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.

126 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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  28. NBA teams unveiling new uniforms this week. Any chance Gannon will ditch the gold home uniforms and go back to white? Or make the KNIGHTS lettering big enough to read from the bleaches?

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  29. Not sure if anyone has seen the new video board. It looks really cool! You can see it below in the following tweet:

    https://twitter.com/GUKnights/status/893543278242549760

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  30. Now that school is back in it shouldn't be long before we get a roster.

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  31. 6'7 Kofi Mills
    JUCO transfer (2 years eligibility)
    Niagara County CC

    16/17 highlights https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KEk8f9fGYg8

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    1. Averaged 6 points and 5 rebounds at Niagara CC.

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    2. Thanks for the info. Here's a link from FieldLevel confirming Mills' intent to play at Gannon. Hopefully we'll see. The new official roster soon.

      https://www.fieldlevel.com/app/commitments/kofi.mills/basketballmen

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  32. Another Gannon fan emailed me with another likely Knight:
    According to that same field level site, they have Daryl Porter a 6'1 guard from Macomb Community College in Michigan listed for Gannon.

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  33. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Daryl+Porter+a+6%271+guard+from+Macomb+Community+College+&view=detail&mid=045F87CC967C09AB27A0045F87CC967C09AB27A0&FORM=VIRE

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    1. His highlight film reminds me of C.J. Asuncion-Byrd. Similar jumper with more aggressiveness to the basket. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. I find the Mercyhurst blog more interesting than the post above.

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  35. so I was just looking at it... last year Jim was able to do his "team preview" on August 29th. It is now September 14th... do we think we'll see a roster prior to the official opening of practices? haha

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    1. Cory......was wondering the same thing, but my over/under has the rosters out when the programs are printed for the first game. And we wonder why attendance is down so much over the past several years?

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  36. i know in the past its been stated that they wait for the "drop classes" deadline to pass to confirm enrollment... that day has come and gone!

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  37. Closest you'll come to seeing a Gannon roster is to visit the Lemoyne website. The 2017-18 Dolphins roster is posted and includes three former Golden Ones. Or you can at least visit sites closer to home. Edinboro and Mercyhurst also have 2017-18 rosters on their websites.

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  38. WE WANT A ROSTER ! WE WNT A ROSTER ! WE WANT A ROSTER !

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  39. The men's roster is a bigger secret than the US Army plan for North Korea! Maybe Gen Mattis has the roster?

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  40. Trump just did a briefing and said he saw the Gannon roster, that no one else has seen, and "it is... HUGE! May even be a player from J-EYE-NA!" (china.. way he says it, but GINA is pronounced differently lol) For record: no idea of players or where they are from.. strictly a joke!

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  41. appears it's school-wide this time... women's is not posted either.

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    1. Yes the women's roster is postd.

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    2. It is now but was not friday when I posted this.

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  42. Ran into a couple of guys close to the program who said "We may have the two best big men in the country"...... yes, the country. They sounded really excited.

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    1. Yeah I'll have to believe it when I see it. If they had the two best big men in the country, they'd not be at Gannon...

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    2. Just passing along what was said.....

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    3. Oh, I know! Just seems hard to think 2 of the best in the country would end up at Gannon... landing goldcamp was almost miraculous haha

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  43. Looking at It, probably only 2-3 unknowns at this point as current roster is at 13 (unless someone else left from last year that was not reported)

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  44. For what it's worth, the roster in on the PSAC website. Amazing that they publish it before Gannon does.

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  45. Looks like:

    Seniors:
    Izaha Jackson
    Gerrell Williams
    Damon Miraud
    Naseem Hadrab

    Juniors:
    Max Kerr
    Joe Fustine
    Frank Webb Jr.
    Michael Haysbert
    Kofi Mills
    Evan Phoenix

    Soph:
    Matt Johnson

    Freshmen:
    Devin Smith
    Cyril Oghuagu

    That's 13. With the way this coach hangs on to players do you think that's enough?

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    1. I don't see the two best big men in the country on this list although our big men are pretty good. Maybe there are other recruits to be announced, if Gannon ever announces anything.

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    2. my guess is whomever may be referreing to Phoenix and Hadrab. Phoenix was good, but not top-2 of country good. Hadrab looks like he'll be good, but isn't he skinnier than Phoenix? Unless they both bulked up tremendously, they will be good, but will find some guys that physicality overcomes talent

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  46. Also does anyone know if Kerr returned to school/team after absence end of last year?

