Men's Basketball

FORMER FERRIS STATE STAR DENNIS SPRINGS HEADED TO SWEDEN

Toledo Native To Play Overseas Following IBL All-Star Season

Dennis Springs Former Ferris State University men's basketball standout Dennis Springs (Toledo, Ohio/Scott) will have a chance to showcase his skills for an international audience as the veteran point guard recently inked a deal to play professionally in Sweden.

The 5-6 Springs, who is slated to leave for Sweden on Friday (Sept. 14), recently captured International Basketball League (IBL) All-Star honors for the second consecutive season while playing with the Holland (Mich.) Blast in the spring and summer 2007 season. Springs placed 17th among the IBL's leading scorers this year by averaging 24.1 points per game over 18 contests.

Springs will join the Boras/Marbo Basket in the Swedish Basketettan League for its six-month season that begins with the squad's first official game near the end of September. He will be among three foreign players on the team's roster and one of only two American-born players for head coach Anders Jonsson's squad. The regular-season runs until March 2008 with a month or so of playoff competition slated to follow.

The Boras/Marbo team has claimed the Basketettan Group South Division title each of the last two years.

"It's a great opportunity for me to compete in one of the top divisions in Europe," Springs said. "It's a step closer for me to the next level and will also provide me with a chance to see another country.

"I'm excited about going to Sweden and hopefully will be able to have a great year and win some games."

Springs' opportunity in Sweden won't be the first time he's been experienced to international competition as a professional player. He spent a portion of this past year with a Mexican League team in Cancun and also traveled to Germany with an American Tour team a year ago.

"I'd like to play professionally a couple of more years, so hopefully this move will allow me to receive more exposure and boost my resume," he said.

Springs, who concluded his collegiate eligibility by leading FSU to its second consecutive NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance in March 2006, finished his Bulldog career earning all-region honors by being named to the 2005-06 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Great Lakes Region All-District First Team and Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region Second Team. He was also recognized as both Ferris State's Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player Award recipient during the 2005-06 campaign along with being chosen as Ferris' 2005-06 Dean Davenport "Bulldog of the Year" Award recipient for the school's most outstanding male student-athlete.

Springs, who led the GLIAC in assists (5.74 apg) as a senior and ranked as the league's third-leading scorer (16.8 ppg), was honored as a first-team All-GLIAC North Division selection in 2005-06. Springs’ career average of 6.2 assists per game ranks tied for 17th place all-time in NCAA Division II history and is the GLIAC’s top career performance average for all games played. His 713 career assists not only ranks as the school's top figure, but also presently is listed 13th on the all-time NCAA Division II assists leaders list.

The two-time (2003-04 & 2004-05) GLIAC North Division Second Team honoree compiled 28 double-figure scoring outings his final year and currently is listed among the school's all-time performers in five statistical categories, including ninth in scoring with 1,504 career points. He earned GLIAC North Division Player of the Week Award honors three times in his final campaign. Springs also received GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team kudos for the third-straight season and picked up GLIAC All-Tournament Team recognition as a senior.

Springs, who attained NCAA-II Great Lakes Region All-Tournament Team kudos as FSU advanced to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen during the 2004-05 campaign, was chosen as the Grand Rapids Press' Player of the Year in 2005-06. He was the conference's assists leader three of his four collegiate seasons and dished out 10 or more assists 14 times in his playing career.

During his playing career, Springs led Ferris to back-to-back GLIAC North Division Championships (2003-04 & 2004-05), guided FSU to a runner-up league regular-season finish as a senior and directed the Bulldogs to consecutive NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament appearances his final two campaigns under head coach Bill Sall.

For more information on Springs' team in Sweden, please visit this link:
http://www.borasbasket.se/

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