Men's Basketball


Talented Guard From State Championship Team Set To Join Bulldogs

The Ferris State University men's basketball squad has added another student-athlete to its current recruiting class with the addition of guard Darryl Nobles (Van Buren Township/Detroit Country Day), who has inked with the Bulldogs and will begin his collegiate career in the 2007-08 season. The announcement came Thursday (May 31) from FSU head coach Bill Sall.

The 6-4 Nobles led Detroit Country Day High School to the 2006-07 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B State Championship while earning Detroit Free Press Class B Sixth Team All-State honors. He averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game as the Yellowjackets posted a 22-6 overall record this past season.

Darryl Nobles
Ferris has inked guard Darryl Nobles, who is shown here driving to the hoop (blue uniform) in the 2007 MHSAA Class B State Championship Game against East Grand Rapids (Photo courtesy
"Darryl is a versatile player with good athleticism," Sall said. "He was the leader of a state championship team and has the ability to be a good defender for us. In addition, he's a good student and has a bright mind for the game."

Nobles scored 14 points and added two steals in Detroit Country Day's 66-61 triumph over East Grand Rapids in this year's state final (March 24) held inside Michigan State University's Breslin Center at East Lansing, Mich. He added nine rebounds, six points and six assists in the Yellowjackets' 49-42 semifinal-round (March 23) win over Stevensville Lakeshore. Nobles played all 32 minutes of the state championship game along with 31 of the 32 minutes in the squad's semifinal contest.

This year's state championship represented the school's seventh state title and first since 1997. Nobles joins current National Basketball Association (NBA) veterans Chris Webber and Shane Battier as players who've helped lead the Yellowjackets to a state crown.

A four-year letterwinner, Nobles tallied six assists, four rebounds and four points per game en route to earning All-Metro North Honorable Mention kudos as a junior in 2005-06. He served as team captain in each of his final two prep campaigns under head coach Kurt Keener. This year, the squad won its final 11 games of the season and claimed both its third consecutive district and regional crowns.

Nobles was regarded as's number one ranked unsigned guard in Michigan prior to his Bulldog commitment and came in 33rd overall on's list of Michigan's top prep seniors this season. He was also chosen to compete in the 2007 Prep Spotlight All-Star game (April 14) for the top Michigan high school seniors. Inside Prep Sports ( ranked Nobles as the state's eighth-best combo guard in the class of 2007.

A cousin of professional boxing standout Bernard Hopkins, Nobles also competed in both track and field along with cross country at the high school level. His interests included being active in the school's academic games and contemporary issues activities.

The son of Darryl, Sr., and Veronica Nobles, he plans to major in sports management at Ferris State.

Nobles joins a large FSU recruiting class already consisting of Alpena (Mich.) Community College transfer forward Aaron Hincka (Posen) along with six other prep players in forward Chris Stanley (Detroit/Central), point guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford), guard/forward DeJuan Wright (Detroit/Henry Ford), forward Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills), guard Bryan Pasciak (Rockford) and center Jim Boylan (Grayling). All seven previously announced their intentions to join the Bulldog basketball program.

The Ferris men's basketball team registered its fourth-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament appearance in 2006-07 under Sall and concluded the year with a 10-18 overall record. The Bulldogs placed tied for third in the GLIAC North Division regular-season standings with a 8-10 league slate this campaign after advancing to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament the previous two seasons. FSU captured back-to-back GLIAC North Division titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 along with advancing to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen two years ago.

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