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      MTU Men's Basketball inks two recruits

      Courtesy: MTU

      Kevin Luke, head men's basketball coach at Michigan Tech, signed two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent this week in the early signing period. Alex Almquist of Hancock, Mich., and Sean Clarey of Pewaukee, Wis., have committed to play basketball for the Huskies in 2014-15.

      "We're really excited about both guys for all the right reasons," Coach Luke said. "This is a good place for them academically and they clearly fit our systems as far as what we want to get accomplished with our offense and defense. They are both Michigan Tech-type players."

      Almquist, a 6-7 center at Hancock Central High School, has been a two-time WestPac MVP and a three-time all-conference selection for the Bulldogs. As a junior last season, he was also named to the All-UP First Team and all-state honorable mention in class C.

      "Alex is a skilled big kid that can play both outside and inside and that's what we look for in our four man," Luke added. "He's got all the tools to be a very consistent and good player for us. I think it's going to take some time for him, but we're excited about his work ethic and skill set."

      Almquist averaged more than 21 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game last season. His sister Maria is currently a member of the Tech volleyball team.

      Clarey is a 6-3 guard and plays at Brookfield Academy. He led the state of Wisconsin in scoring last season and has twice led the state in three-pointers made.

      Luke praised Clarey for his shooting abilities. "Sean's a lights-out shooter who will be effective in our screening system. He's a coach's son who is very unselfish and knows how to play the game the right way. He's also got good size for a guard and can handle the ball."

      Clarey was a second team all-state selection after his junior season and is a three-time All-Midwest Classic Conference selection, including the player of the year in 2012-13. He averaged 23 points per game while shooting 51.4 percent from the floor and 45.9 percent from three-point territory as a junior.