Monday, August 29, 2016

New Crew Preview

Today is a version of Christmas for us diehard Gannon basketball fans as the university announced the official list of returnees and recruits for the upcoming 2016-17 season. But today feels better than most hoops-related holidays because we can finally put last season behind us. I had lunch with a longtime Gannon basketball fan today, and neither of us could recall last season's win-loss total. We knew the Knights didn't lose 20 games and we knew they didn't crack double-digit win. Our fuzziness isn't because we've lost interest in the program; it's just that the body and brain have a way of repressing pain so we frail humans can cope when our lives turn south. (In case you still can't recall, Gannon finished last year 7-19.)

I'll try to do more research on the newcomers over the coming weeks, but I wanted to get the list in your hands today. Click on this link for biographies on each player courtesy of the Gannon Sports Information Department.
  • Jimmy Berger G, fr., 6-2, 170 (Medina, Ohio/Saint Ignatius)
  • Hans Burwitz F, fr., 6-7, 240 (Allen, Texas/Allen)
  • Sean Flannery G, fr., 5-9, 150 (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward)
  • Naseem Hadrab F, jr., 6-9, 205 (Brampton, Ontario/22 Feet Academy/Laramie County WY CC)
  • Michael Haysbert F, soph., 6-7, 200 (Randallstown, Md./Western School of Technology and Environmental Science/Cecil MD CC)
  • Zay Jackson G, jr., 6-0, 165 (Queens, N.Y./Westside/Monroe NY CC)  
  • Damon Miraud F, jr., 6-5, 190 (Irvington, N.J./Elizabeth/Monroe NY CC)
  • Evan Phoenix F, soph., 6-9, 240 (Stevensville, Md./Calvert Hall/Central Connecticut State)
  • Gerrell Williams G, jr., 6-2, 165 (Lorain, Ohio/Clearview/Mercyhurst North East JC)
As far as returnees, the top five scorers are gone -- Jean Yves Toupane (14.9 ppg) and Tony Boykins (7.2) graduated while Kevin Kuteyi (10.4), C.J. Asuncion-Byrd (8.4), and Isaiah Eisendorf (8.1) transferred -- and the next five are back. Senior Matthew Dogan (6.5 ppg), soph. Ian Gardener (6.4), soph. Max Kerr (2.4), sr. Marcus Jones (2.1), and sr. Emmanuel Matey (2.0) will be the most experienced Knights along with soph. Joe Fustine who played in just three games last season.

It's impossible to say how this collection of players will fare against Division II opponents, so I'm withholding any judgment until we see them on the floor. In the meantime, Happy New Year!

42 comments:

  1. I especially like the two from Monroe CC.

    I was trying to look at Hurst's roster, but I am getting the same "Sorry" message for both Hurst and Gannon rosters... however, the kid from MNE that Gannon got... I thought he was on the Hurst roster earlier. Very easily could be wrong and it could be someone else, but the name "Gerrell" stood out to me.

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  2. You are probably thinking of Mercyhurst's Gerrae WIlliams. He was a senior guard last season.

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  3. Gerrell Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AB7JXZsWYA
    Naseem Hadrab https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToPmugGX-J0

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  4. I think Gerrell Williams was listed on Hurst originally... Mercyhurst no longer has a player with "last team" as Mercyhurst North East and I looked at MNE roster from last year and the other sophomore's went elsewhere.

    I am 95% sure it's him...

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    1. I also remember seeing him on the Hurst roster and thinking they have two G Williams.

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    2. On the topic of new players, but nothing to do with Gannon...

      Kevin Kutyei is going to Chowan University. I'd assume he's playing basketball, but their site still had their 15-16 roster AND schedule posted. (So to answer the question.. no, Gannon is not the absolute last team to announce their upcoming team).

      Chowan is in the CIAA with the likes of Bowie, Livingstone, Johnson C. Smith etc.

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  5. Thanks for the video links, BEERMAN. I just watched Hadrab's YouTube video. I know it's just a highlight tape, but he looks like he's three parts Tanner Furno (awkwardly athletic, highly active) and one part Zaid Al-Khas (shot blocker, touch around the basket). I'll take that combination any day!

