Men's Basketball

2003-04 Recruiting News

JOE DEMARTIN SIGNS WITH FERRIS MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM

Brother Of Current FSU Women’s Basketball Standout Added To Recruiting Class

June 4, 2003

2003-04 Recruits
Willie Burrel - Muskegon Heights/Muskegon CC
Michael Daniels - Detroit/Murray-Wright
Joe DeMartin - Mason
Terrance Shaw - Saginaw/Bridgeport
C.J. Van Wieren - Holland/West Ottawa
Adam Veltkamp - Cedar Springs
The Ferris State University men’s basketball program has signed prep guard Joe DeMartin (Mason) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play basketball at FSU, starting with the 2003-04 academic year. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ second-year head coach Bill Sall.

DeMartin is the younger brother of current Ferris State women’s basketball senior guard Lucy DeMartin (Mason), who compiled a school-record 525 points in 2002-03 while attaining first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division accolades.

“Joe had a great high school career and we really believe his best basketball is ahead of him,” Sall said. “He’s one of the better point guards in West Michigan so we’re excited to land him.”

The 6-1 DeMartin averaged 16 points, three rebounds and three assists per game while guiding Mason High School to an 18-5 overall record, the Capital Circuit League title and a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class A district final finish during the 2002-03 campaign. He was recognized as both an honorable mention 2002-03 Detroit Free Press Class A All-State selection and a Lansing State Journal All-Area Dream Team honoree.

“We’re expecting Joe to come in and contend for playing time,” said Sall. “He’s an outstanding young player who should be a great asset to our squad.”

A two-time (2002-03) league all-academic team pick, DeMartin also garnered team Most Valuable Player Award and Best Offensive Player Award kudos for the second consecutive season in 2002-03. The 2001-02 honorable mention all-area selection attained league MVP honors and WLNS-TV 6 Player of the Week recognition this campaign. He was a third-team all-league pick after averaging 10.4 points and two assists per outing in 2001-02.

DeMartin, who is undecided on a major, is the son of Daniel and Judi DeMartin. His father played basketball at both Lansing (Mich.) Community College and Truman State (Mo.), formerly Northeast Missouri State.

DeMartin joins forward/center Adam Veltkamp (Cedar Springs), forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright), guard C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa), forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) and forward Willie Burrel (Muskegon Heights/Muskegon CC) as the Bulldogs’ 2003-04 men’s basketball signees to date.

Ferris posted an 11-15 overall record and a fourth-place 7-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division finish this campaign. The Bulldogs' overall record and league finish were their best since compiling a 21-12 mark and a fourth-place 10-8 league ledger during the 1997-98 season.


FERRIS STATE ADDS MUSKEGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER

Second-Team All-America Pick Willie Burrel Joins Bulldog Men's Basketball Team

June 3, 2003

Second-year Ferris State University men’s basketball head coach Bill Sall has announced the addition of junior college transfer Willie Burrel (Muskegon Heights/Muskegon CC), who has committed to attend and play basketball at FSU beginning with the 2003-04 academic year.

Burrel, a 6-6 forward, averaged 21.5 points and 12 rebounds per game while leading Muskegon (Mich.) Community College to a 21-8 overall record and a Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) playoff berth during the 2002-03 campaign. He attained second-team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America recognition along with first-team MCCAA All-State and MCCAA All-Western Conference accolades this season. Burrel, who totaled 624 points and 347 rebounds in 29 outings this campaign, ranked ninth in rebounding and 15th in scoring among NJCAA’s 2002-03 overall leaders. The Jayhawks placed third with a 10-4 mark in the MCCAA’s Western Conference after being picked fifth in the league’s preseason coaches poll.

“Willie is a quality kid who will help solidify our program,” Sall said. “He gives us significant experience after having played two years in a competitive junior college program. His addition will strengthen us both in the frontcourt and outside.”

A 2001 Muskegon Heights High School graduate, Burrel garnered first-team 2002-03 NJCAA All-Region XII honors in his second collegiate season under head coach Gene Gifford. He totaled 16.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game as the Jayhawks registered a 17-13 overall mark during his freshman (2001-02) campaign. As a prep senior, Burrel led Muskegon Heights to a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) regional semifinal round appearance in 2000-01 while averaging 14.6 points per game.

“Willie is a good rebounder who’s also a legitimate scoring threat,” said Sall. “He was a tremendous leader in the junior college ranks so we’re expecting him to play a key role for us.”

An education major, Burrel is the son of Willie Sr. and Zandra Burrel. He joins forward/center Adam Veltkamp (Cedar Springs), forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright), guard C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa) and forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) as the Bulldogs’ 2003-04 men’s basketball recruits to date.

