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Bisons Sign Outstanding Georgia Basketball Player

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

04/19/2005

Basketball coach Scott Sanderson has announced the signing of combo guard Michael Lusk from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga.

"Mike is an excellent student-athlete for Lipscomb University," said Sanderson. "He will excel both on and off of the court. Besides being a very good student, he is very skilled and athletic. We are excited about Mike's future here."

His senior season Lusk, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds, averaged 20.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He also made 57-of-163 3-point attempts, a 35 percent success rate. He also made 40 steals and blocked 18 shots. He was second in the county in scoring and sixth in rebounds. His 75.9 percent success rate from the free throw line was eighth best in the county.

"Mike has matured into a fine young man during his four-year career at North Cobb," said Terry Gorsuch, his high school coach. "He is liked and respected by his peers and the faculty."

Lusk was named first team All-County in 2005 and won the 2005 Naismith Award from the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. He was also an honorable mention All-State selection.

Other awards include the Powerade Festival Invitational All-Tournament Team in 2003 and 2004. Lusk was the Cobb County T-p-Off Club Player of the Month in 2004 and 2005. He was named to the Cobb County Tip-Off Club All-County Second Team for the 2003-2004 season. In 2005 he was also a McDonald's All-American Team nominee.

At North Cobb Lusk won a number of team awards including North Cobb High School Best Defensive Player (sophomore), North Cobb MVP (junior and senior), North Cobb Top Rebounder (senior).

"Mike has been the cornerstone of the program for the past two years," Gorsuch said. "He has really worked hard to develop into a total player."

Lusk played on the varsity team all four years at North Cobb. He scored 1,000 points in his high school career.

"I know Mike is excited about attending Lipscomb, and I believe he will be an asset to the university both as a student and an athlete," said Gorsuch.