Monday, May 27, 2013

New Knight: Arthur Talley G/F 6-6 175 jr.

After researching Arthur Talley, can I suggest we bring Steve Bohen back as Gannon's public address announcer? Bohen, who first called "Three for three!" when sharpshooter Chris Hollan (#3) would connect from downtown, would have a field day with Talley. His nickname is "Tee" and he's "Arthur Talley III," so Bohen could say "Tee for three!", "III for three!", and even "Tee III for three!" We could all have our minds blown if C.J. Oldham gives up uniform #3 to Talley.

Talley, one of five new Knights listed on the PSAC Letters of Intent web page, is more evidence of a theme developing in this year's recruiting class. John Reilly seems to be going after hard working, high energy scorers in the 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-7 range, and he'll teach them to defend and rebound relentlessly. I haven't seen any Dmitry Martynenko or Tanner Furno-like post players in this year's class. To date, I have these seven players scheduled to attend Gannon. I'm sure at least a couple of them will redshirt:

* Matthew Dogan G 6-6 fr.
* Brandon Domenick G 5-9 fr.
* Marcus Jones G 6-1 fr.
* Girbran Smith G 6-5 jr.
* Arthur "Tee" Talley G/F 6-6 jr.
* Raphell Thomas-Edwards F 6-6 jr.
* Nolan Woodward F 6-5 fr.

 Here's background info on Talley:
* Gannon will be Talley's third school in three years. He played juco ball at NJCAA Division III Montgomery-Germantown (Md.) before transferring to Division I Frederick (Md.) Community College. 
* Helped Frederick to a 21-10 record, ranking second on the team in scoring (16.3 ppg) and first in rebounding (8.6 rpg). 
* Connected on 41% of his three-point attempts (44-of-108) and 46% of his field goals overall. Shot well at the free throw line (78%, 86-for-111).
* Also registered 30 blocks, 20 steals, 30 assists, and 47 turnovers in 28 games.
* He ranked 2,004th in NJCAA play in total fouls with 50. That stat is completely meaningless, but I rarely get a chance to say someone's ranked 2,004th in anything.
* Exploded for several big games at FCC, including 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting vs. Globe Institute of Technology and 27 vs. Prince George's Community College. (Side note: Much to my chagrin, Globe's nickname is the Knights, not the Trotters. Probably a copyright infringement thing. But check out Globe's home gym in this photo. Old school for sure!)
* Scored 20+ points in 11 games.
* Scored in double figures the last 13 games of his juco career, including 24 in FCC's season finale loss to Hagerstown Community College in the NJCAA Region XX semifinal. 
* This game writeup says that Talley scored 17 points, but the real reason I'm sharing it is for Chesapeake College's nickname: the Skipjacks.
* FCC teammate Markee Mazyck, a 6-foot-5 forward who averaged 22.5 ppg, will play at Austin Peay next year.
* At Montgomery, Talley averaged 14.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.1 assists, and an outrageous 3.8 blocks per game.
* Hit on 46% of his field goals, 33% of his threes (18-for-55), and made 66% of his free throws (66-for-100).
* The only stat of his at Montgomery that will make Gannon fans frown is 3.2 turnovers a game.
* At Tuscarora (Md.) High School, Talley was named first-team all-area by the Frederick News-Post and first-team all-Chespeake Conference. He was also MVP of the Frederick County Roundball Classic.
* This game article from 2008 references Talley as a "backup center" who hit the game-winning free throws as a sophomore. 
* According to this web page, he was also as wide receiver/defensive back on the Tuscarora football team.
* This compilation of video highlights from his high school and AAU days shows he's not afraid to go after the basketball. You have to watch the whole video to see a thundering slam dunk by Talley.
* You only have to wait 7 seconds to see a putback slam by Talley in this video.
* If you want to see complete games of Talley at Frederick, click here for the videos. We don't have another Gannon game for six months, so you have plenty of time to watch them between now and late November.

