2004-05 Ferris State Men's Basketball Quick Facts
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GENERAL
Name of school: Ferris State University
City/Zip: Big Rapids, Mich./49307
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 11,803
Nickname: Bulldogs
School Colors: Crimson and gold
Arena: Jim Wink Arena
Capacity: 2,400
Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (GLIAC)
President: Dr. David L. Eisler
Alma Mater, Yr.: Michigan, 1972
Athletics Director: Tom Kirinovic
Email: kirinovt@ferris.edu
Assistant Athletics Director: Brian Kegler
Senior Women’s Administrator: Tia Brandel-Wilhelm
Coordinator of Records & NCAA: Carma Burcham
Faculty Representative: Dr. Terry Nerbonne
Athletic Department Phone: (231) 591-2860
Athletic Department Fax: (231) 591-2869
Ticket Office Phone: (231) 591-2888

HISTORY
First Year of Men’s Basketball: 1925-26
Overall All-Time record: 892-836 (.516)
Conference All-Time Record: 290-213 (.577)
No. years in NCAA Tourney/Last: 6/1997-98
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 5-7 (.417)
Last NCAA Tourney Opponent: Northern Kentucky
Result: Lost 78-63
No. years in GLIAC Tourney/Last: 6/2003-04
Last GLIAC Tourney Opponent: Northwood
Result: Lost 72-71

ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Athletics Communications Director: Joe Gorby
    Office Phone: (231) 591-2336
    Home Phone: (231) 796-2732
    Email Address: gorbyj@ferris.edu
Asst. Athletics Communications Director/Basketball Contact: Rob Bentley
    Office Phone: (231) 591-3821
    Home Phone: (231) 796-1178
    Email Address: bentleyr@ferris.edu
Athletics Communications Fax: (231) 591-3775
Basketball Press Row Phone: (231) 591-3572
Athletics Hotline: (231) 591-2375
Mailing Address: 210 Sports Drive, SPC 001, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2741
Website: www.ferris.edu/sports

MEDIA INFORMATION
Local Newspaper: Big Rapids Pioneer
Contact Person: Sandy Gholston
Address: 502 North State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 592-8363
Email: sgholston@pioneergroup.net

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach: Bill Sall
Alma Mater/Year: Calvin/1994
Year Entering at School: Third
Record at Ferris State: 30-37 (.448) *Served As Interim Head Coach (1995-96)
Career Record (yrs.): Same
Record vs. the GLIAC: 23-18 (.561)
Basketball Office Phone: (231) 591-2877
Best time/day to reach coach: M-F 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Assistant Coach: Cory Anderson
Volunteer Assistant Coaches: Bill Killian, Jim Lake, Dave Schlump
Head Athletic Trainer: Dave Lucey, ATC
Asst. Athletic Trainer: Tim Glover, ATC
Asst. Athletic Trainer (Basketball): Michael Blackburn, ATC
Office Phone: (231) 591-2872
Equipment Manager: Ben Mumah, E.M.,C.

TEAM INFORMATION
2003-04 Overall Record: 14-14
Conference Record/Finish: 14-4/1st - North Division
2003-04 Non-Conference Record: 0-10
2003-04 Record at Home/Conference: 8-2/8-1
2003-04 Record Away/Conference: 6-8/6-3
2003-04 Record on Neutral Courts: 0-4
Final Ranking last year (poll): n/a
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/5

All-Star Candidates:
Dennis Springs, Carlton Epps

Starters Lost:
Willie Thomas (F/6-4)
Nathan Wruble (F-C/6-7)

Starters Returning:
Michael Daniels (F/6-6/So.)
Carlton Epps (G/6-2/Sr.)
Dennis Springs (G/5-6/Jr.)

