Northern Illinois men’s basketball head coach Mark Montgomery announced today the addition of Michael Orris to the Huskie basketball program. Orris, a native of Crete, Ill., transfers to NIU after spending one season at Kansas State.
“We are really looking forward to having Michael Orris join the Huskie basketball family,” Montgomery said. “Michael is the consummate team player. He is a hard-nosed competitor and a tough defender with a great feel for the game. He is a heady guard who can make plays for others but can also score and get to the rim.”
A 6-foot-2 guard, Orris appeared in 15 games as a freshman this past season at Kansas State. He scored four points and dished out seven assists in 49 minutes of action with the Wildcats.
Orris prepped at Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Ill., where he was a two-year starter. As a senior in 2011-12, Orris helped lead the Warriors to an 18-8 record while averaging 11.0 points and 4.0 assists per game. Orris earned Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention recognition as a senior and was named to The Times of Northwest Indiana’s All-Area Second Team.
As a junior at Crete-Monee in 2010-11, Orris helped lead the Warriors to a 25-4 record, the best in school history, and a sectional championship. Orris averaged 10.2 points, 6.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds as a junior and earned honorable mention all-state recognition from the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette.
Orris joins Dontel Highsmith (Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac) and the Armstead brothers – Aaron (Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan/San Jose City College) and Aaric (Chicago, Ill./La Jolla Prep) – as NIU’s fourth signee for the upcoming season.