FSU Basketball Signs Okemos' Hannah Hoffman

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Big Rapids, Mich. - A third prep player has announced her intentions to join the Ferris State women's basketball program as Hannah Hoffman (Okemos) recently inked with the Bulldogs' during the fall signing period as part of the 2011 recruiting class.

The 6-3 prep center is presently a senior for Okemos High School during the 2010-11 high school girls basketball campaign.

Hoffman ranked as the Chieftains' second-leading scorer and rebounder a year ago when she tallied 11 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest as Okemos posted a 14-8 overall record.  She claimed honorable mention all-conference along with Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class A All-Area accolades and was recently tabbed as the squad's captain for her senior campaign.  Last year, she also tallied 3.2 blocked shots per outing.

"Hannah will be very tough to defend in our system," said 13th-year FSU head coach Tracey Dorow.  "Most post players get to college and have to learn how to keep the ball high, but Hannah has learned many basic fundamentals that will really make her transition to playing collegiate basketball much more smooth.  

"She has a very soft touch and finishes extremely well around the basket as well," Dorow added.     

A three-year varsity player, Hoffman was also a standout middle hitter on Okemos' prep volleyball team this past fall.  Her play on the hardwood a year ago helped OHS to a third-place finish in the Capital Area Activites Conference Blue Division under head coach Tyler Hursey.

"Defensively, Hannah has a knack for blocking and altering shots and she is a very solid rebounder because she moves so well," Dorow said.  "We are eager to start working with her at Ferris State and I don't think she even realizes how good she could be yet.  

"Hannah's personality was also a perfect fit with our players.  She seemed right at home on her visit and always had a smile on her face, which ultimately is the sign of a great recruit because when you are happy where you are, you are much more likely to succeed," added Dorow.

As a prepster, Hoffman has earned three varsity letters in basketball, two in volleyball along with four in track and field.

The daughter of Steven and Jennifer Hoffman, she remains undecided on an academic major at FSU.  Besides athletics, she has also been active in various community service initiatives including working with special needs children, helping the homeless, visiting retirement homes, going on mission trips and serving at an animal shelter.

Hoffman joins previous signees Morgan Miller (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Katie Mavis (St. Joseph) as members of FSU's 2011 recruiting class to date.

The Bulldogs are presently off to a 4-2 overall start this campaign and will continue Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action by visiting Hillsdale on Tuesday (Dec. 7) evening for an 8 p.m. (ET) league game. 

FSU then hosts Northwood on Saturday (Dec. 11) with the conference tilt set to tipoff at 3 p.m. (ET) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

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