Detroit Pershing's Dontae Molden Joins Bulldog Men's Basketball Program

The Ferris State University men's basketball squad recently signed highly-touted prep guard Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing) to a national letter-of-intent to attend FSU and compete for the Bulldogs starting with the 2008-09 campaign. The announcement was made today (April 22) by FSU head coach Bill Sall, who completed his sixth season at the Bulldog helm this past year.

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Dontae Molden
Ferris State has added Detroit Pershing's Dontae Molden for the 2007-08 campaign (Photo Courtesy Next Generation Sports - www.nextgenerationsports.net)

The 5-11 Molden capped off his high school career by leading Detroit Pershing High School to a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class A State Runner-up finish this past March. Molden claimed Detroit News Class A Honorable Mention All-State accolades for the second consecutive year under prep head coach A.W. Canada.

"Dontae's a winner who's been extremely successful at all levels," Sall said. "He understands our style of play and will provide us with needed depth at a couple of different positions.

"We're excited he's joining our program," added Sall.

A two-time All-Detroit Public School League (PSL) selection, Molden helped Pershing to a 22-5 overall record as a senior while teaming with current Western Michigan recruit Demetrius Ward. The Doughboys fell to Saginaw 90-71 in the state championship game (March 15) at Michigan State's Breslin Center in East Lansing after recording a thrilling 79-77 overtime triumph over Romulus in the state semifinals (March 14). Molden tallied seven steals, six points and four assists in 29 minutes of state semifinal action before playing 28 minutes against Saginaw. The Doughboys captured district and regional titles this past season en route to the state tournament.

Molden, a four-year letterwinner, averaged 16 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals per contest in 2007-08. As a junior in 2006-07, he netted 12 points, four assists, three boards and two thefts a game. The team captain led Pershing to three district crowns and a city runner-up finish during his prep career as the program tallied a 55-17 overall record the last four seasons. He also received both All-Metro and All-PSL East recognition as a prep player for Detroit Pershing where he competed in cross country as well.

Molden was listed as one of Scouthoops.com's top unsigned point guards in the state of Michigan. Additionally, Inside Prep Sports had him ranked as the state's number six point guard in the class of 2008 while he was 18th on Mid-Michigan Prep News' State Player Rankings earlier this season. Last year, Hoop Scoop Online had Molden ranked as the 247th-best player nationally in his class regardless of position. He was also 12th on Next Generation Sports' Top 50 Michigan Point Guards of 2008.

"Dontae's a talented player who received a lot of recruiting attention from larger schools, but liked what we had to offer at Ferris," said Sall. "He has a solid understanding of how to play the game and is a good scorer who fits our system."

The son of Donald and Deidra Molden, Dontae is undecided on an academic major at Ferris State. As the Bulldogs' first official signee this spring, Molden joins a squad which featured nine freshmen and only one senior this past season. Three of those freshmen this past year also competed for Detroit area schools prior to arriving at Ferris State, including Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford), DeJuan Wright (Detroit/Henry Ford) and Darryl Nobles (Van Buren Township/Detroit Country Day).

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 the young lineup. 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.