April 16, 2014 - 11:39 AM
By Rodney McKissic
Add two more names to the ever expanding transfer list: St. Bonaventure's Matthias Runs and Jean Yves Toupane who the school announced will not return to the program.
These aren’t huge losses. Runs, a 7-foot sophomore center from Hilversum, Netherlands, played in just two games while Toupane, a 6-foot-7 forward from Dakar, Senegal, played in six and scored four points.
The only other Big 4 player who has elected to transfer thus far is Niagara's Tajere McCall.
January 28, 2014 - 12:22 PM
By Bob DiCesare
It's no surprise Canisius has finally cracked the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The surprise is that they debut at No. 22, 12 spots behind Manhattan despite leading the Jaspers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings and sitting three spots higher in the RPIs.
But the Griffs are satisfied that at least they're attracting some notice after winning 8 of their last 11 and maintaining a share of the conference lead with 8 games left on the MAAC schedule.
Wichita State tops the charts, of course, and owns all 31 first-place votes. Among the Big 4 conferences, Toledo is No. 3, Manhattan No. 10, Ohio No. 14 and Akron No. 16. The MAAC has two coaches on the poll, Jimmy Patsos of Siena and Tom Moore of conference newcomer Quinnipiac. The Mid-American Conference also has a pair: Tod Kowalczyk of Toledo and Steve Hawkins of Western Michigan.
It's been a good week for the Griffs on the publicity front. Billy Baron was named the Lute Olson national mid-major player of the week after totaling 70 points in wins over Niagara and Marist.
The collegeinsider.com poll:
||Wichita State (31)
||Stephen F. Austin
||North Dakota State
||New Mexico State
||UC Santa Barbara
||North Carolina Central
Notice that Chattanooga also slipped in at No. 25. Former UB player and assistant coach Turner Battle is an assistant with the Mocs.
August 27, 2013 - 2:05 PM
Count Urban Meyer among the growing list of admirers of UB linebacker Khalil Mack.
Meyer said during the Big Ten conference call on Tuesday that Mack could start for the nation's No. 2 ranked team. Asked about jumping to a quick start in Saturday's game against the Bulls, Meyer quickly turned his attention to Mack, the Butkus Award candidate, who already holds school records for tackles for loss (56) and forced fumbles (11).
"They have a linebacker who could certainly start for Ohio State," Meyer said. "He will be a great NFL player. The more I watch him - I watched him during the summer but not with the same intensity as I've watched the last few days. Excellent player."
By Rodney McKissic
The Niagara University women’s basketball team will
enter next season minus three major contributors.
Starters Lauren Gatto and Kayla Stroman reserve Shy
Britton will not return to the team, Niagara athletic department spokesman Derick
Thornton confirmed on Tuesday.
Gatto and Stroman both received their degrees this
month while Britton was dismissed from the team for a violation of the school’s
student athlete’s code of conduct.
The 6-foot-2 Gatto will be difficult to replace. The
Illinois-Chicago transfer led the team in scoring (14.0), rebounding (6.2) and
field-goal percentage (49.0 percent). She graduated with a master’s degree in
business management and had a year of eligibility remaining.
Stroman, who also earned a business management
degree, was a fixture at point guard in her three-plus seasons at Niagara. She
started all 31 games as a freshman before her sophomore season was cut
short by a knee injury. Stroman, who had one season of eligibility remaining, started
the next 63 games of her career, including 31 last season when she averaged 6.6
points and a team-high 4.0 assists.
Britton saw action in 30 games last season and
started five while averaging 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds.
By BOB DICESARE
Think of Penn State University and you probably think of the system’s flagship school in State College, Pa., not Penn State-Behrend or Penn State-Altoona.
Think of Ohio State University and surely the location that comes to mind is Columbus, not the satellites in Lima, Mansfield or Newark.
But when people outside of Buffalo think of the State University of New York, who knows what they’re thinking? Are we talking Binghamton? Albany? Stony Brook? Or any of the other schools that comprise the SUNY system?
The absence of a a clear-cut flagship entity and the opportunity to lay claim to being "The" State University of New York has been the motivation behind a movement within the University at Buffalo athletic department first reported on The Buffalo News “Campus Watch” blog in early April.
