Friday, July 19, 2019

Three more Cleveland State players enter transfer portal

Three more Cleveland State basketball players are leaving the program following the firing of Dennis Felton.

Jalen Williams, Deante "Spider" Johnson, and Justin Hill added their names in the NCAA's transfer portal on Thursday.

Williams, a grad transfer from Furman, signed with CSU on May 9. He played in 77 games (two starts) for Furman and has career averages of 2.4 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Johnson played one season with the Vikings. He appeared in 29 games (starting four) and averaged 2.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.2 minutes.

Hill was Felton's last recruit. He signed with the Vikings Sunday. His stay in Cleveland lasted just five days.

In all, 10 players are leaving the program since June 13.

The seven other players in the transfer portal are Rashad Williams, Seth Millner, Tyree Appleby and Jaalam Hill., Rasheem Dunn, Abou Ousmane and Stef Kenic.

That doesn't even include Aleksa Popovic who transferred in April.

Currently only five scholarships players remain on the roster. They are senior point guard Kash Thomas, junior forward Al Eichelberger, sophomore guard Dibaji Walker, junior guard Torrey Patton and junior forward Rheaquone Taylor.

Schedule update: Three more dates were revealed this week.

The season opener will be Nov. 5 at Minnesota.

CSU will also participate in the DC Classic. They will host N.C. Wesleyan and Emory & Henry (Nov. 19-26) at the Wolstein Center. Then travel to Washington D.C. where they will play FIU/UNCW (Nov. 22-23).

On Dec. 15, CSU makes the return trip to BGSU.

CSU also has contract agreements to play DePaul (home), Missouri State (away), Niagara (away) and Kent State (away).

The MSU game is scheduled for Nov. 12.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Cleveland State hires search firm to aid in men's basketball coaching search

The Cleveland State athletic department has turned to a search firm to find a new men's basketball coach.

According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, CSU has hired Chad Chatlos, of Ventura Partners, to handle the process of hiring Dennis Felton's replacement.


Chatlos, a former Navy football player, has ties to CSU athletic director Scott Garrett.

In December, Chatlos handled Kansas State's search for a new football coach.

Prior to arriving at CSU, Garrett spent the previous nine years at K-State where he was the Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Operations and Chief Revenue Officer.

K-State ended up hiring former North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman.

Chatlos most recent men's basketball hire was Kermit Davis at Ole Miss in 2018.

In his first season in Oxford, Davis led Ole Miss to a 20-13 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Kenic enters transfer portal: Stef Kenic put his name into the transfer portal on Monday, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN.


Kenic, who averaged 9.2 points and 4,1 rebounds, is the sixth CSU player to enter the transfer portal since June 13 -- joining Tyree Appleby (Florida), Jaalam Hill (undecided), Rashad Williams (Oakland), Seth Millner (undecided) and Rasheem Dunn (undecided).

In addition to the transfers, freshman forward Abou Ousmane reopened his recruitment Sunday following the firing of Felton.

CSU most replace its top five scorers from last season.

Appleby (17.2 points), Hill (11.2), Williams (10.8), Kenic (9.2), and Millner (7.1) combined to score 74 percent of CSU's scoring last season.

Only four players from last season still remain on the roster. They are Kash Thomas, Al Eichelberger, Dibaji Walker, and Deante "Spider" Johnson.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Appleby commits to Florida

Tyree Appleby is taking his talents to Gainesville.

The former Cleveland State guard announced on Twitter Sunday that he's transferring to Florida.

Appleby will have to sit out the 2019-20 season due to transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

The Appleby family has a connection to Florida head coach Mike White as he also coached Tyree's brother Rasheem at Louisiana Tech.

Appleby led the Vikings in points (17.2), assists (5.6), and steals (1.4) last season en route to second team All-Horizon League honors.

The Jacksonville, Arkansas native chose the Gators over Texas A&M.

Hill signs with CSU: On Sunday, CSU officially announced the signing of Justin Hill.

Hill, a 6-2 guard, committed to the Vikings on July 5 while on an official visit.

He was recruited by former coach Dennis Felton.

The Lancaster, Calif. native spent last season at Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif..

CSU didn't release any stats.

