UNCG signs Korey VanDussen to men's basketball NLI
GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro men's basketball coach Mike Dement received another National Letter of Intent commitment on Wednesday when Zeeland, MI, native Korey VanDussen signed a letter to enroll at the university.
VanDussen (pronounced Van DUH-sin) finished third in the Mr. Michigan Basketball balloting this year after leading Zeeland East to the Class B state finals and a 27-1 record. Zeeland East won its first district title in 30 years and first regional crown since 1947 behind VanDussen's 20.1 points per contest. The squad made its first state title game appearance since 1936, falling to Flint Powers at Michigan State's Breslin Center for its only setback of the season.
"We are really pleased that Korey and his family have decided to join our program," said Dement. "I watched Korey have a great run in the latter part of his state tournament and, obviously, he had a great senior season as a player and his team did as a whole."
VanDussen joins guard 6-2 Kyle Randall (Youngstown, OH / Kennedy Catholic [PA]) and 6-8 forward Brian Cole (Dacula, GA / Dacula HS) in the Spartans' incoming class for next season. Randall averaged 26.5 points per game this past season and was the Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year. Randall is rated one of the Top 30 point guards in the nation by ESPN and Scouts, Inc. Cole was a first-team all-region selection (8-AAAAA) again this season and averaged 19 points per contest, including a career 33 against Parkview this season. Cole is rated one of the Top 40 centers in the nation by ESPN and Scouts, Inc.
"He is a true combo guard who can really score in bunches," Dement said. "As a ball handler, he sees the floor very well and delivers timely passes in a similar manner to a few of the better guards in our league. He has obviously had excellent coaches in his programs as he is very sound defensively, knows the game and plays with a basketball intelligence any coach can appreciate.
"Korey comes from a great family and we are fortunate that they have chosen UNCG to continue his education and basketball career. We look forward to getting him on campus this summer."
A four-year starter, the 6-2, 175-pound VanDussen was a two-time Class B All-State selection and two-time Area Player of the Year. He shot 55 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the free throw line, while also averaging 6.1 assists per game this past season. He averaged better than 20 points per game despite averaging less than 20 minutes per contest because of his team's dominance.
VanDussen scored in double figures in 23 of 28 games this season, including 20 or more points 14 times. He had a season-high 36 points against Allendale in the district tournament.
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