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.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Akron SVSM's Jibri Blount Commits to Cleveland State

Cleveland State landed its first commitment in the Class of 2015 Sunday when Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Jibri Blount ended his recruitment and pledged to Gary Waters and the Vikings.

Blount - the son of NFL hall of famer Mel Blount -  took an official visit to CSU over the weekend. The 6-foot-6 forward is in his second year at St. Vincent-St. Mary after transferring from Linsly School in Wheeling, W.Va. 

"Cleveland State was the right fit for me because of the people there," Blount told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "They have the same type of moral views that my parents raised me on."

Blount also had an offer from St. Francis (Pa.).

Riller visits: Blount wasn't the only recruit that visited CSU over the weekend. The Vikings also entertained 2015 combo guard Grant Riller from Ocoee, Fla., according to his AAU coach.

Riller, 6-3, is also considering Florida International and the College of Charleston.

According to, Riller is scheduled to visit FIU this weekend (9/26).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cleveland State Announces 2014-15 men's basketball schedule

CLEVELAND, Ohio (press release) - A total of 15 home games, a 16-game Horizon League slate and contests at Louisville, Virginia and VCU, highlight the 2014-15 Cleveland State men's basketball schedule that was announced on Thursday.

"This year's schedule is very competitive with road games at BCS schools Louisville and Marshall, as well as games at VCU, Iona and Marshall," head coach Gary Waters said. "Games with Toledo and San Francisco at the Wolstein Center will also be good challenges.

"I feel that this year will be one of the more competitive league seasons as many outstanding players return throughout the league and five teams are coming off postseason appearances. We look forward to the challenges this year's schedule will present."

The Vikings will host Malone on Nov. 10 in their lone exhibition game of the preseason before opening the regular season with a return game to Iona on Nov. 14. Last season, the Vikings defeated Iona, 73-69, in the season opener in the Wolstein Center, rallying from a 15-point halftime deficit.

Following the home opener on Nov. 17 against Tiffin, the Vikings will host Jacksonville State two days later to begin four games as part of the Global Sports Showcase. The final three games of the event will be on the road with CSU playing at Savannah State (Nov. 22), Louisville (Nov. 26) and Marshall (Nov. 28).

CSU returns home to host Toledo on Dec. 3 and welcomes Western Illinois to the Wolstein Center on Dec. 7 in a BracketBuster return game from two seasons ago.

A trip to Bowling Green on Dec. 13 is followed by a home contest against Mount Vernon two days later before the Vikings travel to ACC foe Virginia on Dec. 18 in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The Vikings return home to host San Francisco (Dec. 21) and Eastern Illinois (Dec. 23) in return games and close the 2014 calendar year at VCU on Dec. 29.

The 16 game Horizon League schedule, which was announced earlier this month, opens in the Wolstein Center with the Vikings hosting Milwaukee on Jan. 2. CSU is scheduled to play a minimum of four league games on the ESPN family of networks.

The Vikings' final nonconference game of the season comes on Feb. 17 when CSU travels to Western Carolina for a return game from last season.

Regular season play ends on Feb. 27 with CSU hosting Valparaiso at 10:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

The first round of the Horizon League Championship will be on March 3 at campus sites with second round games (March 6) and the semifinals (March 7) at the top seed.

The championship game will be March 10 at the highest remaining seed. 

Season tickets for the 2014-15 season are available by calling 216-687-5454 or visiting