43 comments:

  1. okay it may have started with Hollan, but was it as good as it was with Moyer?? :)

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  2. Just received this email from a Gannon fan. I might end up being disappointed when the new women's coach is named just because the speculating has been so much fun! Again, this is all speculation -- I haven't confirmed any of this with Gannon officials.

    "Well Jim, if you are by the Erie Airport - Tom Ridge Field you might run into the next Gannon Women's Basketball Coach. I hear that they are bringing in 3 coaches for final interviews - one Thursday or Friday, one Saturday, and one Monday or Tuesday of next week. They are hoping to get everything in order by next Thursday or Friday."

    I want to go on the record that I'm rooting for Angie Potthoff, Marcel Arribi, or Bunky Harkleroad of Glenville State to get the job. :)

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  3. If Gannon brings back Marcel Arribi with the team that is coming back too it will be a national championship. Coach Arribi might be the best coach in America who is not currently coaching.

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  4. Jim: You have another player to look up. A'Darius Porter 6"7' 220lb center from John Wood Community College in Georgia. Maybe you will have to retire to keep up. I lost track but I think this is number eight.

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  5. Porter: The "Devin Taylor-type" alluded to earlier........

    Welcome all incoming student-athletes!!.....

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  6. Yes welcome welcome welcome all ballplayers! It will be like Jim says. Undefeated plus one. U+1
    U+1
    U+1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    undefeated regular season and one national championship!!

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  7. check out hoopstars Canada for another player coming greishe clerjuste 6'2" sg montreal QC vanier

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  8. Jim it is retirement time. We now have number nine in the fold. Glerjuste Clerjuste a 6' 2" shooting guard from Vanier in Montreal. Who ever said we might have to play O' Canada might be right.

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  9. Sorry mis spelled first name it is GREISHE

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  10. Clerjuste in Canadian means three pointer!

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  11. I received this email from a Gannon fan. :)

    "Marc Blucas will be in our town next week to speak at an awards banquet. Coincidence?!? A major movie star as coach!!!! Cannot beat that (unless Marcel is named)."

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  12. Sounds plausible to me. I can hear it now in the pre-game introductions: "Gannon is coached by Marc Blucas assisted by Larry Seneta and Carrie Nolan." A movie-star coach heading an all-Girard staff. Who says no? :-)

    Speaking of pre-game introductions (and the awards banquet), great story in today's paper on Hailey Wilwohl, daughter of Gannon PA announcer John Wilwohl, on her comeback from thyroid cancer surgery. Congratulations to Hailey and her family on her inspirational athlete of the year award.





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  13. Been quiet on the women's head coaching search. Any news / rumors?

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    1. I hear one of the required criteria was the new coach must be named "Cleve," so the finalists for the job are former NFL running back Cleveland Gary and the great-great grandson of Grover Cleveland Alexander.

      Seriously, my understanding is within a week Gannon will name a new coach.

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  14. I heard the required criteria was that the coach must have a last name of "Wright", be a male (Mr. Wright) and have at least 11 years of running a D2 women's national powerhouse.

    I also heard that they would not get an option, they had to come to be the coach if they fit this criteria.

    I WISH!

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  15. Former Gannon players Cass Wright and Ron Wright meet 2 of your 3 criteria.

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  16. I just received an email from a Gannon "insider" who has been a reliable source telling me who the three finalists are plus the favorite to be GU coach. I won't share the details because I don't want to interfere with Gannon's interview process. Stay tuned to Gannon Hoops for an official announcement.

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  17. Will you be happy and will we????

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    1. Hard for me to say from a distance, but all three names I've seen seem to be completely qualified. Also, I know a couple of the people on the search committee, and I trust their judgment. I'm told Gannon is a stickler about hiring high character people to lead their athletic programs, something I support 100%. You can't judge someone by their resume only.

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  18. I have inside information that the new coach is NOT Tom McConnell.

