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Fred Hoiberg’s son Jack will walk on at Michigan State

The Detroit News
Jack Hoiberg

Point guard Jack Hoiberg of Hinsdale, Ill., the son of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, will be a walk on Michigan State’s basketball team next season.

“Excited to announce I will be continuing my education and basketball career at Michigan State University!” he wrote on Twitter.

The 5-9 Hoiberg averaged 15 points for Hinsdale Central this season. He decommitted from South Dakota, where he had accepted a scholarship to play golf, to pursue college basketball as a walk-on.

“The (golf) decision never really felt right,” he told Hinsdale Living. “I didn’t want to give up my dream playing college basketball.”

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Hoiberg is only 5-9 while his father Fred, who played at Iowa State and in the NBA for 10 seasons, is 6-4.

“I don’t even know how that worked out,” Jack said. “Hopefully I’ll get a spurt sometime soon.”

Fred Hoiberg just finished his second season as coach of the Bulls after coaching five seasons at Iowa State.

The younger Hoiberg joins a team that will enter next season as one of the favorites to win the national championship, thanks to the decision from Miles Bridges to return for his sophomore season.

Along with Bridges’ return, Hoiberg also joins in incoming class of freshmen that includes 6-10 Jaren Jackson Jr., a five-star All-American who helped La Lumiere of LaPorte, Ind., to a national championship, as well as 6-8 Xavier Tillman, who finished runner-up in Michigan’s Mr. Basketball voting at Grand Rapids Christian.