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    1. Yes, plays like a left handed reincarnation of Furno. Pretty impressive highlight tape for somebody who only averaged 4 points and three rebounds a game.

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  6. Gerrell Williams' tape shows that he recorded more dunks in high school than the entire PSAC has produced in the past decade. It's difficult for me to make any assessment beyond that -- the two tapes I watched were literally 75% dunks. I hope that aggressiveness to the basket can translate to the DII level.

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  7. A Gannon Hoops fan reached out to me with a couple questions about the Gannon roster. Marcus Jones, a redshirt sophomore last year, was listed as a senior, and assistant coach Thurman Schaetzle was no longer listed. Gannon SID provided insights for us below. Congrats to Marcus for being on schedule to graduate and to Thurman on his new venture!

    Marcus Jones could have been a redshirt junior this year eligibility-wise because he redshirted during his first season here. However, he is going to graduate on time in four years. Thus, he will not be back next year. He could have technically taken fewer classes this year and extended his stay at Gannon so he could play another year of basketball. However, since he can graduate with a normal set of classes, he has elected to do so and graduate on time. Eligibility-wise, he is technically a redshirt junior this year but we decided it was best to just call him a senior since this will be his last year.

    Coach Schaetzle recently married this summer and decided to move to Buffalo where his new wife has a job. We hope to have another assistant to replace him named soon.

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  8. They now have it listed that Gannon will play Lake Erie in the tourney. Looking at their roster they are EXTREMELY YOUNG. At a glance I saw 2 seniors, one junior and a handful of sophomores and a bunch of freshmen. Good team to start a tourney with.

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  9. Usually when a coach thinks he has a contender he plays a challenging non-conference schedule to get the team primed for the post season. When he thinks he's got a rebuilding year he stocks up on cupcakes.

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    1. Schedules are made far in advance of the recruiting class being announced, and it's pretty hard to coordinate schedules to get the exact opponent you want. Plus with only 6 non-conference games, it's hard to "stock up" on cupcakes.

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    2. Great stroke of luck then dredging the bottom of the GLIAC to bring in Ohio Dominican, Malone and Lake Erie for the Gary Miller Classic. They had a combined 28-55 record last year. The 2015 Classic had Ashland, Alderson-Broaddus and LeMoyne, teams that finished with a combined 53-33 record.

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    3. "GO.....No "Wilberforce" this year, though!

      !!!

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  10. Clarification: I see more of Corey Knight in frosh Jimmy Berger than Adam Blazek.

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  11. Just realized that another player is missing from the Gannon roster and no one has mentioned it... walk-on William Gadson is no longer on the team.

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  12. "Left team for personal reasons" per Verbal Commits web site

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  13. Random (stupid) thing to pass time... take a guess at who will be what jersey #! Base it on the assumption that the returning players are keeping their #'s (Gardener 0, Matey 1, Dogan 15, Jones 21, Kerr 25, Fustine 42).

    Jimmy Berger - 2
    Hans Burwitz - 33
    Sean Flannery - 3
    Naseem Hadrab - 55
    Michael Haysbert - 24
    Zay Jackson - 10
    damon miraud - 23
    evan phoenix - 30
    gerrell williams - 5

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    1. well I was close with some of the predicted jersey #'s, however, a few of the returning players swapped #'s so it threw the overall guess off.
      Official Roster
      0 Ian Gardener 6'4 SO G
      1 Marcus Jones 6'2 SR G
      2 Michael Haysbert 6'7 SO F
      3 Zay Jackson 6'0 JR G
      4 Sean Flannery 5'9 FR G
      5 Gerrell Williams 6'2 JR G
      10 Emmanuel Matey 5'10 SR G
      15 Matthew Dogan 6'7 SR G
      21 Jimmy Berger 6'2 FR G
      23 Damon Miraud 6'5 JR F
      24 Joe Fustine 6'3 SO Swing
      25 Max Kerr 5'10 SO G
      32 Hans Burwitz 6'7 FR F
      33 Naseem Hadrab 6/9 JR F
      42 Evan Phoenix 6'9 SO F

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    1. come on, man. That looks to be an entirely different young man. That version was at Murray State. Zay Jackson above is from West Monroe CC and is listed as a Criminal Justice major. If this is not the same person you owe him an apology!

