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2019 Rosters

2020 Event Schedule

May 8th-10th

2020 Wes Leonard Strength & Honor Tip Off Registration

15U / Soph-to-Be / 2023
Theo Borgman / West Ottawa
Kyle Cannon / Holland Christian
Jackson Bushu / Stevensville-Lakeshore
Grady Schippers / Allendale
Drake VanderWal / West Ottawa
Evan Janetzke / West Ottawa
Ben Petersen / Fennville
Carter Ball / Spring Lake
Bode Anspach / Fruitport
16U / Junior-to-Be / 2022
Carter VanManen - Jenison
Joey Riebel - WM Aviation Academy
Coby Mitchelson - Muskegon Reeths-Puffer
Andrew Tiemeyer - Allendale
Pierson Van Gorp - Forest Hills Central
Logan Mackenzie - Byron Center
Nathan Ribbens - Holland Christian
Jonas Bont - WM Aviation Academy
17U / Senior-to-Be / 2021
WML Black (Stezowski)
Drew Goodline / Coloma 
Nate Claerbaut / Zeeland East
Brandon Claerbaut / Zeeland East
Kendall Smith / Musk. RP
Trevor Smith / Hopkins
Jager Haverdink / Hamilton
Tyler Stezowski / Hamilton
Brennen McManus / North Muskegon
WML Purple (Soules)
Travis Zdanowski / West Catholic
JJ Bushu / Stevensville-Lakeshore
Gavin Foster / Stevensville-Lakeshore
Gavin Fisher / Fruitport
Sam Versteeg / GR Christian
Donovan Brown-Boyd / GR Christian
Trey Bolling / EGR
Jackson Zoulek / Byron Center


In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Gym Rats Basketball will be requiring facial coverings for all person(s) inside the facility during our events. We believe that by requiring facial coverings, we can better protect our athletes, coaches,officials, spectators, and staff. Masks will be available for anyone who does not have a mask accessible to them. Please see details below:


- Facial coverings MUST be worn while entering, exiting, and while not competing inside a facility


- Players, Coaches, and Officials are NOT required to wear a facial covering or mask – DURING PLAY ONLY

- Scorekeepers MUST wear a facial covering or mask


- Spectators MUST wear a facial covering while inside a facility during the tournament.

- Masks are available to anyone who does not have one.

-No admittance without a facial covering. NO EXCEPTIONS!


Each Facility will have one entrance and one exit.  All players, coaches, and spectators must exit the building immediately after your game concludes. 

Rosters are limited to 10 players, 2 coaches, and 1 scorekeeper. 

Spectators are limited to 1 parent/guardian/fan per player.  Daily admission will be sold at the front of each facility. Daily Admission will be $10 per person.

Pre-sale admission will be available, once ticket is purchased we will ask you return to your car until we open for your scheduled game.

We will have designated spots on the bleachers for spectators to adhere to social distancing. 

Sanitation stations will be throughout the building with disinfectant wipes for basketballs and hand sanitizer. 

Players should bring their own water bottle/drink.

There will be no post game handshake line. 

2020 Event Schedule
July 10-12 / Chicago Baylor Youth Basketball / Summer Jam
-Deerfield, Illinois 
July 16-19 / Grand Rapids Storm / Brawl for the Ball
-Ft. Wayne, Indiana
July 23-26 / Gym Rats / GRBS National Championships
-Ft. Wayne, Indiana
August 1-2 / TBD
**August Schedule is TBD
WML News & Notes:
(7.3.2020 @ 11:00m)
***Please check back to our website for any adjustments***
WML supporters and families, we are beginning to look over  team formation and schedules. We will have team information up in the next few days - please check back to our website - thank you.
Our primary mission as an organization is the 
safety and health of the players, families, staff and supporters.
Dear WML families, players, coaches, alumni and supporters:
Due to the latest COVID-19 updates and the many concerns/questions parents, communities and organizations are facing, we have officially postponed our tryout process. The West Michigan Laker Boys Basketball Program will continue to monitor this situation closely and have already begun taking steps to maximize players, coaches and parents safety during future tryouts. 
-WHEN or IF, we have the opportunity to resume  the 2021 Travel Basketball Season - the WML Organization will continue
the In-Person Try Out Process when given the green light. We will not ask Student-Athletes and families to make decisions without the face to face communication piece nor without having a chance to ask questions in a fluid setting.
-Kevin Tringali and Joe Soules
#LakerNation #StaySafe
***If you have any questions, please email or call Joe Soules***
616-889-9979 /

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Additionally, this is a moment to educate and emphasize
the seriousness of this situation with your family and Student-Athlete,
while also creating the space for players to talk
about their questions, fears, concerns, and ideas.
Here are some resources for parents to help talk with your player about the
COVID-19 outbreak, please click on the links below:

Upcoming Tournament Information

2019 Summer Slam & Jam in Lansing, MI (July 12th-14th)

Schedule and Team information will be posted as soon as we get it! Expect it around 7.10.2019.

