Monday, July 18, 2016

Cleveland State men’s basketball to play at Kentucky on Nov. 23

The Cleveland State men’s basketball team will play Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Nov. 23, according to the Wildcats’ nonconference schedule released Monday.

The game is part of a tournament called the Bluegrass Showcase. The other teams in the tournament include Canisius, Duquesne, and Tennessee-Martin.

Each team will play four games. The Vikings are expected to play three games on the road and host one at the Wolstein Center.

Canisius will visit the Wolstein Center on Nov. 15.  The Vikings will also play road games at UT-Martin on Nov. 18 and a trip to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne on Nov. 27.

CSU's full non-conference schedule has not yet been released.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cleveland State basketball team back on campus for summer school

Summer school classes begin this week for 10 Cleveland State men's basketball returning players and six newcomers, CSU spokesperson Greg Murphy confirmed.

Murphy also confirmed that Andre Yates, Aaron Scales, Jeron Rogers, and Jono Janssen are no longer with the program.

Yates, who started 29 of 30 games last season for the Vikings, has decided to forego his final season of eligibility and pursue professional opportunities. The Dayton native averaged 9.1 points and lead the team with 2.1 assists per game last season.

Scales, Rogers and Janssen transferred to other schools.

After graduating from CSU in May, Scales is taking advantage of the NCAA's graduate transfer rule and is immediately eligible to play next season. He will spend his last year of eligibility at North Carolina A&T.

Scales, a center, played sparingly in his three-year career with the Vikings, averaging 1.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 72 games.

Janssen, a redshirt freshmen forward, is transferring to Division II Hawaii Pacific. The Mountain Creek, Queensland, Australia native scored a total of nine points in 11 games.

Rogers, a Detroit native and son of former NBA player Carlos Rogers, is transferring to Oakland (Mich.) Community College. The freshmen forward appeared in 25 games with the Vikings last season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 25 games.

Demonte Flannigan is CSU's lone senior on the roster.

The Vikings have eight juniors on the roster: Derek Sloan, Bobby Word, Kenny Carpenter, Terrell Hales, walk-on Tim Hasbargen are the returnees. Sloan and Word are redshirt juniors. Junior college transfers Gavin Peppers, Jamarcus Hairston and Anthony Wright are now on campus.

Rob Edwards, Jibri Blount, and walk-ons Daniel Levitt and Nelson Maxwell are now sophomores, while Evan Clayborne and preferred walk-on Andy Lucien round out the roster as the freshmen.

The Vikings will also begin its summer workouts.

Under NCAA guidelines, teams can hold summer workouts for eight hours per week — two with coaches, six without for weight training and conditioning.

Teams can officially begin practice 42 days before the first regular season game, meaning the Vikings can hold its first practice on Sunday, Oct. 2.

CSU's season opener is Nov. 12.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cleveland State basketball targeting Iona transfer Jahaad Procter

Jahaad Procter
Cleveland State is one of several schools that Iona transfer Jahaad Procter is considering, according to a tweet from CBS Sport’s Jon Rothstein.
Procter averaged 5.1 points per game for the Gaels last season as a freshmen. He had seven double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 20 points in a win over Fairfield and 18 points in a loss to Akron.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Harrisburg, Pa., is also reportedly considering Valparaiso, High Point, Wright State, UNC Greensboro, Drexel, Towson, and Louisianna Tech.

Procter will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2016-17 season.

As a prep, Procter was a three-time all-state selection playing for Kirk Smallwood at Harrisburg High School.

The all-time leading scorer at Harrisburg High, Procter averaged 24.4 points per game as a senior, leading the Cougars to a Mid-Penn Commonwealth-championship and an appearance in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals.

CSU is also reportedly in the running to land Ohio State transfer AJ Harris.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Report: Former Cleveland State forward Jonothan Janssen will transfer to Hawaii Pacific

Jono Janssen
The first of Cleveland State's three transfers has found a new home.

Jonothan Janssen is headed to Division II Hawaii Pacific, according to recruiting website Verbal Commits.com.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Mountain Creek, Queensland, Australia, appeared in 11 games with CSU this past season as a redshirt freshmen, scoring a total of nine points.

Janssen is immediately eligible and will have three years of eligibility left to play with the Sharks, who finished 19-9 last season.

Guard Myles Hamilton and center Aaron Scales have also received scholarship releases from CSU, but have not yet signed with new schools.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cleveland State Basketball Signs Hairston, Thomas & Wright To NLI's

Cleveland State officially announced the signings of Jamarcus Hairston (Danville, Va.), Kasheem Thomas (Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada) and Anthony Wright (Harrisburg, Pa.) to National Letters of Intent on Friday.

CSU released the following press release:

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State head men's basketball coach Gary Waters has announced the signings of Jamarcus Hairston (Danville, Va.), Kasheem Thomas (Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada) and Anthony Wright (Harrisburg, Pa.) to National Letters of Intent to join the Vikings in 2016-17.
Thomas will have four years of eligibility at CSU, while Hairston and Wright will have two seasons of eligibility.

