2003-04 Ferris State Men's Basketball Quick Facts
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Name of school: Ferris State University
City/Zip: Big Rapids, Mich./49307
Founded: 1884
Enrollment: 11,822
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

First Year of Men’s Basketball: 1925-26
Overall All-Time record: 878-822 (.516)
Conference All-Time Record: 276-209 (.569)
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: 5/1997-98
Last GLIAC Tourney Opponent: Michigan Tech
Result: Won 71-62

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

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

Head Coach: Bill Sall
Alma Mater/Year: Calvin/1994
Year Entering at School: Second
Record at Ferris State: 16-23 (.410) *Served As Interim Head Coach (1995-96)
Career Record (yrs.): Same
Record vs. the GLIAC: 9-14 (.391)
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
Basketball Consultant: Dean Davenport
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.

2002-03 Overall Record: 11-15
Conference Record/Finish: 7-11/T4th - North Division
2002-03 Non-Conference Record: 4-4
2002-03 Record at Home/Conference: 5-5/4-5
2002-03 Record Away/Conference: 5-9/3-6
2002-03 Record on Neutral Courts: 1-1
Final Ranking last year (poll): n/a
Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 7/6

All-Star Candidates:
Willie Thomas, Dennis Springs, Carlton Epps

Starters Lost:
Adam Anderson (C/6-10)

Starters Returning:
Carlton Epps (G/6-2/Jr.)
Dennis Springs (G/5-6/So.)
Willie Thomas (F/6-4/Sr.)
Nathan Wruble (F-C/6-7/Sr.)

Key Losses:
Adam Anderson (C/6-10) - 17.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, first-team All-GLIAC & GLIAC All-Defensive
Jeff Guernsey (F/6-5) - 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, team captain
Brian Monahan (G/6-1) - 1.1 ppg, 1.1 apg, four-year letterwinner

2003-04 Returnees
Carlton Epps** (6-2, Jr., G): 11.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Corey Epps** (6-2, Jr., G): 8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
David Clarke* (5-11, Jr., G): 1.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Jeffery Shanahan* (6-6, So., F): 3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Dennis Springs* (5-6, So., G): 11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Willie Thomas* (6-4, Sr., G): 14.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Nathan Wruble*** (6-7, Sr., F/C): 3.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg

* - Denotes letters won

2003-04 Newcomers:
2002-03 Statistics (Unless Noted)
Willie Burrel (F, 6-6): Muskegon Heights, Mich. (Muskegon CC) - 21.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg
Michael Daniels (F, 6-6): Detroit, Mich./Murray-Wright - 15.1 ppg, 11.4 rpg
Joe DeMartin (G, 6-1): Mason, Mich. - 16.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Reggie Prince (G, 5-9): Saginaw, Mich./Buena Vista - 25.0 ppg, 4.0 apg
Terrance Shaw (F, 6-5): Saginaw, Mich./Bridgeport - 21.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg
John Terrell (F/C, 6-7): Muskegon, Mich. - 12.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg (2001-02)
C.J. Van Wieren (G/F, 6-4): Holland, Mich./West Ottawa - 22.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg
Adam Veltkamp (F/C, 6-8): Cedar Springs, Mich. - 11.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg (2001-02)

** The Bulldogs will open the 2003-04 season under second-year head coach Bill Sall at Lewis (Ill.) Saturday, Nov. 15, in a 8:30 p.m. (EST) non-conference contest in Romeoville, Ill. Ferris returns seven letterwinners from last season’s 11-15 team, which placed tied for fourth overall in the GLIAC’s North Division with a 7-11 conference mark.

**Ferris State’s overall record and league finish last season were their best since compiling a 21-12 mark and a fourth-place 10-8 league ledger during the 1997-98 season.

** 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.

** Junior guard Carlton Epps (Benton Harbor) presently ranks eighth on Ferris’ career steals chart with 109 thefts in 50 career appearances. The 2003-04 team Defensive Player Award winner recorded the program’s eighth-best single-season steals mark with a team-leading 58 steals during the 2001-02 season.

** Senior guard Willie Thomas (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy) registered the program’s third-best single-season made three-point field goal total with 69 treys in 2002-03. He needs 33 treys to tie Randy Price (102; 1994-96) for 10th place on the school’s career leaders list.

** Sophomore guard Dennis Springs (Toledo, Ohio/Scott) totaled 155 assists last season, which represented the fourth-highest single-season figure in school history.

** Ferris State’s impressive basketball tradition includes nine 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.