Stars From The Past Expected Back For Saturday's Basketball Alumni Game
Big Rapids, Mich. - Former Ferris State University men's basketball stars from the past are expected to be on hand Saturday night to square off against the Bulldogs in FSU's 2013 Alumni Game at Jim Wink Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Admission to Saturday night's alumni contest is free and more than 20 former standouts are expected to return to campus for the day's events. The feature game at 7:30 will be a full contest with select alumni taking on the current Ferris State team in an exciting Old Stars vs Current Stars format.
The alumni day will feature a full slate of activities for the past players, which will include watching the Bulldog Football team in action versus Wayne State at noon, a halftime cookout along with a pair of contests in the eveing followed by a reception at Buffalo Wild Wings on Saturday night.
A veterans game involving some of the older alumni will begin at 6 p.m. (ET) prior to the official alumni game in which the former standouts will square off against first-year head coach Andy Bronkema's current Bulldogs. The public is encouraged to attend the evening alumni game to watch both the current FSU men's squad and the alumni in action.
Among the past standouts expected to return will be members from several of FSU's most recent Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship teams.
Past players from FSU's back-to-back league title and NCAA Tournament teams from 2004-06 such as Terrance Shaw, Michael Daniels, Nathan Wruble, Willie Burrel, Jesse York, Anthony Sydnor and Julies Vines are expected back while some of FSU's most recent standouts from league title teams in 2011 and 2012 will also return such as Darien Gay, Dontae Molden, Lou Williams, Matt DeHart, Daniel Sutherlin and Spencer Sellner.
Other alumni planning to attend and participate in the day's events will include former player and assistant coach Cory Anderson along with past performers such as Jason Holder, Verdell Billingsley, Ray Pope and Josh Young. One of Ferris State's early standouts and a former assistant coach in Lewis Garner is expected to return and help coach the alumni team.
"I'm excited to see so many of these former players return and am looking forward to a great day," said Bronkema. "When this group steps on the floor together, this may very well certainly be the best team we will face all season."
Bronkema takes over a Ferris State program this season with a long track record of success that includes more than 1,000 all-time victories, 13 GLIAC Championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances. Ferris State wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 14-13 overall record and the Bulldogs reached the GLIAC Postseason Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, which ranks as one of the conference's top showings over the past decade.
Overall, Ferris State has won four league championships and twice reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen in the past decade. FSU also posted an impressive 10-1 mark at home in league regular-season action during the 2012-13 season at Jim Wink Arena.
Follwing Saturday's alumni contest, the Bulldogs will play their final exhibition game of the preseason next Thursday (Nov. 7) on the road at Calvin before opening the 2013-14 regular-season with a road tilt at Lewis (Ill.) on Nov. 20.