Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The World Is Still Flat

About a year ago, at the conclusion of the 2013-14 Division II men's basketball season, I wrote a post titled The World Is Flat. My two main points were these:

1. After watching tons of Gannon games this year plus several Atlantic Region NCAA tournament contests and many minutes of the Elite 8, I can say that the distance between teams like our Golden Knights and best in Division II is slim. Very slim.
2. Not only do I think my claim passes the eyeball test but I think the stats also back up my assertion. I know comparative scores can be misleading, but when you stack [the following] data points together, there's a trend that's hard to deny.

Here we are 360-something days later and those words still ring true. IUP, whom Gannon beat fair-and-square twice this season, advanced to the NCAA DII finals. National champion Florida Southern, who won the title, featured two former Knights (Stephen Battle and Bubby Johnson) in its starting lineup. And as far as style of play, Indiana and Gannon were basically mirror images of each other. So John Reilly's defense-first, ask-questions-late...let's-get-back-to-talking-defense approach can play on the national scene.

As I wrote last year, "I'm not saying Gannon is the best team in the country, but they are less than a full step behind the elite." Heck, this year they were two spots ahead of IUP in the final PSAC West standings. The biggest difference between this off-season and last is the experience and production that goes away with seniors Adam Blazek (who was named an All-American today), Girbran Smith, Raphell Thomas-Edwards, A'Darius Porter, and Rich Austin. A year ago, Gannon was maybe one player away. Next year we'll have more question marks than answers.

Last year I said after West Liberty lost in the DII finals, "If you're among the best in the Atlantic Region, you're among the best in the nation." That's still true, but I can narrow it down even further. If you finish in the top three of the PSAC West, you're among the best in the country.

A couple other notes before we head into the long offseason:
* In the photo accompanying this post, Florida Southern is holding a banner with their school name and the year "2015," which must have been stitched together before the game. That means there's a "national championship" banner that says "INDIANA PA 2015" on it. I wonder how I could get a hold of that -- unless Joe Lombardi already ordered it burned.

* Bubby Johnson may have a national championship ring, but he's also a member of the college basketball hall of shame. Why? Johnson lags behind me on the all-time Gannon scoring list with just 9 points compared with my 14. Granted he played like only 4 games and I played 4 years, but those are extraneous details, right?

* My guess at Gannon's starting lineup for next year -- keep in mind I don't know any recruits yet -- is soph. Adam Holm-Weber at the point and jr. Matthew Dogan at the two with a frontline of sr. Jean Yves Toupane, soph. Daniel Kaigler, and soph. Isaiah Eisendorf. Marcus Jones fell out of favor late in the season, but if he gets back on track, he could be an all-league guy. I'm also curious to see how highly touted redshirt junior Jon Dogbo fits into John Reilly's system. Super quick Tony Boykins will also be back, so while GU will rebuild, it's not like the cupboard is completely bare. And maybe most importantly, those returnees saw firsthand from the graduating seniors what it takes to be a champion.

Go Knights!

73 comments:

  1. Jim - the IUP 2015 banner probably goes overseas to the less privileged children, just as the pro and college sports runner-up apparel does.

    This is why China thinks the Buffalo Bills were the best team in the NFL for four years! :)

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  2. Yes, Gannon could hang with anybody in the country this year. In one game on a given night, they could have pulled out a national championship. It wasn't IUP's night, that's for sure. Seems the missing ingredient for Gannon is a little more offense, maybe a consistent pure shooter. Playing 1950s style offense or 1980s Piston banger ball will keep you in the hunt but it's probably not going to put a banner in the Jammermill rafters. Not sure if there was ever a better defensive team at Gannon as this year, and never one that hustled more or played harder. Hats off to everyone for the effort. But it seems like the D-II teams that win it all are more offensive minded. They play good defense but they can bury the three and go inside to boot. Maybe I'm all wrong but that's how it looks from the bleachers.

