Cornerstone picks up Grand Rapids C.C. transfer Alex Lyle, Powers grad Shane Moreland

June 21, 2012 in JUCO, NAIA

By Patrick Hayes

Cornerstone University got itself an immediate impact player with the addition of Grand Rapids Community College guard Alex Lyle. From the Cornerstone news release:

Lyle on why he chose Cornerstone: “I wanted to come to Cornerstone because of the welcoming and friendly environment. I also wanted to better my relationship with God and try to win another National Championship.”

Coach Kim Elders on Lyle: ”Alex is a tremendous addition to our program. He’s a very talented player and brings a lot of college experience with him to our team. Alex is athletic and can score in a lot of different ways. He’s a competitor and plays the game with a lot of intelligence. We’re excited that Alex has chosen to play his final two seasons at Cornerstone.”

Lyle, a Wayland High School standout, averaged 8.1 points per game last season for GRCC, a team that advanced to the NJCAA tournament. He was the tournament MVP in GRCC’s regional.

Cornerstone also picked up another intriguing name — Powers Catholic grad Shane Moreland. Moreland was a really good high school player and played briefly at a JUCO in Florida. From the Cornerstone news release:

Coach Elders on Moreland: “Shane is a talented player with the ability to score in multiple ways. He’s very crafty and is an excellent passer. Shane makes the other players better when he’s on the floor. He has a very high basketball IQ and is an unselfish player. Shane is solid defender and has a knack for coming up with steals and loose balls. We’re excited to have him in our program.”

Moreland on why he chose Cornerstone: “I’m looking forward to playing for Coach Elders and being part of his championship legacy at Cornerstone. My goal is to become the best person and player that I can be. I want to help lead the team back to the National Tournament with a chance to win another championship. Graduating with a degree from CU will be an accomplishment that will be with me forever as I continue down the path that God has created for me. I’m excited for next year to begin.”

Several JUCO players from Michigan this past season have now landed at four-year schools — Lansing Community College‘s Nate Duhon (story), Mott‘s Anthony Sisson (story) and Walter Davis (story), GRCC’s Derek Brooks (story), Indian Hills’ DeAndray Buckley (story), Oakland‘s  Ugochukwu Njoku (story), Kirtland‘s Stavros Schizas (story), Muskegon‘s Matt Stoll (story) and Macomb‘s Keith Paris (story). Plenty more talented sophomores are still in the recruiting process as well and should find new schools soon.