Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 23, 2010

Ellsworth's Danbert makes all-state

WMC's Bruinsma is top player in D

MUSKEGON (AP) -- Muskegon Western Michigan Christian has produced talented guards and big men in its tradition-rich basketball history.

Warriors coach Jim Goorman thinks 6-7 senior Evan Bruinsma etched his place among the best at WMC.

"He's probably the most versatile player Western Michigan Christian has ever had," Goorman said. "And he might be the best player Western Michigan Christian has ever had."

There's no doubt Bruinsma raised his inside/outside game to a high level this season. His reward: Being named unanimously the Class D Player of the Year by an 11-member Associated Press All-State panel.

Bruinsma averaged 20.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3 assists. More importantly, he shot a sizzling 65 percent from all over the court. Bruinsma, who grew five inches between his sophomore and senior seasons, can hurt opponents inside. And he also can shoot the midrange jumper and 3-pointer.

"He's worked so hard to perfect his outside shot the last three years," said Goorman, whose 23-2 team meets Buckley Tuesday in the state quarterfinals. "He's probably the hardest working player in the state in Class D. He's so smart on the floor."

In addition, Bruinsma has scored more than 1,000 career points and played on WMC's last two state championship teams.

Bruinsma is joined on the honor squad by WMC teammate London Burris, an all-state repeater and the lone junior on this year's team. Burris averaged 17 points, 3.5 steals and 2.8 assists per game.

The other seniors selected are Ellsworth's Jared Danbert, Bark River-Harris' Brad Ives, Pickford's McKinley Portice, Bloomfield Hills Roeper's Ryan Zinser, Climax-Scotts' Beau Langs, Covert's Amere May Jr., Fulton-Middleton's Kyle Trefil and Lansing Christian's Mickey DeVries.

Danbert, an athletic 5-9 guard who can dunk, averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. He also was an all-state football player.

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