    Next year's cupboard is not as bare as some might fear. Kaigler is a superstar in waiting while an experienced Toupane and Eisendorf will be outstanding in the PSAC. The backcourt will be in good hands with Dogan and Holm-Weber, although, no disrespect, Smith will be missed and Blazek is simply one of a kind. Throw in Dogbo and a couple recruits and Gannon is at least in a PSAC upper seed playoff spot next year.

    Now the long off season begins. Can't wait for the first rumor of the nameless 6-8 kid from NYC who can pick a quarter of the top of the backboard, leave 15 cents change, and he's coming to Gannon. :)

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  3. I have to agree with gogannongo. Dick Vitale said that in order to win the national championship, you have to win six games in a row against quality competition (usually an increasing level of quality). A team as offensively challenged as most John Reilly teams will certainly contend, but do not have the game-to-game offensive consistency in order to compete for a national championship. It is not a surprise that Reilly's best offensive team (2008-09 with Kyle Goldcamp, Vince Moseley, Joe Lindsey, et al) was the lone regional champion of the John Reilly era.

    Having said that, I never enjoyed watching a team play defense as this Gannon outfit did. It certainly was an enjoyable year and we'll have the great memories (including a PSAC championship banner).

    The college basketball season will be ending this weekend. Always a bittersweet time. Sad to see basketball end, but I'll take seven months of warmer weather until next November rolls around.

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  4. With a free year of education, housing, food and now a national championship i thinm thats a fair trade for your hall of shame

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    1. I don't know ... languishing behind me on the Gannon scoring list is quite a burden to bear. Not many people would trade that ignominy for all the money in the world.

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    2. Yeaa on second thought you might be right

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    1. Let me try this one more time ....Gannon is a great program but to compare them to Elite Eight teams is a little far fetched! Yeaa they beat IUP in regular season but lacked experience and didnt make changes to get it done. (Florida Southern had to beat Lynn 4 Times). Yes Gannon did feature Both Florida Southern Players Stephen Battle and Bubby Johnson but there is a reason why the 2 players left, those players strengths were not utilized on the court, which is probably why you are ahead of him on the scoring list lol. Gannon was a terrific ball club this year who saw recognition from winning the conference and being represented by Adam Blazek as an All-American. Congrats to you Adam and thank you for all your hard work!! As far as the Elite Eight Teams they are on a different level and deserve to be, so I'm thinking someone else should be inducted into your self proclaimed Hall of Shame for letting those 2 national champions go huh ?

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    2. I wouldn't say that GU lacked experience in the NCAA tourney-most everyone who played this year had 2 games under their belt from last year. They either weren't properly tapered in anticipation of playing a game (practiced too hard/long) OR developed overconfidence from having already beaten the Rock 3X OR played too cautiously in a "playing not to lose" mindset vs. a "playing to win" mindset.

      As far as Battle and Johnson leaving GU, both had injury problems their last year here, and GU players are often encouraged to play through those injuries. It appeared that being expected to play when hurt didn't sit well with Battle, who had a much better year the year before when healthy. As is happening so much these days, the player became disgruntled and decided to leave. If you haven't noticed, where Battle goes, Johnson follows (they were teammates in high school, @ GU, and @FSC).

      As far as how FSC played, if you saw all 3 of their games in Evansville, you'd know that the great defensive effort they put together in the Championship game vs. IUP was the first time they played anywhere near that hard or that well on the defensive end all week. Their normal style by far emphasized offense over defense until that last game. I can understand why that would appeal to a kid whose interest and talent tends to be more offense-minded than defense-minded.

      Here's the rub: Coach Reilly expects his players to play a certain way under a certain set of conditions. He stresses defense at the expense of offense. He (allegedly) feels that long, hard practices develops the team's ability to play defense in the manner he expects. This style has proven successful recently from the standpoint of record and league success. There are players that are capable of and willing to play that way and some that are not. It appears that Battle/Johnson could not. They appeared to flourish under a much different style in a much more attractive (weather-wise, anyway) locale. Implying that they would have played that well here (and leading GU to greater success) and blaming anyone at GU for them leaving isn't logical. They don't fit Reilly's style and couldn't/wouldn't play the way he wanted them to and thus would not have been as successful if they were still playing here. We GU fans have to accept that as long as Reilly is the coach here, there will be players leaving that can't handle playing the way they are expected to play under the conditions the coach dictates. That's just the way it is. Complaining about it when they leave and have success is hindsight and illogical.

