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2004-05 Recruiting News

FERRIS MEN’S BASKETBALL LANDS MUSKEGON HEIGHTS’ JESSE YORK

First-Team All-State Honoree Added To Bulldogs’ 2004-05 Recruiting Class

July 14, 2004

2004-05 Recruits
Chad DeLong - Fremont
Antwuan Holt - Okemos (Northern Michigan)
Marcus Lancaster - Wyoming/Lee
Tyler Wolfe - Cedar Springs
Jesse York - Muskegon Heights
Ferris State University men’s basketball head coach Bill Sall, who guided the Bulldogs to the 2003-04 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division title in his second season at the helm, has announced the addition of prep guard Jesse York (Muskegon Heights). York plans to attend and play basketball at FSU beginning with the 2004-05 academic year.

The 6-1 York attained Detroit News and Associated Press Class B All-State First Team recognition along with second-team Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Class B laurels while leading Muskegon Heights High School to a 25-2 overall mark as a senior during the 2003-04 campaign. The 2003-04 Muskegon Chronicle All-Area Dream Team honoree tallied a team-best 16 points in the Tigers’ 59-55 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B state semifinal loss to DeWitt (March 26) at Michigan State’s Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

York previously helped the Tigers advance to the state quarterfinals by scoring 15 points in MHHS’ 75-54 triumph over East Grand Rapids in the MHSAA Region No. 15 final (March 20) held in FSU’s Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. He totaled a team-high 18 points as Muskegon Heights beat Fremont 87-47 in the regional semifinals (March 16) at Wink Arena.

“Jesse has a tremendous amount of athleticism and desire,” Sall said. “He also has an outstanding basketball background and brings a winning attitude, which is important for our continued success.”

York averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game in his final campaign as Muskegon Heights captured both its third consecutive district and regional title under first-year head coach and former Ferris State men’s basketball player Keith Guy (1995-97). The Tigers compiled a 21-4 record under current Central Michigan University Assistant Coach Lamar Chapman in 2002-03 while earning MHSAA Class B State Runner-Up plaudits. York, who totaled 46 made three-pointers as a senior, received third-team Detroit Free Press Class B All-State kudos in his junior campaign and was selected to play in this summer’s annual Ta-Wa-Si high school benefit all-star boys basketball game. He plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State.

“Jesse’s greatest asset is his ability to compete,” said Sall. “We’re looking forward to having him in our program and expect him to develop throughout his career.”

York joins forward Willie Burrel (Muskegon Heights), who will be a senior in 2004-05, as current Bulldog players from the Tigers’ program. He is the latest addition to the Bulldogs’ 2004-05 recruiting class, which also includes prep guards Marcus Lancaster (Wyoming/Lee) and Tyler Wolfe (Cedar Springs) along with center Chad DeLong (Fremont). FSU also added Northern Michigan University transfer guard Antwuan Holt (Okemos).

Ferris State, which claimed the 2003-04 GLIAC North Division Regular-Season Championship, finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 14-14 overall record and a 14-4 league mark. FSU, which has won more GLIAC championships (10) than any other league member, posted its best overall record in 2003-04 since compiling a 21-12 ledger during the 1997-98 season.


TWO PREP STUDENT-ATHLETES ANNOUNCE INTENTIONS TO ATTEND FSU

FSU Men’s Basketball Receives Commitments From Chad DeLong & Marcus Lancaster

May 17, 2004

Second-year Ferris State University men's basketball head coach Bill Sall has announced the addition of prep center Chad DeLong (Fremont) and guard Marcus Lancaster (Wyoming/Lee), who both plan to attend and compete in men's basketball at FSU beginning with the 2004-05 academic year.

"The addition of Chad and Marcus will give us added depth in the future,” Sall said. “They both come from successful high school teams and have the ability to develop well in our program."

