Sunday, March 18, 2012

Where Are They Now? 2012 Postseason Edition

Regrettably, the only thing to occupy a Gannon fan during this postseason is checking up on former GU players and Golden Knight opponents. I hope next year at this time they're checking us out in the DII Elite Eight.

Kelvin Agee played 23 games at juco Midland College (Tex.), tallying 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists a game. Midland finished its campaign with a 17-10 mark. With Gannon a year ago, Agee averaged 15 points and 5 boards a game.

Crafty point guard Anthony Clagett was supposed to play for Slippery Rock this year, but never made it through the preseason. I found him on Twitter, but can't find him anywhere else.

There was a lot of hype in Canada when Clinton Springer-Williams left Gannon to move back home to play for Canadian powerhouse Carleton. But Springer-Williams never made it onto the Ravens roster or stat sheet this year. When you have a chance, check out the Carleton schedule. First, you'll notice their 20-game exhibition schedule which stretches from August through October. In the preseason, they scored victories over DI programs Illinois State, St. Louis, Niagara, and UC-Santa Barbara. Carleton coasted to its second consecutive Canadian College championship with a perfect 28-0 mark.

Ramon Smith played little for the Knights as a juco transfer (9 games, 1.1 ppg), so he transferred to Division III Hood College in Frederick, Md. Smith averaged 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for 16-11 Hood. He erupted for 29 points in a close loss to St. Mary's (Md.).

We didn't see much of Dennis Rumph at Gannon either (4 games, 2 points). So if you want to familiarize yourself with Rumph's abilities, watch this YouTube video of him that he produced hoping to find a new team after leaving GU. I guess the video worked out; Rumph played last season at Division II Lander in Greenwood, S.C. Lander competes in the Peach Belt Conference, the same league George Johnson played in when he transferred to Augusta State (Ga.). Rumph played 25 games for the Bearcats, starting 6 and averaging 11 minutes per contest. He registered 5.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 25 blocks on the season. He led the Bearcats in rebounding 7 times last year.

Anthony Simmons
enjoyed another strong year at NAIA Division I Xavier (La.), earning all-conference honors in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference for the second consecutive season. In 30 games (24 of them starts), Simmons shot 63% from the field while averaging 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. His stats aren't overwhelming because he averaged 21 minutes a game in a Gold Rush system that sees 11 players receive double-digit minutes of playing time. Xavier, ranked #18 in NAIA play at the end of the regular season, finished the campaign 23-9 after falling in the first round of the national tournament.

I feel bad for Filmore "Mook" Bouldes. He seemed like a nice kid during his lone season at Gannon, and he's had to endure back-to-back 7-win seasons at Division II Missouri S&T (7-20 this past season and 7-18 the year before that). In 26 games (6 starts) Bouldes played 11 minutes a contest and averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 assists.

Jerrell Sanders averaged 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game at former GLIAC rival Ferris State. The Bulldogs were 16-11 overall and 13-7 in the GLIAC North.

Isaac Reid is listed as a redshirt on the roster of Division II St. Joseph (Mo.), a member of the GLVC. Then again, I think half of America is listed on the St. Joe's roster.

Winning the Gary Miller Classic wasn't the only highlight for Daemen. The Wildcats qualified for their first NAIA Division II national tournament since 2006 and ended the season 20-11. GM Classic MVP Casey Sheehan, who lit up UPJ for 24 points in just 23 minutes in the finals, averaged 10.2 ppg for the season.

The only trophy Seton Hill earned all season was the Porreco Cup. The Griffins ended their season 11-16 overall and 9-13 (10th place) in the WVIAC. Porreco MVP Matt Miller averaged 20.1 ppg for the season while past Porreco MVP Chris Giles averaged 18.5. Oliver McGlade, who made the midcourt game winner, averaged just 3.6 ppg.

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  2. In the Erie Times News today, 4 players kicked off Mercyhurst College (...ok University) basketball team...Matt Lee, Andy Rickard, Coleman (can't think of his first name off the top of my head) and another name that I did not recognize...

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  3. Rickard and the foreign kid are still at Mercyhurst College (their site still says College on it!). matt Lee and Stephen Coleman both left the school last week (their names are no longer listed in the student lookup).

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  4. Corey, then we should continue to refer to them as Mercyhurst College.

    If they can't both to update their site, then we shouldn't bother to update our vocabulary...

