Saturday, April 29, 2017

Off-Season Forum For Gannon Fans

All-Time Blog Page Views
I'm creating this post as a forum for Gannon Hoops fans to share their thoughts, comments, and rumors during the off-season. I'll periodically add to this post as interesting news breaks during the spring and summer. This post will also save Gannon fans from all the scrolling they had to do in the previous post which to date generated a blog-record 217 comments (surpassing last year's record of 140).

Speaking of blog records, we just surpassed the 600,000 mark for page views, keeping our recent average of approximately 100,000 page views per season. Thanks to everyone for your support ... and please see the accompanying chart comparing the Gannon Hoops blog vs. Mercyhurst's blog if you're interested in those numbers.

In case you're wondering, here are the all-time most popular posts in Gannon Hoops history:

  1. Off-Season Forum For Gannon Fans -- April 2, 2016 (4775 page views)
  2. Cruel Finish, Bright Future -- March 4, 2017 (4557 page views)
  3. The World Is Still Flat -- March 31, 2015 (2937 page views)
  4. Cleve Will Leave -- April 19, 2013 (2669 page views)
  5. Erie Sports Will Never Be The Same [Jim LeCorchick tribute] -- Oct. 13, 2016 (2418 page views) 
Updated 5/7/17: Thanks to a heads up from a Gannon fan, it appears the Knights have found their next point guard. Matt Johnson (5-11, 190) is expected to transfer to GU from juco Triton College (Ill.) and have three years of eligibility remaining. His addition to the club hasn't been officially announced, but when a kid lists "Gannon" on his Twitter account and posts a photo of himself shooting free throws at the Audi, I think that's a pretty strong indicator. As a freshman, Johnson started 29 games for the Trojans, averaging 7.9 ppg, 4.2 apg, and 3.2 rpg. He shot just 42% from the field (22% on threes) and made free throws at an 84% clip. Click here for his complete freshman year stats. If you're not impressed by those numbers, you'll like this: Triton was 30-3 last season and head coach Steve Christiansen said Johnson was key to that success. "Our win total – that’s directly tied to him making winning plays. Guarding the basketball, getting the ball to the right people, making free throws, clutch plays, handling pressure. We wouldn’t be here without him," Christiansen said.

Johnson was featured on Chicago's NBC affiliate last season because he's succeeded despite his mother passing away from cancer when Johnson was just 15 years old. John Reilly seeks hard-nosed kids who won't complain about tough practices and being asked to play defense every possession. Johnson looks to be a fit for that system. If you'd like to watch his high school highlight tape, click here for 8 minutes of aggressive play. That tape mentions he shot 55% on threes (60-for-108) on threes, so that's encouraging.

54 comments:

  1. Nice graph! Thanks for all you do with this blog and giving us a place to speak our peace.

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  2. so per verbalcommits.. it's official... Ian Gardener is New York bound!!!

    To Dominican, NY.

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  3. Lemoyne is heartbroken. They actually have to go out and recruit someone instead of relying on Gannon. Good players won't ride the pines and hang around but we have discussed that to death. Time to move on.

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    1. Yeah they have to recruit a few as they graduated a few and 3 transferred out. However, they do have 2 D1 commits.

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  4. You want to know what is wrong with college sports. Over $11,000,000 to coach in college before you know it all the pro coaches will be going after college jobs better pay. You have to be kidding AMATEUR ATHLETICS ????????

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  5. As much as I hate Alabama and Saban, he's definitely earned that salary.

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  6. Agree with Corey ... Saban certainly adds value to the University of Alabama and its football program. Coaching in Division I certainly isn't a cushy stress-free job.

    John Reilly and all of the other PSAC coaches get paid for coaching amateur athletes. Some get paid more than others. And most would probably leave for a much larger salary elsewhere. Those are the market forces at work and it's perfectly OK with me.

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  7. Lisa's running an impressive ship at Gannon. Parents for 4 years complain and have documented information about abuse, but she says he's fine and hides evidence from VP associated with athletic. Swim coach gets major ncaa violations for paying for International student's scholarship. Title ix suit. Just quite impressive that she's Keith her to job. Better question: for brunelli note even listing Gannon, and having applied for what I know was 6 jobs in last two years, why can't he get a job. My favorite recent tweet was a female player's public post that, "Coaches should inspire passion, not kill others." funny, players from both squads seemed to to like it.

