Men's Basketball

FORMER BULLDOG TERRANCE SHAW CLAIMS PROFESSIONAL HONOR

Saginaw Native Named Holland Blast Player Of The Week For His Efforts

Holland Blast
Player Of The Week
Terrance Shaw
A former Bulldog player, rookie forward Terrance Shaw, picked up this week's Holland (Mich.) Blast Player of the Week honor
Former Ferris State University men's basketball player Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) has been honored as this week's Holland (Mich.) Blast Player of the Week for his efforts and performance as a rookie forward in the International Basketball League (IBL) franchise's three outings last weekend (April 5-7).

The 6-5 Shaw, who concluded his FSU collegiate eligibility in March, averaged 21 points in the Blast's three games last week. He netted a team-high 23 points in the squad's 134-120 league home win over the Elgin (Ill.) Racers Saturday (April 7) evening at the Holland Civic Center in Holland, Mich. Shaw totaled 19 points in the Blast's 133-117 home loss Friday (April 6) to the Marysville (Ohio) Meteors after scoring 21 points in Thursday's (April 5) 162-159 triple-overtime road loss against the Battle Creek (Mich.) Knights.

Shaw ranked as Ferris' leading scorer (14.1 ppg) as a senior during the 2006-07 campaign and earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Second Team laurels for the second-straight season. The 2005-06 GLIAC All-Tournament Team selection became the 25th player in school history to score 1,000 points earlier this year and finished his career ranked 20th on FSU's career scoring list with 1,159 points. He's also among the top all-time contributors with 641 rebounds and is second with 116 career blocked shots at Ferris State. While at Ferris, Shaw started 81 of 116 career contests and helped lead the Bulldogs to two GLIAC North Division Championships and a pair of NCAA-II National Tournament appearances.

Shaw, who had 23 points and 18 rebounds in his professional debut as the Blast defeated the Chicago Heights Soliders at home (March 23), is one of five former Bulldog players presently playing for the Holland Blast this season. Former Bulldog guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights), who also concluded his collegiate eligibility at FSU last month, had his best offensive performance in his first career start with 12 points in last Saturday's win over Elgin.

The duo joined former Bulldog backcourt teamnmates Dennis Springs (Toledo, Ohio/Scott) along with twin brothers Carlton and Corey Epps (Benton Harbor) as members of the Blast squad this season. Springs and the Epps brothers were all key members of the Blast's 2006 squad that reached the IBL Final Four in the team's expansion season.

The Holland Blast, who are coached this season by first-year head coach and former Grand Valley State men's basketball coach Terry Smith, presently own a 3-3 overall mark this campaign entering this weekend's (April 13-14) two-game road trip to take on the Tennessee Hub City Hurricanes in Jackson, Tenn. The league, which is comprised of 26 teams in regional clusters, features four squads in Michigan this season including the locations of Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Battle Creek.

The IBL, which played its inaugural season in the spring and summer of 2005, is the newest professional basketball league designed around the concept of a faster, more skilled game. Specifically, the IBL speeds up time between play with a 22-second shot clock, immediate inbounds and allows fewer timeouts. The absence of dead time typically leads to a faster and more entertaining high-scoring game where skilled players shine. The IBL scoring average per team in its first two seasons was over 126 points per game.

The Ferris men's basketball team registered its fourth-straight GLIAC Tournament appearance in 2006-07 under fifth-year head coach Bill 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.

IBL Notebook: Former Bulldog player Dennis Springs currently leads the Blast in scoring and ranks 12th among the IBL's overall leading scorers this season at 23.4 points per game. The 2006 IBL All-Star returned to the Holland lineup two weeks ago after spending three weeks playing professionally in Mexico. Springs tallied a team-high 34 points at Elgin two weeks ago (April 1) ............ The Blast have four players featured among the league's top 25 scoring leaders. In addition to Springs, Terrance Shaw is listed 19th overall (19.8 ppg) and former Bulldog Corey Epps is ranked 25th (17.3 ppg) ............... Former Ferris center Adam Anderson (1998-03), who's the younger brother of current FSU assistant men's basketball coach Cory Anderson, is playing this year for the IBL's Battle Creek Knights. The 6-10 Kent City native, who played the last two years for the Grand Rapids Flight of the IBL, started and compiled 20 points along with seven rebounds in the Knights' three-overtime win over the Blast last Thursday (April 5) .............. Holland's next home game is Friday, April 20, with tipoff set for 7:15 p.m. (EDT) versus the Seattle Mountaineers at the Holland Civic Center. The Blast visit their archrival, the Grand Rapids Flight, Saturday, April 21, for a 7:11 p.m. (EDT) showdown at NorthPointe Christian High School in Grand Rapids. The Flight squad is headlined this year by import Sun Ming Ming, who's the tallest basketball player and second-largest human (7'9") in the world.

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