By recruiting in the Battle Creek area, Siena Heights was able to get a package deal.
Malachi Satterlee and Aaron Cook, both of Climax-Scotts, signed letters of intent this week to play basketball at Siena Heights – a NAIA school.
Satterlee and Cook were twin tower, 6-foot-7, players for Climax-Scotts this season – as the Panthers spent much of the season ranked No. 1 in the state in Class D.
Satterlee, the C-S center earned Class D All-State honors for the second consecutive year after leading Climax-Scotts to 24 wins. Despite being the focal point for opponents, Satterlee capped off his outstanding career with averages of 16.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
Cook, playing a power forward with shooting range, played a big part in helping the Panthers advance to the Class D state quarterfinal, where it lost to eventual state champion Southfield Christian. Earning an All-State special mention nod, the senior averaged a team-best 16.8 points per game. He shot 33 percent from beyond the arc, while also averaging 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
Cook and Satterlee will play for second-year head coach Joe Pechota, who is a graduate of Lakeview High School.