Giovanine kicks off recruiting class with 'bigs'


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Posted Online: April 01, 2013, 7:25 pm
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By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
Augustana College men's basketball coach Grey Giovanine has started this year's recruiting class with a pair of big-bodied front-liners.

Giovanine has received commitments from 6-foot-7, 200-pound Michael Hoekstra of Bishop McNamara Catholic High School in Kankakee, and 6-foot-4, 200-pound Jens Soderholm of LaSalle-Peru H.S.

Hoekstra wrapped up his high school career as Bishop McNamara's all-time leading scorer with 1,233 points. He was a four-year letterwinner and served as a team captain for the Fightin' Irish.

As a senior, Hoekstra averaged 16.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game and shot 60 percent from the field. He was a Kankakee Daily-Journal All-Area selection for the third straight year and an All-Chicago Catholic League pick for the second year in a row. He was named to the IBCA's Class 1A/2A All-State fourth team and earned Associated Press Class 2A All-State honorable mention status. In addition, he was an all-tournament selection at Kankakee, the fifth time in his career he was named to an all-tournament team. As a junior, Hoekstra earned IBCA Class 1A/2A All-State honorable mention.

"Michael is a very good athlete who plays with great energy," Giovanine said. "He is going to get bigger and stronger and develop into a terrific player at Augustana."

Soderholm was a four-year letter winner for the Cavaliers. As a senior, he was the La Salle NewsTribune area Player of the Year and the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference's West Division MVP. He earned Associated Press Class 3A All-State honorable mention honors. He was also a Pekin Holiday Tournament All-Tournament selection this year when he led the entire tournament in scoring and rebounding.

Soderholm averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game this season, converting 44 3-point field goals and shooting 77 percent from the free-throw line. He added 2.5 assists, two steals and two blocked shots per game, leading L-P to an undefeated NIB 12 West title.

"Jens is a strong, tough, skilled wing who can really score and rebound," said Giovanine. "His high school numbers reflect that. We really like the way he competes."

Hoekstra and Soderholm join a club that returns 12 players — including eight freshmen — from a 19-8 campaign that included a fourth-place (8-6) CCIW finish.

















 



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