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    2. Is that the same Zay Jackson? Listed as from Westside HS, Queens NY...the video is a player from Hammond, Louisiana.

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    4. I have removed my comment and I apologize to Izaha "Zay" Jackson for posting what I thought was about him without full research. After digging deeper I did find that there is a totally separate Zay Jackson who coincidentally wore #10 and who's height & weight were eerily similar to those of the one listed for Gannon. For this faux pa, I do sincerely apologize to him and the readers on this blog.

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  15. google a phoenix basketball video or old roster and you will have that answered.

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  16. Gannon Men's Basketball Program Adds Stark To Coaching Staff
    http://gannonsports.com/news/2016/9/7/gannon-mens-basketball-program-adds-stark-to-coaching-staff.aspx

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  17. Most of you have heard about the NCAA moving seven 2016-17 championship events out of North Carolina because of the HB2 bathroom law. My intent of this post is not to debate the merits of the law or the NCAA's action of moving the championships, but do discuss the impact on Atlantic Region hosting, since North Carolina teams are in our region.

    I am pretty sure that I am reading this correctly, but this change does not appear to impact Division II regional scheduling. So if one of the eight CIAA schools that are in North Carolina is seeded first in the region, that school will still host the NCAA regional.

    From the NCAA site: The only championship events that can be hosted in North Carolina this academic year are those that are decided when student-athletes earn the opportunity to play a championship on their own campus. The Board of Governors said this decision to allow these championships – called nonpredetermined sites – to be played in North Carolina is consistent with the NCAA’s commitment to student-athletes.

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    1. From reading about It, I am in agreement with you. It appears they are only pulling any non-affiliated host sites (ie- neutral sites pre determined). If a school "earns" the right to host per their conference or region etc rules it will be allowed.

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    2. Who cares how many days until Christmas?!?! today marks exactly 60 days out from Gannon's PSAC opener vs. West Chester.

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  18. team picture is now up. Also, a Jair Green has been added to the roster and is in the team pic. The name doesn't sound familiar and he's not mentioned in the above article, so I am thinking he is a late addition. Transferred from Cabrini University, 6'4 swing player.

    Also, have talked to a few people that have seen the team in action (note - I did not say practice because there can be no official practice yet haha) and all have been praised Evan Phoenix. Obviously, a fan's judgment does not mean it will equate to a game, but they all feel very strongly about him. Very agile, very aggressive, bangs around, hustles and dives for loose balls, runs up and down the court with ease and plays smart defense. My take - he'll probably never touch the court! haha kidding!

    Also, many people have been high on Fustine and Gerrell Williams. Fustine has apparently been nailing shots from everywhere and creates space and is not afraid to drive (even against Phoenix). Williams is very athletic and moves well without the ball, has a decent jumper (even from 3 pt range, but not his specialty) and is "very explosive" near the hoop.

    Just over a month!!!

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  19. Hers a link to Jair Green

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Jair+Green+&&view=detail&mid=6CFE6CFCA071ADB114FF6CFE6CFCA071ADB114FF&FORM=VRDGAR

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    1. well it's definitely safe to say he's extremely athletic. Also, from at least that highlight reel, he appears to be a solid defender (Coach Reilly plus!)

      Ahhhh.... the wait is starting to hurt haha

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  20. I know what you mean Corey.....I think they could be a very good team !?!?!?! At least on paper :-)

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  21. yeah, they look real good.. now haha

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  22. Right now the excitement for Gannon basketball has been haulted for me.... Jim LeCorchik passed this morning after collapsing at the radio station at age 69. Sean Amicucci and Jim LeCorchik were as entertaining as the games themselves. Very sad moment. RIP JRL

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    1. Jimmy was a good friend of mine....I'm out of town at the moment So
      RIP my friend.

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  25. Shocking news on Jimmy that is spreading quickly. RIP to a true fan of Erie Sports.

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  26. didn't want to post this on James R's post as that should strictly remain about him, but any news on D1 scrimmages?

    I'm presuming none since we are at Oct 24th and the first actual game is Nov 12th. Unless they have one scheduled and it's just not "public" news. Just wondering!

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