The 6-9 DeLong led Fremont High School to a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B Regional Tournament appearance during the 2003-04 campaign. DeLong, who was coached by Pete Zerfas, guided the Packers to an 18-6 overall record and their second consecutive district championship as a senior. He scored a team-high 16 points and had eight rebounds in FHS’ 87-47 season-ending loss to Muskegon Heights in the 2004 MHSAA Class B Region No. 15 Tournament semifinals (March 16) at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. DeLong helped Fremont post a 22-2 overall mark and earn a regional berth in his junior season (2002-03). He plans to major in Computer Animated Design at FSU.

“Chad has the essential height to be a quality big man in our league with added strength and continued dedication,” said Sall. “He made significant improvements from his junior to senior years in high school, which is an encouraging sign. It will take a development process on his part to get used to the collegiate game, but we’re excited he’s coming to Ferris State.”

Lancaster, a first-team 2003-04 Associated Press Class C All-State honoree, compiled 28.1 points, 4.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 steals per game for Wyoming Lee High School in 2003-04. The 5-10 Lancaster led the Rebels to a 12-11 overall record under head coach Brett Lambert in 2003-04. The three-year varsity letterwinner was both a second-team 2003-04 Detroit News Class C All-State and Grand Rapids Press All-Area Dream Team selection. Lancaster, who was among the Detroit Free Press’ Top 100 players for the 2003-04 season, totaled 13 points in Wyoming Lee’s 68-61 district title game loss to Saugatuck (March 12) at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Baptist High School. His former high school teammate, Mike Wingard, presently plays collegiate basketball at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member Northwood University. Lancaster plans to major in education at Ferris State.

“Marcus is a quality guard who will be an exciting player to watch in the years to come,” Sall said. “He’s quick and has the ability to score, which will be beneficial. We’re hopeful he can continue to gain strength and versatility in his game.”

DeLong and Lancaster join prep guard Tyler Wolfe (Cedar Springs) and Northern Michigan University transfer guard Antwuan Holt (Okemos) as incoming players for the Bulldogs in 2004-05.

Ferris State, which claimed the 2003-04 GLIAC North Division Regular-Season Championship, finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 14-14 overall record and a 14-4 league mark. FSU, which has won more GLIAC championships (10) than any other league member, posted its best overall record in 2003-04 since compiling a 21-12 ledger during the 1997-98 season.


TRANSFER ANTWUAN HOLT JOINS FERRIS MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM

Northern Michigan Standout To Continue Career With GLIAC North Division Champs

May 14, 2004

The Ferris State University men’s basketball program, which claimed the 2003-04 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division championship, has announced the addition of transfer guard Antwuan Holt (Okemos) starting with the 2004-05 academic year. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ second-year head coach Bill Sall.

The 6-3 Holt, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, spent his initial two collegiate campaigns (2002-04) at fellow GLIAC North Division member Northern Michigan University. The NMU Athletics Department granted Holt a full release allowing him to play immediately as a junior during the 2004-05 season.

“Antwuan is a proven guard in our league and fits our system well,” Sall said. “He’s a versatile guard who can get up and down the floor. In addition, he has the ability to slash to the basket, which is something we really haven’t had the last couple of seasons.

“We’re expecting him to have a significant impact next season,” Sall added.

Holt ranked as the Wildcats’ third-leading scorer (10.1 ppg) and guided NMU to a 16-12 overall record and a third place 10-8 league mark in 2003-04. He posted team bests in minutes (792), made free throws (63), assists (63), steals (39) and three-point percentage (.434) while starting 23 contests. Holt, who appeared in all 28 outings, totaled 12 double-figure scoring performances at NMU under head coach Dean Ellis during the 2003-04 campaign. He ranked 16th in the GLIAC’s overall statistical rankings in both free throw percentage (.700) and steals (1.39 spg) along with 25th in assists (2.25 apg). Holt sank 33-of-76 (.434) three-point field goal attempts, which placed fifth overall among the GLIAC’s three-point field goal percentage leaders.

