Elkhart Memorial grad comes home to play Notre Dame

Elkhart Memorial grad Michael Kibiloski was all about wearing Crimson as a high school player.

But now---the junior men's basketball at IPFW dares wear a blue that looks very much like Elkhart Central.

Kibiloski couldn't help but burst out in a laugh when asked about turning colors---blue of course---is the shade of the IPFW Mastodons.

Kibiloski made his return to Michiana Monday night to face Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion.

"I came to some games when I was growing up," Kibiloski explains. "To come back and actually play on the court is pretty cool."

And he had 80 family members and friends sporting the Blue at Purcell Pavilion cheering him on.

"My mom told me [Sunday] how many were coming I didn't really believe," Kibiloski explains. "Then when I saw them all show up, it was pretty exciting."

One guy who couldn't go as far to wear that blue shirt was Michael's former high school coach.

"It's great, he's a great kid," says Elkhart Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer. "Things have gone really well for Mike at IPFW. It's great that all these people from the Elkhart area could come out and see him play."

Kibiloski scored just four points Monday night---but you wouldn't know it from the reception he got after the game. He had a huge receiving line. His parents couldn't be happier.

"Oh extremely proud--both of us couldn't be prouder of him," says Michael's father Leonard.

"They work very hard at the Division One level and its a huge commitment so we are very proud he's continued with it," says Kibiloski's mom Karen.

Michael has battled back from injuries this year--but is starting to come into his own. He's happy with the way his career is going.

"It's been surreal," Kibiloski says. "The venues we've played in and seeing your name go on ESPN--it's been pretty cool. You couldn't ask for a better situation."

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