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?