Saturday, June 23, 2012

Knights Release 2012-13 Schedule

I'll add more thoughts later, but I wanted to let everyone know ASAP that the 2012-13 Gannon schedule is now online. Interesting to see three tournaments:
* PSAC/WVIAC Challenge: Nov. 9-10 at Ohio Valley (Gannon vs. Glenville State followed by Gannon at Ohio Valley)
* Gary Miller Classic: Nov. 23-24 at Gannon (Virginia Union, Daemen, Roberts Wesleyan)
* Porreco Cup: Dec. 14-15 at Gannon (Bowie State, West Va. Wesleyan, Notre Dame Oh.)

One thing I like is seeing the PSAC tournament, the Atlantic Regional tournament, and the Division II Elite 8 listed on the Gannon schedule. I love establishing that's the expectation for the program. I think that sends a good message to the players and fans.

UPDATED 6/28/12: I knew if I waited long enough -- my time has been dominated by work, family time, EYSA soccer, and this fun project -- this article on the Gannon season would write itself. Gannon SSID (Super Sports Information Director) Dan Teliski emailed me some specifics on the schedule, the PSAC, and new players. Here's some of what Dan said:

* The Gannon schedule that's online as of today isn't finalized. Says Teliski, "That is a prelim schedule. As soon as all the contracts are back, we will make an official announcement."
* "The Porreco Cup will most likely be moved to December 14-15 this year because the NCAA mandatory dead period runs this year to the 29th I believe. I have to find the actual dates but I know it interferes with the Porreco Cup dates of 29th and 30th."
* "The opening two games would not be exhibitions. Teams are allowed to play 'regional challenges' once every four years that don’t count against the 26-game schedule. Results would count, but the games don’t count against your game number, like the Disney Classic that women play in from time to time."
* "The PSAC tournament was expanded at the Presidents’ Meeting last May. The top six teams in each division will now make the tournament with the first two getting first-round byes. Everyone is not getting into the tournament. Six will play at three and five plays at four on that Saturday. After that, it returns to the original format with the Quarterfinals on Tuesday and Final Four on Friday and Saturday. We were originally scheduled to host IUP on the final day of the regular season which was Saturday, March 2. However, when the tournament was expanded, the Presidents voted to use that Saturday for the tournament and move the final game of the season to December 8. That is why it looks a little out of place."
* "We will not be announcing recruits until school starts, as we did last year. With some transfers in the mix, we cannot announce until school starts since transfers don’t sign national letters of intent."

I hope we didn't cause Dan any grief by publicizing the GU schedule before it was ready. If we did, I hope it's erased by the fact that people are talking Gannon Hoops in 85-degree weather.

Check out the complete schedule at let me know your thoughts on the independent schedule, the Porreco Cup being moved up two weeks, and the 15-day layoff between semesters. Thanks to Walter Ego for the heads up on the GU schedule.

And Happy New Year!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Potential New Knight: Rogerio Livramento jr. F. 6-6

The latest player to sign a letter of intent with Gannon (according to the PSAC website) really intrigues me. Rogerio Livramento, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, apparently will transfer to Gannon from Division II juco power Community College of Rhode Island. What I think is most interesting about Livramento is that he graduated from high school in 2006 and then played briefly -- and I mean briefly -- for part of the next season at Division III Mitchell College before resurfacing four years later at CCRI.

I don't have any data on what he did for those four years, but we know he aged. I'm guessing that if he was 18 as a high school senior in 2006, he's right around 24 years old now. That would have made him a youngster on some of Tom Chapman's teams, but he's likely to be the oldest player on the Gannon roster if not all of the PSAC.

I usually list a new player's accomplishments in reverse chronological order because their most recent stats are most relevant. Let's look at Livramento instead from high school to now so we can follow his path to Gannon.

* Named 2006 Rhode Island Basketball Coaches Association (RIBCA) All-Division first team for Division 3 as a senior at Central Falls HS (Central Falls, RI)
* Led the Warriors to a 22-4 record.
* Click here for his Max Preps bio from '05-'06.

* Played just four games from Feb. 1-8, 2007 at Division III Mitchell College (New London, CT). It was very weird to look through all their box scores, not see Livramento's name for months, then see him on the stat sheet for a week, and then disappear for the rest of the season. It was like he had a 10-day NBA contract with a DIII team.
* Played 23 minutes, scoring 11 points for the Mariners.

* I'm not sure what changed in Livramento's life between 2007 and 2011 that caused him to leave college basketball, but if you want to hear how Justin Beiber's voice changed during that timeframe, just click here.

* Returned to college hoops in grand style, helping the Community College of Rhode Island to a 31-5 record and berth in the NJCAA Division II championship game last season. In that 70-60 loss to Mott Community College (Flint, MI) Livramento registered 13 points and 10 rebounds.
* He really stuffed the stat sheet for the Knights (yes, that's CCRI's nickname, too): 10.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 turnovers, 1.2 steals, 1.9 blocks. I'm most impressed with his play in the paint, averaging double-digit rebounds and blocking 63 shots in 32 games.
* Made 50% of his field goals and 61% of his free throws. Connected on 3-of-8 three pointers .
* Posted double-doubles in his final three games at the national tournament. Besides his 13/10 effort against Mott, he tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. South Suburban College (Illinois) and 16/15 vs. Baltimore City. For his efforts, Livramento was named to the all-tournament team.
* Take a minute to check out the bracket from that NJCAA DII tournament. It looks less like a basketball tourney and more like an architect's schematic.
* This article details his exploits in an CCRI victory and includes this entertaining sentence: "The Knights were led by Rogerio Livramento (Central Falls, RI) who had a crazy double-double consisting of 20 points, including a 3-pointer, 21 rebounds to go with four emphatic blocked shots while adding three steals and two assists."
* Not much on his CCRI bio page, but here it is.
* In this photo, I think Livramento is going for a rebound.