“We’re really pleased that Johnathan chose Ferris State for his future, both academically and athletically,” Wilson said. “He’s a young man of character, who has the ability to come in and make an immediate impact on our program. I believe his future at Ferris State will be a successful one.
“Johnathan has a knack for the ball around the basket, he’s an aggressive rebounder and defender, and is capable offensively of shooting the perimeter jumper with consistency,” added Wilson.
Bowers, a 6-8, 205-pound forward-center, achieved Class B All-State Fourth-Team recognition as a senior at Comstock High School in Kalamazoo, Mich., under head coach Mike McKinley. While at CHS, the two-time first-team All-Wolverine Conference honoree helped guide the Colts to a pair of conference championship titles. In his senior campaign, Bowers averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.8 blocked shots per outing in 22 games en route to leading CHS to an 18-3 overall record. The two-time team captain recorded averages of 16.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.5 blocked shots a game in 22 contests during his junior season. A first-team all-area selection, Bowers was twice selected the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the Wolverine Conference in block shots two consecutive seasons.
Bowers was a two-year letterwinner in basketball and also participated one season in football. He was a state karate champion in the red and white belt division. Bowers is the third student-athlete to ink with the Bulldogs for the 2000-2001 season, joining 6-7 forward-center Nate Wruble (Harbor Beach) and 6-2 guard Marcus Wallace (Muskegon).
"We're very excited about Nate's decision to attend Ferris State," Wilson said. "He's a coach's son who has a great feel for the game. Nate is an extremely intelligent player and an exceptional student-athlete, who exemplifies what our program at Ferris State is all about.
"Nate will provide us with some toughness inside the paint. He's not only a very capable defensive player, but has the talent to knock down shots with consistency," added Wilson.
A 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward-center, Wruble earned both all-state and all-conference first-team honors at Harbor Beach High School under his father, head coach Ron Wruble. As a senior, the team captain averaged 19.7 points along with 12.7 rebounds per contest en route to attaining team Most Valuable Player accolades as the Pirates registered a 13-8 overall record. He is a three-time all-state academic selection.
Wruble is the second student-athlete to sign with the Bulldogs for the 2000-2001 season, joining 6-2 guard Marcus Wallace (Muskegon).
“Marcus is a solid multi-dimensional player,” Wilson said. “He’s a hard-nosed competitor who has the versatility of playing at either one of the guard positions. Marcus is noted for his defensive prowess and understands the things he has to do in order for the team to be successful.
“With his toughness and leadership qualities, I believe Marcus can contribute right away and by signing him, we have taken another step in making this team better, “Wilson added.
Wallace is a 6-2, 183-pound guard who averaged 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per contest as a senior this last season in helping the Muskegon High Big Red post a 16-5 overall record under head coach Art Duren. A two-time all-area second-team selection, Wallace was selected the team’s Most Valuable Player for the 1999-2000 season. As a junior, Wallace attended Muskegon’s Reeths-Puffer High School and recorded a 15.0 points per game scoring average as head coach Jim Tate’s squad compiled a 17-5 overall mark. For his season’s performance, Wallace was honored as the team’s Most Improved Player.
The son of Lawrence Wallace Jr and Karen Wallace, Marcus comes from an athletic family. His older brother, J.R., will be a sophomore on Central Michigan University men’s basketball team this upcoming 2000-2001 season while his uncle, Mark Hughes, was a member of the University of Michigan’s 1989 NCAA National Championship Team and is presently the head coach of the Continental Basketball Association’s Grand Rapids (Mich.) Hoops.
Besides participating in basketball for four years, Wallace also competed two seasons in track and field.