According to CSU's website, nine scholarship players still remain with the program. They are Kash Thomas, Al Eichelberger, Stef Kenic, Dibaji Walker, Deante "Spider" Johnson, Hill, Torrey Patton, Rheaquone Taylor and Jalen Williams.

Hill, Patton, Taylor and Williams are all newcomers.

Ousmane reopens recruitment: Following Felton's firing on Friday, freshman Abou Ousmane has decided to reopen his recruitment.
Ousmane is a 6-7 forward from Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cleveland State's Dunn joins transfer portal after Felton's firing

A day after Cleveland State parted ways with Dennis Felton, another player is leaving the program.

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Rasheem Dunn put his name into the transfer portal on Saturday.

Dunn is the fifth CSU player to enter the transfer portal since June 13 -- joining Tyree Appleby (undecided), Jaalam Hill (undecided), Rashad Williams (Oakland), and Seth Millner (undecided).

The Brooklyn, New York native transferred to CSU last summer from St. Francis (New York) and sat out the 2018-19 season.

Dunn averaged 15.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists for the Terriers as a sophomore, earning second team All-Northeast Conference honors.

According to the report, the 6-2 guard is expected to apply for a waiver and hopes to play immediately. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Dunn's departure leaves the Vikings with only five players left from last season.

Only Kash Thomas, Al Eichelberger, Stef Kenic, Dibaji Walker and Spider Johnson remain from last season's team that finished 10-21 and didn't qualify for the Horizon League tournament.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Cleveland State Parts Ways With Men's Basketball Coach Dennis Felton

UPDATED: 11:55

Cleveland State is parting ways with men's basketball coach Dennis Felton after two seasons.

Athletic director Scott Garrett announced Friday that Felton and his staff have been relieved of their duties following an evaluation of the men's basketball program.

"Our coaches operate with the expectation that they should build a culture supportive of our student-athletes in the classroom, accountable for their conduct as representatives of the University, and for their performance on the court," Garrett said in a written statement. "We will seek a new leader for our program who can deliver on this commitment."

Felton's firing comes amid reports of a possible team mutiny and a mass exit of transfers.


Four of CSU's five starters are currently in the transfer portal.

Rashad Williams (10.8 points) and Seth Millner (7.1) put their names in June, while Tyree Appleby (17.2) and Jaalam Hill (11.2) entered the portal on July 1.

Williams is transferring to Oakland.

Appleby has reportedly narrowed his choices down to Florida and Texas A&M, according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports.

Hill and Millner are still undecided

According to Mark Schwab of 19 News, the players didn't like how Felton ran his practices.

Garrett also announced that Pat Vuyancih will serve as special assistant to the director of athletics to assist with the men's basketball program until a new coach is found.

Vuyancih, a former CSU player, serves as the Vikings men's basketball radio and television analyst.

Felton compiled a record of 22-44 with the Vikings, including 11-25 in Horizon League play.

This past season, CSU finished 10-21, including 5-13 in HL play, and did not qualify for the conference tournament.

Garrett took over CSU's athletic department in April. He spent the past nine years at Kansas State where he served as associate athletics director and chief financial officer.

CSU is expected to hire a search firm to help find a new coach, according to Adam Nelson of Hoopdirt.com.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

California guard Justin Hill commits to Cleveland State

Cleveland State continues to revamp its roster following the departures of four of its top five scorers to transfers.

CSU landed its second commitment in the past three days, as Justin Hill committed to the Vikings Friday while on an official visit.


On Wednesday, CSU landed UNLV transfer Tervell Beck, a product of Cleveland Central Catholic.

Hill, a super athletic combo guard, spent last season at Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif.

His only other DI offer was a spot to walk-on at Cal State Northridge.



Point guard visits: On Tuesday, CSU hosted University of Detroit Jesuit point guard Julian Dozier Jr..

The 5-9 Dozier holds offers from Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Southern Miss, Eastern Michigan and Oakland, according to VerbalCommits.com.

Williams headed homeRashad Williams is the first of CSU's four transfers to find a new home. The Detroit native announced on Twitter Friday that he is staying in the Horizon League and transferring to Oakland.

Seth Millner, Tyree Appleby and Jaalam Hill remain undecided.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Cleveland State lands UNLV transfer Tervell Beck

Tervell Beck is coming home.

