Saturday, March 12, 2011

Where Are They Now? Postseason Edition (UPDATED)

What's a Gannon fan to do during the postseason? I guess we can check out what's going on with former GU players and Golden Knight opponents. Here goes:

Last summer there was tons of chatter on this site about a potential Gannon recruit named Dwayne Soders, who was better known by his social media handle MR. WALK LIKE JORDAN. We weren't sure if the guy actually existed, but it turns out he does -- and he had a stellar season. Soders was the third leading scorer for Division II University of Texas of the Peramin Basin, better known at UT-Peramin Basin. The Odessa school finished 15-11 overall, 8-4 in the Heartland Conference where they advanced to the tournament championship before losing there. Soders averaged about 12 points and 7 rebounds a game, leading the Falcons in scoring 8 times. I know a lot of what was said about Soders on the Internet were strictly rumors, but the junior's stats this year are actual facts.

Larry Swann enjoyed an excellent season at NAIA Divsion II Dakota Wesleyan. His team was ranked 18th in the country, advanced to the second round of the national tournament, and he earned second team all GPAC (Great Plains Athletic Conference) honors. Here's what DWU's postseason summary says about Swann: "Swann only played one season for Dakota Wesleyan, but made an immediate impact on the Tiger program and played a big role in their success this season. The Columbus, Ohio, native transferred to DWU from Gannon University for his final collegiate season, and was a catalyst for DWU’s offense and defense. He averaged 12.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Heading into the national tournament, he has 366 points, 71 rebounds, 60 assists and 30 steals. Swann was named the GPAC Player-of-the-Week after an 18-point performance against No. 8 Briar Cliff on Jan. 26 and a 25-point performance against Midland Jan. 29. He also scored 28 points against USF Feb. 2."

George Johnson excelled at Division II power Augusta State, leading them in scoring at 16 ppg while earning first team all-region honors. The Jaguars (26-3 overall, 15-0 at home) are #1 in the Southeast Region and begin hosting the NCAA tournament there today. UPDATE 3/13/11: Augusta State advanced to the Sweet 16 tonight, and Johnson carryied them there. He posted 22 points in the Jags' opening win and exploded for a game-high 31 tonight on 8-of-14 shooting on three-pointers. UPDATE 3/20/11: Johnson was named to the regional all-tourney team, but Augusta lost in OT at home to Anderson, 75-73, in the regional finals. Johnson scored 18 points in 43 minutes of action.

Anthony Simmons played in 29 games, starting 19, at Xavier (La.), one of the top teams in NAIA Division I play at 26-4. Simmons' stats of 9.8 ppg and 6 rpg don't looks stellar on the surface, but he's the #2 scorer and #1 rebounder for the Gold Rush, who use an 11-man rotation. Xavier opens play in the national tournament March 17.

At Missouri S&T, Filmore "Mook" Bouldes earned 7 starts, averaging just 1.3 ppg. He also registered 41 assists, 29 turnovers, 11-52 FG (21%), and was 2-20 on threes. The Miners were 3-15 in their conference and 7-18 overall, dropping 15 of their last 16 contests.

Daren Dexter started 20 games at Division III Greensboro College, helping them to a 12-15 season. Dexter led the team with 15.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg before he missed the final 7 games.

Jerell Sanders played only 7 games (starting 4) at GLIAC regular season champ and NCAA qualifier Ferris State before disappearing from the stat sheet.

UPDATED 3/20/11: James Bryant played 14 games at Division III William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ. He started 6 games, averaged 4.6 ppg, committed 36 turnovers, dished out 23 assists, and shot 42% (including 3-of-10 on threes) for the Pioneers. It looks like he joined the club after the first of the year. At that point, WPU was 7-4; they ended the season 12-13 after dropping 9 of their final 10 games. When I first saw Bryant, I thought he'd be a special player for the Knights on the DII level. I'm shocked that he's now just a contributor on a mediocre DIII team.

UPDATED 3/20/11:Isaac Reid is reported to be part of the men's basketball program at Division II St. Joseph (Ind.), a member of the GLVC. Big thanks go Gannon Hoops follower Billly for the info on Bryant and Reid.

As far as Gannon's independent opponents, only Cedarville and Wayne State advance to postseason play. Cedarville (20-13) fell in the opening round of the NAIA Division II tourney while Wayne State (22-8) lost in the first round of the Midwest Regional to Ferris State. Wayne was the #3 seed in the region after beating Ferris last week to capture the GLIAC tourney title. Central State (Oh.) was 14-12, Urbana was 9-17, Northern Michigan was 9-17 (a crummy 4-15 in the GLIAC North), while Seton Hill was 10-20, losing 12 of their last 14.