Continue reading "UB or not UB, Part II" »
By Rodney McKissic
Canisius gained some much needed help in their backcourt with the addition of former Stetson guard Chris Perez.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Perez, who also played one season at Liberty, has already graduated from Stetson and will be eligible to play immediately. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
Perez is expected to fill the void created by the graduation of Isaac Sosa, the Golden Griffins' third-leading scorer behind Billy Baron and Harold Washington at 11.6 points a game.
Canisius not only loses both Sosa and Washington but reserve guards Alshwan Hymes and Reggie Groves, who had one season of eligibility remaining but has graduated and will not return to the team.
Also not returning are a pair of freshmen: Guard Jermaine Johnson, who will transfer to a junior college, and forward Tyrel Edwards who is seeking to attend an NAIA school.
In 31 games including 30 starts, Perez was Stetson's second-leading scorer at 15.1 points. He shot 48.6 percent from the floor overall and 31.1 percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds and led the team in steals with 35.
By Rodney McKissic
The mass exedous from Niagara in the wake of Joe Mihalich's departure continues with freshman T.J. Cline giving a verbal commitment to attend Richmond according to a source.
Cline, the son of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, visited Charlotte last week and informed the 49ers staff on Saturday that he would attend Richmond. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Cline was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team after averaging 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 33 games. He also led the Purple Eagles in 3-point shooting percentage with 33.6 percent.
Cline must sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules, but will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. The news comes just days after Juan'ya Green and Ameen Tanksley joined Mihalich at Hofstra.
By BOB DICESARE
Niagara coach Chris Casey has landed his first recruit as he strives to stablize a Niagara basketball program that continues to be hit by defections.
Niagara has signed Karonn Davis, 6-2 combo guard from Friends Central near Philly, but sources say the Purple Eagles are losing senior-to-be Malcolm Lemmons, who has elected to transfer. Lemmons, a reserve guard, joins All-MAAC guard Juan'ya Green and rebounding leader Ameen Tanksley on the transfer wagon that's crowding since coach Joe Mihalich was announced as the new head coach at Hofstra. Sources say Green and Tanksley are preparing to visit Hofstra, which was not forbidden when they were granted their transfers by the Purple Eagles.
Could another defection be forthcoming?
Continue reading "The Ins and Outs at Niagara" »
---St. Bonaventure announced the signing of Denzel
Gregg, a 6-foot-7 forward from Syracuse, who played his last two seasons at St.
Thomas More Prep School in Connecticut.
Gregg helped St. Thomas to a 24-8 record and a spot
in the National Prep School Tournament semifinals this past season. Gregg
averaged 12 points and six rebounds a game for a balanced team that featured 10
players who received college scholarships.
“We’re most excited about Denzel's tremendous
upside,” Schmidt said in a statement released by the school about the
17-year-old Gregg. “He's a long, athletic forward whose versatility will allow
him to guard multiple positions at the defensive end and create mismatches on the
offensive side of the ball.”
ESPN College Basketball analysts graded Gregg as one
the top-125 class of 2013 forwards in the nation, and the New England
Basketball Recruiting Report ranked him as the No. 22 overall prospect in his
An ESPN analyst had the following to say about the
“Gregg is an explosive athlete with incredible
leaping ability. He's as quick off his feet as he is high above the rim, a
terrific lob catcher and the type of finisher who can instantly change the
momentum of a game.”
Gregg is St. Bonaventure’s first commitment this
Niagara named Chris Casey its new men’s basketball
coach Monday, ending a 12-day search to replace Joe Mihalich, who departed for
Hofstra after 15 seasons.
Casey spent the last three seasons at Long Island
University Post, where he took the Pioneers to two Division II NCAA Tournaments
in 2012 and 2013, finishing with a 62-25 record. In 2011-12, Casey was named East Coast Conference
coach of the year and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division
II coach of the year.
This season, LIU Post finished with an 18-9 record
and finished tied for second in the conference with a 13-5 ECC record, which
was a determining factor Niagara, which returns its core group after claiming
the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season championship.
All of Niagara’s players attended Monday’s press
conference to announce Casey’s hiring and Casey has three scholarships to fill.
The Purple Eagles last NCAA appearance was in 2007.