Men's Basketball

HOLLAND BLAST ADD TWO MORE FORMER FERRIS PLAYERS

Julius Vines and Terrance Shaw Join Roster For Upcoming IBL Season

The Holland (Mich.) Blast of the International Basketball League have added two more former Ferris State University men's basketball players to the franchise's 2007 roster in preparation for Friday's (March 23) season opener. The announcement was made today (March 22) by the team's front office.

Former Bulldog guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights) and forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport), who both completed their collegiate eligibility at FSU earlier this month, are among the 12 players on the squad's current roster that was recently finalized. With the additions of both Vines and Shaw, the Blast will have five former Ferris players on the squad this year.

Holland Blast
Joining The Blast
Julius Vines Terrance Shaw
The Holland Blast have added two more former Ferris players in Julius Vines (left) and Terrance Shaw (right) for the 2007 campaign.
Previously, the Blast announced former Bulldog backcourt standout Dennis Springs (Toledo, Ohio/Scott) along with twin brothers Carlton and Corey Epps (Benton Harbor) would return for the 2007 campaign. All three players were key members of the Blast's 2006 squad that reached the IBL Final Four in the team's expansion season.

The Holland Blast, who will be coached this season by first-year head coach and former Grand Valley State men's basketball coach Terry Smith, will officially open the 2007 season at home this Friday (March 23) against the Chicago Heights Soliders with tipoff set for 7:15 p.m. (ET) inside the Holland Civic Center. The league, which is comprised of 26 teams in regional clusters, will feature four squads in Michigan this season including the locations of Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Battle Creek.

The 5-6 Springs, who concluded his collegiate eligibility by leading FSU to its second consecutive NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance in March of 2006, is currently playing in Mexico and will miss the Blast's season-opening tilt on Friday. However, he is expected to return to the Blast lineup next week. Last year, Springs ranked among the league's scoring leaders (21.7 points per game) and was recognized as a 2006 IBL All-Star in his initial professional season.

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 6-5 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.

The 6-3 Vines tallied 415 points, 218 rebounds, 71 assists and 57 steals in only two seasons with the Bulldogs after transferring from Muskegon Community College. He started 31 of his 59 collegiate games at Ferris State. A team captain this past season, he helped guide the Bulldogs to a second consecutive NCAA-II National Tournament appearance along with a GLIAC Tournament runner-up finish as a junior in 2005-06. His 84.5% career performance from the charity stripe ranks as the best figure in school history as he converted 87 of 103 attempts. The Muskegon Heights native scored in double-figures 12 times this year while averaging 9.8 points per contest in his final collegiate campaign.

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.

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