2014-15 Cleveland State men's basketball schedule

Mon., Nov. 10 - MALONE (Exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 14 - at Iona, 7
Mon., Nov. 17 - TIFFIN
Wed., Nov. 19 - JACKSONVILLE STATE (Global Sports Showcase)
Sat., Nov. 22 - at Savannah State (Global Sports Showcase)
Wed., Nov. 26 - at Louisville (ESPN3 / Global Sports Showcase)
Fri., Nov. 28 - at Marshall (Global Sports Showcase)
Wed., Dec. 3 - TOLEDO
Sun., Dec. 7 - WESTERN ILLINOIS, 12
Sat., Dec. 13 - at Bowling Green, 4
Mon., Dec. 15 - MT. VERNON NAZ.
Thur., Dec. 18 - at Virginia, 7 (ESPNU)
Sun., Dec. 21 - SAN FRANCISCO, 2
Tues., Dec. 23 - EASTERN ILLINOIS, 1
Mon., Dec. 29 - at VCU
Fri., Jan. 2 - MILWAUKEE*
Sun., Jan. 4 - at UIC, 4*
Thur., Jan. 8 - OAKLAND*
Sat., Jan. 10 - at Valparaiso, 8*
Wed., Jan. 14 - at Wright State*
Sat., Jan. 17 - at Youngstown State, 7*
Fri., Jan. 23 - DETROIT* (ESPNU or ESPN3)
Mon., Jan. 26 - at Oakland*
Sat., Jan. 31 - GREEN BAY*
Wed., Feb. 4  - YOUNGSTOWN STATE, 7*
Sat., Feb. 7  - WRIGHT STATE*
Fri., Feb. 13 - at Detroit*, 7/8 (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Sun., Feb. 15 - UIC*
Tues., Feb. 17 - at Western Carolina
Fri., Feb. 20 - at Green Bay*, 7 (ESPN2)
Sun., Feb. 22 - at Milwaukee*
Fri., Feb. 27 - VALPARAISO*, 10 (ESPNU)
Fri., March 6 - Horizon League Tournament 2nd Round, 7 (ESPN3)
Fri., March 6 - Horizon League Tournament 2nd Round, 9:30 (ESPN3)
Sat., March 7 - Horizon League Tournament Semifinals, 9:30 (ESPNU)
Sat., March 7 - Horizon League Tournament Semifinals, 11:30 (ESPNU/tape delay)
Tues., March 10 - Horizon League Championship, 7 (ESPN or ESPN2)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kaza Keane Transfers to Cleveland State

Cleveland State made a late addition to its 2014 class.

Kaza Keane, who spent two seasons at Illinois State, has transferred to CSU. The 6-foot-1 point guard enrolled for classes Friday and will be on scholarship. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

"I believe we have added a solid combo-guard who can shoot from the perimeter, defend and also distribute the ball," Vikings head coach Gary Waters said in a written statement. "Kaza will bring experience to a team that lost three experienced players and we expect him to contribute as soon as he is eligible to play."

According to Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Keane plans to appeal with the NCAA to allow him to play this season rather then sit out a season required under NCAA transfer guidelines.

In two seasons at Illinois State, Keane appeared in 65 games, including 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.

Keane chose the Vikings over an offer from Canisius and also received interest from Canadian national champion Carleton University, according to Hoops Hype Canada.

His sister Takima, played basketball at CSU from 2008-12, while another sister, Kalisha, played at Michigan State from 2007-11, earning Big 10 Player of the Year and All-America honors as a senior.

Photo: Illinois State athletics

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Horizon League announces 2014-15 schedule

CLEVELAND, Ohio (press release) - The Cleveland State men's basketball team will open Horizon League play at home for the first time since 2008-09 when the Vikings host Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 2, in the Wolstein Center.

The complete 2014-15 Horizon League schedule was announced on Tuesday with CSU being featured on the ESPN family of networks four times.

CSU's first road contest in league play will be on Sunday (Jan. 4) at UIC, beginning a stretch of four out of five games away from home. The Vikings return home to host Oakland on Jan. 8 before playing three straight road games, starting at Valparaiso on Jan. 10. CSU then travels to Wright State on Jan. 14 and Youngstown State on Jan. 17.

The Vikings return home to host Detroit on Jan. 23 in an ESPN Wildcard game that will be broadcast on ESPNU or ESPN3. Following a trip to Oakland on Jan. 26, the Vikings conclude the month at home versus Green Bay on Jan. 31 to start a three-game homestand.

Visits to the Wolstein Center by Youngstown State (Feb. 4) and Wright State (Feb. 7) are followed by a trip to Detroit on Feb. 13 in a game that will be a Netflex game and broadcast on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

A trip to Wisconsin concludes the road portion of CSU's schedule with the Vikings playing at Green Bay on Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2 with a trip to Milwaukee two days later.

