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  6-5 guard Kenny Carpenter. The news was first reported by TJ Kelley of

Carpenter, a native of Detroit, Mich., 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 guard Terrell Hales of Detroit Douglas High School and forward Jonothan Janssen of Queensland, Australia.

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 juniors Sebastian Douglas and 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 center 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

Monday, March 17, 2014

Cleveland State's Sebastian Douglas' career might be over after another knee surgery

Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters said on his radio show Monday night that Sebastian Douglas is scheduled to have another surgery on his knee, and it might lead him to retire.

Douglas, a junior from Houston, will undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Wednesday. It is his third ACL surgery on his left knee in four years.

"I'm going to meet with him tomorrow to talk about his future. If I was a betting man right now, I would say he wants to give it up," Waters said. "One of the things he said to me, 'Coach, I want to walk well.' When you have that many ACL operations on one knee it becomes difficult [to walk]."

Douglas' three-year career at CSU has been plagued with knee injuries

Prior to enrolling at CSU, Douglas tore his ACL while playing in a charity game for his high school teammate Tobi Oyedeji, a Texas A&M signee who was killed in a car accident on prom night. Douglas had his first knee surgery during the summer of 2010 and redshirted as a freshmen.

The following year, Douglas reinjured his knee in late December and missed the final 18 games of the 2011-12 season.

In January, Douglas reinjured his knee. As the season went on, the pain in his knee kept getting worse and worse. The pain caused him to miss CSU's regular season finale at Valparaiso.

This season, Douglas became one of the top reserves in the Horizon League, averaging a career-high 8.1 points in 24.2 minutes per game. His .614 field goal percentage led the HL and is 19th best in the country.

Among other comments from Waters on Monday night:

* Waters explained why he chose the Postseason Tournament instead of the College Basketball Invitational.

"[There was] a couple things I didn't like about the CBI," said Waters. "One, it didn't have any TV coverage. And two, if you get to the finals you have to play a best of three [series]."

* Waters said they will look to bring in another guard and another post guy for next year.

* Waters said that he would like to schedule a 2-for-1 with a high-major.

* Waters said that the Horizon League Tournament could be moved to a neutral site as early as next year. Mentioned Chicago and Indianapolis as possible sites.

* Waters said that the HL is looking at IPFW as a possible future member for joining the conference.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cleveland State accepts bid to CIT; Will Face Ohio on Wednesday

For the fifth time in the past seven seasons, the Cleveland State men's basketball team will get an opportunity to play in the postseason. The Vikings accepted an invitation to play in the Postseason Tournament.

CSU will face Ohio University Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.

This will be CSU's first appearance in the CIT, an all mid-major tournament. The CIT does not seed its teams.

The Vikings (21-11) enter the CIT, having won 11 of their past 14 games. They finished second in the Horizon League, but were upset by Wright State in the HL semifinals in Green Bay.

The Bobcats (23-11), winners of four of its past five games, finished fifth in the Mid-American Conference. They lost to rival Akron in the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament at the Q.

This will be the 12th all-time meeting between the intra-state rivals, but first time they have played each other since the 1999-00 season. Ohio holds a 9-2 advantage in the series.

Under Gary Waters, CSU has made one appearance in the NCAA Tournament (2009) and three NIT appearances (2008, 11, 12).