King reigns as clutch shooter for Ferris men’s basketball

MAKING A PLAY: Noah King (0) is in his junior season for Ferris. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

MAKING A PLAY: Noah King (0) is in his junior season for Ferris. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — When he converted a putback in the closing seconds of a win over Ohio Dominican last Thursday, FSU junior wing player Noah King showed again his knack of making plays in the clutch.

Ferris won that game 70-68.

“I just want to be in the area and make a play for the ball,” King said.

After seven contests and seven starts, King is averaging 7.5 points a game. He’s shooting 39.6 percent from the floor and has 12 assists and seven steals.

The Bulldogs struggled against Ohio Dominican at times, but were playing at Big Rapids High School while Wink Arena was being used for the NCAA volleyball regionals.

FSU is 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after an 81-77 overtime loss to Findlay on Sunday. The Bulldogs play Thursday at Walsh.

“Coach (Andy Bronkema) said prior to the game that we can make every court our home court as long as we play defense and run the court,” King said last Thursday. “A court is a court. It’s about playing hard.”

King was at the right place for the winning shot.

“We work on drills like that all the time,” Bronkema said of King’s winning basket. “Noah’s been doing that all the time so it’s no surprise. He stepped up big for us.”

King is hoping to keep it going.

“I had a rough start due to a high ankle sprain,” he said. “But no excuses. I’m getting back into rhythm.

King played in 31 games during the 2014-15 season, averaging six points a game with a 40 percent accuracy during 3-pointers. He had two 3-point shots, four free throw shots, and a total of 14 points during a game against Quincy. Against Grand Valley on Feb. 26, he netted four 3-point shots and a total of 17 points.

Before coming to FSU, King led Detroit Jesuit High School to the MHSAA Class A State semifinals. He was both a Detroit Free Press All-State selection along with an All-Metro Detroit honoree this past year.

He also had All-Catholic League laurels and was ranked 31st overall by Inside Prep Sports in the state of Michigan’s class of 2014. That season, King scored nearly 13 points along with six rebounds and two assists per game as a senior while shooting better than 52 percent from the floor. He also connected on 40 percent of his 3-point tries and shot 73 percent from the charity stripe for Detroit Jesuit on the prep level. He also played AAU basketball for the REACH Legends.

As for this season’s Ferris team, “we can be real good or we can be mediocre,” King said. “As long as we keep working, I feel we can be real good. I’m starting this year, so I’m still learning how to be a leader on the team. The better I play the better the team will play.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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