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Trinity men's basketball coach Tim Walker plucked a jewel from western Michigan when prized recruit Ty DeWitte inked a national letter of intent to attend the College beginning next fall.

DeWitte, a 6-foot-8-inch, 245-pound center at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Michigan, shunned several Division I schools in favor of Trinity. His college coach believes his signing will be a turning point for the Trolls basketball program.

"I've known about him for a couple of years, and I'm really excited to get him," Walker said. "He will help our recruiting tremendously, especially in Michigan. He brings a bit more credibility to the College. Other kids in that region will take notice and want to be a part of what we're building.

"Ty's also a young man who can play right away. We don't have to wait for him to put on weight in order to compete at the collegiate level. You don't get too many kids like that, so we anticipate he will help us immediately."

DeWitte signed his letter at Unity Christian during a ceremony whose audience included Walker, Interim President Tony Diekema, and Vice President for Advancement and Admissions Pete Hamstra. The all-conference performer is listed as one of the top 10 high school centers in Michigan.

"I was looking for a Christian school with small class sizes," DeWitte said. "I like the players, and I feel very comfortable coming on board. Plus, there's so much to do (in Chicago). It's my favorite city of all (the schools I considered)."

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