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    1. Im lost with this post...

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    2. Other than the swim coach comment, it looks like he has an axe to grind with the AD and the women's basketball program and the coach in particular. That's the way I read it.

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  8. Don't drink Tequila before writing a post.

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  9. per Jimmy Berger's twitter...

    JCU '20

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  10. Per Hans Burwitz' twitter...

    going to University of Texas at Dallas

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    1. UT-D is a Division III school. I would expect him to do very well on that level -- size, good hands, always plays hard. In a late season game at rugged Slippery Rock he was Gannon's best big, so I would think he could put up some decent numbers against schools like Mary Hardin-Baylor and Sul Ross State.

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    2. Good grief ... UTD lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor and Sul Ross State last year. Maybe Burwitz can turn that around.

      And Mary Hardin-Baylor's nickname is the "Cru." One of the most awful nicknames ever -- sounds like a bunch of drunken frat guys came up with the name.

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    3. UTD is a horrible abbreviation lol sounds like a disease those drunken frat guys may have!

      Is John Carroll D2 or D3?

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    4. Berger should be all American!

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    5. One other fun fact about UT-Dallas ... They have been to 15 of the 17 collegiate chess final fours that have been played. "We are to chess what Duke is to basketball," said the UT-D president of his school's chess team. Of the 1,541 Grandmasters in the world, six are on the UT-D team. That That's some serious recruiting.

      No word if attendance the UT-D chess matches is greater than the Gannon men's basketball games.

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    6. I wouldn't be surprised if they had a steady 350!

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    7. This is as good a time as ever to link to this video:
      https://vimeo.com/68875087

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    8. wow, felt like I was watching that Lemoyne-Owen game again hahahaha

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  11. What does Reilly's twitter say?

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  12. Johnson fills our greatest need. Happy to see him join the team. Berger was awesome with the ball, but for a gym rat could not shoot the ball. Johnson looks like a shooter, nice touch and elevation on his jumper. He'll make his share of 3's. Won't be a Berger with the passing, but he'll be fine with Jackson next to him and Smith pushing him for PT. All IMO.

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  13. If Johnson is as good as he looks he won't have to worry about Smith pushing him for playing time because John will play him 39 minutes plus unless he gets hurt (hope not) or fouls out. Some things never change.

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  14. Perusing the VC site, some schools are getting "Gannon'ed" hard.

    Dominican has 6 players transferring from last year (Gardener must have scared them?!)
    Drury has 7 transferring (so far, only 2 transferring in)
    St. Joe's of Indians has 8 leaving (only one transferring in)

    In terms of "same old" - Kentucky Wesleyan has four D1 transfers coming.

    On a funny note - there's a kid transferring from Winona State to Rider College :)

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    1. Keep clicking around. Transfers abound.

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  15. Marcus Jones is also leaving. per VC

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  16. Jones graduated this year, so Verbal Commits is inaccurate. Don't believe everything you read on the internet ... except what I just wrote here.

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    1. Yeah, Marcus Jones actually retweeted VC's tweet of this and his caption said "Yes, leaving program cuz Im graduating"

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    2. he does technically have a year left of eligibility since her redshirted his first year, but he graduated in 4 years.

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  17. Does this mean they'll get rid of the board at the score table? Didn't think so...

    https://mobile.twitter.com/guknights/status/864846228911251456

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    1. I seen them delivering it the other day....looks good.

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    2. Awesome ... The old scoreboard just completed its 26th year ... welcome time for a change. The message center on the south board hasn't been in operation for 5-10 years. It used an old DOS-based Dakatronics program that was cutting edge in 1992. The points and fouls will be very helpful for fans.

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    3. until you just mentioned it, i totally forgot there was a message board on the south side!

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  18. this one is not a shocker, but Jair Green is listed as transferring from Gannon.

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  19. No transfer from the Gannon men's program is a shocker. It's integrated into the system. If anybody thinks they are there to just get a free education, think again. If they don't play, they don't stay. ( except for Berger)

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  20. Does anyone know what this casino site is? I am not about to click on it.

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    1. It was a bot. I deleted it. Probably planted as a joint venture between Russian spies and the Mercyhurst Booster Club.