    He was just named the head coach of the IUP women's BB team. He was most recently the assistant coach at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. In his two years, ODU had a record of 30-33 with two postseason appearances.

    He was also the men's head coach at Division I St. Francis (Loretto, PA) from 1992-99 where is is second on the all-time wins list with 85. Not a misprint ... the second most wins while averaging about 12 wins per season.

    He is also the brother of Suzie McConnell-Serio.

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  19. Given who Craig Smylie is following on twitter, I think we know who the new coach is. I'm beyond disappointed in Mark Richards.

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  20. Monday morning at 9 a.m. In the Old Main Boardroom, Gannon University athletics has scheduled a major public announcement to introduce the next head coach of the Gannon women’s basketball program. We urge you to join us in the Old Main Boardroom at 9 a.m. for this announcement. It’s a big one, and we’d like as many of the Maroon & Gold as possible to be there.

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  22. We won't be disappointed if GU makes the Elite 8 next year.

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    1. Honestly, with the talent on this team and hiring option on the table, with the opportunity to host PSAC tourney, Regional & Elite Eight, anything but and I would be.

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  23. How about we try something new here..let's give the soon to be new head coach a shot here. Assuming based on the research I am right, we got a fairly young head coach, has some head coaching experience with a good D2 program with multiple NCAA appearances.

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    1. With 54 wins in 4 years. And one trip to the playoffs? And Kest (rather than Ramsey, who won a NC and runner up two years in a row). Yeah, that's not a resume to replace a guy of Cleve's legacy. Like the 2nd candidate, Cleve was never a HC at the collegiate level. While he had experience w/ HS, the resume of the 2nd is far more impressive, particularly with regard to the responsibilities (including recruiting and scouting) and glowing reviews from coach.

      But this is the A.D. who repeatedly is giving Reilly a second chance, so sure, why am I that surprised.

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    2. I did some more research: 72 wins in 5 years with his current school, 3 NCAA appearances. Considering who the other candidate was...I am kinda surprised that Gannon didn't go with that candidate. That being said, the incoming coach has a team with enough talent to make an extremely deep run in the NCAA's. I am taking the wait and see approach with this one.

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  25. Now wait a minute, you people are getting all bent out of shape, and badmouthing Gannon, just because Craig Smylie followed somebody on Twitter? What makes you think he has insider information? Don't you think that if he knew for sure who was getting the job he'd be announcing it on his show so as to scoop the paper and other channels? In fact, they just said on the show that they don't know who it is yet. You people see one thing on Twitter and think that it's a done deal -- give me a break! Let's just wait for the announcement on Monday before passing judgment.

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    1. Not everyone is badmouthing now :)

      I am tending to agree with everyone's logic so to speak on who the coach is going to be as of Monday. Mind you, everyone that was an IUP fan thought that last week Cindy Martin was going to come back to be coach...look how that changed.

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  26. I respectfully request that the bashing of the new coach stop. You're embarrassing yourself (though you haven't shared your real name) and you're embarrassing the Gannon community by casting judgment on so little information. Most important of all, your unwarranted comments are hurtful to the people you're criticizing.

    I don't claim to be an expert in many areas, but I do have quite a bit of experience with hiring. I've studied it for 15+ years and even wrote a book about it (Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer, the perfect Father's Day gift, on sale at Amazon.com). You should hire people based on skills, personality, and character, not just on their resume and statistics. In this situation, what I believe is most important to Gannon is someone who fits the Gannon culture and has a personality/style similar to Cleve so the women's program can continue to build upon its current culture. For example, a yeller-and-screamer with an .814 winning percentage would not be right for this team. A coach with a lesser winning percentage but highly recommended by Cleve would be the right fit.

    I've been in contact with a couple members of the search committee for the Gannon women's coach. Neither of them provided me with specifics (because they are professionals), but both went out of their way to mention how important character was to the committee. They spent extra time with candidates to truly understand their character and how they would run the Gannon program. That gave me confidence Gannon was getting the right data on the table -- the complete story of the candidate -- which would enable the committee to make an accurate decision.

