Eastern Illinois has announced the signing of what could be the tallest player in Panther men’s basketball history with the addition of 7-foot-2 Mat Piotrowski.
Piotrowski spent last year at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville after beginning his college career at Boston University. As a prep player out of Port Republic, New Jersey, Piotrowski was a 3-star rated prospect, and a McDonald’s All-America nominee.
“The first thing that strikes you about Mat is his size. However he is more than just a big guy, he can play the game” says EIU head coach Jay Spoonhour. “He has a lot of other intangibles that impress you. He has a tremendous knowledge of the game. He is a really good post player that can pass and defend. His size is one of his strengths as a basketball player. We feel very fortunate to get him as a member of our program.”
Piotrowski told the Press of Atlantic City that the coaches was a big reason for his move.
“I really liked the coaches at Eastern Illinois,” said Piotrowski. “When I visited, I was really comfortable with the coaches and the team. It was a place I could see myself in. The coach has plans for me to come in and affect the program.”
The signing of Piotrowski gives the Panthers two new big men added to the roster for next season. Chris Olivier (6-foot-8) was a mid-year transfer from Northern Iowa that will be eligible following the fall semester. The Panthers signed Wisconsin (Appleton West HS) wing Jake Verhagen in November.
Piotrowski replaces Jeremiah Samarrippas as the hardest last name I now have to learn how to spell.