Burrel also becomes both the second Muskegon Community College and Muskegon Heights product currently playing at Ferris State, joining senior guard Willie Thomas (Columbus, Ohio/Muskegon CC) and redshirt freshman guard Dominic Gray (Muskegon Heights). Thomas, who played for the Jayhawks in 2001-02, started 24 outings and averaged 14.3 points per game this past campaign while Gray was redshirted during the 2002-03 season.

Ferris posted an 11-15 overall record and a fourth-place 7-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division finish this campaign. The Bulldogs' overall record and league finish were their best since compiling a 21-12 mark and a fourth-place 10-8 league ledger during the 1997-98 season.


FSU SIGNS DETROIT MURRAY-WRIGHT’S MICHAEL DANIELS

Honorable Mention All-State Player Commits To Bulldog Men’s Basketball Program

May 15, 2003

The Ferris State University men’s basketball program has signed forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play men’s basketball at FSU, starting in the 2003-04 academic year. The announcement was made by first-year FSU head coach Bill Sall.

The 6-6 Daniels tallied 15.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per game while leading Detroit Murray-Wright High School to a 19-3 overall record and a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class A State Semifinal appearance as a senior during the 2002-03 campaign. The honorable mention 2002-03 Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Class A All-State selection scored a team-high 22 points and had four steals in the Pilots’ 62-61 loss versus eventual state champion Rockford in the state semifinals (March 21) at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

“Michael comes from a winning tradition and has a good feel for the game of basketball,” Sall said. “He’ll have to adjust to a few things at the collegiate level, but we’re expecting him to be a solid contributor right away.

“He knows where he needs to be on the floor and will be a strong player in our league,” added Sall.

A third-team 2002-03 Detroit Public School League (PSL) pick, Daniels received both honorable mention All-Metro accolades and third-team All-Detroit honors from the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. The two-year letterwinner guided Detroit Murray-Wright to a first-place 11-1 mark in the PSL’s Southeast Division this campaign under head coach Earl Moore. Daniels also served as team captain for the Pilots, who reached the state semifinals for the third time in school history. He was an 11th-team 2002-03 Class A all-state honoree by MichiganPreps.com.

“He has the ability to shoot the ball from mid-range,” said Sall. “In addition, Michael has the potential to be an excellent player with his back to the basket, which will help add versatility to our team.”

The son of Brenda Daniels, Michael plans to major in education at Ferris State. He joins forward/center Adam Veltkamp (Cedar Springs), guard C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa) and forward Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) as FSU’s 2003-04 men’s basketball recruits to date.

Ferris’ 11-15 overall record this campaign was its best since compiling a 21-12 mark during the 1997-98 season. FSU also posted a fourth-place 7-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division finish this season after being picked seventh in the 2002-03 GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll.


FERRIS STATE ADDS BRIDGEPORT’S TERRANCE SHAW

All-State Standout Is Latest Member of Bulldog Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class

May 14, 2003

First-year Ferris State University men’s basketball head coach Bill Sall has announced the addition of prep basketball player Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport), who has committed to attend and play basketball at FSU beginning with the 2003-04 academic year.

Shaw, a 6-5 forward, averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game while leading Bridgeport High School to a 14-7 overall record and a district semifinal finish as a senior during the 2002-03 campaign. He attained first-team 2002-03 Associated Press Class B All-State recognition along with second-team honors from the Detroit News and fourth-team Detroit Free Press accolades. Shaw was a third-team MichiganPreps.com Class B All-State pick this campaign.

“Terrance is a versatile athlete who will be a great addition to our program,” Sall said. “He has the ability to change the course of a game with his outstanding jumping ability. He also is a solid finisher around the basket and should make a significant contribution for us in the years ahead.”

A two-time (2002-03) Saginaw News Class B First-Team All-Area honoree, Shaw also received first-team 2002-03 Tri-Valley Conference East Division kudos for the second consecutive campaign. The two-year letterwinner was ranked as one of the Detroit Free Press’ top 100 prep basketball prospects prior to the start of the 2002-03 season after guiding the Bearcats to a district championship under head coach Tim Crawford in 2001-02.

“Terrance had an outstanding high school career and we’re expecting him to do well at Ferris State,” said Sall. “He’s a good rebounder who will be able to play both the small and power forward positions in our lineup.”

Shaw, who plans to major in mechanical engineering, also competed in track and field at Bridgeport. The son of Kathy Shaw, Terrance joins forward/center Adam Veltkamp (Cedar Springs) and guard C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa) as the Bulldogs’ 2003-04 men’s basketball recruits to date.

Ferris posted an 11-15 overall record and a fourth-place 7-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division finish this campaign. The Bulldogs' overall record and league finish were their best since compiling a 21-12 mark and a fourth-place 10-8 league ledger during the 1997-98 season.