      Oh, and Happy Easter

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  6. I wonder if it would be possible to find great offensive players and teach them to play the fantastic defense we've seen lately??????
    I know a lot of those offensive minded players have no desire to play defense BUT there must be some players out there that would fit that category??
    I also know that offensive players like the freedom to play a more wide open offense. They don't like the iron structure of some coaches. My guess is that some of the players that have left the program fall into that category.
    Just my humble opinion.

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  7. I dont think you go 36-1 only playing defense one of those 37 games.

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    1. Make sense to me.......wrote reply but not showing up for some odd reason

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  8. Not sure if everyone heard this news -- more accolades for Adam Blazek:

    Gannon's Blazek Named to All-ECAC Men's Basketball Postseason Team
    http://gannonsports.com/news/2015/4/2/MBB_0402152759.aspx?elinkdata=1037101

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  9. It was brought up can you score and play defense. A comparison of the 2007/2008 team to this year's team is interesting. The 2008 year team scored 77 points and gave up 59 a game. This year's team scored 63 and gave up 56. Two other stats 2008 took 59 shots and had 18 assist a game. This year they took 51 shots and had 11 assist and they both had 14 turnovers a game. It appears you can score and still play solid defense.
    Congratulations to Adam he earned all the accolades he has received. It was fun watching him develop over these four years to bad we could not see this more often.

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  10. Tim, you're right, they probably played enough defense during their other games, but their scoring average suggests they may not have plaedy it as effectively as most PSAC teams play it. Anyway, I didn't see any of their games except their last 3 and those are the games I was commenting on. Bob, were those stats for the 2009 team that made the Elite 8?

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  11. My mistake on the year it was 2009 elite eight team.

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  12. I dont know if PSAC teams play defense better or if they just play a slower style. IUP is always one of thr top teams in the PSAC and FSC put up 77 against them hitting 13 3s. shooting under the 10 sec mark on the shot clock doesnt make you a stubborn defense.

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  13. I just did a quick spin around the PSAC men's basketball websites, and it appears no changes have been made at the head coaching level. I'm waiting for Joe Lombardi to get a DI offer, but that hasn't happened yet.

    The best item I found was a link on the Clarion site to a WICU TV feature on CU grad and current Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari. Gannon official scorekeeper and Athletic Hall of Famer Rick "Stats" Klapthor is quoted in the piece:

    http://www.erietvnews.com/clip/11347766/final-four-coach-has-erie-area-connections

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  14. Regarding Lombardi, I doubt that he's going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. His team plays in one of the nicest DII arenas in the country, nicer than many DI schools. He is just coming off a second Finals appearance and has been in the DII playoffs for many, many years consecutively. He has a sweet arrangement @ IUP with a lengthy list of wealthy boosters lining up to help finance his team's operations, is one of the highest paid coaches in DII, has developed a national reputation that allows him to intimidate many officials and opponents alike with little more than a glance. At IUP, they have developed a pipeline at various DI schools which enables him to restock his team with numerous talented players that couldn't quite break into the lineup at schools like Gonzaga and Drake. IUP has become a destination for exceptional DII transferees like Dyer (from West Liberty) and Norfleet (from Cheyney) who want to move on for one reason or the other. Additionally, Lombardi will be adding his own son, Dante, to the lineup next season. I'm told the kid, who played at Kiski Prep, is a decent player, but no DII superstar, so it's doubtful the old man would leave while the kid is still there (every parent wants his kid to get playing time. Joe will make sure the kid plays as much as possible). By the time Dante graduates, Joe will be around 60 (I think I heard that he's a 1977 Kennedy Christian grad), and I doubt that he'll be looking to leave a highly successful program to start over in a much riskier DI situation at that point in his life. I'd be real surprised if he leaves IUP before he retires. His current situation is just too good.

