Men's Basketball

2001 Recruiting News

Mike Anderson to Join FSU Basketball Program

Ferris State University Men's Basketball Coach Edgar Wilson has announced the addition of wing player Michael Anderson (Farmington Hills/Royal Oak Shrine), who has committed to attend FSU and play basketball beginning with the 2001-02 athletics season.

A three-sport standout at Royal Oak Shrine High School, Anderson averaged 21.5 points per game during the 2000-01 campaign in leading the Knights to a 15-6 overall record. Besides being the squad's leading scorer, the 6-3 Anderson also led Royal Oak Shrine in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and assists (4.0 apg). He was named to the 2001 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All-Star Team and was a fourth-team Detroit News Class C All-State selection.

Anderson is expected to play either the shooting guard or small forward position at Ferris State.

"Mike has the athleticism, quickness and the ability to score," Wilson said. "He is academically sound and will have a bright future in our program."

A three-year varsity starter, Anderson was a three-time all-county and all-area pick. As a junior, he averaged 15 points per game and was an honorable mention all-state honoree. Anderson served as the team captain in each of his final two campaigns and garnered All-Catholic League laurels twice under head coach Mike Massucci. As a sophomore, Anderson averaged 12 points per game and earned the Shrine Knight Award.

"Mike is a young man who will bring depth on the perimeter for us," Wilson said. "That was an area where we needed added depth last season."

In addition to being a standout basketball player, Anderson earned three varsity letters in football and one in track. He received All-Catholic League football accolades as a senior (2000).

The son of Charlie and Angela Anderson of Farmington Hills, Anderson was a four-year honor roll student and served on the high school diversity day committee. He has served as a volunteer with the Northwest Detroit Lions Club and the Salvation Army.

"He is an outstanding young man," Wilson said. "The impact he has as a freshman basketball player at Ferris State will be based on how hard he works to improve."

Anderson plans to major in plastic engineering technology at Ferris State. He joins twin brothers Carlton and Corey Epps (Benton Harbor) and Timothy O'Brien (Traverse City/St. Francis) as 2001 Ferris State men's basketball recruits.

The Bulldogs completed the 2000-01 campaign with an 8-18 mark. The eight wins are the most since the 1997-98 Bulldog team finished 21-12 and won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament title.


Traverse City Standout Signs With Ferris State

In an announcement released by the Ferris State University men's basketball office, guard Timothy O'Brien (Traverse City/St. Francis) has committed to attend FSU and play basketball beginning with the 2001-02 athletics season.

A three-sport standout at St. Francis High School, O'Brien averaged 19.5 points per game during the 2000-01 campaign in leading the Gladiators to a 11-10 overall record. Besides being the squad's leading scorer, the 6-3 O'Brien also led St. Francis in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and assists (4.0 apg). He was named to the Traverse City Record-Eagle All-Region Team and was an all-state honorable mention selection.

O'Brien is expected to play the point guard position at Ferris State.

"He'll have a big impact on our program because he's a kid with good character and a solid student-athlete," FSU assistant coach Cory Anderson said. "Timothy will raise our level of play because he is a player who works extremely hard."

A three-year varsity starter, O'Brien was a two-time Lake Michigan All-Conference pick and a three-year team captain. As a junior, he was an honorable mention all-region honoree and was named to the Michigan USA Junior National Team. He was also recognized by the Traverse City Record-Eagle as an upcoming player after leading the Gladiators in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg).

In addition to being a standout basketball player, O'Brien earned first-team all-district and all-conference honorable mention recognition as a baseball player. A two-year member of the varsity baseball team, O'Brien pitched a perfect game as a sophomore and held the squad's lowest earned run average in each of his two seasons. As a senior tennis player, he earned all-conference honorable mention honors.

The son of Jane and Leonard O'Brien of Traverse City, Timothy served as his senior class president and was vice-president of the student council. He compiled a 3.5 high school grade point average and was a four-year honor roll member. He earned the Michigan Merit Award, the State of Michigan Academic Achievement Award and the Scholar Athlete Award during his high school career.

"Timothy is a very good student and an excellent person," Anderson said. "He has a strong work ethic and is dedicated to being a great student-athlete."

O'Brien plans to major in music industry management at Ferris State. He joins twin brothers Carlton and Corey Epps (Benton Harbor) as 2001 Ferris State men's basketball recruits.

The Bulldogs completed the 2000-01 campaign with an 8-18 mark. The eight wins are the most since the 1997-98 Bulldog team finished 21-12 and won the GLIAC Tournament title.


Bulldogs Add Benton Harbor Twins to Recruiting Class

Twin brothers Corey and Carlton Epps of Benton Harbor became the first members of the 2001 Ferris State University men's basketball recruiting class as both have signed national letters-of-intent to compete for the Bulldogs.  The announcement was made by sixth-year FSU men's basketball coach Edgar Wilson.

The sons of Nanci Epps of Benton Harbor, the standout duo helped lead the Tigers to a 25-1 mark this past season and a berth in the Class A State Quarterfinals. Benton Harbor won the Big Eight Conference title, the district championship and the regional title at Rockford, Mich. The squad was the top-ranked Class A squad this season before being ousted from the state tournament with a 75-64 defeat against Flint Northern at the Central Michigan University quarterfinal contest in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

"We are very excited and expect both of them to make an immediate impact," Wilson said. "They both will bring quickness and toughness on the defensive end at the guard position. They are young men of outstanding character and are representative of what our program is all about."

Carlton, a 6-2 shooting guard, was named the top three-point shooter at Benton Harbor after a stellar senior season. He ranked among the team's leading scorers at 15.2 points per game and dished out three assists a contest. The 6-2, 175-pound Corey earned the Most Improved Player Award at Benton Harbor after averaging 10.1 points per game and is expected to play both the point and shooting guard positions at Ferris State. Both players grabbed six rebounds a contest.

"We're counting on them to contribute right away," Wilson said. "They have the ability to knock down the perimeter shots on a consistent basis and play the overall game in both the full-court and half-court situations."

Besides being standout basketball players, both Corey and Carlton also were members of the varsity cross country and baseball teams at Benton Harbor. They earned two varsity awards in basketball, three in baseball and four in cross country during their prep careers.

Benton Harbor advanced to the state quarterfinal round under head coach Paul Wilhite by virtue of wins over Muskegon Mona Shores and Traverse City Central during regional competition. The Tigers handled Traverse City Central 92-53 and beat Mona Shores 71-51 in early March.

In addition to their athletic success, the Epps brothers were also excellent students at Benton Harbor High School. They both were National Honor Society members three-consecutive years and were involved in the human relations club.

"Carlton and Corey are good students as well as very good athletes," Wilson said. "They both will give us depth at the guard positions."

As a junior, Carlton earned the Tiger Sixth Man Award for his contributions off-the-bench at Benton Harbor. Corey was named the winner of the team's Best Attitude Award in his junior campaign. Their Benton Harbor squad also included University of Missouri recruits Robert Whaley, a 6-9 center who attained Class A all-state honors, and 6-10 Jeffrey Ferguson.

Both Corey and Carlton plan to major in visual communications at Ferris State.

The Bulldogs completed the 2000-01 campaign with an 8-18 mark. The eight wins are the most since the 1997-98 Bulldog team finished 21-12 and won the GLIAC Tournament title. The Bulldogs lose only two players from this year's squad in seniors Donte' Hill and Dennis Smolinski.  Included among the returnees is 6-10 All-Great Lakes Region center Adam Anderson.

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