Saturday, April 2, 2016

Off-Season Forum For Gannon Fans

I'm creating this post as a forum for Gannon Hoops fans to share their thoughts, comments, and rumors during the off-season. I was starting to feel bad about how much scrolling and navigating folks had to do in the previous post which to date generated a blog-record 140 comments.

Speaking of blog records, in late March we surpassed the 500,000 mark for page views. I started this as something I thought might appeal to my family -- well maybe just two or three members of my family -- but to be over the half-million mark for a one-program Division II basketball blog is mind boggling. And through all those years I still have yet to make won tipo!

In case you're wondering, here are the all-time most popular posts in Gannon Hoops history:
  1. The World Is Still Flat -- March 31, 2015 (2799 page views)
  2. Cleve Will Leave -- April 19, 2013 (2670 page views)
  3. Reilly Officially Returns -- March 28, 2012 (2314 page views)
  4. Gannon's Bailey Finishes With A Flourish -- Feb. 24, 2016 (2171 page views) [Editor's Note: Great to see a walk-on focused article crack the top 5!]
  5. If You Can't Finish, You're Finished -- March 5, 2013 (1960 page views)

I also created this post to extend best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gannon Hall Of Fame inductee and longtime official scorer Rick "Stats" Klapthor who is currently recuperating after heart surgery. Stats is one of the most knowledgeable scorekeepers on the college level, but more importantly he's one of the nicest people I know.

UPDATED 4/7/16 (edited from the comments section): I heard Gannon rumors today from two sources. First, I received this info from a Gannon fan today:

"Check out this web site and you'll see C.J. Asuncion Byrd transferred out of Gannon. Does this mean his high School buddy Ian Gardner will leave too? Kind of like the Stephen Battle, Bubby (Johnson) thing. Some good news is it looks like they signed a 6-9 225# kid R.J. Coil."

Coil played juco ball last year at Schoolcraft College in Michigan after originally signing with Division I Marist. This URL will take you to some video highlights from last season. Updated 4/27/16: Reports are that Coil has committed instead to Florida Tech. 

A co-worker told me that Erie Times sports writer Tom Reisenweber retweeted yesterday this statement from Cleveland St. Edwards point guard Sean Flannery: "Proud to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Gannon University! #GoldenKnights"

Here are three great video clips. The first is a few possessions from the Burger King Classic at the Hammermill Center. The second is from six years ago with a summary beginning, "one of Ohio's top 7th graders ..." Pretty funny to see such a youngster featured! This one is the most valuable because it's several highlights from his senior season at St. Ed's. I say this as a compliment: he looks like a real pain in the neck. Flannery is quick, super aggressive with the ball, and really bothers his opponent on defense. He's the son of St. Ed's coach Eric Flannery, and it shows.