The Bay College men's basketball program announced the signing of ten players who committed to play for the Norse in the 2017-18 season.
"We are extremely excited to add this group of young men to our team for 2017-18," Johnson said. "These players are very athletic, aggressive, and skilled. They are great players, who will add a lot to our program. More importantly than that, they are good quality young-men, who will help us build a very solid foundation for our program."
The signees include Dre' Tuominen, Marcus McKenney, Tyler Willette, Rasonte Smith, Caleb Maki, Jace Briggs, Dontae' Ellis, Alfonzo Fields, Kobi Lumdsen-Barnes, and Reed Wiedenhoefer who will join the Norse this Fall.
Tuominen, a 5'11" point guard from Negaunee, was tabbed the 2017 Mid-Peninsula Conference (MI) Player of The Year. A First Team Class C All State selection and All-UP Dream Team selection, he averaged 20 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds per game as a senior. A four year varsity award winner, he was selected First Team All-Conference and First Team All-UP as junior and First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-UP as a sophomore.
McKenney, a 5'11" point guard from Menominee, was a 2017 First Team Great Northern Conference (MI) selection and 2017 All-UP Second Team selection. A 4-year varsity basketball award winner, he was a 2 year team captain and a member of the 2015-16 UP Class ABC team of the Year. McKenney was also a standout on the 2016 state finalist football team. He was selected First Team All-Conference and All-UP honorable mention on the grid iron.
Willette, a 6'4" forward from Escanaba, was tabbed 2017 Great Northern Conference (MI) Co-Player of the Year. An All-UP First Team selection, he averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals as a senior. He was selected Second Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-UP as a junior.
Smith, a 6'2" guard from Indianapolis Metropolitan High School (IN) averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks per game as a senior. The four year varsity award winner was a member of the regional championship team as a freshmen.
Maki, a 6'0" guard from Painsdale-Jeffers was tabbed First Team Copper Mountain Conference (MI) as well as Honorable Mention All-UP. A 3 year varsity letter winner and two year team captain, Maki averaged 16 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals per game as a senior, on the16-4 team.
Briggs, a 6'2" wing from Bark River-Harris was a 2017 Second Team Skyline-CUP Conference (MI) selection. Briggs averaged 12.5 points on a team that had a record of 16-5. Briggs also had success on the football field as an All-Conference selection as quarterback and an All-UP selection as a defensive back.
Ellis, a 6'5" Forward, prepped at Milwaukee South Division High School, averaging 9.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Dontae was a three year varsity starter, with 65 consecutive starts, while earning 3 varsity letters. He was selected 2nd team all-conference following his senior season. Carrying a 3.0 GPA, he was named the Pick n Save student-athlete of the week on February 11, 2017.
Fields, a 6'1" guard from Milwaukee Vincent High School, averaged 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals, while shooting 53% from the field, and 46% from behind the arc. Alfonzo was selected 2nd Team All-City Conference following his senior season.
Lumdsen-Barnes, a 6'9" Center from Milwaukee Vincent High School, averaged 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks while shooting 62% from the field and 68% from the free throw line. Kobi was selected 3rd Team All-City Conference following his senior Season.
Wiedenhoefer, a 6'5" Forward from Gwinn High School, was an All Mid Pen Conference Selection and also garnerd All UP accolades and was selected to play in the UP All Star game.
"We are very fortunate to have them part of our campus community," Johnson said. "I look for very big things from each one of them on and off the court."
The ten signees will join Darian Nichols of Manistique and Joe Gibbs of Gladstone who signed earlier with the Norse.