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Broncos Sign Svete to National Letter of Intent

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 11/14/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team announced today that high school senior Leo Svete has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Western Michigan and join the men's basketball program. The 6-5 guard will join the Broncos for the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

"We are very excited to have Leo become a Bronco," said WMU head coach Steve Hawkins. "We feel like Leo can be a Brandon Pokley-like player in that he's a very good shooter, but he's also probably a better athlete coming in than Brandon was at this point.

"We think he'll fit in perfectly in the Bronco family as a bigger shooting guard that can also play some small forward," said Hawkins.

"It's a great feeling knowing that the hard work has paid off," said Svete. "From the moment I decided to become a D-I basketball player, I knew this moment would be special. It's a great feeling, knowing that I'm part of that now."

Svete hails from Granger, Ind., where he attends Mishawaka Penn High School. He says that the relationship with the Western Michigan coaching staff, as well as the quality of the Mid-American Conference and the proximity to home, ranked as important factors in his decision.

"I've had a great relationship with coach David Kool and coach Hawkins," said Svete. "It's the chance to play close to home, and the MAC is a great conference."

Svete averaged 17.8 points per game for the Kingsmen during his junior season, earning Truth All-Area second-team honors and a spot on the Indiana Junior All-Stars North Six team. He is currently recovering from a knee injury.