Talented Wing Joins Current Bulldog Recruiting Class

The Ferris State University men's basketball program has bolstered its current recruiting class with the addition of prep guard/forward Max Gover (Lansing/Catholic Central), who recently announced his intentions to join the Bulldog squad starting with the 2008-09 campaign. The commitment was announced today (May 15) by sixth-year FSU head coach Bill Sall.

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Ferris State recently signed Lansing Catholic Central's Max Gover, who's shown here in this year's MHSAA Class B State Championship Game (Courtesy Photo)

Gover is the second prep product to officially sign with the Bulldogs this spring. Previously, prep guard Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing) inked with FSU, joining a Bulldog lineup that featured nine freshmen during the 2007-08 campaign.

The 6-4 Gover led Lansing Catholic Central High School to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B State Championship this past season. His game-winning jumper with 12 seconds remaining lifted the Cougars to a 54-53 win over Flint Powers in the state title game (March 15) at Michigan State University's Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich.

"Max is a proven winner as evidenced by his team's state championship this past season," Sall said. "He will give us a nice-sized player on the wing who comes from a winning program and tradition.

"Throughout high school, his moniker was his competitiveness and hard-nosed approach, which fits our style of play."

Gover earned 2008 Detroit News Class B All-State Sixth Team accolades after averaging 10.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in the regular-season prior to an outstanding postseason run. His improved play late in the year enabled Lansing Catholic Central to win its first-ever state title and make its first trip to the state semifinals since 1996. He had 14 points in the Cougars' 64-39 state semifinal triumph over Menominee at the Breslin Center.

A two-time All-Capital Area Activities Conference (CAAC) selection, Gover was also a 2008 Lansing State Journal Class B All-Area pick after helping LCC become Mid-Michigan's first Class B State Champions since Okemos captured the title crown in 1982. The Cougars won more than 20 games in each of his final two seasons under head coach Darren Zwick and claimed their first league title in 22 years during the 2006-07 season. Gover's squad won a second-straight conference championship this season in the CAAC White Division while recording a 23-4 overall record.

A former Blue-Chip Basketball Camp prospect, Gover was ranked as the number seven shooting guard in Michigan's Class of 2008 by Great Lakes Hoops (www.greatlakeshoops.com). The online service also listed Gover as a Mid-Michigan All-Region Class B Honorable Mention choice in 2007-08. In addition, he was regarded as the 30th-best power forward in the state's class this year by Inside Prep Sports. Gover also competed in football as a two-sport athlete at Lansing Catholic Central and played for the Mid-Michigan Lakers AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Basketball program.

"He has the ability to be a really nice player at the collegiate level as he continues to develop his overall game," said Sall. "We're extremely excited about his addition and pleased he's decided to join our program."

The Ferris men's basketball team posted a 10-19 overall record this past campaign under Sall. The Bulldogs recorded a 5-13 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) slate this campaign with a young lineup featuring only one senior on the squad. 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.