4 - Mike Paluchniak
Mike Paluchniak
Height: 6-2
Weight: 175
Year: SO
Hometown: Oostburg, Wis.
High School: Oostburg
Position: G

"The will to win is important. The will to prepare is vital."

Major: Business Economics Management

Career Aspiration: TBD

Caltech Highlights:

ACADEMIC

Analyst Intern at Bank of America Merrill Lynch summer of 2012 ... Worked in Caltech's investment office summer of 2011 ... Research with Professor of Political Science R.M. Alvarez during summer of 2010

ATHLETIC

2011-12: As a sophomore, played in 20 games ... Scored season-high 10 points two times ... Had three rebounds on four separate occasions ... Season-high three assists ... In win versus Babson (12/31/11), had four points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal ... Nailed big 3-pointer in win at Macalester (12/12/11) in his season opener

2010-11: As a freshman, started all 25 games and led the SCIAC in minutes played (37.0 mpg) ... Averaged 7.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg and shot 30.8 percent from 3-point range ... Hit double figures in scoring 9 times ... In conference, 27th in scoring, 14th in assists, 14th in 3-point percentage, and 7th in 3-pointers made per game ... 391st in nation in 3's made per game ... Scored career-high 16 points at La Verne (1/15/11) ... Grabbed career-high eight rebounds in win versus UC Santa Cruz (12/18/10) ... Career-high five assists in win versus Eastern Nazarene (12/13/10) ... Made four 3-pointers twice at Redlands (2/5/11) and at C-M-S (2/19/11) ... Team Lockdown Award and Coaches Award ... Photo appeard in December article in the New York Times

High School: Oostburg

High School Highlights: Captain for team that won 20+ games each of last two seasons and finished No. 10 in state his senior year ... Team won two conference championships and one regional championship ... Averaged 5.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg as a senior ... Academic all-state selection ... All-conference selection ... State student-athlete of the year runner-up ... Also named all-conference in soccer ... Ranked No. 1 in class ... Chess club president ... Wisc. math talent search ... Wisc. State Senate Scholar Chairman ... All-County math team co-captain ... One of 524 students to score perfectly on National Financial Capability Challenge ... AP scholar with distinction ... As a prefrosh, worked with Prof. Alvarez on researching various internet voting topics

Personal: Born November 5, 1991 ... Parents Steve and Mary ... Brother Matt plays basketball at Concordia (Wisc.) ... Sister Allie plays high school basketball