FERRIS MEN'S BASKETBALL INKS SEVEN INCOMING RECRUITS
Bulldog Recruiting Class Includes Six Prep Players & One JUCO Transfer
Seven players, all of whom hail from Michigan, have signed national letters-of-intent to join the Ferris State University men's basketball program beginnning with the 2007-08 campaign. The announcement of this year's recruiting class was made Friday (April 13) by FSU head coach Bill Sall, who recently completed his fifth season at the Bulldog helm.
The class to date includes six Michigan prep players along with a junior college transfer in Alpena (Mich.) Community College forward Aaron Hincka (Posen). Additionally, the class features three players from the competitive Detroit Public School League (PSL), including forward Chris Stanley (Detroit/Central) along with two high school teammates in point guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford) and guard/forward DeJuan Wright (Detroit/Henry Ford).
|Incoming Bulldog Recruits
Ferris' recruiting class includes Detroit Central's Chris Stanley (first photo), Detroit Henry Ford's Darien Gay (second photo) along with Bryan Pasciak of Rockford (shown with the ball in third photo). The first two photos are courtesy of the Detroit Basketball Report and the last one by the Rockford Squire
The seven new additions also include two West Michigan prep products in forward Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) and guard Bryan Pasciak (Rockford). The final member of the class, center Jim Boylan (Grayling), inked with the Bulldogs during the early signing period last fall. In all, the current group of incoming recruits is made up of three guards along with four frontcourt additions. Additional signees may still be announced.
"Overall, this class adds needed depth and size to our program," Sall said. "We've added some quality guards and good players up front. I'm also impressed with the overall academic performance of this group.
"These kids all have great character in addition to being outstanding basketball players."
The 6-6 Hincka attained 2006-07 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-Region XII accolades in leading the Lumberjacks to a 14-14 overall mark along with a 10-8 record in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). The All-MCCAA selection averaged a team-best 20 points and 12 rebounds per game this season under head coach Frank McCourt. During his high school career, Hincka guided Posen High School to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class D Final Four and a 25-1 overall record while earning Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Class D All-State Fourth Team honors as a senior in 2004-05. He tallied 1,032 points in his prep career for head coach Ron Misiak as the squad won two district titles.
"Aaron has really developed even since his senior year of high school," said Sall. "He's a strong back to the basket player and averaged a double-double this year in the junior college ranks. We're looking forward to working with him."
Stanley, at 6-7, brings good leaping ability and long arms to the Bulldog lineup, according to Sall. He scored more than 10 points and grabbed over 10 rebounds per game this year in the PSL before the Detroit Central Trailblazers fell to Detroit Cody in the district tournament. Stanley, who was a Detroit Basketball Report All-PSL Southeast Honorable Mention choice this year, is one of three Bulldog recruits selected to play in the 2007 Prep Spotlight All-Star game for the top Michigan high school seniors along with Keenan and Wright. The event will take place Saturday (April 14) evening at Highland Park (Mich.) High School.
"Chris is a tremendous athlete who can get up and down the floor and is a great rebounder," Sall said. "We're looking for him to be a big contributor in our program with added development."
Wright and Gay led Detroit Henry Ford High School to a 14-7 overall mark in 2006-07 as the squad advanced to the regional final before falling to Detroit Osborn. The 6-4 Wright, who was rated by InsidePrepSports.com as Michigan's number seven shooting guard in the senior class, had 21 points in the regional championship game. He played his final season for the Trojans after transferring from Detroit Renaissance High School. The 5-10 Gay directed Henry Ford's attack from his point guard position where he earned Detroit Free Press All-Detroit Honorable Mention honors this season.
"DeJuan is a highly-regarded player who had offers from some bigger schools, but felt Ferris was the right place," said Sall. "He's one of the best leapers I've had an opportunity to coach and is able to get to the basket. He'll be an exciting player to watch due to his intelligence and hard-working ability.
"Darien might be the sleeper of the class and I really like what he'll give us. He knows how to run a team, understands the game, passes well and has quickness so it will be nice to have him in our program."
Keenan was a two-sport standout at Grand Rapids' Ottawa Hills High School as evidenced by his earning All-City kudos in both basketball and football. The Detroit News Class A Honorable Mention All-State basketball selection also received Associated Press Class A All-State Honorable Mention football honors as a lineman during his senior athletics season (2006-07). The 6-6 Keenan was also an all-area and all-league pick while at Ottawa Hills.
Meanwhile, the 6-1 Pasciak guided Rockford High School to both an Ottawa-Kent (OK) Conference Red Division title and district crown this year as the squad's leading scorer under head coach Steve Majerle. The 2007 Class A All-State Honorable Mention recipient played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for the Grand Rapids Storm and was rated as Michigan's number 11 point guard in the senior class by InsidePrepSports.com.
"Bryan's a solid player who understands the game well in addition to having the strength and tenacity to be a major contributor from the get-go," Sall said. "Justin is strong around the basket and has a good touch out to 15 or 20 feet. Both will be tremendous additions for us."
Finally, Boylan averaged over 10 points and nearly 11 rebounds per contest for Grayling High School this year after committing to the Bulldogs as an early signee in November. InsidePrepSports.com ranked him as the state's fifth-best senior prospect at the center position following his senior campaign for the Vikings, who competed in the Lake Michigan Conference.
"Jim has a big upside and is a strong kid who's been to our camps for several years," Sall said. "His best basketball is still ahead of him and he'll bring a physical presense and size to our team, which is something we've been lacking and will be good to have."
The Ferris men's basketball team registered its fourth-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament appearance in 2006-07 under 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. FSU captured back-to-back GLIAC North Division titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 along with advancing to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen two years ago.
Ferris State Men's Basketball Recruits:
High School: Grayling
High School: Detroit Henry Ford
High School: Posen
Junior College: Alpena CC
Grand Rapids, Mich.
High School: Ottawa Hills
High School: Rockford
High School: Detroit Central
High School: Detroit Henry Ford