Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cleveland State lands first basketball commit in 2016 class

Gary Waters landed his first commitment in the Class of 2016, as Richardson Maitre pledged Monday that he will be a Viking in college, according to multiple media reports.

Maitre is a 6-foot-2 defensive-minded guard from Montreal, Canada who will play his final season of high school basketball at West Oaks Academy in Orlando. He made a name for himself this summer playing for the Brookwood Elite AAU program where he shined at a number of top-tier showcases.

The Montreal based Brookwood Elite's alumni include Valparaiso's standout Tevonn Walker and Max Joseph.

Maitre chose the Vikings over offers from Middle Tennessee State, UTEP, Quinnipiac, Bradley, Sam Houston State, and New Mexico State.

He took an official visit to CSU on Sept. 11 and also visited UTEP and Bradley.

NorthPoleHoops.com ranks Maitre as the 17th best prospect in Canada's class of 2016.

He is the second Brookwood Elite alum to commit to the Vikings in the past two months. In August, Daniel Levitt, a freshmen guard from Montreal, announced he will walkon to the CSU program this fall.

The Vikings are also recruiting Brookwood Elite's 6-foot-5 wing Max Boursiquot, who holds offers from CSU, Albany, Binghampton, and Bryant.

Photo: NorthPoleHoops.com

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cleveland State Basketball Announces 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

The Cleveland State men's basketball team released its complete 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday.

The 31-game schedule had been coming together over the course of the summer, but with the official unveiling, we now know the Vikings' final two non-conference opponents – Malone and Cedarville.

Early season highlights include two games at the Q, two games in Cancun and road contests at Rhode Island and Maryland.

The biggest surprise was that Gary Waters elected not to have an exhibition game, instead CSU will have two closed-door scrimmages against other Division I programs.

The toughest stretch of CSU's non-conference schedule comes in November as five of their six games are away from the Wolstein Center.

CSU will open the season in Kent, Ohio. The Vikings will face Akron on Nov. 14 at Kent State's M.A.C. Center as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader, with Kent battling Youngstown State in the other game.

Three days later, the Vikings will host Malone in its lone home game in November, before hitting the road for five straight.

They close out November with four games in the Cancun Challenge.

The Vikings open the Cancun Challenge on the road at Rhode Island on Nov. 21, then head to Cancun, Mexico for two more. CSU will face Rider on Nov. 24, and then they will play either Houston Baptist or South Dakota State the next day.

CSU concludes the Cancun Challenge at Maryland on Nov. 28. The game will be televised on the Big 10 Network.

The month of December is much kinder to the Vikings who will play five of its final seven non-conference games at home.

They open December on the road at Toledo, then return home for two straight at the Q, hosting Kent State on Dec. 5 and Ohio on Dec. 12.

After a road game at Loyola (Ill.), CSU closes out the non-conference season with three straight at the Wolstein Center. Belmont, an NCAA tournament team a year ago, visits Cleveland on Dec. 19, followed by Bowling Green (Dec. 23) and Cedarville (Dec. 29).

The Horizon League announced it conference schedule on Sept. 3.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cleveland State basketball announces 2015-16 HL schedule

The Horizon League announced its men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2015-16 season on Thursday afternoon via Twitter.

Cleveland State will open league play with six of its first 10 league games on the road.

The Vikings open league play at Oakland on Jan. 2, then two days later visit Detroit on Jan. 4.

CSU returns home for two straight. They host Green Bay on Jan. 7 and Milwaukee on Jan. 9 before hitting the road again.

Then CSU visits Wright State on Jan. 14 and two days later they make its first ever trip to Highland Heights, Ky. to face new league member Northern Kentucky.

After two straight home games against UIC (Jan. 18) and Youngstown State (Jan. 18) at the Q, CSU closes out January on the road at defending conference champion Valparaiso (Jan. 28) and UIC (Jan. 30).

The month of February is much kinder to the Vikings who finish the season with five of its final eight games at home - including hosting Valpo (Feb. 16) and Wright State (Feb. 27) at the Q.

The conference tournament will be held March 5-8 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kaza Keane latest to transfer out of Cleveland State

Cleveland State guard Kaza Keane has decided to transfer out of the basketball program, according to CSU Sports Information Director Greg Murphy.

Keane, who transferred to CSU last summer from Illinois State, started 20 of 34 games with the Vikings and averaged 4.4 points per game.

While Keane stayed in Canada, the rest of the CSU men's basketball team returned to campus Monday for summer classes.

Among the players enrolled for the second session of summer classes, include CSU's three November signees.

The incoming freshmen class includes 6-foot-6 forward Jibri Blount from Pittsburgh, Pa., 6-foot-2 guard Rob Edwards from Detroit, Mich., and 6-foot-7 forward Jeron Rogers from Houston, Tx.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Former Oral Roberts guard Bobby Word transfers to Cleveland State

Former Oral Roberts guard Bobby Word will transfer to Cleveland State, he announced on his Twitter account on Saturday.

Word, who stands 6-foot-4, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 campaign, per NCAA transfer rules.

The Lancaster, TX native saw action in 64 career games with the Golden Eagles, making 30 starts. He averaged 7.6 points per game in his two seasons in Tulsa.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Trey Lewis Transfers to Louisville

After Cleveland State's tough 45-33 loss to Louisville last November - a game in which Trey Lewis led all scorers with 24 points -  Rick Pitino told the media that the former CSU guard "is one of the best point guards in the nation that we will see [this season]."

"He has size. He gets in the lane and makes his free throws," the Cardinals coach said about Lewis after the game.

Who would have guessed that six months later that Lewis would be suiting up to play for Pitino's Cardinals?

On Tuesday, Lewis announced on his Twitter account that he will transfer to Louisville to play his final season of college basketball.

"It's official! Headed south to be an angry bird. #CardNation stand up!," Lewis tweeted. "Want to thank Cleveland State for an amazing 3 years. Truly love that program and the people. I play for red but I will forever bleed green!"

Monday, March 30, 2015

Report: Cleveland State's Trey Lewis to transfer

For the second straight year, Cleveland State's leading scorer has decided to transfer from the team.

Trey Lewis, who averaged a team-high 16.3 points and set the school record with 96 3-pointers, was given his release from scholarship on Monday.

Brian Snow of Scout.com was first to report the news.
Lewis will graduate from CSU in May and will be immediately eligible to play next season. He is taking advantage of a controversial NCAA rule that allows fifth-year seniors who graduate immediate eligibility at their new schools.

Monday, March 23, 2015

CSU Basketball Notebook: Cleveland State visits NJIT Monday night for second-round CIT matchup

The Cleveland State men's basketball team will continue its postseason run in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament with a second round road game at NJIT on Monday.

It will be CSU's (19-14) first-ever meeting with NJIT, the only independent school in Division I.

The Highlanders (19-11) have won 14 of its past 16 games and are playing in its first-ever postseason tournament.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cleveland State to play at Western Michigan in CIT tourney

The Cleveland State men's basketball team will play at Western Michigan on Wednesday in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

CSU (18-14) will be making its second straight appearance in the CIT, a 32-team single-elimination non-bracketed tournament geared towards mid-major programs that do not get bids to the NCAA or NIT tournaments.

Last year, CSU was eliminated in the opening round of the CIT, falling at Ohio, 64-62.

The Broncos (20-13) finished sixth in the Mid-American Conference. They lost to Akron in the second round of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cleveland State accepts bid into CIT for second straight year

The Cleveland State men's basketball team will make its ninth appearance in a postseason tournament after accepting an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Friday.

CSU will play a road game against a foe to be determined on either Tuesday, March 17 or Wednesday, March 18.