Monday, July 21, 2014

Germany's Tim Hasbargen will join Cleveland State basketball team as walk-on

Tim Hasbargen, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Germany, plans to join the Cleveland State men's basketball team next season as a walk-on.

EuropeanProspects.com first reported the news and was later confirmed by CSU Sports Information Director Greg Murphy.

Hasbargen averaged 13 points and five rebounds per game last season for FC Bayern Munich Basketball Team in Germany's Junior Basketball League (NBBL).

He shot 40 percent from the field (56-of-140) and 82.5 percent from the free throw line (52-of-63), but struggled from beyond the 3-point arc, shooting only 21.8 percent (12-of-55).

The Munich, Germany native was selected to the NBBL all-star game.

Hasbargen will play for Germany's U18 national team in this week's European Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Photo: NBBL

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cleveland State's Bryn Forbes transfers to Michigan State

Cleveland State basketball announced Friday that Bryn Forbes has been granted his release from the program and will transfer to Michigan State for his final two seasons.

"We want to thank Bryn for his contributions to the Cleveland State program," Vikings head coach Gary Waters said in a written statement. "He has represented our program well and although it is disappointing to see him leave, we wish him the best."

Forbes, a Lansing, Mich. native, told MLive.com that his decision to transfer was in large part to be closer to his family. He has a young son in the Lansing area and also has a sister with a medical condition.

“I knew this was the place I wanted to be especially with the family responsibilities I have to fulfill,” Forbes told MLive.com. “That’s important to me, so I feel like this is the right decision.”

Kyle Austin of MLive.com is reporting that Forbes will apply for a hardship waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play immediately in the 2014-15 season.

In two seasons at CSU, Forbes averaged 14.1 points per game, while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, including 40.6 percent from downtown and 81.6 percent at the line.

Forbes was the 2013 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year after averaging 12.7 points per game as a freshman. As a sophomore, he averaged 15.6 points and set the CSU single season three-pointers made record with 81.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Report: Cleveland State's Bryn Forbes Seeks Transfer to Michigan State

Cleveland State's leading scorer Bryn Forbes could be taking his talents to Michigan State?

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Elton Alexander, Forbes has been granted permission by Vikings head coach Gary Waters to speak to MSU about a possible transfer.

The Lansing, Mich. native is seeking a transfer to the Spartans to be closer to his family. He has a young son in the Lansing area and also has a sister with a medical condition.

"We want what's best [for him]," Waters told the Plain Dealer. "We'll let the situation play itself out."

Waters also told the paper that Forbes has not asked for his release from CSU.

MSU has had interest in Forbes in the past as they offered him a "preferred walk-on" spot after high school. But Forbes choose to take a full scholarship and signed with CSU instead.

There is still a chance that Forbes could return to CSU.

According to Kyle Austin of MLive.com, Forbes is one of three transfers that MSU is considering for its final scholarship. The Spartans, reportedly, are also looking at shooting guards Eron Harris (West Virginia) and Charles Cooke (James Madison).

Forbes, a sophomore guard, has led the team in scoring each of his two seasons at CSU.

He was the 2013 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year after averaging 12.7 points per game as a freshman. Last year Forbes averaged 15.6 points and set the CSU single season three-pointers made record with 81.

CSU is hoping to have a final word on Forbes' status by the end of this week.

Moses to visit CSU: Trey Moses, a 6-foot-8 center from Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky, plans to visit CSU on June 20, according to his Twitter account.

According to VerbalCommits.com, Moses holds an offer from Northern Kentucky, and has also received interest from Morgan State, Akron, Samford, Elon, Boston, Tennessee Tech, Morehead State and Radford.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Markus Oliphant commits to Cleveland State

Cleveland State picked up another late addition for the 2014 class when prep school guard Markus Oliphant verbally committed to the program on Monday.

Marcus Helton of DMVElite.com first reported the news.

Oliphant, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Glen Dale, Md., ended his recruitment after visiting CSU's campus over the weekend.

