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

"'The will to win is important. The will to prepare is vital' and this was said by Joe Paterno."

Major: Computation & Neural Systems and Business Economics Management

Career Aspiration: TBD

Caltech Highlights:


Research with Professor of Political Science R.M. Alvarez during summer of 2010


As a freshman (2010-11), 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 season-high 16 points at La Verne (1/15/11) ... Grabbed career-high 8 rebounds in win versus UC Santa Cruz (12/18/10) ... Career-high 5 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