Ferris Women's Basketball Inks Katie Mavis

Big Rapids, Mich. - Another talented prep basketball player will bring her skills to Ferris State University as the Bulldogs today (Dec. 5) announced the signing of Katie Mavis (St. Joseph) to a national letter-of-intent during the fall signing period.

The 5-8 Mavis earned both Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) and Detroit Free Press All-State honors a year ago and is currently starting her senior campaign as a two-time team captain this winter for St. Joseph High School.

A three-sport standout at the prep level, Mavis tallied 13.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest as a junior guard in 2009-10 under head coach Jeff Wallace.  She helped St. Joseph to 16 wins and its second consecutive district championship a year ago after winning the school's first in 15 years during the 2008-09 season.

"Katie is an exceptional athlete and we believe her best basketball is definitely ahead of her at the collegiate level," said FSU head coach Tracey Dorow.  "Once she gets to focus solely on basketball, she'll find that she's able to do things she probably never even dreamed of doing.

"Our expectations of Katie are very high as she is a fierce competitor and used to winning," she added.

The two-time all-conference honoree was recognized as one of the state's top 100 players by the Detroit Free Press and earned team Most Valuable Player Award laurels for the second-straight season a year ago.  She's also been a two-time South Bend Tribune All-Area honoree and was a member of Michigan's USA Junior National Basketball Team in 2010.
 
"Katie's at her best in the open court, but she can also knock down the trey and create opportunities for her teammates," Dorow said. "She's a two-guard who's capable of running the point.  We're thrilled Katie will be joining us."

Mavis scored 14.6 points per game and averaged more than four assists and four rebounds apiece as a sophomore in 2008-09 after totaling seven points and three boards per contest her freshman season.

In addition to basketball, Mavis has also competed at the varsity level in both volleyball and softball while earning team MVP kudos in both sports. She was an all-conference and academic all-state pick in both sports as well as being tabbed as a 2010 Berrien County Athlete of the Year finalist.

On the diamond, Mavis claimed all-district and all-region accolades last year. Additionally, she set a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) record for most assists in a five-game set in 2009 on the volleyball court before helping St. Joseph to a district volleyball crown this past fall.

Besides athletics, Mavis has also been active in her school and community.  She has served as a senior mentor and volunteered for youth fairs, a readiness center and school beautification projects. Also, she's participated in Young Life, Student Senate, Key Club and was the sports editor for her high school newspaper.  In 2010, the National Honor Society member was the Berrien County Athlete of the Week for exemplary student citizenship.

Mavis is the daughter of Marc and Cathy Mavis and plans to major in dental hygiene at FSU.  She joins earlier signee Morgan Miller (Brownsburg, Ind.) 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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