What's a Gannon fan to do now?

24 comments:

  1. The only two I wished had worked out for GU are Mook and Ant. Ant and Furno subbing for each other at the 5 spot would have been a nice tandem. Mook was quick and a slasher.

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  2. Slippery Rock loses 117-73 to West Liberty. Great defensive effort. Thanks for playing.

    Mansfield loses by 20 to Bowie State

    IUP wins by 7 to 7th seeded West Virginia Wesleyan.

    The PSAC did not exactly distinguish itself.

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  3. West Liberty is phenomenal this year though. Did you see their schedule? They pretty much did that to everyone they played! Even their undefeated record doesn't do them justice!

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  4. What about the infamous Isaac Reid? Was he at Loyola last year?

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  5. It always warms my heart to see Kentucky Wesleyan's broken:

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tony Rack’s 3-pointer as time expired gave Northern Kentucky University a 76-74 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament on Saturday night. Trailing 74-73 with 8.3 seconds remaining, NKU called a timeout at midcourt. The Norse put the ball in the hands of Malcolm Eleby, who drove into the lane and found Rack open on the right wing.

    Rack buried the 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, giving NKU (21-8) the win and setting up a clash against top-seeded Bellarmine (28-2) in Sunday’s Midwest Regional semifinals at 7:30 p.m.

    NKU rallied from an 18-point deficit (47-29) in the second half behind the play of Eleby and Josh Tabb. Tabb capped a 16-2 NKU run with a basket that cut the Kentucky Wesleyan lead to 49-45 with 13:09 remaining.

    http://nkunorse.com/news/2011/3/13/MBB_0313112907.aspx

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  6. BEERMAN: I can't find any info on Isaac Reid or James Bryant.

    Fauves: You're welcome. It was a labor of love.

    Golden: It is kind of depressing that Gannon didn't make the playoffs in a conference that almost got run out of the national tournament on Day 1.

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  7. Well, WLU doesn't romp over everybody. They best Shaw 98-93 in a nip-and-tuck affair tonight.

    They will face IUP in the regional final on Tuesday night.

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  8. One more thing ... #6 Ferris State knocked off Drury by seven to advance to the regional final against #1 and host Bellarmine. Would love to see a GLIAC knock the GLVC off their high horse.

    Best Findlay's pointing this out as well?

    Other NCAA stuff: the IUP/WLU winner will face the winner of Augusta State / Anderson.

    #2 seeds were 3-5 in the first round. #3 seeds were also 3-5. The #1 seeds and hosts were 7-1.

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  9. Isaac Reid and James Bryant both didn't play basketball this year. Isaac is in school, I can't remember now what college he went to though. James I'm not sure of; last I had heard he was looking at Augusta State.. but I don't know for sure.

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  10. Side note.
    D2 Univ of Neb-Omaha drops FB and Wrestling to lower budget and moves other sports including M&W BB to the D1 Summit League.

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  11. Also interesting UNO ave home men's BB att 507

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  12. http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/college/asu/2011-03-11/gamble-pays-johnson-augusta-state

    Story on George Johnson in the Augusta news. Apparently he had a bunch of buddies on the Augusta State team and wanted to play on a team with them. Sounds like LeBron.
    The story even said that the year GU went to Springfield, George sat with the Augusta State team at a banquet for all E8 teams. Seems unusual that he wouldnt be with the Gannon guys.

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  13. Geo J and Augusta just got knocked out of the SE regionals at home by Anderson. Geo J was on the all-tourny team.

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  14. Wow ... crazy night of upsets.

    West Liberty avoided the upset bug, winning by three over IUP.

    George J lost to #7 seeded Anderson.

    All WLU has to do to make the finals is to beat #7 seeded Anderson and then best the winner of a game featuring two #7 seeds (Bloomfield and the team never seems to lose in March, the Seasiders of BYU-Hawaii). BYU-Hawaii knows how to come up big this time of the year. And the Seasiders is one of the coolest nicknames around.

    The Bloomfield College Deacons are 20-8 and play in one of the crummiest conferences (CCAC) in all of Division II. Beating host Bentley was a massive upset.