    In other news, womens team only lost 2 undergrads from last year. Junior that I dont even remember hearing her name and sophomore 6' center Keely Hall. Hopefully with a year under their belt the youngins that returned will be that much better. I believe only senior is a senior transfer. May be 1 or 2 more

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  47. I'll miss Keely Hall. Her name sounded more like a dorm building than a reserve center. :-)

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  48. Just received this email from a Gannon fan that I thought you'd find interesting:

    Really enjoy reading your column on Gannon men's basketball, not only during the season, but also, during the off season....I do not comment on your column as such, and frankly I am not interested in getting into a debate with your dedicated followers. But I am tired of the whiners, complainers, and bashers of our coaching system, and why they think more timely information should be released by our University. Maybe a visit to a practice session, in the late weekday afternoons would answer some of their questions......Pretty simple I would think...Finally the PSAC roster update is not correct, as noted by one of your responders, so I hope the followers do not take that to heart......They forgot, transfer Daryl Sapp from Cal (Pa)....guard Daryl Porter, walk-on Sean Colosimo, from Pine-Richland High School, and returnee Jair Green; yes Jair Green did not transfer as noted in a much previous comment from one of the readers....Max Kerr is not on the roster......I hope this is helpful to you.....thank you.

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  49. I connected with Gannon SID Dan Teliski on the topic of the Gannon roster and here's what he had to say:

    Our roster is not listed on the PSAC website. One of your commenters may have been looking at verbalcommits.com because all the names he has is what they list. The PSAC doesn’t list rosters anywhere and what Verbal Commits lists is not our 2017-18 roster. For one, Jair Green didn’t transfer. He is still with us. The site also says Marcus Jones transferred. He actually graduated. We listed him on the roster all last year as a senior and he participated in Senior Day. He only played three years, but was here for four years and graduated on time. The roster on that site also doesn’t include everyone we will have on the roster.

    In terms of who left … we also released this publically a long time ago. We had three people leave the program – Jimmy Berger (went to play with his brother at John Carroll), Hans Burwitz (went back home to Texas and is playing at D3 University of Texas at Dallas) and Ian Gardener (transferred to Dominican in New York). We graduated three seniors – Matthew Dogan, Emmanuel Matey and Marcus Jones. So, there are six student-athletes gone from last year’s roster. I do have the check on Max Kerr’s situation. As you remember, he left the program during the second semester due to personal reasons. I have to check to see what his status is.

    Last but not least … the 2017-18 roster is not a secret and we are not trying to keep it secret on purpose. There are a lot of behind-the-scenes things that happen when it comes to the NCAA paperwork, eligibility, etc. We are still awaiting word from the NCAA on a couple transfers in terms of eligibility. They should be fine, but the NCAA process is a slow one. As you can imagine, they have to certify every student-athlete in every sport in every school in every division across the country. Their focus recently has been the fall sports since they have started and are currently on-going. We believe we will have a final answer from the NCAA on all our winter student-athletes very soon. As soon as that happens, we will announce our recruiting class and shortly thereafter our roster.

    I know in the day of immediate information via our internet and technology, this is not ideal for fans. And we appreciate that our fans are interested and excited to hear about this year’s team. And we are anxious to tell them about it. But this is no longer the 1980’s and the process with the NCAA is a lot more complicated when done right and isn’t always as fast as we want it. It has been unusual that we don’t have everyone’s status confirmed at this point, but we will hopefully soon. Everyone in the program is at school and currently attending classes. We just want to get final rulings from the NCAA on eligibility statuses before announcing the final roster.

    Hope that helps clear up any confusion.

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  50. Appreciate the post, Jim. AND,of course, the information from Dan. He is a real pro.

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  51. Roster is out...let the discussions begin :-)

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  52. The momen you've all been waiting for:

    http://www.gannonsports.com/news/2017/9/21/gannon-mens-basketball-program-announces-2017-recruiting-class.aspx

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  53. seriously... no pics or bio or info? why does it take so... i am just kidddddinnnggggg :)

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  54. New guys pretty impressive in YouTube highlights. Got some size this year. Only two players from PA, very rare for a PSAC roster. Looking for Jackson to have big year. Appears to be a lot of potential. We'll see.

    As for the email writer, practice doesn't start till mid October. Last I knew practice was closed to the public. Is that still the case?

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    1. Also to the email writer...you should be happy we are so interested in the team and how it performs !!! WE ARE BECOMING FEW AND FAR BETWEEN ! (in case you hadn't noticed)

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  55. Im not the email writer, but they usually have unofficial practices... Not required (most show up though) and they run essentially all drills just without head coach there (not sure if assistants can be there).. look at it like an open gym for HS kids. I've seen them practicing at the rec center before, which is open, so those aren't off limits - not sure about at Audi though

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  56. E-Mail writer has good points overall. Like any other similar forum, one must endure negativity and sarcastic to enjoy the (much more frequent) poor love for the sport and our team.
    I have known a number of players based on my past employment at the University. This is what I believe, based on my own experiences:
    1. Coach Reilly and his staff are simply great guys.
    2. With few exceptions, the players conduct themselves very well around campus. True gentlemen, really.
    3. Some players who have been criticized (or more precisely questioned in other ways in a somewhat negative manner) were among my personal favorites. Though a number of reasons may have kept them off the court for long stretches, I have been impressed by those I have known as to their contributions in other ways on campus.
    4. I have gained great appreciation for the team behind the team. Trainers, Audi staff,boosters and the statisticians,media and other nameless folks who contribute in there own ways.
    5. The cheerleaders do their best but I sure miss the pep band. And I am anguished by lack of student attendance. There must be ways to get them involved and excited about supporting this team. I wish a section of the plush seats would be dedicated to students to generate more energy at the games.
    6. I am greatly impressed by the talent on display at the Womens gaems. I hope we can all get to the Audi earlier to show support for them as well.

