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.


  1. Thanks for the scoop and all the research. The Justin Beiber comment was a nice touch. LOL. This kid (Livramento, not Beiber) has the kind of background and potential that used to get a kid a spot on Chapman's list of gotta-have recruits.

  2. How does he leave JC after one year?

    1. It's very typical for jucos to leave after one season if they get a DII offer they like. For example, Brandon Belt was a sophomore at Gannon last year after one year at his juco.

  3. Corey,

    Little Birdie sat upon my window sill, sat there through a porring rain...

    NE ways... just heard he is looking to move to this area... maybe looking at a couple of western NY D-I opportunities as well

    Not saying he is a beast, just someone for our radar

    Afterall it is that time of the year

    1. gotcha. I was just wondering if you had heard he was looking at Gannon or something.

      Seems like it's always "that time of year"....

    2. He is looking just nothing signed

  4. IMO a true point guard is needed - one with low turn-overs and high assist stats.

    1. agreed, and we also need a 6'10 275lb center, a 6'6 shooting guard who shoots 55% from 3FG and avgs 5.4 3's a game. But realistically this is Gannon, not a D1 program or a Findlay, Kentucky Wesleyan, Grand Valley, etc.

      I'm perfectly content with Blazek running the show AS LONG AS we have a shooting guard to compliment him and a center to give us an inside-outside game. If Gannon would have had another big shooter, I really don't think Blazek would have had as many TOs as he had last year (he would've still had TO's from some of the easy mistakes he made like passing the ball at someone's feet or straight out of bounds) because the defense would have been more spread out and not as focused on him. But when he's the only one making shots, D is going to play him more and force the TOs.

    2. I am quite sure R. Wilson will be doing some of the shooting this year...
      I'm happy with how recruiting is going so far. Coach Reilly seems to keep things quiet about recruits and I am fine with that. I like who is coming back and where we are going.


  5. What's the over-under on the number of different pronunciations of Rogerio Livramento's name by the PSAC PA announcers ... I'll put it at 3 1/2.

  6. Robert Wilson: Might be the all-time Gannon gym rat....

    I forsee a Troy Nesmith-like career for Wilson here as a Gannon Knight.

  7. Remember the article I posted some time ago about players transferring from Gonzaga? We'll see one of them up close the next two years because Mathis Keita, a 6-5 guard from France, is transferring to IUP, according to CBS Sports. Mathis did not play much as a sophomore last year, but excelled as a freshman including a 12-point outing vs. Wake Forest.

  8. How does a Frenchman attending Gonzaga end up at IUP ?????

  9. Getting tranferring players is most often a function of connections. Obviously, Coach Lombardi or someone on his staff has a connection at Gonzaga, the conference the Zags are in, the French basketball heirarchy, and/or the player's former coach from somewhere along the line. That's how such players are acquired. You have to know someone who the player knows and trusts.

  10. Just as I thought.....We need some connections

  11. Helps to have an awesome arena too.

  12. Whoa! Just saw this in the paper. Major news in the Atlantic Region that could affect Gannon: The WVIAC is breakin' up:

    From the story:

    "On Monday's MetroNews Talkline, Amos said the schools set to leave the WVIAC are the University of Charleston, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Seton Hill University (located in Greensburg, Pa.), Shepherd University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, and West Virginia Wesleyan.

    "The move will leave the current 15 member WVIAC with six members; Alderson-Broaddus College, Bluefield State College, Davis & Elkins College, Ohio Valley University, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and Wheeling Jesuit University."

    Basically, the nine football schools will try to add three new schools to form a 12-team league conference. There must be some interested schools, or I don't see them doing it. The conference minimum is eight teams for an auto-bid, which will move up to 12 starting in 2015. (I think that this rule just applies to D-II)

    TONS of questions & repercussions: What does this all mean for the Atlantic Region? Will any PSAC schools jump ship (probably not)? It does give an opportunity for some Ohio GLIAC schools to move to the new conference (what if Findlay, Tiffin & Ashland join Atlantic Region?). Will they try to woo Gannon or Mercyhurst, (not that it would be successful)? What will the six schools that remain do? All independent? That'll make it easier for teams to want to play in the GM Classic & Por Cup

    Stay tuned ... the composition of the Atlantic Region will likely change significantly. An extra conference could result in a reshuffling of all of Division II.

  13. You want to think of something a little more disturbing. Kentucky Wesleyan is in the new Great Midwest Athletic Conference with Central State, Cederville, Trevecca Nazarene, Urbana and Ursuline. What if they combine with the six schools and get placed in the Atlantic Region?

  14. What happened to KY Wesleyan's conference? And I thought Urbana was going to be or was in the GLIAC?

  15. 2012-13 schedule is now on the Gannon website. Big match ups with Virginia Union and Daemen. Porreco Cup moved up to mid-December.