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Lauren Brozoski decides on Michigan

Boogie Brozoski of Long Island Lutheran drives by

Boogie Brozoski of Long Island Lutheran drives by Aaliyah Lewis of Bishop Ford High School at the Rose Classic Super Jam Basketball Tournament held at Bishop Ford High School. (Jan. 16, 2012) Credit: Errol Anderson

Once she graduates, Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski will trade in her Crusaders black and red for the historic maize and blue.

Long Island Lutheran point guard Brozoski, who earned Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year award in girls basketball last season, has committed to play for the University of Michigan for the 2015-16 season.

Brozoski, a junior, cannot sign an official letter of intent until November 2014 during the official signing period and her senior year in high school.

"I'm really excited," Brozoski said. "It took a lot of pressure off me that I got it done so I can just focus on getting better and working toward that college level."

Brozoski led Lutheran to the state Federation Class A championship last season while averaging nearly 20 points, six assists and two steals per game. She was the first sophomore to earn Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year award in girls basketball and is a two-time Newsday first-team All-Long Island selection.

"Anybody would be proud of her with all the hard work she's put in," Lutheran coach Rich Slater said.

Slater said Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico had been recruiting Brozoski since she was the coach at St. John's and Brozoski was in the eighth grade.

"That was a huge factor," Brozoski said. "Coach Arico started recruiting me at St. John's, and to know she had such great interest in me that she took with her to Michigan meant a lot."

Brozoski also drew interest from George Washington, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Villanova, Seton Hall, Hofstra, Harvard and Boston College. She ultimately chose Michigan because she said it felt right and had "the total package."

"Honestly, I just went with my gut and my heart,'' Brozoski said. "I just felt like that's where I belong."

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