The Ferris State University men's basketball program has tapped a valuable West Michigan recruiting connection once again to land a talented prep player as the Bulldogs recently received a committment from point guard Ricarri Stimage (Muskegon Heights), according to an announcement made today (May 14) by FSU head coach Bill Sall.
The 5-9 Stimage was an Associated Press Class B All-State selection for Muskegon Heights (Mich.) High School this past season after averaging 14.2 points, 8.1 assists and 2.4 steals in his final campaign. He's the eighth former Tiger player to ink with the Bulldogs since Sall became FSU's head coach in 2002.
"Ricarri is a jet quick point guard who can push it up and down the floor," Sall said. "He really came into his own this past year and had a tremendous senior season. We're looking forward to watching him develop in the years ahead."
Stimage helped the Tigers to a 21-4 overall record and a regional finals appearance this past season under head coach Keith Guy, a FSU alum and former Bulldog guard. He was regarded as the state's 19th-best point guard in the class of 2009 by Next Generation Sports and shot 75 percent from the free throw line this past year.
"It was a pleasure and honor to coach Ricarri and see him grow the last couple of years,'' Guy said. "He was the guy we wanted to take the big shot. In addition, he was our floor leader and everything you wanted in a point guard.''
Stimage was a Detroit News Class B Second Team All-State pick and claimed Detroit Free Press Class B Sixth Team All-State laurels in addition to being a Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All-State honoree during the 2008-09 campaign. In addition, Bankhoops.com named Stimage to its Class B All-State Second Team. With Stimage, Muskegon Heights advanced to the Class B regional finals this past season before falling to East Grand Rapids.
Stimage will join another former Muskegon Heights standout in guard/forward Lou Williams, who will be a junior in eligibility next season, on the Bulldog roster. Several other former Tigers' products have played key roles for Ferris since Sall's arrival including forward Willie Burrel and guards Julius Vines and Jessie York, who all played on FSU teams that advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Stimage is the second player to sign with the Bulldogs this spring as FSU earlier announced the addition of prep forward Daniel Sutherlin (Detroit/Renaissance).
Ferris State concluded the 2008-09 campaign with a 14-14 overall record and the Bulldogs placed third (12-10) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division play. In addition, FSU made its 10th GLIAC Tournament appearance and fourth in the last five years this season.
This year also represented the seventh consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games under Sall after the program had not done so in the four years prior to his arrival.
FSU will officially open fall practice on Oct. 15 for the 2009-10 season.