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2002-03 Recruiting News

DOMINIC GRAY SIGNS WITH FERRIS STATE

Muskegon Heights Product Becomes Latest Bulldog Men’s Basketball Recruit

June 12, 2002

2002-03 Recruits
Dominic Gray - Muskegon Heights
Jeffery Shanahan - Flint
Dennis Springs - Toledo, Ohio
The Ferris State University men’s basketball program has signed guard Dominic Gray (Muskegon Heights) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play men’s basketball at FSU, starting in the 2002-03 academic year. The announcement was made by first-year FSU head coach Bill Sall.

“Dominic is a good shooter with a great stroke,” Sall said. “He has continued to improve throughout his high school career and really came into his own at the end of his senior season.”

The 6-2 Gray tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game while leading Muskegon Heights High School to a 21-5 overall record and a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class C State Semifinal appearance as a senior during the 2001-02 campaign. The honorable mention 2001-02 Detroit News Class C All-State selection scored a team-high 18 points and had five steals in the Tigers’ 75-68 overtime loss versus McBain in the state semifinal contest (March 21) at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

“Muskegon Heights has had great success throughout Dominic’s high school career,” Sall said. “He’ll have to adjust to a few things at the collegiate level, but we’re really expecting great things out of him in the years ahead. He’s only touched his potential as a basketball player.

“As Dominic continues to develop, he could become a complete player in our league,” added Sall.

A two-time (2001-02) all-area pick, Gray received Muskegon Heights’ 2001-02 Most Improved Player Award and was a Who’s Who in American High School Sports honoree. The three-year letterwinner averaged 19.5 points and five rebounds per game as a junior. Gray, who also garnered all-area football laurels (2001), was prepped by LaMar Chapman.

The son of Norris Taylor and Tamieko Simmons, Gray plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State.

He joins Jeffery Shanahan (Flint/Kearsley) and Dennis Springs (Toledo, Ohio/Scott) as 2002-03 FSU men’s basketball recruits.

Ferris State finished the 2001-02 season with a 4-22 overall record, including a 1-17 (seventh place) finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s North Division under former head coach Edgar Wilson.


FERRIS STATE ADDS TOLEDO NATIVE DENNIS SPRINGS

Transfer Guard Joins Bulldog Men’s Basketball Program

June 11, 2002

First-year Ferris State University men’s basketball head coach Bill Sall has announced the addition of transfer guard Dennis Springs (Toledo, Ohio/Scott), who has committed to attend FSU and play basketball beginning with the 2002-03 academic year.

The 5-6 Springs, who earned third-team 2000-01 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division I All-State accolades, attended Bowling Green State (Ohio) University this past academic year but did not play collegiate basketball.

“We’re extremely fortunate to be able to sign Dennis,” Sall said. “For what he lacks in stature, he makes up for through determination and overall athletic ability.

“He’s a good point guard, which was something we thought we needed to be successful next season,” added Sall.

A 2001 Scott High School graduate, Springs averaged 15.5 points per game as a senior. He led the Bulldogs to a conference title, district championship and regional runner-up finish during his prep career. The two-time (2000-01) All-Toledo City League selection also received the Toledo Blade’s 2001 Player-of-the-Year Award and was a conference all-academic selection (2000-01).

“We’d like to be able to push the ball up the floor and get easier baskets,” Sall said. “Dennis is certainly the type of player who can do that. He’s a good fit for our program.”

Springs, a four-year letterwinner, served as the Bulldogs’ 2000-01 team captain. Prepped by Earl Morris, Springs was named the 2000-01 OHSAA District Player-of-the-Year Award recipient. Besides athletics, Springs was also involved in Bowling Green State University’s Upward Bound Program for college preparation.

Springs, who joins Jeffery Shanahan (Flint/Kearsley) as the 2002-03 FSU men’s basketball signees to date, is the son of Dennis and Jackie Springs. He plans to major in accounting at Ferris State.

Ferris State concluded the 2001-02 season with a 4-22 overall mark and was 1-17 (seventh place) in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s North Division under former head coach Edgar Wilson.


FERRIS STATE SIGNS FLINT’S JEFFERY SHANAHAN

New Bulldog Head Coach Bill Sall Inks First Recruit

May 22, 2002

The Ferris State University men’s basketball program has signed prep basketball standout Jeffery Shanahan (Flint/Kearsley) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play men’s basketball at FSU, starting in the 2002-03 academic year. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ first-year head coach Bill Sall.

A 6-5 forward, Shanahan averaged 18.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a senior while leading the Kearsley Hornets to a school-record 15-6 overall mark during the 2001-02 campaign. The two-time (2001-02) team Most Valuable Player Award winner was also a unanimous first-team 2001-02 All-Big Nine Conference selection.

“Jeffery is a good athlete and a nice fit for our program,” Sall said. “He’s a good student and will provide us with added depth at both the small and power forward positions next season.”

A third-team 2000-01 all-league honoree, Shanahan tallied 15 points and nine rebounds per contest as a junior. He twice (2000-02) served as team captain and was named to the 2001 Michigan Junior National Basketball Team. The three-year letterwinner was prepped by Paul Adas.

“As time goes on, I really believe he could become an impact player in our program,” Sall said. “He’s a versatile player and it should be exciting to watch him develop.”

Besides basketball, Shanahan also competed for the Hornets’ track and field team. A 2002 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Lower Peninsula Division 2 State Track and Field qualifier, Shanahan placed third in the shot put, fourth in the high jump and was a member of the winning 1,600-meter relay team at last week’s (May 18) regional meet in Linden, Mich.

The son of Patrick and Carol Shanahan, Jeffery plans to major in engineering at Ferris State.

Ferris State concluded the 2001-02 season with a 4-22 overall mark and was 1-17 (seventh place) in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s North Division under former head coach Edgar Wilson.

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