The trio will join Evan Clayborne (Dayton, Ohio) and Andy Lucien (North Olmsted, Ohio) who joined the Vikings during the early signing period and Gavin Peppers (Brookeville, Md.) who signed with CSU at the start of the late period in April.

Hairston, a 6-foot-8 forward, was named a third team NJCAA Division II All-American at Louisburg JC this past season after averaging 14.1 points and 9.0 rebounds, while shooting 37-percent from three-point. He posted 27 double-digit scoring games and 15 double-digit rebounding games, including a 19-rebound performance in the NJCAA National Tournament. He led Louisburg to a 28-7 record and sixth place finish at the NJCAA Championship this year.

"Jamarcus is a great addition for us," Waters said. "He has the ability to play the four and the five and his length and athleticism will help him at both positions. He can step out and shoot the basketball and also play down on the block. We expect Jamarcus to be an instant contributor for us this upcoming season." 

The 6-foot Thomas earned Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian second team honors in each of last two seasons. This past season, he ranked second in the conference in scoring (18.4) and assists (4.9) and third in free throw percentage (.827), shooting 44-percent from three-point. He averaged 13.5 points, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a junior.

"We are excited to bring a player of Kasheem's magnitude into the program," Waters said. "He will provide an immediate lift at the point guard position. He brings quickness, good shooting and ball handling and the ability to penetrate as a point guard. We expect to see big things from Kasheem despite him being just a freshman."

Wright, a 6-foot-6 wing/forward, earned 2016 NJCAA Division I honorable mention All-America honors last year after averaging 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game, ranking fourth in the nation. He led Harcum JC to a 28-5 record, a Region XV and District 3 championship and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament as the squad was ranked 14th in the final NJCAA Division I poll.

Wright, who shot 55-percent from the field and 75-percent at the free throw line, finished his as Harcum's all-time leader with 177 career steals, while also ranking eighth in assists (213) and ninth in points (768) and rebounds (335). Wright set a single game school record with 10 steals in a game and made a school-record 107 steals as a sophomore.

"Anthony is a great addition to what we want to do offensively and defensively," Waters said. "His length gives him the ability to defend and make steals, giving us an instant threat on the defensive end. But he also gives us just as much on the offensive end with his ability to score both inside and outside. He has tremendous speed and athleticism and is a great finisher in transition."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cleveland State reportedly in running for Ohio State transfer A.J. Harris

A.J. Harris
Former Ohio State point guard A.J. Harris, is reportedly considering Cleveland State as one of his transfer destinations.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, Harris is looking at Duquesne, UMass, and Cleveland State. as possible destinations, but hasn't set any visits.

A 5-foot-9, 175-pounder from Dayton, Harris averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 assists while playing in 13.7 minutes a game for the Buckeyes this season as a true freshmen.

He will have three years remaining after sitting out 2016-17 season.

Harris was highly-rated coming out of Dunbar High School in Dayton.

A four-star prospect, Harris was rated the No. 12 point guard, No. 86 prospect in the country and No. 4 player in Ohio according to 247Sports composite ratings.

As a senior, Harris averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals a game for Dunbar High.

Harris was a high school teammate of current CSU guard Andre Yates - both were on Dunbar's 2012 state championship team, when Yates was a senior and Harris was a freshmen.

Dunbar High has been a recruiting pipeline for the Vikings in recent years, producing CSU great Norris Cole, Aaron Pogue and Yates. CSU signee Evan Clayborne also spent two years at Dunbar before transferring to Dayton Thurgood Marshall High School for his senior year.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cleveland State basketball receives two verbal commitments

Anthony Wright
Jamarcus Hairston
Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters completed his 2016 recruiting wishlist, picking up the final two pieces on Monday.

In the morning, the Vikings secured a commitment from Louisburg (Junior) College’s Jamarcus Hairston, a third team NJCAA Division II All-American.

Hours later, the Vikings got more good news when they received a commitment from Anthony Wright of Harcum (Junior) College in Philly.

Both visited CSU's campus over the weekend and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Hairston, a 6-foot-7 stretch four from Danville, Va., averaged 14.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Hurricanes, shooting 46 percent overall and 37 percent from 3-point range.

According to recruiting website, VerbalCommits.com, Hairston chose the Vikings over offers from Norfolk State, Alcorn State, Hampton and Youngstown State.

Wright is a 6-6 swingman originally from Harrisburg, Pa..

An NJCAA Division I honorable mention All-American, Wright averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 3.3 steals per game for the Bears, shooting 54 percent overall and 38 percent from long range.

He is Harcum's all-time steals leader.

Wright chose the Vikings over offers from Alcorn State, Delaware State, and Wagner. He also drew interest from Oregon State.

Hairston and Wright joins Dayton Thurgood Marshall forward Evan Clayborne, North Olmsted forward Andy Lucien, Laramie County Community College point guard Gavin Peppers and Canadian point guard Kash Thomas as members of CSU's 2016-'17 recruiting class.

