Freshman Standout Justin Keenan Picks Up Team MVP Award Laurels

Justin Keenan Sixth-year head coach Bill Sall of the Ferris State University men's basketball program recently announced the squad's 2007-08 season award winners.

Freshman forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) was honored as this year's Most Valuable Player Award recipient. The 6-6 Keenan led the squad in both scoring (15.9 ppg.) and rebounding (6.9 rpg.) during his initial Bulldog campaign. He tallied 24 double-figure scoring performances in 27 contests this season, including eight games with 20 points or more. Keenan ranked ninth in scoring along with 10th in rebounding among the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) leaders this past year. Additionally, he also placed ninth in the GLIAC in both field goal (.539) and free throw (.788) percentage while registering six double-double (points & rebounds) efforts. Keenan was named to the AT&T Alascom Jamboree All-Tourney Team following his performance in FSU's two games at the event (Dec. 29-30) in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Defensive Most Valuable Player Award was presented to redshirt freshman forward Lou Williams (Muskegon Heights). The 6-6 Williams led the Bulldogs with 41 blocked shots this year, which represented the third-highest tying figure in school single-season history. He also had 131 (4.7 rpg.) total rebounds and added 167 points (6.0 ppg.) in 28 appearances, including nine starts. Williams finished fifth in the league in blocked shots and had six games with three or more blocks. The Muskegon Heights product compiled six double-figure scoring contests and tallied 10 rebounds or more three times.

Junior forward Mark Gildersleeve (Byron Center) received the team’s Sixth Man Award. The 6-5 Gildersleeve, who previously earned the squad's Coaches Award in 2006-07, claimed GLIAC All-Academic Team recognition this season. He played in 26 games this year and contributed 45 points and 39 rebounds in a reserve role. Gildersleeve started three games and converted 17-of-22 (.773) free throws. He had a season-high nine points in the squad's first game of the year (Nov. 17) against Hillsdale at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

Finally, senior guard/forward C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa), who was the squad's lone senior this season, picked up the team's Coaches Award. The 6-4 Van Wieren started 28 of 29 games for the Bulldogs this campaign and totaled personal career-highs with 164 points (5.7 ppg.) in addition to 105 rebounds (3.6 rpg.). He concluded his career with 411 points, 259 rebounds, 126 assists and 81 steals in 104 collegiate contests while making 70 starts. Van Wieren concluded his career with back-to-back games of 15 points at Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 21) and versus nationally second-ranked Grand Valley State (Feb. 23). He was a two-sport athlete at FSU and directed the Bulldog football team as the squad's starting quarterback last fall.

The Ferris men's basketball team posted a 10-19 overall record this past campaign under Sall. The Bulldogs recorded a 5-13 GLIAC slate this campaign with a young lineup featuring only one senior in Van Wieren. Ferris previously advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament in both 2004-05 and 2005-06 after claiming back-to-back league titles in 2003-04 and 2004-05 under Sall's direction.