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
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
"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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