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  5. In Women's Elite Eight action, Atlantic Regional champion Shaw (the team that beat GU) defeated the Pittsburg State Gorillas 61-58. Shaw moves onto tomorrow's semifinals.

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  6. Yup...smells like a little bit of drama up on the hill.

    Example #193 of players leaving programs all across the country at all levels.

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    How about all the empty seats at the NCAA D-1 1st and 2nd round games this past weekend??

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  7. Women's final is set ... Two familiar GU foes ... Shaw vs. Ashland. Shaw beat South region champ Rollins by 16 in the semis. To date, Gannon has given them their toughest game in the NCAAs.

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  8. In men's DII play, West Liberty lost in the Elite 8 opener to Stonehill, 91-90. No national championship for the Atlantic Region.

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  9. Shaw wins the women's championship in overtime vs. Ashland. Should be a feather in Cleve Wright's cap that they took the eventual champion down to the closing seconds and had a three pointer on the rim to tie it.

    Funny that two Ohio versus North Carolina games went into overtime at the same time on Friday. (Shaw is from Raleigh, NC). And both NC teams won.

    Even stranger, when CBS had Roy Williams on after the NC / Ohio game, his first question was "How's Shaw doing? Did they win?" Okay ... I made that one up. :-)

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  10. And Division II basektball is over. Western Washington wins the D2 championship over Montavello. No history with GU or anything exciting.

    Speaking of exciting and in honor of the Division II championship, gotta pull this one out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WzmQmz9Kdc&list=FLfqGruzfbaZcm7h4IP_Hp6w&index=19&feature=plpp_video

    If this year's Gannon team made the national championship, we would probably lose this way. :)

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  11. Clinton Springer-Williams had to sit out this year because of transfer rules... he played for the Ontario Revolution in the foreign tours and got to play against Baylor (scoring 8 points). He should be playing in the 12-13 season.

    http://www.cisblog.ca/2011/08/basketball-carleton-gets-even-more.html

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    1. Great info -- thanks. I didn't think I'd ever see Springer-Williams described as a "dynamic, superathletic player." Then again, the source for the info is a blog, and we all know blogs are about as reliable as the National Enquirer.

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    2. Every site I found him on said how he's going to put the team at the championship level because he can take any team and transform them. I thought maybe his mom was the editor in chief...? Kidding!

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  12. Anyone surprised about the quiet about the coaching situation? When would we be expected to hear about staying vs. going?

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  13. I'm thinking the deed would've been done already. So I think he'll be back. Just my opinion.

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  14. On a completely unrelated note, I got to watch Kayla McBride and the Notre Dame women's team play Maryland in the NCAA Elite Eight. Needless to say, I was completely impressed with both McBride and ND. Hope they thrash UConn and go all the way.

    Anyhow, I got to thinking ... is Kayla McBride the first Erie-area player to play in the Women's Final Four? Heck, has any Erie-area player ever played in the men's Final Four?

    Jim ... sorry for hijacking your blog, but I figured that if anyone would know, the fans on this blog would know.

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    1. Angie Pothoff made it to the Sweet 16 twice with Penn State, but not further than that. That's the only other name I can think (male or female) from Erie to go to a high D1 school for basketball.

      Angie also played 3 years professionally... I'm thinking she may be the only female athlete from Erie to play professional basketball..? (or any sport?).

      anyone else?

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    2. another professional female athlete from Erie... Caryn Kadavy, olympic figure skater.

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    3. Marc Blucas went to Wake Forest from c. 1991-1995, but the Demon Deacons never made the final four.

      I am too young to recall, but I believe that Prep's Tim Gore went to Michigan State in the early 1980's.

      There are quite a few football players from the Erie area who went big-time D-I and several played in the NFL.

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  15. i thought Blucas played basketball! When I searched for professional athletes from Erie, PA it took me to a wikipedia page that listed a whole bunch of famous people who were born/lived in Erie and they only had him listed as an actor, whereas other were listed as actor/athlete.

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  16. I'm surprised It wasn't reported on here yet. Coach Reilly rec'd an ext on his contract.
    Not sure about the length. I'm thinking its 1yr or it would have been a larger news story if it was multilpe yr.

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  17. It was announced on WJET 11:00pm sports on Tuesday. The announcement said that John's contract was up this year and he agreed to a one year extension.

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