    So the Elite Eight features four one-seeds (Bellarmine, AL-Huntsville, MN State-Mankato, and WLU), one six-seed (Midwestern State) and three seven seeds (Anderson, Bloomfield, and the Seasiders).

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  15. Speaking of "Where are they now?" two coaches who have coached against GU at the Hammermill Center are coaching in the Division I tourney.

    Greg Kampe is still at Oakland, who moved up quite a few years ago from the GLIAC to the Summit League. His team gave Texas all it could handle in the first round before losing by four. I've also read a few humorous accounts of his hairpiece getting out of place during the game.

    And any GU fan of the 1980s or early 1990s remembers John Beilein's Lemoyne teams who played some memorable games at the HC. Beliein's Michigan team will face Duke on Sunday. Coach Beilein has to be one of the few, perhaps the only, person to have faced Bob Knight, Coach K, and Dr. Barry Copeland in his career.

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  16. james bryant played for division 3 william patterson.
    issac reid sat out this year at st josephs in the glvc

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  17. Jim, two other (sort of)additions:

    Jackie Windon still doing good work on STO's coverage of OHSAA gorls finals from Columbus

    Former EUP standout Adam Kaufman has coached his Montourboys team into the PIAA championship this weekend.

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  18. If you get bored with the Division I games on Thursday, turn to CBS College Sports to watch the undefeated West Liberty Hilltoppers face the Seasiders of BYU-Hawaii, the team that doesn't know how lose in March.

    WLU beat Anderson 113-95. The Seasiders won 96-89. Should be some points on Thursday.

    A West Virginia school vs. a Hawaii school. No doubt which plane I'd want to get on for a ride home.

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  19. West Virginia has planes?? ha kidding!

    I've already got the game set to record. Seen most of WLU's games.. they are incredible!

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  20. Watched WLU ... Crazy game. WLU seems to stand around more on defense than press. Couldn't keep up the intensity for 40 minutes ... perhaps they didn't have to do that for most of the season. It was a fun game to watch. The missed layup at 97-97 was a huge turning point.

    Why couldn't John Reilly have recruited Jet Chang? Maybe we need to start recruiting in Thailand. We do have a Thai restaurant right across the street from the Hammermill Center and it's pretty good. :-)

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  21. I watched the game also and was kinda disappointed in West Liberty. They played kind of a loose full court jump trap but zero half court defense(I'm betting that John Reilly wouldn't have been able to watch that whole game-it would've made him sick). One kid from BYU-H got 43 by HIMSELF. WL looked like they just try to outscore you, betting you can't.

    It looked like if you can avoid turning it over against their press (which didn't look menacing at all- BYU-H only committed 14 to's, when WL usually forces 22 per game), and when they don't hit their 3's (WL was 14-43 from behind the arc- yes, they shot 43 3's), they're very beatable. With how little post defense they played, I'm kinda suprised they beat IUP. You would've thought Webb would have a field day. Must've helped to play them AT West Liberty.

    BYU-H led most of the game, and WL kept coming back. Looked like they just ran out of gas at the end. I agree that the missed layup by WL with the score 97-97 was THE key moment in the game-WL just seemed to melt after they missed that chance to go ahead.

    It WAS entertaining basketball, but my old school roots had me wishing I'd see a LITTLE defense, even if it was just an effective press of some kind. Oh, well.

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  22. Didn't see Bellarmine, but from what I would expect from a GLVC team, I expect a Bellarmine rout, though I will be rooting for the Seasiders! (One of the best D-II nicknames).

    Since BYU-H is a branch campus, any chance that Jimmer can join the team for the finals? :-)

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  23. I SEE YOU GUYS ARE STILL WRITING ARTICLES ABOUT ME, Y'ALL ARE SAD! JIM RODDY YES I WAS COMMITTED TO GANNON THE YEAR YOU WROTE THE HORRIBLE ARTICLE ABOUT ME THAT ENDED UP MAKING ME LOOSE MY OFFER TO GANNON UNIVERSITY BUT AS YOU CAN SEE BECAUSE I DIDNT ATTEND GANNON I ENDED UP GOING TO UTPB WHERE I HELP LEAD THE TEAM TO ITS FIRST EVER CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP AND WE LOST IN THE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE AS WELL, I SEE YOU ARE STILL PUTTING FALSE INFORMATION IN THE MEDIA ABOUT PEOPLE YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO! WHEN I CAME TO ERIE I WAS HOPING I RAN ACROSS YOU ON CAMPUS!

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