Stolicker standing tall

STOLICKER: Ferris State center Jared Stolicker guards a Hillsdale player Thursday. The Bulldogs ended up winning the matchup in overtime 85-78. (Pioneer file photo)

STOLICKER: Ferris State center Jared Stolicker guards a Hillsdale player Thursday. The Bulldogs ended up winning the matchup in overtime 85-78. (Pioneer file photo)

FSU’s 6-foot-10-inch center enjoying best season of Bulldog career

BIG RAPIDS —Ferris State men’s basketball junior center Jared Stolicker has helped lead the Bulldogs to a No. 22 national ranking.

Stolicker has always been a player that has kept his personal achievements second to the team’s success. But it’s hard to not acknowledge his play this season, even by Stolicker, himself.

It’s been a great season so far, everyone is playing good,” Stolicker said. “I just think that I have a good combination of quickness and timing and height. My biggest improvement has been rebounding and I think I look to score the ball a little more than before.”

Stolicker, who is currently the tallest Ferris State athlete, has been a force near the basket during the 2014-15 basketball season. He leads the team in total rebounds (138), shot blocks (41), and shooting percentage (56.6 percent).

His play against conference opponents has also been impressive. Stolicker has blocked a conference high 33 shots against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) foes, in addition to starting every conference game so far this season.

He brings that inside presence,” Ferris State basketball coach Andy Bronkema said. “He blocks a lot of shots and moves well on defense in the interior. He’s also done a lot on offense for us, mainly because he is a very unselfish player.”

His play of late has earned him conference accolades as Stolicker was named the GLIAC Player of the Week for week 8 of the season. During week 8’s games against Malone and Walsh, Stolicker had 30 points, 21 rebounds, and 16 blocks in the two games combined.

Stolicker has steadily grown into his 6-foot 10-inch frame over his three seasons at Ferris, maturing into one of the GLIAC’s best big men.

Jared’s gotten a lot more physical, and he’s playing as big and as physical as he has ever been,” Bronkema said. “The biggest thing about his maturation process is that he has made up his mind that he’d rather not be average, and you can tell.”

Stolicker has also stood out with his clutch plays late in games. Most recently, Stolicker flashed his speed and athleticism Thursday night against Hillsdale, running the court and dunking an alley-oop pass from fellow teammate Drew Lehman. The overtime score put the game out of reach, sealing the Bulldog’s 16th win of the season. 

Stolicker, and the rest of the Bulldog men’s team, will suit up against Saginaw Valley University today at 3 p.m.

Ferris State also plays arch-rival Grand Valley State University (9-10) at 8 p.m. on Monday in Allendale.

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