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Whether you’ve been paying attention to it or not, the National Basketball League (NBA), as it is right now, has never been more popular (or exciting).   A major contributing factor has been this summer’s offseason of blockbuster trades and franchise-altering free-agency signings that have an equivalent amount of drama as an episode of Game of Thrones.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Myles Miller (12) moves in to the paint during the game versus Findlay at the University of Findlay on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

The hustle continues

The Grand Valley State men's basketball team’s season came to an end in late February in GLIAC Tournament action with a 67-59 loss to Findlay. The Lakers, who closed the 2016-17 season 16-13 overall, said goodbye to three seniors in Trevin Alexander, Luke Ryskamp and Juwan Starks. As players leave and seasons end, new young and hungry prospects show up to GVSU summer camps hoping to impress the coaches and get an offer to join Laker basketball.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Juwan Starks (22) looks to pass during the game versus Findlay at the University of Findlay on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

GVSU men's basketball ends year with 67-59 loss to Findlay in first round of GLIAC Tournament

Outside of the locker room after the game, Grand Valley State senior guard Luke Ryskamp gave a big hug to senior forward Trevin Alexander. The two players, who were named to the All-GLIAC Second Team this year, have been have played countless games together since they joined the program in 2012 and their names have been synonymous with GVSU hoops the last four seasons. That entire era, from the day they walked on the practice court as spry freshmen to the last time they posed for pictures at Fieldhouse Arena, came to an end Tuesday night.