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  15. I think Wednesday is first day for letter of intent signing see if anyone out there picks up anything men's or women's.

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  16. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/oakland-university-unveils-new-blacktop-esque-floor-172357894.html

    Former Gannon then-GLIAC foe Oakland University is in the news for unveiling a distinctive blacktop-style court. It certainly is different. And Greg Kampe is still the coach.

    Maybe Gannon should do this. What would be the theme?

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    1. I like it a lot better than the courts that have the "trees" and "forests" on them (Is it Stanford?)... those look so awful! I like the way Oakland's looks (esp since they used common sense and went dark court with white linings), but, to me at least, it in no way even remotely makes me think of blacktop. Just looks like dark hardwood.

      I do like it though. Gannon's would be cool if they did it black like that and did gold linings and middle could be a maroon (with some gold) GU symbol.

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  17. Ian Gardner is a verbal commit to Gannon, CJ Byrd gave a verbal commitment to Georgia. Marco Haskins has received an offer from Gannon and is listed as having "low-medium interest" in signing with Gannon.

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  18. c j byrd and ian gardener both played at st Thomas more prep school in oakdale CT

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    1. my apologies.. wrong CJ byrd!! (there's a CJ Byrd from Greenwich HS in CT going to Georgia). On the St. Thomas More twitter feed it says that both Ian and CJ are going to Gannon, however, on the commit list it only shows Ian Gardner.. CJ has a list of colleges that he is "looking at" supposedly.

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  19. http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/stm-duo-headed-to-d2-gannon

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  20. Thanks for sharing that info. My plan is to share what I hear and then jump back into researching recruits/commits in the late summer. Along those lines, here are excerpts from some emails I've received the last few days. I'm not saying any of this is 100% accurate; I'm just sharing because it's interesting:

    * Two names I heard that Gannnon men's team have been looking at. Both from Lakeland Community College guard soph Mike Davis 6'3 guard freshman Montell Goodwin 6'3 as well as point guard from Cleveland St. Ed's. Also, we heard the 6'7 player from Denmark who hurt knee wants to come to Gannon not sure his status.

    * One of the top high school players in Pennsylvania an all state point guard visited Gannon and is very interested in continuing at Gannon - Aliquippa point guard Stephon McGuinnis. Gannon has had long ties and good luck in recruiting Aliquippa basketball players to Gannon and continuing their careers at Gannon.

    * I found a website that is now listing both Div I and Div II mens basketball signings and verbals as well as transfers. Great website. It is called Verbal Commits - list signings and verbals at Div I and Div II. It says Gannon has signed a 6'4 shotting G / F CT Ian Gardner and has offered if you go to Marco Haskins 6'3 - some list him at 6' 4 from Virginia. He has received 6 offers from his website with being Rider and another Div I and 4 Div II Gannon Shepard cannot remember other 2 schools. Also, C J Byrd a player from Connecticut who websites say is a sleeper has 2 Div I offers and 1 from Gannon.

    * I was checking out St. Thomas Moore Prep School in Oakdale CT were both Ian Garner and C J Byrd went and palyed together. Quite an impressive roster of players who have went to the school and then played college ball.

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  21. I just received this email from a Gannon fan:

    Website newenglandrecruiting.com has article with information saying that it is confirmed that Ian Gardner and C.J. Byrd have commitment both at Gannon. It is a pretty good website.

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    1. Corrected link for the above comment: www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com

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  22. Marco Haskins verbally committed to Chowen...he was a maybe for GU

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  23. C.J. Byrd is only listed on http://verbalcommits.com as receiving an offer from Rider. Just Ian Gardner is listed on GU page as a verbal commit

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  24. RIP Lou Porreco ... His mark on Gannon, with the Porreco Cup and now the Porreco game will always be felt.