2019 NY2LA Next Level Invite in Mequon, WI. (July 11th-14th)

Schedule and Team information will be posted as soon as we get it! Expect it around 7.7.2019.

2019 Brawl for the Ball in Grand Rapids, MI (July 19th-21st)

Schedule and Team information will be posted as soon as we get it! Expect it around 7.15.2019.

Wes Leonard Strength & Honor Tip Off
May 10th--12th, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan @ The Courthouse
To all of the teams, players, coaches,
families, fans and WML Alumni:
We appreciate all of the support and great
games as we showed the State of Michigan once again
why this is one of the best May events, year-in and year out!
-Kevin Tringali, Joe Soules, Zak Spryszak & Cyndl Tiemeyer

Sports Illustrated: The Legacy of Wes Leonard

7 years have passed, Wes remains with us every day in so many great ways.

Wes Leonard Strength & Honor Tip Off
14U / 8th Grade Champions;
Grand Rapids Storm - UA Future
15U / Soph-to-Be Champions;
Lakeshore Elite - Black
16U / Junior-to-Be Champions;
Grand Rapids Storm - NY2LA
17U / Senior-to-Be Champions;
West Michigan Lakers - Black
Congrats to these great teams!
WML 2018 Commitments 
Carter Nyp (Wayland) / Cornerstone
Sam Johnson (Spring Lake) / Claremont Mc Kenna College
Dan Cluster (Watervliet) / Spring Arbor University
Lukas Speidel (Copenhagen) / Nova Southeastern University
Kellum Bridgeforth (Grand Haven) / Grace Christian
Drew Pederson (West Ottawa) / Michigan
Jack VanWingen (Spring Lake) / Purdue
WML 2019 Commitments
Zach GoodLine / Oakland U. (Coloma)
Nate Deyman / Alma (Jenison)
Drew Moore / Olivet (FHN)
Cory Ainsworth / Cornerstone (Wayland)
Austin Braun / Grand Valley (GR Catholic)
Gabe Overway / Aquinas (Holland Christian)
DD Ware / Northwood (Muskegon)
Clayton Dykhouse / Hope (Zeeland East)
Ashton Pokorzynski / Grace Christian (Rockford)
Jay Shields / TBD (FHC)
Cory Dunn / Grace Christian (NPC)
Jason Fairfield / Davenport (West Ottawa)
Logan Karnemaat / Grace Christian (Fremont)
WML 2020 Commitments
Jaxson Halbert / Hope (Holland Christian)
Tanner Weigerink / Hope (West Ottawa)
Carter Chase / Calvin (Grant)
Owen Ross / (Grand Haven)
Blake Pedersen / Calvin (West Ottawa)
Lucas Lyyski / Indiana Tech (Spring Lake)
Eli Steffen / Cornerstone (Zeeland West)
Bryce Nyboer / Cornerstone (Allendale)
Anders Rassmussen / (Holland)
Ethan Clason / Hope (Jenison)
Aidan McCahill / (EGR)
Eric Rypstra / (North Muskegon)
Nic Wedeven / (Calvary)
Kyle Austin / (FHN)
Brady Deyman / (Jenison)
Jake Ritsema / (Jenison)
Jack Sheridan / (EGR)
Max Tucker / (EGR)
Micah Seats / (Lakeshore)
WML Coaches Corner
-Click the links below date for Thoughts of the Day-

April 16th, 2018

This is a great read for players and also parents! YOU ARE ALWAYS BEING WATCHED & EVALUATED!

April 19th, 2018

Great listen for players or coaches. Great info on how to handle the Live Periods & AAU in general. D1 and D2 coaches speaking.

April 22nd, 2018

5 Steps to being a Great Leader from USA Basketball

May 2nd, 2018 / (5) one min scoring moves

April 17th, 2018

9 Qualities of Leaders

April 20th, 2018

8 essential qualities that define leadership

April 23rd, 2018

4 Values of Great Leadership in Basketball and Business from Villanova Hoops

May 9th, 2018

The Five Pilars of Popovich

April 18th, 2018

6 Tips Coaches want every Sports Parent to know

April 21st, 2018

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

April 24th, 2018

A coaching style that could be a game changer

May 10th, 2018

My Only Golden Rule of Success