Norse Ink Six Men’s Basketball Recruits

Jace Briggs
Jace Briggs signs letter of intent with Norse

Tyler Willette
Tyler Willette signs letter of intent with Norse

Caleb Maki
Caleb Maki signs letter of intent with Norse

Bay College Men’s Basketball coach, Matt Johnson announced the signing of six student-athletes to NJCAA National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon. 

“We are extremely excited to add this group of young men to our team for 2017-18,” Johnson said. “These players are very athletic, aggressive, and skilled.  They are great players, who will add a lot to our program.  More importantly than that, they are good quality young-men, who will help us build a very solid foundation for our program.” 

The six signees include Dre’ Tuominen, Marcus McKenney, Tyler Willette, Rasonte Smith, Caleb Maki, and Jace Briggs. 

Tuominen, a 5’11” point guard from Negaunee, was tabbed the 2017 Mid-Peninsula Conference (MI) Player of The Year.  A First Team Class C All State selection and All-UP Dream Team selection, he averaged 20 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds per game as a senior.  A four year varsity award winner, he was selected First Team All-Conference and First Team All-UP as  junior and First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-UP as a sophomore. 

McKenney, a 5’11” point guard from Menominee, was a 2017 First Team Great Northern Conference (MI) selection and 2017 All-UP Second Team selection.  A 4 year varsity basketball award winner, he was a 2 year team captain and a member of the 2015-16 UP Class ABC team of the Year.  McKenney was also a standout on the 2016 state finalist football team. He was selected First Team All-Conference and All-UP honorable mention on the grid iron. 

Willette, a 6’4” forward from Escanaba, was tabbed 2017 Great Northern Conference (MI) Co-Player of the Year.  An All-UP First Team selection, he averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals as a senior.  He was selected Second Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-UP as a junior. 

Smith, a 6’2” guard from Indianapolis Metropolitan High School (IN) averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks per game as a senior.  The four year varsity award winner was a member of the regional championship team as a freshmen.

Maki, a 6’0” guard from Painsdale-Jeffers was tabbed First Team Copper Mountain Conference (MI) as well as Honorable Mention All-UP.  A 3 year varsity letter winner and two year team captain, Maki averaged 16 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals per game as a senior, on the16-4 team. 

Briggs, a 6’2” wing from Bark River-Harris was a 2017 Second Team Skyline-CUP Conference (MI) selection.  Briggs averaged 12.5 points on a team that had a record of 16-5.  Briggs also had success on the football field as an All-Conference selection as quarterback and an All-UP selection as a defensive back. 

The six signees join, Joe Gibbs of Gladstone and Darien Nichols of Manistique, who signed with the Norse in October. 

For more information please visit or contact Matt Johnson, Director of Athletics at 906-217-4134 or email
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