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  25. Winning the Division II championship paid off for Florida Southern coach Linc Darner. He's now the head coach at DI Wisconsin-Green Bay. He will face Jerry Slocum and Youngstown State twice during Horizon League play. This paragraph is from CBS Sports --

    In: Linc Darner. Darner's Florida Southern won the Division II national championship this season with a 36-1 record. He was with the Mocassins since 2006, where he accumulated a 218-73 record and transformed the program into a power on that level by reaching eight straight D-II NCAA Tournaments. He played at Purdue under Gene Keady, and will try to lead the Phoenix back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. A hire that still has some questions, but ultimately could really work out.

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  26. Darner was replaced by Mike Donnelly, the Southern Connecticut State University coach. There's an opening now at SCSU if anyone's interested.

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  27. I cannot understand why Gannon cannot have this kind of success. Florida Southern has 2200 undergrad students and their gym seats 1800 people. They drew last year about 1200 per game. You cannot tell me that there is not a mired of things to do in Florida that they compete against. It comes down to how does the administration feels about sports and what kind of effort do they want to put into the athletic programs.

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    1. I don't get it either. Does anybody know the answer?

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    2. Gannon needs a Sports Marketing Dep't

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    3. I don't have answers, but, I do know this: I attended the first hockey game of my life Tuesday evening. In attendance, were 6,450 fans. While I know absolutely nothing about the sport of hockey, I have to admit, the atmosphere was electric.

      Erie now has many more "only games in town" than what what once held for only Gannon Basketball. As far as Bob's comment of "this kind of success"......I'd say, all-in all, Gannon still enjoys a high level of success.

      Hoping next season brings more students to the games to watch the best D-2 basketball league in the nation.

      (I still don't know what "icing" means.........)

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    4. Icing is what you put on a cake. As in when Gannon leads 61-59 with 6 seconds left and then adds another two point hoop to seal the deal. Used in a sentence, it might sound like this: "Darrell Blanton just brought the whole building through the rim with him on that outrageous monster slam and that puts the icing on the cake for tonight, folks!"

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    5. ....or, Jim Roddy makes both free throws to "ice" another win, 101-80!

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    6. The key for the Otters (and Bayhawks to a lesser extent) in their success against Gannon is that the Erie Insurance Arena teams get the families with kids. It's a must-have if you want to be mainstream-successful in Erie area sports. How many people do you see bringing elementary and middle-school age kids to Gannon games? I could count them on one hand most games, and I'm not a mutant. Face it -- the Otters & Bayhawks games are much more "fun" for kids than the GU games.

      I'm in my 40s and I feel like a young-un when I walk into the Hammermill Center. My idea would be to have GU start a "Golden Knight Kids Club" in which kids who join get free admission to all or select GU sporting events. They also get regular marketing by mail, meet the players events, and other Gannon goodies to keep them interested.

      I am no marketing genius, but it just seems like one idea to get the families coming back to Gannon. I am sure that there are better ones out there.

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  28. Several rule changes have been proposed for the NCAA next year. Among the changes are a 30-second shot clock, expanding the "charge circle" under the basket, and reducing second-half timeouts. These aren't finalized, but I haven't heard anyone who expects they will be rejected. My rule proposal is if your team colors are maroon and gold and your school name rhymes with Zannon, you should start the game with 20 extra points. Details here:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2015/05/15/basketball-rules-shot-clock-block-charge-arc/27368185/

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  29. The shot clock reduction will result in more possessions per game, but it will also result in more desperation shots at the shot clock buzzer.

    I like the time-out reduction. The unseen benefit will be the fact that teams will be less likely to call time out in a scramble for the ball. That always annoyed me (except when Gannon benefited from it. :-) )

    The game won't get any better until officials stop calling so many charges. Players are afraid to take the ball to the basket and are settling for jump shots. The defenders have gotten the upper hand all around college basketball. The expansion of the no-charge circle will make inroads, but the officials are going to have to change.

