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DI offers finally rolling in for Jason Whitens

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Upper Peninsula basketball standout Jason Whitens appears to be getting closer to choosing his college, as some Division I offers finally are starting to roll in.

Whitens recently received a Division I offer from North Dakota State, and will visit Division I Green Bay on Monday, said his high school coach, Adam Mercier.

Western Michigan, a third Division I school, has jumped into the fray, too, and wants Whitens to visit. There is no date set yet for that visit.

Whitens starred in football as a quarterback and basketball at Powers North Central, near the Upper Peninsula/Wisconsin border.

He last lost a football game (eight-player) on Oct. 17, 2014, before winning back-to-back state championships.

He last lost a basketball game March 18, 2014, before reeling off 83 consecutive victories, and three consecutive Class D state championships.

Powers North Central won a double-overtime thriller against Southfield Christian in this year's semifinals, before handily beating Buckley in the state final.

Whitens, at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, was one of six finalists for Mr. Michigan Basketball, which went to Kalamazoo Central's Isaiah Livers, a Michigan commitment. Whitens finished third in the voting, after averaging 23 points.

He prefers basketball to football, and also has had preferred walk-on discussions with Central Michigan and Michigan State, coached by fellow Yooper and family friend Tom Izzo. Michigan State, though, just added Jack Hoiberg, son of Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, as a preferred walk-on.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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