    If some of the commenters here were in charge of the search committee, you'd say, "Let's not talk with the candidates. Instead, let's look at their record on the internet and make a snap prejudgment!"

    If you can't tell, I'm very frustrated that people are making negative comments and doing so when they have barely any information. And don't give me this, "I'm a fan so I'm entitled to my opinion" nonsense. This is not the right way to treat people. This is not the right way to welcome someone to the Gannon community.

    I started this site as a stress relief but here I am on a Saturday morning having to manage ignorant, vitrolic comments. If this persists, I'm going to consider banning people from posting, quickly deleting comments like the ones I referenced above, or just shutting off the commenting functionality altogether. That would ruin a lot of people's fun, but right now some of the comments are very hurtful. I'd sacrifice some of our good, clean fun to save others from undeserved scorn.

    Go Knights!

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  27. First let me say that you cannot blame Mark for this hire. A committee was formed and they make the recommendation who to hire. Should Mark go against their wishes the committee may be looking to hire a new athletic director. Like Jim has said lets give the person a chance. Another thing is to attract big names you need big money and resources and I do not think that is currently available at Gannon. My sources tell me the athletic program is not a high priority at Gannon at this time getting desk filled is number 1,2, & 3.

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  28. I am not sure what people expect here ... look at the previous men's hires: an NAIA coach (Reilly), another NAIA coach (Slocum), the fired coach of Marquette (Dukiet -- that was an outlier), a Division III coach (Chapman), and the Mercyhurst coach (Fox).

    And we don't have any idea who the new coach is!!! Just because a local announcer followed some dude on Twitter.

    BREAKING NEWS ... Craig Smylie just started following the Toronto Argonauts on Twitter. Maybe the new coach is on the Argos staff. Well, the Chicago Bears just hired a CFL coach as their new head coach and Cleve Wright has experience at Northwestern, which is near Chicago. The plot thickens ...

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  29. When I returned from my daughter's dance recital Saturday night, I had these three emails in my inbox from folks who will remain anonymous. I haven't validated this info, but these people haven't steered me wrong before:

    * "The person hired was the overwhelming top choice for the current members of the team who met all three on campus candidates."

    * "You would think that Gannon fans would be halfway happy about the incoming coach. 3 NCAA Appearances in 5 years isn't a bad track record to start with. Mind you at this point I think Gannon could bring in Phil Jackson to coach and people would complain."

    * "From the research I have on this coach and talking to a few girls high school coaches in the Erie area who had players recruited by him when he was at Akron they indicate that he is the type of person Gannon wants with high integrity and character. Give this man a chance and support him, the team, and welcome his family to Gannon. I think it would be good for him and his family to know that Erie Basketball fans welcome him and support him."

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  30. I don't think this guy's record is so bad. His first year he never got the job until July 31, so you almost have to throw that year;s record out.

    We knew very little about Cleve when he got here. Heck, he didn't really have much head coaching experience to speak of. This coach looks like an energetic young guy,according to his bio has a young family (like Cleve). A lot of similarities. If Jim's source is correct that the search committee was so overwhelmingly in favor of hiring him, maybe we should consider that they know a heck of a lot more about his abilities than we do.

    Let's just see what happens.

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  31. UNBELIEVEABLE !!!!! .....The guy hasn't even started yet......QYB and give the guy a chance...my Lord some of you are ridiculous…if Jesus coached this team you’d have a problem with it.

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  32. I heard that the new guy met with the team this afternoon and it went very well.

    For my money, I am excited about the new hire. I really like his credentials. The search committee is comprised of good people and Gannon's coach hiring has been terrific from a character standpoint. Let's see how it goes.

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  33. Erie Times going with story that Jim Brunelli from Anderson (SC) will be named coach. Exciting news. Press conference in 1 1/2 hours.

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