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Grand Valley State Men's Basketball Camps

Coaching Staff

J.R. Wallace
Assistant Coach

Lawrence "J.R." Wallace is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach at GVSU during the 2017-18 campaign, having joined the Laker coaching staff prior to the 2014-15 season.

During Wallace's time on the Laker coaching staff, Grand Valley State is 47-39 overall. The Lakers finished 16-13 (12-9 GLIAC) in 2016-17, which came after an 18-11 record (12-10 GLIAC) in 2015-16. In his inaugural year on the bench, Wallace and Grand Valley State finished 13-15 overall (9-13 GLIAC).

Over the past three years, GVSU has totaled five All-GLIAC selections and placed a player on the 10-member GLIAC All-Defensive Team in all three seasons. Grand Valley State has appeared in the conference tournament in each of the past two years.

In 2016-17, the Lakers led the GLIAC in points per game allowed (67.4), opponents' field goal percentage (39.2), and rebounding margin (+6.1). The team's 39.2 opponents' shooting percentage was tied for second-best in all of Division II, while GVSU finished 19th in the country in scoring defense.

GVSU was second in the league in points per game allowed (68.1) and opponents' field goal percentage (40.9) in 2015-16, while leading the league with a +6.9 rebounding margin, as well as free throws made (16.9) and attempted (24.7) per game.

Grand Valley State also led the conference in free throws made (19.8) and attempted (26.9) during Wallace's first year, while ranking second and third in opponents' three-point percentage (32.9) and field goal percentage (41.7), respectively in 2014-15.

Originally from Muskegon and now living in Wyoming, Wallace has worked at a number of youth camps, clinics, and through the AAU basketball level. He most recently worked with the Grand Rapids Storm AAU team and as a youth advocate at Wyoming Junior High School.

Wallace had a productive career at Central Michigan, which was capped off by a strong senior season. After playing in 62 games during his first three years at CMU, he took his game to the next level as a senior in 2002-03. Named an All-Mid American Conference Honorable Mention selection, Wallace averaged 14.3 points per game and knocked down 59 three-pointers.

He had terrific shooting percentages that season, making 49.5 percent of his overall attempts, connecting on 39.9 percent of his triple tries, and shooting 86.9 percent at the free throw line. The free throw figure is the sixth-best in a single season in Central Michigan history. Wallace’s 105 assists in 2002-03 led the Chippewas, while he also was the CMU leader in steals during the 2001-02 (1.2 steals per game) and 2002-03 (1.6) seasons.

A four-year letterwinner at Central Michigan, Wallace won a pair of MAC championships in 2001 and 2003 and earned MAC All-Tournament Team honors in 2003. He was a captain on the 2003 Chippewa team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

He has enjoyed a very nice professional career, playing in Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Venezuela, where he enjoyed a few league championships and all-star game appearances. During his high school career at Reeths-Puffer High School, Wallace was a First Team All-State selection and finished sixth in the voting for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 1999. He ended up as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Wallace is the brother of former Laker players Jerry (2003-06) and Marcus (2004-05). In 2012, J.R., Jerry, and Marcus co-founded the Wallace Brothers Basketball Youth Camp in Muskegon. Their uncle, Mark Hughes, played at Michigan and in the NBA and is currently the Director of Scouting for the New York Knicks.

In 2013, J.R. completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State and received his Master's degree from GVSU in May 2016. Just two months earlier, J.R. and his wife Angel welcomed their son L.J. to the family.


Taylor Johnson
Assistant Coach

Taylor Johnson is entering his second year on the GVSU coaching staff in the 2017-18 campaign. Johnson was named an assistant coach on the Laker staff on July 7, 2016 after spending the previous three years as a graduate assistant at North Carolina State.

Grand Valley State finished 16-13 in 2016-17, with a 12-9 conference record and a berth in the GLIAC Tournament. The Lakers placed two players on the All-GLIAC Second Team and another on the conference's 10-member All-Defensive Team.

In 2016-17, the Lakers led the GLIAC in points per game allowed (67.4), opponents' field goal percentage (39.2), and rebounding margin (+6.1). The team's 39.2 opponents' shooting percentage was tied for second-best in all of Division II, while GVSU finished 19th in the country in scoring defense.

During his three seasons at NC State, Johnson was given a number of responsiblities, including coordinating the filming of practices and games, editing game film and handling film exchange, player analysis, and opponent scouting. He also assisted in arranging on-campus recruiting activities and tracking student-athletes' academic progress. Johnson was instrumental in assisting with Mark Gottfried Summer Basketball camps, the head coach at NC State.

The Wolfpack totaled a 59-46 overall record in Johnson's three years on staff. In his first season of 2013-14, NC State finished 21-15 and advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, while defeating Xavier in the NCAA Tournament. The following year, the Wolfpack went 22-14 and had a number of big victories en route to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. NC State upset #2 Duke in an 87-75 home win, while also knocking off #15 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 58-46.

In the 2014-15 postseason, the Wolfpack defeated LSU and Villanova in the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament before falling in the Sweet Sixteen. NC State finished 16-17 in the 2015-16 campaign, but scored a top-25 victory by taking down #22 LSU by an 83-72 score in Brooklyn, NY.

Prior to his arrival at NC State, Johnson spent two years as the head student manager at Western Michigan. In his first year at WMU, the Broncos finished 21-13 and won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division championship.

Johnson also worked for a year as a volunteer student assistant and recruiting coordinator at Southeastern, an NAIA institution in Lakeland, Fla. While at Southeastern, he helped sign five student-athletes, including the program's first-ever Florida Top-50 recruit.

He has coached at multiple basketball camps including Michigan State, Oakland, Detroit Pistons Year Round Hoops, Bankhoops, Camp Darryl, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, among others.

Johnson graduated from Western Michigan in 2013 with honors in organizational communications and business. He also received his Master's degree in Family and Youth Studies from North Carolina State.


Zak Spryszak
Student Assistant

 

 

 

 


Connor Wesley
Student Assistant