The regular season finale will be on Feb. 27 at 10:00 p.m. against Valparaiso on ESPNU in the Wolstein Center. The complete CSU schedule will be announced at a later date.

Friday        Jan. 2        MILWAUKEE
Sunday    Jan. 4        at UIC
Thursday    Jan. 8        OAKLAND
Saturday    Jan. 10        at Valparaiso
Wednesday    Jan. 14        at Wright State
Saturday    Jan. 17        at Youngstown State
Friday        Jan. 23        DETROIT (ESPNU or ESPN3)
Monday    Jan. 26        at Oakland
Saturday    Jan. 31        GREEN BAY
Wednesday    Feb. 4        YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Saturday    Feb. 7        WRIGHT STATE
Friday        Feb. 13        at Detroit (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Sunday    Feb. 15        UIC
Friday        Feb. 20        at Green Bay (ESPN2)
Sunday    Feb. 22        at Milwaukee
Friday        Feb. 27        VALPARAISO (ESPNU)

Cleveland State offers Garfield Heights Duo

The Cleveland State basketball program has extended scholarship offers to a pair of Garfield Heights basketball players.

According to their head coach, CSU has offered Frankie Hughes and Willie Jackson - both are in the class of 2016.

Hughes, a 6-3 guard, also holds offers from Dayton, Akron, Kent State, Miami (OH) and Buffalo.

Jackson, a 6-6 forward, also holds offers from Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa State, SMU, Bowling Green, Miami (OH) and Buffalo.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Myles Hamilton Transfers to Cleveland State

Former Kennesaw State transfer and St. Edward High School standout Myles Hamilton has enrolled for classes at Cleveland State University and will join the men's basketball program as a walk-on.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-1 combo guard, will sit-out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two-years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2015-16 season.

The Cleveland native spent two seasons at Kennessaw State, appearing in 54 games, including 39 starts. Hamilton averaged  6.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 21.9 minutes during his Owls career.

A three-year varsity starter at St. Edward, Hamilton averaged 17.1 points, 3.2 assists, three steals, and 5.1 rebounds as a senior and was selected second team All-Ohio.

He originally chose Kennesaw State over Akron, Chattanooga, Cleveland State, Jacksonville, Kent State, Texas Tech and Toledo.

Photo: Kennesaw State Athletics

Friday, August 15, 2014

Isaiah Manderson Commits to Texas Tech

Three-star center Isaiah Manderson announced Friday on Twitter that he will play basketball at Texas Tech.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound big man tweeted:

The Alpharetta, Ga. native chose the Red Raiders over Cleveland State, Temple and Oregon.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Former Cleveland State standout Jon Harris signs contract to play professionally in Argentina

Former Cleveland State men's basketball standout Jon Harris has signed a professional contract to play in Argentina for the Gimnasia Esgrima in the city of Comodoro Rivadavia.

Harris, the Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year last season, will leave for Argentina on Aug. 19.

A 6-foot-7 forward from Twinsburg, Harris averaged 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor in his lone season with the Vikings after transferring from Miami (OH).

Gimnasia Esgrima plays in Argentina's top league - Liga Nacional de Básquet - which is considered the fourth-best league in the world.

Harris will team up with former St. Edward and USC standout Sam Clancy, Jr., who re-signed with Gimnasia Esgrima last month.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cleveland State among top three schools for Isaiah Manderson

Cleveland State is among the finalist for landing former Oregon State signee Isaiah Manderson.

According to Matt Claire of, Manderson's top three schools are CSU, Texas Tech and Temple.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound center plans to announce his decision next Thursday.

Manderson is visiting Texas Tech today and Temple on Monday. He visited CSU last month.

The Vikings have one scholarship still available after Bryn Forbes decided to transfer to Michigan State to be closer to his family.

Last month Manderson was deemed a full qualifier by the NCAA.

The Alpharetta, Ga. native signed with Oregon State last November, but was granted his release from the program when head coach Craig Robinson was fired in May.