The former Cleveland Central Catholic standout and UNLV forward is transferring to Cleveland State, according to TJ Peatross of NEO Spotlight.


Beck, a 6-7 forward, appeared in 51 games (13 starts) with UNLV and compiled career averages of 6.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.

He's a career 57 percent shooter, 31 percent on threes and 61 percent at the charity stripe.

The Cleveland native had a solid freshman campaign with the Runnin' Rebels. Beck appeared in 33 games (starting the final 13) and averaged 7.3 points and 2.4 rebounds, while shooting 59 percent from the field.

As a sophomore, Beck played overweight and fell out of the rotation. He appeared in just 18 games and did not play in the final 10. He averaged 4.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 12.1 minutes.

At Cleveland Central Catholic, Beck averaged 32 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as a senior.

Beck will have to sit out this season due to the NCAA's transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility left.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Report: Two more Cleveland State players enter transfer portal

Two more Cleveland State basketball players have entered the NCAA's transfer portal.

Tyree Appleby and Jaalam Hill  -  CSU's top two scorers  - both put their names into the transfer portal Monday morning, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello.


It brings the total number of Vikings reportedly looking around to four since June 13, as the pair joins Rashad Williams (Oakland) and Seth Millner (undecided).

Appleby, who became the first Viking to record a triple-double, will have to sit-out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility left.

“I just wanted to explore other options and just try to find a better opportunity for my career going forward,” Appleby told WholeHogSports.

According to WholeHogSports, the Jacksonville, Arkansas native is expected to take an official visit to Arkansas on Tuesday.

He has also reportedly drawn interest from Iowa State, Tennessee, Tulane, Texas Tech, Eastern Illinois and Florida.

Appleby led the Vikings in scoring (17.2), assists (5.6), and steals (1.4) this past season. He was named second-team All-Horizon League.

Hill led the Vikings in rebounding (6.1) to go along with 11.2 points. He led the Horizon League in field goal percentage (59.1).

A 6-7 post, Hill carried the Vikings to wins over NKU (26 points, 12 rebounds) and YSU (22 points) in CSU's final two games.

The Louisville native has one year of eligibility left after sitting out the 2019-20 season.

CSU (10-21) looked poised for a breakout season in 2019-20 after finishing the season strong, winning four of its last six - including a road win over Horizon League tournament champion Northern Kentucky.

But after all the departing players, Dennis Felton is once again starting over from scratch for the third consecutive season.

The third-year coach must replace four of its top five scorers from last season. The quartet combined to score 46.2 of CSU's 74.2 points last season, or 62 percent of its scoring.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Report: Seth Millner enters the transfer portal

Cleveland State could be losing another one of its talented freshman players?

Guard Seth Millner has entered his name in the NCAA's transfer portal, according to VerbalCommits.com.


A CSU spokesperson said Tuesday that he "can not confirm" the report at this time.

The Little Rock, Arkansas native started 30 of 31 games with the Vikings, averaging 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds. He scored a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds in CSU's home loss to Purdue-Fort Wayne.

Two weeks ago, freshman sharp-shooter Rashad Williams put his name into the transfer portal. The Detroit native is reportedly looking to play closer to home because of an ill family member.

Last season, Williams led the Horizon League in 3-point shooting (40.8 percent). He averaged 10.8 points and started nine of  31 games.

If Williams and Millner decide to transfer, they will be the fourth and fifth players to leave the program in two years under Dennis Felton.

Little used forward Aleksa Popovic transferred to Division II McKendree University this offseason, while Evan Clayborne (North Carolina Central) and Shawn Christian (Salem) left following the 2017-18 season.

Clayborne and Christian were recruited by former coach Gary Waters.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Cleveland State adds commitment from 6-9 forward Abou Ousmane

The Cleveland State men's basketball team picked up its second commitment in the past 24 hours when 2019 big man Abou Ousmane pledged to the Vikings via Twitter


Ousmane, a 6-9 power forward from Brooklyn, New York,  chose the Vikings over offers from Georgetown, Bryant, South Dakota and Fairfield, according to Verbal Commits.

He spent the past season playing at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut where he averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and one block.

On Monday, CSU received a commitment from former Dayton Trotwood-Madison star Torrey Patton.