Monday, April 21, 2014

Vinnie Zollo to Visit Cleveland State this week

Junior college forward Vinny Zollo will take an official visit to Cleveland State this week, according to

Zollo, a 6-foot-8 forward, spent his sophomore year at Northwest Florida State (Junior) College where he averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game.

He has some Division I experience as he played his freshman season at Western Kentucky where he averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 35 games.

The Greenfield, Ohio native has also drawn interest from Missouri State, Coastal Carolina and San Jose State.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ismaila Dauda transfers to North Florida

Former Cleveland State center Ismaila Dauda is transferring to North Florida, according to Jeff Goodman of

Dauda, a junior, appeared in 23 of CSU's 33 games, averaging 0.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.5 minutes.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cleveland State offers Xavier Simpson

Cleveland State offered 5-foot-10 Lima Central Catholic point guard Xavier Simpson today, according to Zach Fleer of

Simpson, considered Ohio's top point guard in 2016, also holds an offer from Toledo.

He is the cousin of former Ohio State player Greg Simpson.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kenny Carpenter signs with Cleveland State.

Cleveland State announced today that guard Kenny Carpenter of Detroit Cass Tech High School has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Vikings next season.

The Vikings still have one more scholarship available. They are looking to add another big man.

The regular signing period runs from runs April 16-May 21.

Here’s CSU's news release:
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Kenny Carpenter (Detroit, Mich.), who was a three-year varsity starter at Cass Tech H.S., has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Cleveland State and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2014.

Carpenter will have four years of eligibility.

"I feel that Kenny has the potential to be an outstanding player in our program," head coach Gary Waters said. "His skill level will continue to enhance, making him a dominant guard in the Horizon League in the future."

The 6-foot-5 point guard averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a senior, helping Cass Tech win the district title. He earned second team Class A All-State honors and was an All-Metro Detroit first team selection after leading the team to an 18-7 record and a No. 6 ranking in the state.

Carpenter is regarded as a superior defender and is able to create for himself and teammates on the offensive end with his length, quickness and athleticism.

Carpenter is the third committment for CSU this year, joining guard Terrell Hales (Detroit, Mich./Douglas) and forward Jonothan Janssen (Queensland, Australia/Mt. Zion Prep) who signed with CSU in the early signing period in November.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cleveland State offers Nyaires Redding

The Cleveland State men's basketball team has offered a scholarship to 2015 guard Nyaires Redding, according to

Redding, a Solon native, spent last season at Westwind Prep in Arizona.

He is the son of CSU assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cleveland State Adds Detroit Guard Kenny Carpenter

Cleveland State men's basketball coach Gary Waters received a verbal commitment Wednesday from Kenny Carpenter of Detroit, Mich. The news was first reported by TJ Kelley of

Carpenter, a 6-foot-5 guard, was a three-year varsity starter at Cass Tech High School. He averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a senior.

“It (Cleveland State) fits me. I feel comfortable there,” Carpenter told “I fit in with the players, and I like their system.”

Carpenter can sign a national letter of intent with the Vikings during the late signing period, which runs April 16-May 21. He joins a 2014 recruiting class that includes Detroit, Mich., guard Terrell Hales and Queensland, Australia, forward Jonothan Janssen who both inked in November's early signing period.

On Tuesday, CSU head coach Gary Waters announced that Janssen is "a partial qualifier" and can practice with the team next year, but is ineligible to play in any games.

According to Waters, the NCAA didn't take all of Janssen's high school credits from Australia and he finished three classes short of qualifying.

CSU still has one scholarship available. They are looking to add another big man.

Here are Carpenter's highlights from this past season.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cleveland State's Douglas, Dauda likely won't be back next season

Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters announced Tuesday that redshirt junior guard Sebastian Douglas and junior center Ismaila Dauda likely won't be returning next season.

Douglas is expected to retire after having his third anterior cruciate ligament surgery on his left knee in the past four years, while Dauda will transfer.

A Houston native, Douglas developed into one of the top reserves in the Horizon League, averaging a career-high 8.1 points in 24.2 minutes a game.

"[Sebastian Douglas has] not officially [retired], but you can consider it semi-officially,"  Waters said at his end-of-the-year media gathering. "His statement to me: 'I want to be able to walk.' "

Douglas plans to graduate at the end of the semester and already has two job offers.

Dauda appeared in 23 of CSU's 33 games, averaging 0.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.5 minutes per game. The highly-touted junior-college transfer from Nigeria struggled to adjust to the physicality of  the Division I game.

The Vikings have two scholarships to offer in the regular signing period. They are expecting to sign a guard and another big.

Jono ruled partial qualifier: Waters also announced that incoming freshman forward Jonothan Janssen has been ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA. The Australian native will be allowed to practice with the team next year, but is ineligible to play in any games.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Waters Named Finalist for Ben Jobe Award

Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters has been named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award, given to the top minority coach in Division I men's basketball.

The other finalists include Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Roman Banks (Southern), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), James Jones (Yale), Mike Jones (Radford), Joe Jones (Boston University), Danny Manning (Tulsa), Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee), Rob Murphy (Eastern Michigan), LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central), Kevin Ollie (Connecticut), Monte Ross (Delaware) and Willis Wilson (Texas A&M Corpus Christi).

Waters led CSU to a 21-12 record and a second place finish in the Horizon League.

The winner of the 2014 Jobe award will be announced at the Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Monday, March 24, 2014

ESPN's Outside the Lines: "First Cinderella"

ESPN's Outside the Lines aired "The First Cinderella" Sunday, which examined the rise, fall and redemption of former Cleveland State basketball coach Kevin Mackey, who took the Vikings to the Sweet 16 in 1986.

Then four years later, Mackey was arrested for using drugs and was fired. Today, he is a scout for the Indiana Pacers.

Listen to the radio podcast here