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  30. The changes are supposed to help the flow of the game on offense. That's good because too many offenses have the flow rate of lava. They are hard to watch. Games have become more like coaching strategy sessions and ego contests (I'm thinking Kevin Reynolds and his little stool out on the court during time outs and Joe Lombardi constantly walking the sideline barking out instructions to his players who apparently have no clue how to play basketball unless he does that). What few people who are left who go to D2 games (not just Gannon) go to watch the players play, not the coaches coach. So if the rule changes can help with that, great. The question locally is whether Coach Reilly will tone down his obsession with defense and recruit some offensive-minded players. I know it's just one game but in the championship game Florida Southern's offense trumped IUP's defense, maybe a sign of the new trend in college hoops.

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  31. Love the reduced shot clock - 30 is perfect! Should help reduce the fouls at the end of the game because teams will have more chances to go for the steal, turnover, etc. I still think the restricted area itself is stupid and expanding it is that as well. I hope the # of timeouts are decreased greatly. Would be nice if they could work something out to decrease the media timeouts. Seriously, 8 media timeouts per game is ridiculous! 2 per half; first stoppage under 15mins and first stoppage near 5mins (so if there's an inbound at 5:21 they can do it then). No need for the additional four!

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  32. CJ Byrd is now listed as verbal commitment to Gannon on the Verbal Commits web site
    Also it lists Ibrahim Kamara a 6'4" shooting guard as a recruit (High School Senior 2016 from Woodbridge VA).
    Here is the link:
    http://verbalcommits.com/schools/gannon

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  33. Here's a recent email exchange between a Gannon fan and me:

    FAN: Verbal commits has C. J. Byrd signing to Gannon now and a player who I believe came to Gannon from Kentucky and was from Serba who left Gannon to go to Kananecke Jr. College committing to Gannon or Cameron. Also, a shooting guard from Va has received an offer.

    ME: Thanks for the info. I believe you're talking about Aleksandar Malinic. It would be interesting to see him come back.
    http://gannonhoops.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-knight-aleksandar-malinic-f-6-8-205.html

    FAN: The player whom is listed for a offer from Gannon from Woodbridge High School is written up well in the VAHoops.com and VantageHooops.com I believe. He played in the AAU Tournament in Pittsburgh at the end of April and in the VA websites one of them mentions how well he played and the mentions that he was offered a scholarship from Gannon.

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  34. 5/16/2015 - JUCO PF Aleksander Malinic (6-8, -, 2★) committed to Cameron. - See more at: http://verbalcommits.com/schools/cameron#sthash.WrBtqosm.dpuf

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  35. Gannon received a verbal commit from Kevin Kuteyi Northern Oklahoma College a 6'1" guard. Statistics look like he is a solid player.

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    1. is anyone else not a little concerned that all of the VC's are coming from small guards..... im not expecting a 6'10 but what about the 6'6, 6'7 to man the middle??...

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  36. 5 guard offense firing up nothing but 3's...LOL...just kidding

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  37. Cavs are playing Golden Knight style defense in the Finals. Is John Reilly working with them as a consultant? Dellavedova deserves an honorary degree from GU with the way he throws his body around out there.

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  38. Very true, gogannongo.

    It's been funny to hear the announcers use terms like making Golden State feel "uncomfortable" on offense and contesting everything that they do ... playing each game as if your life depended on it ... all things that we've grown used to seeing game in and game out as GU fans.

    Full disclosure -- I am actually a long-time (and long-suffering) Golden State fan. But I do also cheer for the Cavs as the local team. It's rare that my favorite pro team in any sport makes the Finals, let alone my two favorite teams. Still want to see GS win it all, but it's been hard to root against the Cavs, especially with the way they are defending.

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  39. From what I've been hearing, it appears as if Daniel Kaigler will be leaving Gannon for Le Moyne. The Dolphins named Patrick Beilein as their head coach after Steve Evans was promoted to Associate AD. Kaigler is from the Syracuse area, so this isn't the first kid to move closer to home. I had Kaigler penciled in as a starter for the next 3 years, so this is a real dent to the reloading plans for 2015-16.

    Here's the release about Beilein, who follows in his father's footsteps as the Le Moyne men's basketball coach:
    http://lemoynedolphins.com/news/2015/6/5/mbbPatrickBeileinAnnouncement.aspx?path=mbball

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    1. Heard rumor that Boykins left. Anyone confirm or deny?

