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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball team was selected to finish second in the 2010-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was released Thursday (Oct. 28) in conjunction with the launch of the GLIAC Basketball Media Day website.
Additionally, two Bulldog players were also named to the All-GLIAC Preseason Team, including senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills), who was tabbed as both the GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year and a divisional first team choice. Senior guard Darien Gay (Detroit/Henry Ford) was chosen as a preseason second-team pick in the North Division.
The Bulldogs received two first place votes and 128 total points in the voting process. Members of the media voted on the preseason poll with the league's head coaches and sports information directors choosing the preseason all-conference teams.
Grand Valley State was tabbed as the North Division favorite with 22 first-place votes and 172 total points. Saginaw Valley State earned a single first-place vote and 97 points in finishing third behind GVSU and Ferris.
The University of Findlay claimed 23 first-place votes and 173 points in being selected as the South Division favorite. The other two first-place votes went to Hillsdale, which finished with 146 points as the runner-up in the South Division.
In addition to Keenan, the preseason North Division first team squad included Mike Hojnacki of Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State's Kyle Hunt, Raymont McElroy of Northern Michigan and Grand Valley State's Justin Ringler.
Gay was joined on the second team by Greg Foster and Chris Webb of Saginaw Valley State, Alvin Storrs of Grand Valley State along with Northwood's Andrew Van DierenDonck.
Findlay had two players named to the South Division First Team, including senior guard Nathan Hyde and incoming transfer Kyle Caiola. They were joined by Ashland's Kale Richardson, Brent Eaton of Hillsdale and Wayne State's Jerry Oden.
Big-time teams and big-time players appear destined to define the GLIAC this season. The Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 has Findlay ranked second in the nation and Grand Valley State rated ninth in the land.
The GLIAC also boasts some of the premier individual players in all of Division II, including FSU's Keenan, who was named the 2010-11 Division II Bulletin National Preseason Player of the Year. The Grand Rapids native averaged a league-best 21.1 points last season in 22 conference regular-season contests for the Bulldogs while earning All-America First Team accolades.
Ferris State began its 2010-11 season on a winning note as the Bulldogs registered a decisive 69-39 exhibition victory over Aquinas on Thursday (Oct. 28) evening in Grand Rapids.
Thursday's matchup was the first of two exhibitions for the Bulldogs this season as FSU next visits one of college basketball's most storied venues to square off against one of college basketball's all-time winningest programs in the Indiana Hoosiers on Monday, Nov. 8, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. (ET) tipoff.
Ferris hosts longtime West Michigan foe Calvin in its first official contest on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.