:24:05Z Orris commits to Northern IllinoisMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
April 29, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

Michael Orris said the re-recruiting process would not take long and he was right.

Less than a month after the Crete-Monee grad announced he was leaving Kansas State, he committed to Northern Illinois. Orris committed over the weekend and said he will sign soon with the DeKalb-based university. As per NCAA rules, Orris will have to sit out the 2013-14 season.

The Huskies were 5-24 last year under second-year coach Mark Montgomery, but Orris sees the program turning around.

"It will be a great fit," Orris said. "They are rebuilding and that takes some time. I want to be a part of that and I think Coach Montgomery and his staff will get it turned around.

"I established a good relationship with him and the assistants."

Orris had originally committed to Creighton, then decommitted and signed with Illinois. When Bruce Weber was fired, Orris opted out of his letter of intent in April 2012 and signed with Kansas State to play for Weber.

Orris played in 15 games and scored a total of four points this season.

He said it will be adjustment sitting a year, but he will make the best of it.

"It is going to be tough not playing, but it also gives you time to work on your game," Orris said. "I will do what they ask and work to make myself a better player."

NIU is 40 minutes from his parents' new home in the northwest suburbs. Orris also credited Scott Lidskin, his AAU coach with the Illinois Old School.

"He helped me a lot," Orris said. "He helped me along in my recruiting and has been a big influence in my life."

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