|Ferris State head coach Bill Sall Inked Three Talented Newcomers For Next Season|
The 6-0 Sydnor capped off an outstanding prep career by leading Muskegon Heights High School to a 26-2 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B State Tournament during the 2004-05 campaign. A Detroit News Class B All-State First Team honoree, Sydnor also attained first-team recognition from the Associated Press and was a Detroit Free Press Second-Team All-State selection this season. He averaged a team-high 14 points, five assists along with five rebounds per contest in 2004-05 under prep head coach and former Ferris State player Keith Guy. A Muskegon Chronicle All-Area pick, Sydnor tallied a school-record eight three-pointers in a game versus Grand Rapids Central this year. The three-year varsity letterwinner helped MHS post a 51-4 mark in his final two prep campaigns besides guiding the Tigers to two state runner-up finishes in the last three seasons. Sydnor scored a team-best 19 points in Muskegon Heights’ 67-60 loss to Grand Rapids South Christian in the MHSAA Class B State Championship Game (March 19) held at Michigan State’s Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.
“Anthony comes from a great basketball tradition at Muskegon Heights, which made an incredible run in the state tournament this year,” Sall said. “He shoots the ball well consistently and has good vision. We’re expecting him to vie for playing time immediately and eventually establish himself as one of the prominent guards in our league.”
A two-time (2003-04 & 2004-05) Detroit News Honorable Mention All-City player, Watson recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds per outing for Detroit’s Murray-Wright High School as a senior. The 6-6 Watson also earned Detroit News Class A Honorable Mention plaudits in 2004-05 after helping the Pilots post a 16-2 overall record as a junior during the 2003-04 campaign. He was a member of the school’s 2002-03 team, which claimed a regional title and advanced to the state semifinal round under head coach Earl Moore. Watson joins current FSU forward Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright), who recently completed his sophomore campaign at FSU in 2004-05, as former Murray-Wright players active in the Bulldog program.
“Terrance has an incredible wingspan and is a great athlete with the ability to play inside and get to the basket,” said Sall. “He’s the best inside defensive player we’ve brought in during my time at Ferris State due to his shot-blocking ability. We’re expecting him to be an impact player right from the beginning.”
The 6-3 Vines, who played two seasons (2002-03 & 2003-04) for Muskegon (Mich.) Community College, attended Eastern Michigan University in 2004-05 but did not compete in collegiate basketball. He averaged a team-high 19.4 points and compiled 78 assists along with 41 steals in his final season (2003-04) at MCC where he was coached by Gene Gifford. In his initial season (2002-03) with the Jayhawks, Vines helped lead the squad to a 21-8 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference. Vines received fifth-team Associated Press Class C All-State accolades as a prep senior in 2001-02 after guiding Muskegon Heights to a MHSAA Class C State Semifinal berth. He tallied a team-leading 17 points per game in his final prep campaign.
“Julius can play a variety of positions on the floor and fits our program well,” Sall said. “We’re hopeful he can step up and fill a role as a big, physical guard in our lineup. He’s a solid all-around athlete and a tough defender who’s worked tremendously hard to develop a consistent jump shot over the years.”
Vines and Sydnor are the latest in a list of former Muskegon Heights players who’ve moved on to FSU, including most recently Jesse York and Willie Burrel. York was a redshirt freshman member of Ferris’ 2004-05 squad while Burrel played his final prep season as a senior this year. Vines and Burrel were teammates on both the prep and junior college levels at Muskegon Heights and MCC, respectively.
Ferris capped off its 2004-05 season with a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division
II Great Lakes Regional Tournament (March 12-15) held in Findlay, Ohio. FSU reached
the regional championship game for only the third time in school history this season.
The Bulldogs also won their second-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(GLIAC) North Division Championship with a 13-5 league mark this campaign and compiled
a school-best 15-1 overall home record at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs,
who concluded the year with a 24-7 overall record, fell one game shy of advancing
to the NCAA-II Elite Eight for the second time ever. FSU's 24 victories this campaign
represented the third-most wins in school history.