Klee's Corner: Stock rising for Centennial's Finke

The entire Klee's Corner, a full page of college basketball coverage, publishes every Sunday in the offseason. Here's a snippet from this week:

Michael Finke has become accustomed to the exchange.

It goes something like this: College coach contacts his AAU coach, Gavin Sullivan, who then informs Finke to expect a phone call from that coach.

“He tells me they’re really interested and they might have a scholarship (offer),” Finke said.

Lately, there usually has been a scholarship offer for the Centennial junior. After a promising July with the Peoria Irish club program, Finke is sitting on six offers: Eastern Illinois, Loyola, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and SIU-Edwardsville.

“It’s fun. It’s awesome. I love it,” the 6-foot-8 forward said this week at an AAU event in Ft. Wayne, Ind. “Just to know that in the future, that (scholarship) is going to be there.”

From the player’s perspective, exposure is the biggest advantage of playing a full schedule during the July evaluation period. Finke has taken advantage with Peoria Irish.

“Gavin does a great of getting everybody’s name out there,” Finke said. “He knows a ton of coaches, a ton of people. Without Irish I probably would not be where I am with all of these offers.”

Jeff Finke, his father, was a four-time letterwinner for Illinois football in the 1980s. He was also a member of Lou Henson’s Illini in 1986-87.

Mike Finke said he doesn’t have a leader in his recruitment and wants to go through the process. He doesn’t have a timeline for a decision on where he will attend college.

“Right now I’m just letting it all come in and let it all soak in. You can only go through this one time in your life,” he said. “I’m just going to enjoy it.”

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