Basketball: Crete-Monee alum Michael Orris transfers from Kansas State to Northern Illinois
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 2013 4:38PM
Updated: June 2, 2013 6:26AM
Following Bruce Weber to Kansas State didn’t work out for Michael Orris, so the former Crete-Monee basketball star is on the move.
Orris, a 6-foot-2, 201-pound point guard, is transferring to Northern Illinois after spending one season at Kansas State. He’ll be a junior when he’s eligible in the 2014-15 season.
“It just wasn’t the right situation for me,” Orris said of his Kansas State experience. “Obviously, I didn’t play at all really. (Coach Bruce) Weber has been great. Northern was recruiting me when I was in high school.”
Orris played in 15 games as a freshman for Big 12 champion Kansas State, totaling 49 minutes and averaging less than a point a game.
Orris decommited from Illinois after Weber was fired. He originally committed to Creighton.
Orris spent his first two years of high school at Palatine before transferring to Crete-Monee. He averaged 10.2 points, 6.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds his junior year, helping the Warriors to a school-record 25-4 mark and their first supersectional appearance.
He’ll try to recapture that success in DeKalb.
“Northern is a program that is trying to rebuild,” said Orris, a SouthtownStar All-Area selection his junior year at Crete-Monee. “To be a part of that rebuilding process is very, very intriguing for me.
“My parents’ new house in Crystal Lake is 40 minutes away. This is a good situation for me.”