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Coronado’s Michael Louder turning up the volume on his game

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Coronado high school senior basketball player Michael Louder takes part in practice Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

Coronado High's Michael Louder

Coronado high school senior basketball player Michael Louder dunks during practice Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Standing 6 feet, 8 inches tall, Coronado High School basketball player Michael Louder is rarely overshadowed by his peers.

But, when it comes to college recruiting, the rising senior forward has been lost in the shadow of players from Las Vegas area powers Bishop Gorman High and Findlay Prep — two nationally respected programs with rosters loaded with elite recruits.

Louder is starting to make a more of a name for himself this summer.

While he doesn’t have any scholarship offers, he’s been noticed playing in a variety of tournaments with his AAU team, the Las Vegas Dogcatchers. Louder is rated as the nation’s 94th best power forward for the class of 2012 by ESPN Rise, which rates him a two-star prospect on its scale of five stars.

Louder, however, isn’t your prototypical power forward. Weighing just 180 pounds, his biggest project this offseason has been adding bulk to his lanky frame.

“Louder has a sinewy frame with very long arms and nice amount of quickness as well,” ESPN evaluators wrote. “He runs well and has that type of frame that may add a couple of inches as well. At this stage he appears to be a finesse 4-man that can step out and nail the mid-range jump shot. Despite his sleek frame, he battles for rebounds (fairly quick leaper) and blocks some shots — showing nice timing on the defensive end.”

Coronado reached the Sunrise Regional semifinals last winter with senior guard Austin Nelson leading the way. This winter, it will be Louder’s chance to shine in the Cougars’ offense.

He averaged 10.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and six blocks per game last year, but with the projected increased workload as a senior, his output could likely double.

“He has all of the tools,” Coronado coach Jeff Kaufman said. “He is such a good shooter and such a good jumper. He is so quick up the floor, too. We are going to showcase that this year.”

Louder has spent several hours this summer in the gym working on his jump shot. He is more comfortable playing while facing the basket and hopes to eventually be used as a swing forward on the perimeter.

“This is a very important time,” Louder said of this stage in the recruiting process. “I have to fight hard each game to show them what I can do.”

Louder’s offseason included taking part in a camp at Henderson International School, which houses Findlay Prep. He was part of the all-camp team that played an exhibition against Findlay, going against the private school’s heavily recruited interior tandem of Anthony Bennett and Landen Lucas. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Anthony Bennett is one of the top 10 recruits in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

While his team lost, Louder enjoyed flashes of solid play in gaining the confidence that he can play at a top level.

“It was a good experience playing against those guys,” Louder said. “Once you play against them, you learn what it is to be physical.”

Louder knows adding bulk and strength in the weight room will help him become a more physical and aggressive player. He weighed 160 pounds last winter and has already added 20 pounds in the offseason.

“Michael is such a nice kid. He just has to get angry,” Kaufman said. “When he gets angry, he is difficult to stop.”

This week, Kaufman said he has received interest from coaches at Lehigh, Boston College, San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara and New Hampshire. His potential is so high that Coronado principal Lee Koelliker, a former area head coach, has taken an interest in helping him navigate the recruiting process.

“The thing (coaches) are realizing is that Michael is still growing,” Kaufman said. “Somebody is going to get a quality player.”

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  1. Needs work as he's a soft 6.8. Watched him play several times as a junior last year & was being tossed around. And those are South East stats. Don't think he's get those same ones in the NE. What's his stats with the AAU Dogcatchers? However, he does have a nice mid-range "J" that should bode well @ the next level.

  2. Well i seen big Mike play a couple games and scored a triple double against Arbor View and Mojave and in the playoffs against Eldorado was the leading scorer. I never seen him get tossed around@(basir) and Canyon Springs barely escaped the SE by 1 point against Foothill so I wouldn't sleep on that division.

  3. Aside from Michael's obvious athletic "gifts", stands a young man of high moral standard and academic excellence. The future of sports is looking brighter as reputable learning institutions such as Boston College & Penn State, among the others listed in your article, are taking a serious look at Michael as a "whole package" and what he can bring to the future of Basketball. They recognize his talent, not only as a brilliant player, but view him as a positive role model to his peers and those who will follow after him. Great things are in store for this young man and it will be an exciting thing to watch!