Men's Basketball - Fri, Apr. 20, 2007
CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University men's basketball team has added some depth to its 2007-08 roster with the recent signings of two incoming freshmen, one from Chicago and another from Northern Indiana. Mike Johnstone from Chicago and Dan Palombizio from Chesterton, Ind., have both signed letters of intent with SXU and will continue their academic and athletic careers as members of the Cougar men's basketball team next fall.
Johnstone played off guard at St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Ill., but could play either at the two or three guard position next season at Saint Xavier. Tom Pallardy coached Johnstone during his prep career at St. Laurence where he was an All-Catholic League selection as well as an all-area third team honoree. Johnstone was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Lincoln-Way East High School Christmas Tournament this past season.
"Mike is a 6-5 guard, who handles the ball well and has a good three-point jump shot," said Saint Xavier men's basketball coach Tom O'Malley. "He is an intelligent player, who finished as a honor roll student at St. Laurence. Mike is a great addition to our program."
Palombizio is a 6-5 point guard, who played prep basketball at New Buffalo High School in New Buffalo, Mich. He averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists as a senior at New Buffalo and was a third team all-state selection by U.P.I. as well as an honorable mention all-stater by The Associated Press. He plans to pursue a major in business at Saint Xavier University. His father, Dan Palombizio Sr., was a former basketball star at Ball State University (Ind.), named Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1981, and was the No. 159 overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
"Dan is a big point guard, who sees the floor particularly well," said O'Malley. "I expect him to make an immediate impact on our team. He has a vast knowledge of the game of basketball and it has helped him to be coached and taught by his father, who has made a name for himself as a tremendous basketball player in the Indiana-Michigan area back in the 1980's."