Ferris State Ready to Start Men’s Basketball Season
BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State men’s basketball team returns a majority of its players from last year’s team, who went 9-11 overall and 8-8 in conference play.
Thanks to players receiving an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19, the Bulldogs have a roster loaded with talent, including Walt Kelser, who led the team with 20.6 points per game last year.
“It reminds me of our 2018-2019 team, our conference championship team,” Ferris State senior Dorian Aluyi said. “We’ve got a lot of depth, a lot of talent and we can really do some damage here in the GLIAC.”
Ferris State will not be the only team that returns a ton of experience from last year, and the Bulldogs know that will make it an interesting season.
“You look across the conference, across the nation, teams have deeper rosters, more talented players because they essentially have an extra class of experienced players coming back,” Ferris State head coach Andy Bronkema said. “So I think that’s going to make for a competitive GLIAC and great basketball to watch for the fans.”
Ferris State will play a 9-game non-conference schedule this season in November, December and early January. They will also have four GLIAC matchups in December before the conference schedule kicks into gear in January.
The Bulldogs will also challenge themselves with a pair of exhibition games against Division 1 opponents, Michigan State and Xavier. They will face the Spartans on Wednesday in East Lansing at 7 p.m. They will then play at Xavier on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in what has been called the “Hanky Bowl” on social media, referencing the two teams that Charlevoix alum Zach Hankins played for in college.
Ferris State’s first official game is on Nov. 12 at home against Ohio Dominican at 7 p.m.