C.J. VAN WIEREN JOINS FSU MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM

Two-Sport West Michigan Athlete Signs National Letter-Of-Intent

May 8, 2003

Prep two-sport standout C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa) has signed a national letter-of-intent to join the Ferris State University men’s basketball program in an announcement made by first-year FSU head coach Bill Sall. Van Wieren, who also was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2003 football recruiting class, will compete in both sports at Ferris State beginning with the 2003-04 academic year.

A 6-4 guard/forward, Van Wieren averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game during the 2002-03 campaign while leading West Ottawa High School to a school-record 15-7 overall record and a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class A district semifinal finish. The team captain garnered both 2002-03 Detroit Free Press Class A Sixth-Team All-State and Associated Press Class A Honorable Mention All-State basketball accolades.

“C.J. is one of the best competitors I’ve seen at the high school level,” Sall said. “He excelled as a multi-sport prep athlete and we expect him to do the same at Ferris State.”

A third-team 2002-03 Grand Rapids Press All-Area Dream Team honoree, Van Wieren twice (2002-03) attained first-team All-Ottawa-Kent (OK) Red Conference recognition. The two-time (2002-03) Holland Sentinel All-Area pick earned three varsity letters under head coach Von Washington and was ranked as the Detroit Free Press’ 28th-best prep basketball prospect prior to the start of the 2002-03 season.

“We’re hoping C.J.’s competitive instinct will help feed off to our other players,” said Sall. “He should be able to step in and contribute immediately due to his outstanding athletic ability. He will be great addition to our program.”

In football as West Ottawa’s quarterback, Van Wieren threw for 2,139 yards and 29 touchdowns during the 2002 campaign to rank 20th all-time among the state’s single-season passing leaders and sixth in touchdowns for a season. The three-time all-conference pick received Class A All-State First Team accolades along with first-team recognition on both The Detroit News’ and Grand Rapids Press’ Dream Teams. Van Wieren, who also was the Panthers' leading rusher with 930 yards and nine touchdowns, guided West Ottawa to an 8-3 record and the school’s first-ever playoff victory last fall after compiling 1,400 passing yards and 450 rushing yards as a junior in 2001.

Van Wieren, who plans to major in education, also was a two-year varsity baseball letterwinner and received West Ottawa’s Scholar-Athlete Award. The son of James and Diane Van Wieren, C.J. joins forward/center Adam Veltkamp (Cedar Springs), who signed in the fall, as FSU’s 2003-04 men’s basketball recruits to date.

Ferris posted an 11-15 overall record and a fourth-place 7-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division finish this campaign. The Bulldogs' overall record and league finish were their best since compiling a 21-12 mark and a fourth-place 10-8 league ledger during the 1997-98 season.


FERRIS STATE SIGNS CEDAR SPRINGS STANDOUT ADAM VELTKAMP

West Michigan Product Joins Bulldog Men’s Basketball Program

Nov. 22, 2002

First-year Ferris State University men’s basketball head coach Bill Sall has announced the addition of prep frontcourt standout Adam Veltkamp (Cedar Springs), who has signed to attend FSU and play basketball beginning with the 2003-04 academic year.

The 6-8 Veltkamp, who was a 2001-02 honorable mention all-area selection, averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots per contest as a junior for Cedar Springs High School under head coach Dave Schlump. The two-time team captain tallied a team-high 103 total blocks in 2001-02 and is expected to play the forward position at Ferris State.

“Adam has good size and will be able to help us at the post positions,” Sall said. “He comes from a successful high school program and has been one of the area’s top players.”

“We’re looking for great things from him in the future,” added Sall.

Veltkamp, who posted the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s (MHSAA) fifth-best all-time single-game blocked shots performance (13) in last season’s district final, is a three-time academic all-area honoree. He also placed sixth in the high jump for the Redhawks at the 2002 MHSAA Division II Regional track and field meet.

“Adam’s early signing is important since this is such a big recruiting year for us,” Sall said. “One of the things we needed to address was our size so his addition will be extremely beneficial.”

Veltkamp, who is FSU’s first recruit in the fall signing period, plans to major in engineering at Ferris State. The son of Ron and Christine Veltkamp of Cedar Springs, Veltkamp played competitive basketball for the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Storm Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) squad.

Ferris State, which opened the 2002-03 campaign Friday (Nov. 22) at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.), will host Calvin College Tuesday, Nov. 26, at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena. Tipoff for the non-league contest is slated for 7:30 p.m. (EST). The Bulldogs open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action Saturday, Nov. 30, hosting the University of Findlay (Ohio) in a 3 p.m. (EST) tilt.

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