“I liked everything about [the visit]. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like,” Oliphant told the Baltimore Sun. “I liked where it’s at, downtown Cleveland. There’s a lot of stuff by it. [And I liked] the campus life, everything.”

Oliphant told the paper that he plans to redshirt during the 2014-15 season. He said that CSU's coaches like his athleticism, his aggressiveness, and his potential as a defensive stopper.

Last year, Oliphant prepped at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md. where he was a teammate of CSU signee Jonothan Janssen.

Prior to enrolling at Mt. Zion Prep, Oliphant was a standout at Arundel High School in Gambrills, Md. where he averaged 11.9 points per game as a senior. He was the Arundel County Senior All-Star Classic game MVP after scoring a game-high 29 points - including five three-pointers - leading the South squad to a 109-97 victory.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Oliphant chose the Vikings over offers from Missouri State, Morgan State, Siena and South Carolina State.

He becomes the fifth member of CSU's 2014 class, joining Terrell Hales, Janssen, Kenny Carpenter and Vinnie Zollo.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Vikings lose out on Maryland transfer Nick Faust

Maryland transfer Nick Faust has committed to play basketball at Oregon State.

According to OregonLive.com, Faust chose the Beavers over offers from Cleveland State, Richmond, Howard and Towson.

The 6-foot-6 swingman from Baltimore averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and two assists as a junior.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cleveland State Official Press Release on Vinny Zollo Signing

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Vinny Zollo (Winchester, Ky.), who played last season at Northwest Florida State J.C., has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Cleveland State and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2014.

Zollo will have two years of eligibility remaining.

"Vinny will bring versatility to our program and our front court," head coach Gary Waters said. "He has the ability to play inside and outside and we really liked that he has Division I basketball playing experience, as well as experience playing in the NCAA tournament. We are excited about the energy and athleticism that he will bring to our front court for the next two years."

A four-year standout at George Rogers Clark H.S. in Kentucky, Zollo was a three-time All-10th Region selection and two-time all-state pick. In 2011, he guided the Cardinals to a 10th Region title and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sweet 16.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Zollo spent the 2011-12 season at Western Kentucky where he played in all 35 games, including 14 starts, and helped the Hilltoppers to the Sun Belt Conference title and a bid to the NCAA tournament. He helped WKU to a first round win over Mississippi Valley State with six points and three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

He shot 40-percent from the field and knocked down 20 three-pointers as a freshman.

This past season, Zollo helped NWF State to a 22-6 mark, playing in 27 games. He was part of a loaded front court that included four other players who have signed with Division I schools. Zollo had an 11-point, 14-rebound effort in a win over Gulf Coast State late in the season that kept NWF State alive for the Panhandle Conference Championship.

The team finished the season ranked fifth in the Florida College System Activities Association Coaches Poll.

Zollo is the fourth 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 and guard Kenny Carpenter (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) who inked with the Vikings in mid-April.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

NW Florida State's Vinny Zollo signs with Cleveland State

Vinnie Zollo, a 6-foot-8 forward from Northwest Florida State (Junior) College, announced on Twitter Saturday that he has signed with Cleveland State.

"[I] have officially signed to Cleveland State. Great city. Excellent program. Even better people. I'm an incredibly lucky guy," the Winchester, Ky. native tweeted.

Zollo will have two years of eligibility remaining.

As a sophomore, Zollo averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game.

He began his collegiate career at Western Kentucky where played in all 35 games - including 14 starts - and helped the Hilltoppers to the Sun Belt Conference title and a bid to the NCAA tournament. He averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game as a freshmen.

Zollo becomes the fourth member of CSU's 2014 class, joining Terrell Hales, Jonothan Janssen, and Kenny Carpenter.

Photo: NWFRaiders.com

Monday, April 21, 2014

Vinny Zollo to Visit Cleveland State this week

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


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 ESPN.com.

Dauda, a highly-touted junior college transfer, never found his role during his first season at CSU. He played in 23 game with the Vikings, averaging just 0.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.5 minutes.

His playing time dwindled as the season went on, playing a total of 5 minutes in CSU's final 10 games.