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  40. I received these two emails from a Gannon fan recently. At some point when I have official word on some of these players, I'll start publishing biographies on them. Right now all of this is speculation and for entertainment purposes only. And to show that people care about Gannon basketball year round.

    RUMOR EMAIL #1: Jr. College point guard is listed as committing to Gannon. He played high school basketball in Maryland and was one of the top junior college PG from the conference that the JC college in Oklahoma played in 6 ' 1 Kevin Kuteyi. He received several small Div I offers Coppin State was one. Knew some of the past Gannon players from Maryland. The JC college is the same one where the 6'10 player from 2013-2104 Erie Christian Academy from Nigeria is presently playing. He could be coming back home (Erie) after next season. Awaiting commitment from 6'9 JC player from Georgia and possibly transfer from maybe Millesrville.

    RUMOR EMAIL #2: I heard Gannon has signed a 6'10 player from Sweden with international experience and is close to signing a 6'8/6'9 player JC from Georgia and a 6'7 player from Florida. Player who committed Monday from Maryland and played JC in Oklahoma will probably RS and if they can sign player from VA 6'4 he will be RS. So it would be possibly 3 freshman 6'4 who can play 2/3, 1 player 6'10 who would play 5, 6'1 PG, and 2 6'8/6'9 6'7 who can play 4 & 5. Time will tell.

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  41. Shame to hear about Kaigler, I really thought he was going to be a very special player for GU.

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    1. Kaigler & Boykins have been confirmed by a few friends to be gone for sure. Another said that a third player was rumored to be transferring out as well, but no other details besides that.

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  42. 2 more: Joseph Fustine (Cathedral Prep) & Ian Gardner (played with CJ Byrd) - both are listed on Twitter fyi

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  43. http://thecourier.com/local-sports/2015/06/30/uf-athletics-good-bye-gliac-hello-g-mac/

    Break up the GLIAC ... literally. Six teams will be jumping from the GLIAC to the Great Midwest. Malone is leaving in 2016 and Findlay, Ohio Dominican, Lake Erie, Walsh, and Hillsdale will be jumping ship.

    Ashland and Tiffin will be the lone Ohio teams in the soon-to-be 10 team GLIAC. The GMAC consists of eight teams (soon to be 14) like Kentucky Wesleyan, Cedarville, Alderson-Broaddus, Ohio Valley, and Salem International (and their beloved 0-28 women's basketball team).

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  44. Another rumor email just sent to me. None of these rumors have been confirmed:

    On verbal commits it mentions that PG Sam Light who would have 2 years eligibility is transfering. He averaged 11.1 his freashman and sophmore seasons at Millersville. He played against Gannon in 2015. He is the type of player Reilly likes. With possibily Holm Weber leaving this might make sense or the coachiing staff is still out looking for maybe another PG. We heard the player tonight from goood sources transferring is Light.

    Also, Gannon has signed a 6'6 junior college forward from Maryland with what we heard has tremendous potential to be one of the best players in the PSAC and Gannon is in the hunt for two big guys possibly from Georgia and a player from a Div I school in New Mexico. Sources tell me Reilly thinks this could be one of his better recruiting classes.

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    1. And now I just got this email which contradicts the prior email. That's the nature of the rumor mill:

      Looks like you got bad info. First Sam Light was a Freshman last year. Second, looks like he going to Lebanon Valley next year.

      https://www.verbalcommits.com/transfers/2015?division=D2

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    2. Gotta love this off season rumor stuff. Keep it coming!

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  45. You go, Sam......Sam Bowie...Mt. Lebanon....

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  46. See the GU ladies playing an Exhibition against Dayton on Nov 6th.

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  47. Men's schedule is out. Gary Miller Classic has strong lineup, along with added interest in an appearance by former future GU starter Daniel Kaigler.

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  48. I just received this email:

    The 6'9 player who was from New Mexico possibly transferring to Gannon has signed with Bowie State Div II.

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  49. Question...when do they announce the roster. I know registration deadline for school is mid August

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