After playing for one season at the Air Force Academy, Michael chose to leave the school and informed Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill he will transfer to Greeley in the fall. He has yet to enroll, so UNC cannot officially comment on the move.Even though Michael did not play a ton for the Falcons as a freshman (16.2% of the team's minutes), he was wildly productive when he did play. He was 13/18 from inside the arc, and shot 45% (18/40) from downtown. He also had a stellar 14.1 defensive rebounding percentage, and took good care of the basketball, with an 11.9 turnover rate (he turned it over 7 times all year).
Michael said it came down to UNC and Utah State, but if he had stayed in the Mountain West, he would have had to go to a junior college first, thus giving up a year of eligibility.
"At UNC, I'm going to have to redshirt this year, but I'll be able to play for three years," said Michael, who averaged 4.1 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field for the Falcons. "The big thing for me was being able to kind of have a career somewhere rather than having a short stint for two years."
Again, sample size issues are big (especially since his two biggest games were against Western State and Regis University), but he also scored 11 points in a late season loss to UNLV. With the great efficiency numbers, combined with a year to sit out at UNC and learn the system, he could be a star for the Bears.
Shooting guard Tate Unruh will be a senior this year, and I think BJ Hill has likely found his replacement for the next three years in Cam Michael.
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