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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Former Grizzlies sharp shooter Erik Kangas gets hall of fame nod

Like Travis Bader, Erik Kangas could jump.

Before there was Travis Bader, there was Erik Kangas. 
The DeWitt native could shoot from anywhere on the floor and is the easy comparison to the soon-to-be junior. Bader previously said he's trying to become more of a slasher and plans to differentiate himself from Kangas.
Kangas was the first player from the Lansing-area school to do several things, including playing professionally, and for his many accomplishments, he's being added to the school's hall of fame, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Kangas played for Oakland from 2005-09, setting the school's all-time mark for 3-pointers made, a record Bader is chasing at a feverish pace.
In Kangas' Summit League First Team senior season in 2008-09, he hit a league-record 135 3-pointers. He capped the season with a runner-up finish at an all-star 3-point contest at The Palace.
The LSJ story adds that Kangas now resides in Auburn Hills, working at a marketing firm in Troy. His induction officially takes place at halftime of the school's Sept .14 football game against Haslett.
Other notable DeWitt firsts by Kangas (Courtesy of the Lansing State Journal): 
  • First player to earn a full Division I men's basketball scholarship
  • First player to be listed on the Mr. Basketball ballot in 2005 (He finished 7th)

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