CHARLEVOIX — Elise Stuck is moving on to the big stage.
Stuck announced her verbal commitment Friday to play basketball at the University of Michigan.
Northern Michigan girls basketball fans have seen the Charlevoix star play on the high school hardwood for the final time, as Michigan coaches were in attendance July 11 when Stuck tore her left ACL at the Battle in the Boro in Louisville, Kentucky.
“You can’t do anything about it now,” Stuck said Friday. “They were there at the game when I did it. Coach saw me go down. They’ve stuck by me through two major injuries.”
Stuck hurt her shoulder the summer before her junior year, missing the high school volleyball season as well as a big chunk of travel ball.
Michigan State and Michigan both offered scholarships to the 6-foot-1 Stuck before she was even in high school. Other big schools followed suit in the coming years, such at Marquette, Illinois, Western Michigan and Central Michigan.
“I like the atmosphere, and I’m sure everybody says that,” Stuck said. “I have a lot of family there. All of my uncles went there.”
The Detroit Free Press ranked Stuck as the No. 12 girls basketball players in the state, regardless of year in school, during the 2018-19 season. State Champs had Stuck at No. 23.
Stuck said relatives would drop hints about U-M from time to time, but not be pushy about it.
“All my family sticks in a little something here and there for Michigan,” Stuck said, “because they don’t want to make too much of it.”
Stuck, who was the Record-Eagle’s girls basketball Player of the Year for 2018-19 and the Female Athlete of the Year as a freshman, averaged 21 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.2 steals and two blocks per game for the undefeated Lake Michigan Conference champion Rayders (19-3). She earned first-team All-LMC for the third time. She’s already the school’s all-time leading scorer at 1,494 points and would have had a serious shot at hitting 2,000 points if she could play next winter.
Only 31 girls basketball players in Michigan have ever reached 2,000 career points, including Central Lake’s Jasmine Hines (3,034), Leland’s Julie Polakowski (2,109), Glen Lake’s Liz Shimek (2,088) and Traverse City West’s Kalyn McPherson (2,012). Polakowski, Shimek and Hines each won Miss Basketball and went on to play at Michigan State, while McPherson chose Michigan.
Stuck said she liked the energy around the U-M program, especially in practice.
The Wolverines (22-12, 11-7 Big Ten) made the NCAA Tournament and defeated Kansas State before falling to Louisville.