Friday, October 24, 2014

Hallow Hoops on Saturday

Cleveland State fans can get a first look at the 2014-15 Vikings men's and women's basketball teams during Saturday's "Hallow-Hoops" event at the Wolstein Center.

Doors open at 2:45 p.m.. Admission is free.

The event kicks off with trick-or-treating on the Wolstein Center concourse for children 12 years old and under starting at 3:00 p.m., while both basketball programs will sign autographs. In addition, there will be arts and crafts and decorating stations available.

Kate Peterson Abiad's women's team will be introduced and scrimmage on the main court at 4:00 p.m. with Gary Waters men's squad taking the court at 4:30 p.m.

The women return four starters from last season's team that went 14-16, while the men, picked to finish second in the preseason poll, return four starters from a team that won 21 games a year ago.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cleveland State hoops to face Xavier in 'secret scrimmage'

The not-so-secret scrimmage between Cleveland State and Xavier will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1 in Cincinnati, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Xavier went 21-13 overall last season and 10-8 in the Big East Conference. The Musketeers lost to N.C. State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA allows schools to play either two "secret scrimmages," two exhibition games, or one of each.

CSU head coach Gary Waters prefers to play one "secret scrimmage" and one exhibition game.

Among the Horizon League "secret scrimmages" reported by ESPN:

Saturday, Nov. 1
Bradley at Milwaukee
Valparaiso vs. Buffalo at Oberlin College in Ohio
Toledo at Wright State
Bucknell at Youngstown State

Sunday, Nov. 2
Northern Illinois at UIC

Friday, Nov. 7
Akron at Youngstown State

Saturday, Nov. 8
Loyola-Chicago vs. Green Bay in Milwaukee

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cleveland State to face three ranked teams

Cleveland State fans who wanted to see a tougher non-conference schedule are in for a treat this season.

The Vikings are set to face three schools ranked in USA Today's preseason Coaches Poll, released Thursday.

Virginia, who CSU faces on Dec. 18 in Charlottesville, Va., is ranked No. 8. The Cavaliers return three starters and seven of its top nine scorers back from a team that won 30 games last year and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Louisville, who CSU travels to on Nov. 26, is ranked No. 9.  The Cardinals, another Sweet 16 team from a year ago, return two starters and three regulars from a team that won 31 games last season.

VCU, who CSU faces on Dec. 29 in Richmond, Va, is ranked No. 16. The Rams, the unanimously favorite to win the A-10 conference in a preseason poll, return six of its top eight scorers back from a team that went to the NCAA tournament a year ago.

Toledo, who visits the Wolstein Center on  Dec. 3, also received a vote in the coaches poll.

The Vikings, picked to finish second in the Horizon League preseason poll, return four starters from a team that won 21 games last season.

Returning for the Vikings are junior guard Trey Lewis, junior forward Anton Grady, senior guard Charles Lee and senior forward Marlin Mason.

Lewis (first) and Grady (second) were named to the preseason all-Horizon League team.

It is the most ranked teams that CSU will face since the 2009-10 season when they played four - Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio State and Kansas State.

Last year, CSU had No. 3 Kentucky on the ropes, but couldn't hold on to a 10-point lead late in the game.

CSU opens the season at Iona on  Nov. 14.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cleveland State Press Conference at Horizon League Media Day '14

Courtesy of Cleveland State athletics

Cleveland State men’s basketball picked to finish second in Horizon League

The Cleveland State men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the Horizon League in a preseason poll of league coaches, media members and sports information directors. The HL released the poll Wednesday at its annual media day in Chicago.

Green Bay was picked to win the conference, receiving 32 of the 41 first-place votes. The Phoenix return four starters from last year's squad that won the regular season title - including preseason Player of the Year Keifer Sykes.

CSU received the other nine first-place votes and finished with 335 points.

Following CSU in the poll were: Detroit (239 points), Valparaiso (228), Wright State (186), Milwaukee (182), Oakland, (178), Youngstown State (95) and UIC (45).

