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Eric Puls 30
Eric Puls

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Alpena, Mich.

High School:
Alpena

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 225

Position:
F

Birthdate:
09/01/1988


At Michigan ... (2008-09) ... Helped Michigan to a 21-14 record, which tied a school record for the largest single-season turnaround in program history ... Helped U-M earn its first NCAA Tournament bid in 11 years ... Earned No. 10 seed at NCAA Tournament, advancing to second round after 62-59 victory over No. 7 seed Clemson ... Eliminated by No. 2 seed Oklahoma, 73-63, in second round ... Earned No. 7 seed at the Big Ten Tournament, advancing to quarterfinal ... Helped U-M to two top-five wins after defeating No. 4 UCLA (Nov. 20, 55-52) and No. 4 Duke (Dec. 6, 81-73) ... Helped U-M to 4-5 record against national top 25 opponents ... Helped U-M set team records for single season free throw percentage (75.7%), three-point field goals (305) and three-point field goal attempts (912) ... Helped U-M tie the NCAA record for most players with a three-point field goal in a game -- nine against Eastern Michigan (Dec. 13).

Junior/Sophomore (2009-10) ...
Has played in two contests this season ... Played four minutes against Northern Michigan (Nov. 14), recording one rebound ... Played two minutes at Utah (Dec. 9).

Sophomore/Freshman (2008-09) ...
Played in 11 games, coming off the bench ... Averaged 1.2 points and 0.2 rebounds ... Shot 71.4 percent (5-for-7) from the field and 75.0 percent (3-for-4) on three-point field goals ... Grabbed his first collegiate rebound with an offensive board against Eastern Michigan (Dec. 13) ... Had first collegiate block against Michigan Tech (Nov. 11) ... Played in 1.8 minutes per game ... Played a career-high four minutes vs. Norfolk State (Nov. 25).

Freshman (2007-08) ... U-M's Iron Man Award ... Opted to redshirt the season ... Did not participate in any games during season ... Continued to contribute during practice and on scout team.

Prep ... Alpena High School (2006) ... Associated Press Class A All-State, special mention (2007), honorable mention (2006) ... Detroit News Class A All-State, sixth team (2007), honorable mention (2006) ... Detroit Free Press Class A, All-State, third team (2007), honorable mention (2006) ... Alpena News Player of the Year (2006, '07) ... Alpena News, first team (2006, '07), second team (2005) ... Big North Conference, Most Valuable Player (2007) ... Big North Conference, first team (2006, '07) ... For four-year career averaged 15.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 blocks ... Coached by John Pintar ... Three-year starter ... As a senior (2006-07), averaged 18.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.6 blocks ... Led Alpena to a 17-6 record ... Led Alpena to Class A regional semifinal, eliminated by Mt. Pleasant, 42-37 ... Had 17 points in semifinal game ... Led Alpena to first district championship since 1998, defeating Traverse City West, 66-49 ... Had 15 points in championship game ... Scored 36 points, including five three-point fields and 10 rebounds against Cadillac ... As a junior (2005-06), averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.4 blocks ... Led Alpena to a 4-17 record ... Led Alpena to District first round game ... Eliminated in first round by Traverse City West, 52-42 ... Had 22 points in first round game ... As a sophomore (2004-05), averaged 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.6 blocks ... Started year on junior varsity before moving to varsity halfway through year ... Led Alpena to a 8-13 record ... Led Alpena to District first round game ... Eliminated in first round by Mt. Pleasant, 53-52 ... Had 12 points in first round game ... As a freshman (2003-04) ... Played on freshman team ... Other: Coached by Joe Tyler, Flint Roadrunners (AAU) ... Played in Prep Spotlight All-Star Game (2007), played on Team LeBron ... Played at same All-Star game with U-M teammate Manny Harris (Team Kobe).

Personal ... Given name Eric Mark Puls ... Born on September 1, 1988 in Alpena, Mich. ... Son of Doris and Mark Puls ... Enrolled in College of Engineering ... Engineering major ... Righthanded ... Has three brothers: Dan, Brian and Matthew .


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