As a freshman (2002-03), Holt started 14 contests and averaged 10.5 points per game as NMU registered a 15-14 overall record and placed second (10-8) in the GLIAC’s North Division. The 2002-03 team Newcomer of the Year Award recipient scored 10 points or more 15 times and led the Wildcats in made free throws (79). He added 31 steals, 27 assists and 12 blocked shots in 2002-03.

Prior to his collegiate career, Holt led Okemos High School to league and district championships in his final two prep campaigns. The two-year varsity letterwinner earned both team and conference Most Valuable Player Award recognition as a senior in 2001-02. He was a fourth-team all-state honoree and earned first-team all-conference kudos under head coach Dan Stolz. OHS posted a 42-6 overall record during his two varsity campaigns from 2000-02.

The son of Elbert and Darlene Holt, Antwuan plans to major in sports management at Ferris State. He joins prep guard Tyler Wolfe (Cedar Springs) as incoming players for the Bulldogs in 2004-05. Holt averaged 11.5 points per game and posted two double-digit scoring efforts in four meetings against the Bulldogs while at NMU.

Ferris State finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 14-14 overall record, including a 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark. FSU, which has won more GLIAC championships (10) than any other league member, posted its best overall record in 2003-04 since compiling a 21-12 ledger during the 1997-98 season.


FSU MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM ADDS WEST MICHIGAN STANDOUT

Cedar Springs’ Tyler Wolfe Signs With 2003-04 GLIAC North Division Champions

April 23, 2004

The Ferris State University men’s basketball program, which claimed the 2003-04 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division championship, has strengthened its West Michigan recruiting ties by inking local prep standout Tyler Wolfe (Cedar Springs) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play basketball at FSU starting with the 2004-05 academic year. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ second-year head coach Bill Sall.

A 6-3 guard, Wolfe averaged 25.4 points, seven assists and four rebounds per game while leading Cedar Springs High School to a 22-1 overall record and the program’s fifth district crown in the last six seasons during the 2003-04 campaign. He attained first-team 2003-04 Class B All-State recognition from the Associated Press, Detroit News and Michiganpreps.com along with Grand Rapids Press All-Area Dream Team accolades after leading CSHS to the school’s first-ever unbeaten regular season. The Red Hawks, who won their second-straight district title this year, fell to East Grand Rapids 57-56 in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B Region No. 15 Tournament semifinals (March 17) held at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Wolfe totaled a game-high 22 points in the season ending loss for Cedar Springs, which was Class B’s fourth-ranked squad entering the contest.

“Tyler’s had tremendous success and comes from a winning program,” Sall said. “He’s a pure shooter with deep range and it’s getting harder to find players with those abilities at the prep level. His work ethic and desire to improve also stand out, which will pay big dividends for him in the coming years.”

A three-time All-Ottawa Kent (OK) Gold and White Team honoree, Wolfe helped the Red Hawks win their first conference title (OK White) since 1977 this campaign under head coach Dave Schlump. He also became only the third player in school history to register 1,000 career points, joining Norm Hill (1965) and his cousin, former Lake Superior State University men’s basketball player Nick Wolfe (1994).

Wolfe, a three-year varsity starter, attained 2002-03 Detroit Free Press Class B Fifth Team All-State recognition as a result of leading CSHS to an 18-7 overall mark and a regional finals appearance as a junior (2002-03). He joins former prep teammate Adam Veltkamp (Cedar Springs), who redshirted during his initial season at FSU in 2003-04, as current Bulldog players from the Red Hawks’ program.

“It’s always nice to find local talent, which will help us continue to gain community support for our program,” said Sall. “Tyler’s an outstanding student-athlete and we’re looking forward to the fan support he’ll receive here at Ferris.”

The son of John and Cindy Wolfe, Tyler plans to major in education at Ferris State. He represents the Bulldogs’ initial recruiting class member of the 2003-04 signing period.

Ferris State finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 14-14 overall record, including a 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark. FSU, which has won more GLIAC championships (10) than any other league member, posted its best overall record in 2003-04 since compiling a 21-12 ledger during the 1997-98 season.

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