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 power Carleton University, according to Hoops Hype Canada.

His sister Takima Keane, 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.

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.

2014-15 CLEVELAND STATE HORIZON LEAGUE SCHEDULE
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)

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 RedRaiderSports.com, 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.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Victor Morris joins Cleveland State basketball staff

Former Cleveland State basketball player Victor Morris is returning to his Alma mater and will join Gary Waters staff as the director of basketball operations.

The Inkster, Mich. native tweeted Wednesday:
Morris, 28, spent last season as an assistant coach at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La.

He played basketball at CSU from 2003-07 - including his final season under Waters.

After graduating from CSU, Morris spent the next six seasons playing professionally in Europe and Canada.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Isaiah Manderson visits Cleveland State

Former Oregon State signee Isaiah Manderson visited Cleveland State's campus last week, according to his Twitter account.

On Friday, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound center from Alpharetta, Ga. tweeted:
Manderson also reportedly has received interest from Indiana, Miami (FL), Purdue, Memphis and Missouri since decommitting from Oregon State after the firing of head coach Craig Robinson in May.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported last week that Manderson has been deemed a full qualifier by the NCAA.

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).

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

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).

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

Photo: NBBL