CSU junior guard Trey Lewis was named to the preseason All-Horizon League first team, while junior forward Anton Grady made the second team.

The Vikings finished second last year, but were upset by Wright State in the HL semifinals. CSU returns four starters and brings back a League-best 118 combined starts last season.

Also returning for the Vikings are senior point guard Charles Lee and senior forward Marlin Mason.

Joining Sykes and Lewis on the first team were Juwan Howard, Jr. of Detroit, Corey Petros of Oakland, and Alec Peters of Valparaiso.

Green Bay's Jordan Fouse, Matt Tiby of Milwaukee, Kahlil Felder of Oakland and Bobby Hain of Youngstown State joined Grady on the second team.

1. Green Bay, (32 first place votes), 357 points
2. Cleveland State, (9 first place votes), 335 points
3. Detroit, 239 points
4. Valparaiso, 228 points
5. Wright State, 186 points
6. Milwaukee, 182 points
7. Oakland, 178 points
8. Youngstown State, 95 points
9. UIC, 45 points
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay (Preseason Player of the Year)
Juwan Howard, Jr., Detroit
Corey Petros, Oakland
Trey Lewis, Cleveland State
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Anton Grady, Cleveland State
Jordan Fouse, Green Bay
Matt Tiby, Milwaukee
Kahlil Felder, Oakland
Bobby Hain, Youngstown State

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cleveland State offers Damarri Moore

Cleveland State has extended a scholarship offer to 2016 forward Damarri Moore of Brooklyn, NY, according to NYC Hoops.

Moore, a 6-foot-7 forward, plays for Abraham Lincoln High School and Juice All-Stars AAU program.

According to the report, Moore has also received interest from St. Mary's and Fairfeld.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Kaza Keane Granted Immediate Eligibility at Cleveland State

Cleveland State announced Friday that guard Kaza Keane has received a waiver from the NCAA and will be able to play for the Vikings this season.

The 6-foot-2 Keane, a transfer from Illinois State, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

In two seasons at Illinois State, Keane appeared in 65 games, making 10 starts as a freshman. The Ajax, Ontario native averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 assists in 15.1 minutes during his Redbirds career. He dished out 99 assists while committing just 58 turnovers.

As a freshmen, he led the Redbirds in assists (3.2), while averaging 2.7 points per game.

On Thursday, CSU head coach Gary Waters said that if Keane was granted immediate eligibility he would be the "third or fourth best guard" on the team.

"He's very stable and controls things out there." said Waters. "He'll really help us."


Cleveland State extends scholarship offer to Anthony Carmon

Anthony Carmon has received a scholarship offer from Cleveland State basketball coach Gary Waters, according to Prep Hoops Ohio.

Carmon, a 6-foot-1 point guard, also holds offers from Kent State and Division II programs Fairmont State and Notre Dame College.

"Right now, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois, Kent State, Toledo, Cleveland State, Notre Dame College and Fairmont State are the schools that want me," Carmon told Prep Hoops Ohio. "My top five (in order) is Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Fairmont."

Carmon is rated as the No. 66th-best player in Ohio's 2015 class by Prep Hoops Ohio and 11th-best point guard.

On Thursday, Waters told the CSU media that he is still looking to sign a shooting/combo guard and an interior guy.

'We need a another guard that can shoot the basketball," said Waters. "The shooting guard can go from a combo all the way up to a wing."

CSU has already received a verbal commitment from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary forward Jibri Blount, the son of NFL hall of famer Mel Blount.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cleveland State offer Ricky Madision

The Cleveland State basketball program has reportedly offered a scholarship to Ricky Madison, a Class of 2015 forward from Norcross (Georgia) High School.

Madison, 6-6, 185-pounds, also holds offers from Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Radford, the Citadel, Hofstra, St. Bonaventure, Western Kentucky, and Kennessaw State.

Benton joins training staff: On Monday, CSU announced that Max Benton has been named the associate head athletics trainer.

Benton, who has more than 20 years of sports medicine experience, spent the past 12 years as the head athletic trainer for the Cleveland Cavaliers.