Key Losses:
Willie Thomas (F/6-4) - 16.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, first-team All-GLIAC
Nathan Wruble (F-C/6-7) - 2.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, four-year letterwinner

2004-05 Returnees
Willie Burrel* (6-6, Sr., F): 6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Michael Daniels* (6-6, So., F): 8.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Carlton Epps*** (6-2, Sr., G): 14.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Corey Epps*** (6-2, Sr., G): 6.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Jeffery Shanahan** (6-6, Jr., F): 5.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Terrance Shaw* (6-5, So., F): 4.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Dennis Springs** (5-6, Jr., G): 10.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
C.J. Van Wieren* (6-4, So., G-F): 2.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg

* - Denotes letters won

2004-05 Newcomers:
2003-04 Statistics (Unless Noted)
# Michael Anderson (G/F, 6-3): Farmington Hills, Mich./Royal Oak Shrine - 1.1 ppg, 0.3 rpg (2002-03)
Antwuan Holt (G, 6-3): Okemos, Mich. (Northern Michigan) - 10.1 ppg, 2.3 apg
Mike Runstrom (F, 6-6): Traverse City, Mich./Central - 15.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg
Tyler Wolfe (G, 6-3): Cedar Springs, Mich. - 25.4 ppg, 7.0 apg, 4.0 rpg
Jesse York (G, 6-1): Muskegon Heights, Mich. - 18.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg
Adam Veltkamp (F/C, 6-8): Cedar Springs, Mich. - 11.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg (2002-03)

# - Played for Ferris State from 2001-03 (Did Not Play Last Season)

 

Notes:
** Ferris State, which claimed the 2003-04 GLIAC North Division Regular-Season Championship, finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 14-14 overall record and a 14-4 league mark. FSU, which has won more GLIAC championships (10) than any other league member, posted its best overall record in 2003-04 since compiling a 21-12 ledger during the 1997-98 season.

** The Bulldogs will open the 2004-05 season under third-year head coach Bill Sall versus Cornerstone Tuesday, Nov. 16, in a 8 p.m. (EST) non-conference contest in FSU’s Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris is slated to host 15 regular-season home games this campaign.

** Sall, who served for four seasons (1998-2002) as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)-member Hillsdale (Mich.) College, previously was the top assistant coach at Ferris State for three seasons (1995-98) and spent part of the 1995-96 campaign as the Bulldogs’ interim head coach. In his brief tenure, Ferris recorded a 5-8 start under Sall before finishing the year with a 6-20 overall record.

** Ferris State’s impressive basketball tradition includes 10 GLIAC titles, six NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a berth in the 1988 NCAA-II Elite Eight. Ferris, which last won the GLIAC Tournament championship during the 1997-98 campaign, captured a league record four consecutive conference titles from 1986-90.

** Senior guard Carlton Epps (Benton Harbor) was the recipient of FSU’s 2003-04 Defensive MVP Award for the third consecutive season. A 2003-04 All-GLIAC North Division First Team honoree, Epps tallied personal career-highs in points (413), steals (66) and three-pointers (72) last season. The 6-2 Epps, who also garnered 2003-04 GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team laurels, placed fourth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.503) and 23rd in steals (2.4 spg). He posted both the school’s second-best single season three-point field goal percentage and made three-point marks along with the third-highest steals total last campaign. Epps presently ranks third in steals (175), fourth in made three-pointers (138) and 24th in scoring (942) on the school’s career leaders chart. He recorded 18 double-digit scoring performances and nine 20-plus point contests during the 2003-04 campaign.

** Junior guard Dennis Springs (Toledo, Ohio/Scott) currently ranks fifth in career assists at Ferris State with 322 total. He is seven shy of tying Jeff Byrd (1987-90; 329) for fourth place on the school’s all-time chart. Springs was both a second-team All-GLIAC North Division and GLIAC All-Defensive Team honoree a season ago.

** Senior guard Corey Epps (Benton Harbor) presently ranks seventh on Ferris’ all-time steals chart with 113 thefts in 80 career contests. The twin brother of Carlton Epps, Corey registered 176 points and 62 rebounds in 28 appearance last year.