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Our head trainer is Region born and bred, Mike Miklusak, he played high school ball at Lake Central, collegiately at Western Illinois and in Europe professionally.
Mike’s goal with each player he instructs at Courtside is “to help players in The Region chase their dreams by giving them the tools necessary to reach the next level and show them that they can do anything they put their mind to.”
In High School he played alongside Glenn Robinson III (Michigan/NBA) and Tyler Wideman (Butler). He helped lead his team to a Sectional Championship in 2012, where he had 16 points against Munster in the semifinals to advance to the championship game. During the 2011-12 season he was named Most Improved. In his senior campaign, he averaged 12 points and 5.1 rebounds. He was named Honorable Mention All-State, Northwest Indiana All-Area Second Team, Duneland Athletic All-Conference Team and was named MVP of the Indianapolis Play-by-Play Classic.
Through his hard work in High School and continual improvement, he earned a Division I scholarship to Western Illinois University where he played in 90 games over the course of his 4-year career. In his Freshman year, he was named to the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Classic All-Tournament team at UTEP. In his Sophomore year, he played in 15 games and started in 11 of them before tearing his PCL, ending his season. As a Junior, he was 2nd in the entire Summit League in 3-point field goal percentage, notching an impressive 45.6%. During his Senior year, Mike played in 23 games and started in 21 of them. He averaged 35.1 minutes per game, 15.5 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game. He recorded 9 double-double’s, shot 41.5% from beyond the arch and he was 8th in the nation in Defensive Rebounds per game. He recorded his career high 31 points during Senior Night, shooting 11-17 from the field.
Upon graduation in 2017, Mike continued his career in Europe where he played for one of the top teams in the Netherlands, Den Bosch New Heroes. He helped his team to a 24-8 record, starting all 32 games. He averaged 11.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He shot a remarkable 39.7% (78-196) from the 3-point line which earned him the Kees Akerboom Award, recognizing the best 3-point shooter in the Dutch Basketball League. After his rookie season, he was offered a contract to play in France’s Pro-B League for Gries Oberhoffen. He played for 3 months before deciding to return home to his family due to injury/personal reasons. Before returning home, Mike recorded a double-double in a French Cup game notching 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, leading his team to a 74-70 victory.
Mike has plenty to be personally proud of through his own experiences in the game, but now looks to train the next generation of players to carry on the strong, yet under appreciated, tradition of basketball in Northwest Indiana.
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