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Rodriguez and Dekkenga ink up with Cornerstone

Two days after getting a signature from Bellaire’s Gabe Meriweather, the Cornerstone Golden Eagles inked a couple of talented West Michigan ballers in Godwin Heights’ Christian Rodriguez and Coopersville’s Nick Dekkenga on Friday.

Christian Rodriguez Godwin CornerstoneRodriguez needed no assistance putting his name on the dotted line after leading the Wolverines to a 22-2 season (14-0 in the OK-Silver). Known as a true point guard, Rodriguez had the ball in his hands early and often for Godwin, leading the charge for “Dunk City”. He averaged over five assists and four steals per game this past season. Dominating the local scene and winning the OK-Silver, Godwin’s only losses this season were to eventual Class A State runner-up GR Christian late in the regular season and to Williamston in the Class B Regional Semi-Finals.

Coach Tyler Whittemore told in February, “has great court-vision and always has his eyes up for his teammates…is a great passer and efficient scorer all over the court.”.

At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Rodriguez will have to bulk up a bit and add some muscle in the tough Wolverine-Hoosier Conference, but he’s already bigger than outgoing senior point guard Mike McLaughlin. That bodes well for Golden Eagles coach Kim Elders.

Nick Dekkenga is one of the most underrated players in the area, according to Coopersville coach Pete Van Kampen.

Nick Dekkenga Coopersville CornerstoneDekkenga, a 5-foot-11 guard averaged over 20 points per game for his high school career. His 18.4 ppg during his sophomore campaign put him in sixth place in West Michigan and earned him Class B Honorable Mention from the Detroit Free Press.
This season, Dekkenga elapsed the 1,000 point mark in January, doing so in just three seasons after missing his freshman year due to a back injury. Three weeks later, he set the Broncos scoring record with a 51-point outing against Mona Shores.

With the graduation of senior shooter Cory Cox, Dekkenga has a chance to step in and fill a role right away for the Golden Eagles. Current players Riley Costen and Kyle Steigenga joined coach Elders earlier today in Coopersville as Dekkenga signed his commitment papers.

Follow these incoming freshmen on Twitter. Rodriguez has the handle @Assist_K1ng and Dekkenga styles with @NDekkenga.

Don’t forget to follow @CornerstoneMBB and @BeerCityHoops while you’re at it.



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