After a pit stop at prep school, Stevie Repichowski will play NCAA Division I basketball.
The former Lansing Catholic star has signed a national letter of intent to play next fall at the University of Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricanes coaching staff, which is led by former University of Kansas and NBA star Danny Manning, needed only one look at Repichowski.
They saw him play in October for Kingdom Prep Academy and knew they had found their man.
“They pretty much offered me on the spot after the game,” Repichowski said.
The decision came as a bit of a shock to those back home. Tulsa did not recruit Repichowski at Lansing Catholic.
“Tulsa was not in the mix while he was in high school and not in the mix when he went to Kingdom Prep,” Lansing Catholic head coach Darren Zwick said.
But the Golden Hurricanes were impressed with his outside shooting when they saw him play.
“Stevie is a talented wing with good size,” said Manning in a news release. “He has sneaky athleticism and is a very good shooter. Stevie is a good young man, and he will be a very good addition to our program.”
His new coach already has some impressive credentials. At Kansas, he was player of the year and won a national title in 1988. As a Jayhawks assistant, he won another title in 2008.
The reputation of Manning, who is in his first year at Tulsa, convinced Repichowski that the team was headed in the right direction.
“I know they are bringing in coach Manning for a reason,” he said. “He brought me into his office and opened up a box of rings, and it blew me away.”
Repichowski is playing for Kingdom Prep Academy in Johnstown, Iowa, after being the leading scorer on a Lansing Catholic team that lost just two games and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the state in Class B. The Cougars then gave No. 1 Sexton the toughest game of its tournament run toward a second straight Class B state title in March.
Repichowski finished his career third all-time in points at Lansing Catholic and is expected to fill a shooter’s role for Tulsa as well.
“I’m supposed to be replacing their main shooter on the team,” he said. “I should come right in and fill his spot.”
Tulsa has won at least 17 games the last six seasons but has not been in the NCAA tournament since 2003. Adding Repichowski is another step toward getting them back there.
“With playing on Conference USA and the reputation that Danny Manning has, I think they are going to attract really good kids,” Zwick said.