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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan basketball recruiting notebook — Claerbaut brothers ready to become Ferris St. Bulldogs

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, September 12, 2020, 12:30 am

The future in the Ferris State frontcourt is twice as nice as it was last week now that the Claerbaut boys are on board with the Bulldogs Class of ’21.

Ferris State grabbed commitments from Zeeland East’s Claerbaut twins last weekend, locking down a big part of the Bulldogs next recruiting crop. The 6-foot-10 Nate Claerbaut plays in the middle, 6-6 Brandon Claerbaut plies his trade on the wing.

Both Claerbaut boys busted loose for 14 points per night in 2020 on a 16-6 Chix squad that was ready to play for a district title when the season shut down in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nate cleared nine boards a game and Brandon shot close to 50 percent from 3-point range.

Under head coach Andy Bronkema, Ferris State has shot to national prominence at the Division II level. In 2018, the Bulldogs won the National Championship with a 38-1 record. Last winter, they finished 27-6.


Worthy firsts 

Marquette senior point guard Kam Karp was offered by Northern Michigan, his first college bid.

Ann Arbor Huron senior combo guard Devin Womack scooped a Lake Superior State offer, his first DII bid

Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian senior floor general Brady Titus collected his first Division I offer from Bethune-Cookman.


Rocketing into the Mitten

The University of Toledo stormed across the border into Michigan last week and made offers to Detroit King senior guard Omar Ziegler, Grand Rapids Catholic Central junior forward Jack Karasinski and Grand Rapids Northview junior wing Kyle Vanderjagt. This fall, expect to see Vanderjagt under center quarterbacking Northview’s football team.


What’s on the horizon

Goodrich two-sport star Aidan Rubio has decided to focus his recruiting on basketball. Rubio is a standout 6-6 point guard with bounce, swagger and court vision, but also excels on the gridiron as a thunder-bolt-armed and quick-footed quarterback. Morgan State offered him for football back in July.