Ex-Whitman hoops standout Michaels to play in South Korea

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WALLA WALLA — Former Whitman College men’s basketball standout David Michaels, a 2012 graduate, has signed a three-year contract to play with SK Korea of the South Korean League.

Michaels played with Aris Leeuwarden in Holland last year, helping lead the team to a playoff run and championship finals berth.

During his senior season as a Missionary, Michaels became the first Whitman player to receive All-American honors from D3hoops.com. In addition, he was voted the Northwest Conference Player of the Year — the first Whitman men’s hoops player to receive the honor in over two decades.

In his one season with Aris, Michaels averaged 10 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. His game-high came against Gronigen when he hit for 23 points; he also had games of 21 and 20 against Den Bosch and Amsterdam, respectively. While starting mostly at small forward, Michaels was a part of a team that won two playoff series — eliminating the defending champs in the second round —before losing in the finals.

In joining SK Korea, Michaels becomes a member of a team that won the league regular-season championship in 2013. Again, he will be featured as a small forward. The club will play a regional tournament in August before embarking on the regular season in October.

During his senior season at Whitman, Michaels ranked second in the NWC in points per game (20.0) and 3-point shooting (46.2 percent), and fifth in overall field goal percentage (55.0 percent). He helped the Missionaries to an 18-win season and an NWC playoff berth.

After the season, he became the first DIII player in nearly a decade to receive an invitation to the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

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