CSU currently has 14 players on scholarship — the NCAA limit is 13 — meaning some roster movement is expected.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cleveland State basketball adds second point guard

Kash Thomas
The Cleveland State men's basketball team added a second point guard to its 2015-16 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon.

Kasheem "Kash" Thomas, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Canada, announced on Twitter that he will become a Viking next season.

"I am excited and bless to announce that I have officially committed to Cleveland State Basketball to continue my academics and basketball career!" Thomas tweeted on Saturday.

Thomas visited CSU Thursday.

A two-time All-Canadian guard, Thomas averaged 18.4 points and 4.9 assists per game this past season for Champlain College Saint-Lambert in Quebec. He shot 44 percent from three-point distance. He's an 82 percent shooter from the free throw line.

Thomas played his AAU ball with Brookwood Elite, the same program that groomed CSU walk-on Daniel Levitt.



Heading into the offseason, Waters told reporters that his top priority was to improve the play at the point and add some more shooters.

Last season, CSU averaged a Horizon League-low 10.2 assists per game.

In the last two days, CSU has added two new point guards into the mix.

On Friday, Gavin Peppers, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Laramie County (Wy.) Community College, signed with the Vikings.

The Brookeville, Md. native who was a first team all-region selection, averaged 18.7 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds last season for LCCC, while shooting 36.6 percent from three-point distance. He's an 82.6 percent shooter from the charity stripe.

Peppers had 10 20-point games as a sophomore, including two games in which he scored over 30 points. His season-high came in the regular season finale where he dropped 39 points in a victory over Northeastern (Wy.) Junior College.

Thomas and Peppers adds depth to the point, joining starter Andre Yates, a redshirt junior, and freshmen walk-on Nelson Maxwell, on the depth chart.

Peppers will have two years of eligibility left, while Thomas will have four seasons of eligibility.

CSU is still looking to add a wing/forward and a big for next season.

The Vikings entertained two junior college swingmen in the past two weekends.

Aundre Jackson visited CSU last Saturday, while Anthony Wright is currently taking a visit to CSU today.

A Kennedale, Texas native, Jackson holds offers from CSU, Abilene Christian, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Loyola, UT-Arlington, Texas State, Southeast Missouri State, Idaho State, Robert Morris and Western Illinois.

Jackson, 6-foot-4, averaged 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds for McLennan Community College in Texas. He shot 65 percent from the field and 36.6 percent on three-pointers. He's a 70 percent shooter from the charity stripe.

A Harrisburgh, Pa. native, Wright holds six Division I offers. The Vikings offered the 6-foot-6 swingman an offer on Monday.

Wright averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 3.3 steals last season as a sophomore for Harcum (Junior) College in Philly.

As for the bigs, CSU has expressed a strong interest in Cleveland Central Catholic's Tervell Beck and recently checked out Jarvis Doles, a 6-foot-8 forward from Columbia, Md.

The Vikings have also shown interest in Serbian center Aleksandar Zecevic.

Zecevic, 6-foot-10, 250-pounds, arrived in the US in September and is prepping at Scotland Performance Institute in Pennsylvania.

Juco All-American visits Cleveland State this weekend

Anthony Wright
For the second consecutive Saturday, Cleveland State is set to host a junior college swingman.

Anthony Wright, an NJCAA All-American, will visit CSU on Saturday, according to his Twitter account.

Wright, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Harrisburg, Pa., averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 3.3 steals a game last season as a sophomore for Harcum (Junior) College in Philly.

CSU offered Wright a scholarship on Monday.

Wright, Harcum's all-time leader in steals, currently has six Division I offers to choose from.

Last Saturday, CSU hosted Aundra Jackson, a 6-foot-4 forward from Kennedale, Texas.

Jackson, who averaged 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds last season as a sophomore for McLennan Community College in Texas, is considering offers from Abilene Christian, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Cleveland State, Loyola, UT-Arlington, Texas State, Southeast Missouri State, Idaho State, Robert Morris and Western Illinois.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Peppers Signs with Cleveland State

As expected, Gavin Peppers signed a National Letter of Intent with Cleveland State on Thursday.

CSU released the following press release:

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Gavin Peppers (Brookeville, Md.), a first team all-region selection at Laramie County CC last season, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Cleveland State and play basketball. Peppers will have two seasons of eligibility for the Vikings.

"Gavin fulfills our need for an experienced point guard," CSU head coach Gary Waters said. "He adds the ability to score as a point guard and can also get others involved. He had a phenomenal season at Laramie County and we look forward to him leading the resurgence of Cleveland State basketball."

A 6-foot-2 point guard, Peppers averaged 18.7 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game last year, helping LCCC to a 19-12 record and a third place finish in Region IX South with a 9-7 mark. He shot 37-percent from three-point, making 74 three-pointers, and made 83-percent from the free throw line, going 161-of-195.

Peppers scored in double figures in 29 of 31 games, including a season-high 39 points in a victory over Northeastern JC in the regular season finale. It was one of two 30-point performances for Peppers who finished the year with 10, 20-point games.

Peppers spent his freshman season at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., where he averaged 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists over 16 games.