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  21. Just got word from a Gannon fan that Cleve Wright has been hired as an assistant at Eastern Illinois which is 2 hours west of Indianapolis. They are lucky to have landed him!

    http://jg-tc.com/sports/basketball/bollant-completes-women-s-basketball-coaching-staff/article_babd1c81-08cd-54c4-b711-a6d77c1a6685.html

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  22. The 2017-18 schedule has been released!

    The season starts November 10 with two games at Shepherd, first a neutral court game against Wheeling Jesuit, followed by a game against the home team. The two other independent games are at Bowie State and home against Notre Dame College (OH).

    The coolest part of the schedule is the Saturday, December 30 home doubleheader against IUP. I've really missed Gannon hoops between Christmas and New Year's since the demise of the Porreco Cup. This will more than give me my fix.

    If you love Saturday night games, all you have is the December 30 doubleheader. All the remaining Saturday games are in the afternoon. Additionally, both road Edinboro and Mercyhurst doubleheaders are on Saturday afternoon.

    PSAC East games are: home: WCU, Cheyney, Millersville; road: Ship, Kutztown, Stroudsburg. The home crossovers are pretty easy (except maybe West Chester), but the road crossover draw is brutal. And we play them all in a one-week period (December 2, 3, 9).

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  23. Whoops ... forgot to mention that the Gary Miller Classic looks like a nice lineup ... St. Rose, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Northern Michigan. Pairings are to be announced, but St. Rose and WVW would count as region games, but Northern Michigan would not.

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  24. Congrats to CJ Oldham on signing professionally in Germany!

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    1. Amen! I'm forever grateful for his tip-in in the NCAAs against Charleston. He starts the game at the hospital and ends it with a game-winner on an offensive rebound. I'd love for Gannon to win more NCAA games, but what's more important is attracting quality student-athletes like Oldham to represent the university.

      Here's the full press release from Gannon:

      Gannon's Oldham Signs to Continue Pro Basketball Career in Germany's Pro B League

      ERIE, Pa. - Former Gannon men's basketball standout C.J. Oldham has signed a professional contract to play with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in Germany's Pro B League.

      "It is a nice thing for us to sign a player like C.J. Oldham," said Bayer Giants Leverkusen head coach Achim Kuczmann. "He knows Leverkusen and the closer environment of the Ostermann-ARENA. Due to his former membership in the past, C.J. is also a "local player" and therefore an important person in our squad planning. I would call C.J. a very athletic and, above all, flexible wing player."

      Oldham signed with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen after playing last season with the BK Kongsberg Miners in Norway's first league. He helped the Miners advance to the postseason by averaging 9.9 points and 9.6 rebounds.

      The six-foot-seven forward is considered a local player for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen since his birth place was Berlin, Germany and he played for their various youth teams between the ages of 10-12 years old when his father was the Bayer Giants Leverkusen head coach from 1998-2002. Current rules only allow the use of two players who do not come from Europe or aren't a local player.

      Oldham was a stellar student-athlete during his playing days at Gannon. He was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2013-14, becoming the first Golden Knight to be chosen for the honor. Generally assigned to the opposing team's top scorer, Oldham was the leader of a Gannon defense that ranked third among PSAC teams and fourth nationally in scoring defense (60.7) that season. The Golden Knights were second among conference teams in rebounding margin (8.8), third in field goal percentage defense (41.0) and fifth in fewest personal fouls per game (17.7). His defensive numbers included 22 steals and 13 blocks.

      Offensively, Oldham averaged 5.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 30 games as a senior. He was in the starting line-up for 29 of those contests. Oldham shot 52.1 percent (73-140) from the field and 73.2 percent (30-41) from the free throw line.

      Oldham also achieved excellence in the classroom. The mechanical engineering major was named the 2014 PSAC Men's Basketball Champion Scholar awarded to the student-athlete with the top grade point average who is competing at the site of the championship finals. Oldham was named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete and received the NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association (ADA) Academic Achievement Award every year at Gannon. He was also twice named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, reserved for junior and senior varsity players with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the academic year.

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  25. Nice article on "CJ" above, Jim!

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    Anyone see recent news item on ESPN viewership in prime time 2017 versus 2016?

    Down 9%.

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  26. Marcus Jones "transferring" to University of Windsor (Canada).

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  27. Pop quiz. Cental Tech running back Keyshaan Husband is going to Allan Hancock College in the fall. Been a long time since that juco school had an Erie connection. What former Gannon hoop stars played at Allan Hancock before coming to Gannon?

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