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Wayland's Dilon Aten Signs Early with Mens Basketball
The Cornerstone University Mens Basketball future remains bright with the signing of its first recruit for the 2015 class. Dilon Aten, a 6-1 point guard, is the lastest player from Wayland-Union High School to come to CU and play for the Golden Eagles. He follows former WUHS stars Wes Hudson, Justin Pepper and Alex Lyle.
Aten, a Bank Hoops 1st Team All-State performer in 2014, has been on the Wildcat varsity team since he was a freshman. As a frosh, he averaged 8.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 2.7 APG and was selected to the All-County 1st Team.
During his sophomore campaign, Aten was once again named to the All-County 1st Team while averaging 13.4 PPG. The 1st Team OK Gold selection also averaged 3.7 APG and grabbed 3.4 RPG. Aten was named to several postseason teams that season, including Bank Hoops All-State Honorable Mention and All-Area Honorable Mention. He also had a team-high 2.1 steals/game and recorded the 7th best free throw percentage in Michigan with a 87% accuracy from the line.
Aten's numbers continued to soar during his junior season. He averaged a team-high 19.2 PPG while handing out almost 6 assists/game. Aten led his team to District and Regional titles before his Wildcats were knocked out of the Class B state tournament in the Quarterfinals. Post-season accalades continued to stack up for Aten. The Wildcat's team captain earned All-County honors for the third consecutive year. Besides being named to the Bank Hoops All-State 1st Team, Aten was also selected to the Detroit Free Press All-State Team. He was recognized by the Grand Rapids Press being selected to the All-Area 2nd Team.
Aten was an OK Gold 1st Team selection for the second consecutive time in '13-'14. He scored a career-high 32 points versus Forest Hills Eastern on January 27. Aten, who also recorded career-highs with nine assists, 12 rebounds and 10 steals last season, shot 81% from the line and 42% from behind the arc. He helped his team capture the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament in December, earning MVP honors for his efforts. Aten averaged career-highs in rebounds/game (6.8) and steals/game (4.2) last season while leading Wayland-Union to a 21-5 record.
Aten, who attended several Golden Eagle Basketball Camps while growing up, has scored 975 career points at WUHS during his first three seasons. The all-around player has also pulled down 300 career rebounds, dished out 285 career assists and recorded 189 career steals to date.
Says Coach Elders about Dilon: "Dilon is a tremendous point guard. We believe that he's the best lead guard in the area and also one of the best in the state. He sees the court so well and does a terrific job of facilitating the offense. Dilon is an unselfish player and has a knack for finding the open man at the right time. He has excellent handles and can break down defenses with his dribble penetration. Besides running the offense and setting up his teammates, Dilon can score points in a lot of different ways. He's a complete player and he does so many things well, including rebounding and defending."
"As good as a player that Dilon is, he's equally as good a person. He's a tremendous fit for both our university and basketball program. We couldn't be more thrilled to have Dilon commit to us before his senior season begins."
Dilon on why he chose Cornerstone: "I chose Cornerstone University because I felt it was the best opportunity for me to grow spiritually. I am excited about having an opportunity to build relationships that will last a life time. Cornerstone has a rich tradition of winning and I believe we will compete for National Championships each year."
Kevin T. Wickliffe, 41, passed away suddenly in Santa Clara, California on the morning of July 13, 2014. Kevin was born on January 31, 1973 at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan to Betty Ann Wickliffe. Raised in both Royal Oak Township, and the city of Royal Oak, Michigan, he graduated from Kimball High School in 1991 and Cornerstone University in 1996. Kevin was in awe of his children. He delighted in their wit, humor, laughter, and hard work ethic. He was overcome with joy and pride at the recent graduation of Daryenne from Cal Poly University. He was equally proud of Jase's creativity and hard work in school and on the basketball court. He loved to watch Daryenne run track and Jase play basketball. Kevin was a lifelong learner and lover of words. Always reading, trying to improve, and looking for the perfect words to convey his humor, thoughts, and stories. Basketball was a passion that Kevin carried through his lifetime. Kevin scored 1,531 points during his basketball career at Cornerstone. He was the JV coach at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara for the past four years. He was proud of all his players, especially when they executed their "lemons" play. They won league last season. Kevin was constantly studying, teaching, and talking about the game. He was also an avid golfer. If you met Kevin, you remembered him. Outspoken and quick to joke, he had a booming and infectious laugh. Kevin is survived by his children, Daryenne Ann Elyzabeth and Jase Rand; his wife of many years, Sonya; Uncle Roy Wickliffe (Diane), his beloved Aunt Ossie Dixon (Jollie), Uncle Lamont Wickliffe (Diedre); cousins: Roy, Regina, Steven; his in-laws Larry and Esther LeFebre, and a host of cousins and relatives. Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ann and his beloved grandmother, Ernestine Wickliffe. For those who knew and loved Kevin, the best way to honor his memory is to never stop seeking, learning, and improving. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5-9 p.m. at Bowers Park Building, 2585 Cabrillo Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051. Please come to the memorial service and share your memories. The family requests that in lieu of flowers; send donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley.
