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MEN'S HOOPS TAPS CHICAGO CHRISTIAN PIPELINE AGAIN

Men's basketball coach Tim Walker found another gem right around the corner from campus to add to his Trolls team. Chicago Christian High School senior Ross Stuursma signed a letter of intent to play for Trinity next year.

"We believe we're getting a terrific player and a young man who will make us a better basketball team," said Walker, the Trolls' third-year coach. "I think Ross will fit well into our system and give us some toughness and a little more scoring punch. He's the type of student-athlete that will represent the College very well."

Stuursma, a 6-foot-1-inch guard, leads the Knights in scoring this season, averaging 19 points per game. He helped his team win a regional championship in the Illinois state playoffs in 2004. The lure of playing nearby, including the opportunity for family and friends to see him play, clinched the decision for the Tinley Park, Illinois, resident. He chose Trinity over Calvin College.

"I wanted to be close to home, and I like the direction Trinity's program is headed," said Stuursma. "Coach Walker pushes his players to work hard, and he wants to win. I know I'll have to adjust to the speed of the game and the size of the players in college, but I'm looking forward to that."

Ross Douma, Stuursma's high school coach, feels the Trolls are getting a top-notch player. He is even more pleased that Trinity and Chicago Christian are forging a pipeline for young men who want to play basketball in college. Kyle Vroegh graduated from the high school last year and is a freshman on Walker's roster this season.

"We're very excited to have two players from our school sign with Trinity these last two years," Douma said. "Coach Walker has made a concerted effort to stay on top of our kids since he arrived, and we appreciate the interest he shows.

"We'll miss (Stuursma's) overall toughness. He's one of the best competitors I've coached. His teammates and classmates respect him, and that's one of the highest compliments you can say about a student-athlete."
 

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