Boys Basketball: Michael Orris commits to Kansas State

Story Image Michael Orris of Crete Monee blasts down the court past H-F's David Fatoki.

Updated: May 3, 2012 5:31PM

Not quite four weeks after decommitting from Illinois in the wake of Bruce Weber’s firing, Crete-Monee 6-3 point guard Michael Orris signed with Weber’s new employers, Kansas State.

Orris faxed his letter of intent Wednesday, his father, Bill Orris, said.

“It came down to his relationship with Bruce Weber, No. 1,” Bill Orris said. “And, when he went on his visit (April 14 to Manhattan, Kan.), he absolutely loved the campus, and he really liked the guys on the team.”

Michael Orris averaged 11 points and four assists per game as a senior. He averaged 10 points and 6.3 assists as a junior, when he made the SouthtownStar All-Area team.

Orris initially committed to Creighton, in May of 2011. He decommitted after Crete-Monee’s then-coach, Matt Ryndak, who had guided Orris’ recruiting process, was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor.

He then signed with Weber’s Fighting Illini program. Weber was fired by Illinois on March 29. On April 13, Orris was released from his commitment to Illinois, and on the next day visited Kansas State.

Since then, Bill Orris said, the family has been contacted by the programs at Pittsburgh and Marquette, among others.

“We were amazed that these other high-major schools were after Michael,” Bill Orris said. “It just kept the roller-coaster going.”

Weber, he said, was not.

“Even during these last three weeks, he told Michael, ‘I want the best for you,’ ’’ Bill Orris said. ‘‘ ‘You need to pursue these other opportunities.’ ’’

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