Drew Losee, who prepped at Auburn Hills Oakland Christian High School, recently signed his Letter of Intent to play basketball at Cornerstone University beginning in the fall of 2014. Losee led his team to an 18-3 record this past season and was named to the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference (MIAC) 2nd Team. The 5-10 point guard averaged eight points/game while dishing out five assists/game for the Lancers. The two-year captain also grabbed three rebounds/contest during the 2013-14 campaign.
Prior to Oakland Christian, Losee played two years of varsity basketball at Lake Orion High School. He started at LOHS and averaged 5 PPG and 3 APG as a sophomore. That season Losee helped his team to both a District Championship and Regional Championship before bowing out in the State quarterfinals to L'Anse Creuse North.
Losee had season-highs in both points and assists with 22 points and 11 assists versus Westside Christian on January 21.
Losee also played soccer at OCHS and earned 2nd Team MIAC honors as well. As a forward, he scored six goals and had four assists and helped his team to a 11-5 record for the season.
Coach Elders on Drew: "Drew is a strong, crafty point guard who doesn't back down from anything. He has a tremendous work-ethic and a very high basketball IQ. We're excited that Drew has chosen to come to Cornerstone to continue his education and play basketball."
Drew on why he chose Cornerstone: "I chose Cornerstone because I wanted to continue my growth in becoming a man of Christ while receiving an excellent education. I also felt like Cornerstone's basketball program was a great fit for me. I really clicked with the players on the team and my style of play fits the direction of the program very well."
Besides his athletic achievements, Losee has also been outstanding in the classroom by maintaining a 3.69 GPA. He will be majoring in Secondary Education at Cornerstone.
Drew is the son of Karen Schmitt Losee.
The Cornerstone men's basketball team added its second out-of-state player with the signing of Lance Martin on May 7. Martin, who hails from Kingman, AZ, had a very successful athletic career at Kingman Academy High School. The 6-5 shooting guard was a starter on the CAA 3A State championship team during his junior year. Martin also won two CAA State Championships (2010 & 2013) on the KAHS baseball team as well.
Martin averaged 11 PPG and was selected to the Division III AIA All-Section team in 2013-14. He grabbed a team-high 9 RPG and also led the Tigers in blocked shots with 2/game. Martin was also named to the Division III Colorado River Region 1st Team after his senior campaign.
Martin had career-highs of 26 points and 17 rebounds while leading his team to an 18-3 record this past season. He recorded a double-double on December 13 with 22 points and 14 rebounds versus Northwest Christian.
Martin recently concluded his final baseball season at Kingman after his team bowed out in the second round of the state tournament. The third baseman/outfielder finished with a .280 batting average. He hit the first grand slam of his career this spring on Senior Night. The Tigers had a 15-4 record.
Coach Elders on Lance: "Lance is a very good player with a terrific upside. We're excited about him joining our program. He has great size for a guard and can score in a lot of different ways. Lance has the ability to take the ball to the basket and finish as well as knock down perimeter shots. He's a great fit for our program."
Lance on why he chose Cornerstone: "I chose Cornerstone University because of the family atmosphere and strong basketball tradition. I look forward to being a Golden Eagle."
Martin is the son of Jeff and Leslie Martin. An outstanding student in the classroom with a 3.7 GPA, Martin plans on majoring in Biology at Cornerstone.
The Men's Basketball Team recently added to their roster their first out of state recruit with the signing of Michael Bradshaw from Crystal Lake, IL. Bradshaw, who prepped at 4-A Prairie Ridge High School, averaged 16 PPG this past season. The 6-3 combo guard earned 1st Team Fox Valley All-Conference honors both his junior and senior years.
Bradshaw is Prairie Ridge's all-time career 3-pointer leader with 139. He was crowned the Regional 3-point shooting champion in 2012 and 2014. Bradshaw drained 53 treys as a senior. The 4-year varsity starter was named to the Northwest Herald 1st Team this past season and was a participant in the McHenry All-Star game on April 13 where scored eight points. Bradshaw also averaged four rebounds, three assists and two steals/game for the Wolves during 2013-14 campaign. He made 43% of his shots beyond the arc and shot 79% from the line.
Bradshaw finished his career with 985 points. He scored a career-high 38 point vs. Mundelein Carmel HS on November 26, 2012. Bradshaw was named the Crystal Lake Service Award winner in 2014, an honor which is awarded to a high school student for exemplary service to youth and academic achievement.
Coach Elders on Michael: "Michael is a great fit for our university and our basketball program. He's a young man who has his priorities in order. As a basketball player, Michael has very good size as a guard at our level. He has a very good basketball IQ and is an excellent perimeter shooter. Michael is a team player and has a very good work-ethic. He will have a successful career here at Cornerstone."
Michael on why he chose Cornerstone: "Cornerstone has a beautiful campus and awesome facilities, but I chose Cornerstone because it's a place where I can grow in all areas of my life. It's a campus where Jesus Christ is the center and I want to be at a college where I can grow in my relationship with Christ. Cornerstone is an awesome place for me to grow as a student, basketball player and most importantly, as a follower of Jesus Christ. Cornerstone is a perfect fit for me and I can't wait to see what God has planned for me during the next four years."
Bradshaw is the son of Greg and Kris Bradshaw. He will major in Physical Education at Cornerstone.