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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's basketball team, which has captured two of the last three divisional crowns and has more conference wins (42) than any other team over the last three years, has been selected to finish fourth in the 2013-14 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll.
Additionally, junior guard Drew Lehman (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) has been tabbed as a preseason All-GLIAC Second Team honoree.
The announcements were made in conjunction with the official launch of the the special "Media Day Central" websites by the league office Thursday (Nov. 7). The 2013 GLIAC Men's and Women's Basketball Media Day Central Websites include information on the upcoming campaign with video season previews from each of the respective 32 head men's and women's basketball coaches in the GLIAC.
The Bulldogs received three first place votes and 129 total points in the voting process. Both media and head coaches were involved in the selection process.
In the North Division, Wayne was picked to finish first with 172 points and 10 first-place votes, Grand Valley State was picked second with 158 points and six first-place votes, Michigan Tech was third with 148 points and five first-place votes, Ferris State was fourth, Lake Superior State placed fifth with 87 points, Northwood was chosen sixth with 79 points, Saginaw Valley State took seventh with 61 points and Northern Michigan was eighth with 30 points.
In the 2013-14 GLIAC Preseason Men's Basketball Poll, Findlay was picked first in the South Division with 192 points and 24 first-place votes. The Oilers were followed by Hillsdale College with 152 points, Walsh with 140 points followed by Malone with 109 points in fourth, Ashland in fifth with 104 points, Tiffin sixth with 77 points, Lake Erie with 45 points in seventh and finally Ohio Dominican in the eighth spot with 35 points.
Expectations are also high heading into the 2013-14 season for Ferris State as the Bulldogs return 10 letterwinners from a year ago.
Ferris State will open a new era this season under first-year head coach Andy Bronkema, who was elevated to the position after six years as an assistant coach in July. Overall, Ferris State has won four league championships and twice reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen in men's basketball over the past decade.
Last year, with Bronkema as the Bulldogs' top assistant, 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.
In his first year as the program's top assistant in 2010-11, the Bulldogs won the GLIAC North Division Championship and reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. FSU followed up the memorable campaign by winning a share of a second-straight GLIAC North Division crown in 2011-12. The Bulldogs have made five-straight league tournament berths to date in Bronkema's tenure as an assistant coach and FSU has recorded more victories in the competitive GLIAC North than any other school over the last three years.
Bronkema takes over a Ferris State program with a long track record of success that includes more than 1,000 all-time victories, 13 GLIAC Championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances entering the 2013-14 season. FSU also posted an impressive 10-1 mark at home in league regular-season action during the 2012-13 season at Jim Wink Arena.
Ferris State wrapped up the exhibition season with an impressive 85-70 road win over Calvin College on Thursday (Nov. 7) night in Grand Rapids. FSU opens the 2013-14 season on the road at Lewis (Ill.) on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 p.m. (ET) in Romeoville, Ill.
Below is a snapshot of the Bulldogs:
Ferris State University
Coach: Andy Bronkema is in his first season as the head coach of the Bulldogs.
2012-13 Record: 14-13 overall, 13-9 in the GLIAC
Overview: Three starters are back for the Bulldogs, who are coming off their eighth appearance in the conference tournament in the last nine seasons. Junior guard Drew Lehman is the leading returning scorer after averaging 13.1 points per game last season.He hit 30 3-pointers and dished out 64 assists. Junior guard Dietrich Lever averaged 10.0 ppg and knocked down 27 treys. He also tallied 34 steals. The other returning starter is sophomore center Jared Stolicker, who averaged 5.6 points per outing and blocked 41 shots. Five letterwinners are also back for FSU in wing Milton Cribbs, guard Jibreel Jackson, forward Josh Fleming, win Matt Sinnaeve and forward Dan Chilcote. All five players are sophomores. Jackson averaged 4.2 points per outing and dished out 40 assists. Junior forward Matt Stoll and senior forward Raymoan McAfee should also see playing time for the Bulldogs.
Noteworthy: The Bulldogs have reached the GLIAC tournament five consecutive years and have more conference wins (42) than any other school in the North Division in the last three years.
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