The Ferris State University men's basketball squad inked its first official recruit for the 2009-10 campaign with the addition of prep forward Daniel Sutherlin (Detroit/Renaissance) in an announcement made Friday (April 24) by FSU head coach Bill Sall.
The 6-4 Sutherlin averaged a double-double this past season in the competitive Detroit Public School League (PSL) with 21 points and 11 rebounds per contest at Detroit Renaissance High School.
"Daniel's a tremendous athlete who fits our style of play and we're expecting great things from him immediately," said Sall, who will enter his eighth season at the Bulldog helm next campaign. "In addition to being a great athlete, he's also an outstanding student and has done well in the classroom.
"We expect him to add outstanding depth and talent to our roster," Sall added.
This past season, Sutherlin attained Detroit Free Press All-PSL Third Team honors under prep head coach Cameron Nichols. He tallied 29 points and 12 rebounds in Detroit Renaissance's PSL Semifinal loss (Feb. 13) to the state's second-ranked Doughboys of Detroit Pershing.
Sutherlin was regarded as the state's 12th-best senior forward this past season by Bankhoops.com and attained fourth team Class A All-State accolades from the online source. He was also pegged as the 13th-best wing/forward in the class of 2009 by Next Generation Sports.
A two-year starter, Sutherlin averaged eight points and five rebounds a game as a junior in 2007-08 when the Phoenix finished with a 17-5 record and tied for first place in the PSL West League.
"Daniel's an all-around type of player who can shoot the three and has the ability to get to the basket," said Sall. "He was also one of the top dunkers in the state this past year and will be exciting to watch."
In addition to basketball, Sutherlin also competed in cross country, track and baseball during his prep career. He is the son of Beverly and the late Joseph Sutherlin and has a younger brother, Jonathan.
FSU lost only two seniors from this past season's squad in forwards Jason Holder and Mark Gildersleeve. Sutherlin will become the third former PSL player on the Bulldogs' roster, joining guards Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford) and Dontae Molden (Detroit/Pershing).
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.