    Some of my fondest memories include time spent on those old wooden benches, always in the same spot dating back to the Glen Summers glory days. Great games, genuine packed house excitement, and the friends these moments were shared with. I know this team will be successful off and on the court, I just hope we do all we can to support the boosters, get to more games and show our teams we appreciate their hard work. Thanks for the platform.

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    1. I really like the idea of having a student section in the plush seats, especially behind the visitor's bench. There are so few season ticket holders that it may actually be possible. Unfortunately, getting the students there would be a problem not to mention moving ticket holders around. I seriously doubt Gannon would give up the season ticket money, especially since it has dramatically diminished,IMO.

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    2. I wouldn't mind a student section in plush but either right behind the Gannon Bench or on other side. Putting a bunch of students directly behind the opposition could be opening the door for unnecessary trouble. It also seems a number of opposing fans sit behind Bench. I'm not sure if 5hey just move down because of the availability or if Gannon has been leaving them open though.

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  57. Correction please...I should have stated "mis-information" about players and occasional coaching criticism."

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  58. Locked and loaded....and ready.

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  59. observation and it could be because of the lighting. Phoenix and Hadrab are both listed at 6'9.. Kofi Mills is listed at 6'7, but in the picture he appears to be just barely shy of both of them and a good inch or so taller than Haysbert (who is also 6'7). I always love to watch the heights throughout a player's career... we've had a few guys grow 3-4" in their college term!

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    1. Always interesting to follow the heights of players. Still remember 6-6 Mitch Smith and 6-7 Billy Wade suddenly shrinking to 6-4 and three quarters to be eligible to play in the 6-5 and under World Basketball League. And Wade changed the pronunciation of his name to wah-DAY. Gotta love the Erie Wave.

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  60. Being small college hoops fans, I thought you might like this. Any article that mentions Zelmo Beatty is worth sharing. Also, I'm 1-0 all-time against inductee Dave Robbins thanks to Juan Rankin.

    https://www.smallcollegebasketball.com/hall-of-fame

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  61. Sorry I missed this news earlier. Whoever was the hardest working player in Georgia is now #2.

    Former Gannon Men's Hoops Star Adam Blazek Signs in Top-Tier International League
    http://www.gannonsports.com/news/2017/9/18/mens-basketball-former-gannon-mens-hoops-star-adam-blazek-signs-in-top-tier-international-league.aspx

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  62. Has anyone seen the team practice this week? How do the new guys look?

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  63. Yes. Very solid. Size, quickness and all skills covered.
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  64. just watched the PSAC West Preview from Media Day... IUP received 8 out of 9 first place votes (not a shock), however, 2nd pick Gannon did not receive any first place votes and 3rd pick Mercyhurst received 1 first place vote. Think Manchel voted for his own team? haha

    Anyone wanna throw some guesses as to who 2 new starters are? I think it's safe that Zay, Damon & Evan are returning starters... That would leave a PG and a 3 spot. Wondering if Williams will come off bench as a 2 guard or will slide into lineup as a 2nd shooting guard alongside Zay. Not too much longer now!

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  65. I’m going to go with Webb and Porter.

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  66. Starters for the first team at tonight’s exhibition were Phoenix, Jackson, Williams, Miraud and Matt Johnson. First off the bench were Green and Fustine. Freshman Cyril Ogbuagu on the second team caught my eye — strong and athletic.

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    1. Thanks for that info, Jim. I got there too late too see anything much. I had been hoping to see the new group, but life happens.

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    2. who did they play against? I figured it would just be an intra-squad scrimmage

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  67. It was an intrasquad scrimmage but there was clearly an A team and a B team. It also clearly had an NBA All-Star game feel to it — little defense and lots of threes. Hadrab reminds me of Tanner Furno. He has a herky-jerky game and a motor that goes and goes. He runs the floor and attacks the hoop.

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  68. Big exhibition win for Gannon North (aka Le Moyne) over Division I Siena. Former Knights Eisendorf (13 points) and Kaigler (12) helped lead the way.
    http://lemoynedolphins.com/news/2017/11/4/mbbSiena.aspx

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    1. Wonder if CJ is hurt as he didn't touch the court in the game.

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  69. This D2 SID poll is non-binding, but at least it shows some people think our Knights are poised to have a good season:

    Gannon Men's Basketball Team Among Others Receiving Votes in Initial D2SIDA Atlantic Region Media Poll

    http://www.gannonsports.com/news/2017/11/6/gannon-mens-basketball-team-among-others-receiving-votes-in-initial-d2sida-atlantic-region-media-poll.aspx

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  70. IUP projected first, which is not a surprise, but IUP is currently 0-2 with early-season tournament losses in Evansville, Indiana against #20 Findlay (61-80) and #10 Ferris State (82-86).

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  71. Visiting coaches will be happier this year...I am moving my seats from behind their bench. LOL

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