Created:Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:06 p.m.CDT
Updated:Friday, April 19, 2013 1:30 p.m.CDT

Potnick to join NIU basketball as preferred walk-on


Buffalo Grove guard Luke Potnick has committed to Northern Illinois.

Potnick, who averaged 23 points per game last season, said he will be a preferred walk-on when he joins the Huskies for the 2013-14 season. In a game against Hersey back in December, Potnick had a 45-point night. He was a point guard last season but can handle the two-guard spot as well.

He said his sister attended NIU, so he had a good feeling about the university, as well as the basketball program. Potnick said he also had interest from Ball State for a preferred walk-on spot, but said NIU was with him the whole way.

"I like the coaching staff a lot, coach [Mark Montgomery, he's a great guy," Potnick told the Daily Chronicle,"... I think right now they're just trying to build the program and get some good guys in there to get that started."

Dowagiac (Mich.) guard Dontel Highsmith signed with the Huskies back in November, while La Jolla (Calif.) Prep wing Aaric Armstead and his brother, San Jose City College's Aaron Armstead, have committed to play at NIU next season, according to the website

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