Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cleveland State hoops to face Xavier in 'secret scrimmage'

The not-so-secret scrimmage between Cleveland State and Xavier that was first leaked during the summer will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1 in Cincinnati, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Xavier went 21-13 overall last season and 10-8 in the Big East Conference. The Musketeers lost to N.C. State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA allows schools to play either two "secret scrimmages," two exhibition games, or one of each.

CSU head coach Gary Waters prefers to play one "secret scrimmage" and one exhibition game.

Among the Horizon League "secret scrimmages" reported by ESPN:

Saturday, Nov. 1
Bradley at Milwaukee
Valparaiso vs. Buffalo at Oberlin College in Ohio
Toledo at Wright State
Bucknell at Youngstown State

Sunday, Nov. 2
Northern Illinois at UIC

Friday, Nov. 7
Akron at Youngstown State

Saturday, Nov. 8
Loyola-Chicago vs. Green Bay in Milwaukee

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cleveland State to face three ranked teams

Cleveland State fans who wanted to see a tougher non-conference schedule are in for a treat this season.

The Vikings are set to face three schools ranked in USA Today's preseason Coaches Poll, released Thursday.

Virginia, who CSU faces on Dec. 18 in Charlottesville, Va., is ranked No. 8. The Cavaliers return three starters and seven of its top nine scorers back from a team that won 30 games last year and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Louisville, who CSU travels to on Nov. 26, is ranked No. 9.  The Cardinals, another Sweet 16 team from a year ago, return two starters and three regulars from a team that won 31 games last season.

VCU, who CSU faces on Dec. 29 in Richmond, Va, is ranked No. 16. The Rams, the unanimously favorite to win the A-10 conference in a preseason poll, return six of its top eight scorers back from a team that went to the NCAA tournament a year ago.

Toledo, who visits the Wolstein Center on  Dec. 3, also received a vote in the coaches poll.

The Vikings, picked to finish second in the Horizon League preseason poll, return four starters from a team that and won 21 games last season.

Returning for the Vikings are junior guard Trey Lewis, junior forward Anton Grady, senior guard Charles Lee and senior forward Marlin Mason.

Lewis (first) and Grady (second) were named to the preseason all-Horizon League team.

It is the most ranked teams that CSU will face since the 2009-10 season when they played four - Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio State and Kansas State.

Last year, CSU had No. 3 Kentucky on the ropes, but couldn't hold on to a 10-point lead late in the game.

CSU opens the season at Iona on  Nov. 14.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cleveland State Press Conference at Horizon League Media Day '14

Courtesy of Cleveland State athletics

Cleveland State men’s basketball picked to finish second in Horizon League

The Cleveland State men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the Horizon League in a preseason poll of league coaches, media members and sports information directors. The HL released the poll Wednesday at its annual media day in Chicago.

Green Bay was picked to win the conference, receiving 32 of the 41 first-place votes. The Phoenix return four starters from last year's squad that won the regular season title - including preseason Player of the Year Keifer Sykes.

CSU received the other nine first-place votes and finished with 335 points.

Following CSU in the poll were: Detroit (239 points), Valparaiso (228), Wright State (186), Milwaukee (182), Oakland, (178), Youngstown State (95) and UIC (45).

CSU junior guard Trey Lewis was named to the preseason All-Horizon League first team, while junior forward Anton Grady made the second team.

The Vikings finished second last year, but were upset by Wright State in the HL semifinals. CSU returns four starters and brings back a League-best 118 combined starts last season.

Also returning for the Vikings are senior point guard Charles Lee and senior forward Marlin Mason.

Joining Sykes and Lewis on the first team were Juwan Howard, Jr. of Detroit, Corey Petros of Oakland, and Alec Peters of Valparaiso.

Green Bay's Jordan Fouse, Matt Tiby of Milwaukee, Kahlil Felder of Oakland and Bobby Hain of Youngstown State joined Grady on the second team.

1. Green Bay, (32 first place votes), 357 points
2. Cleveland State, (9 first place votes), 335 points
3. Detroit, 239 points
4. Valparaiso, 228 points
5. Wright State, 186 points
6. Milwaukee, 182 points
7. Oakland, 178 points
8. Youngstown State, 95 points
9. UIC, 45 points
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay (Preseason Player of the Year)
Juwan Howard, Jr., Detroit
Corey Petros, Oakland
Trey Lewis, Cleveland State
Alec Peters, Valparaiso
Anton Grady, Cleveland State
Jordan Fouse, Green Bay
Matt Tiby, Milwaukee
Kahlil Felder, Oakland
Bobby Hain, Youngstown State

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cleveland State offers Damarri Moore

Cleveland State has extended a scholarship offer to 2016 forward Damarri Moore of Brooklyn, NY, according to NYC Hoops.

Moore, a 6-foot-7 forward, plays for Abraham Lincoln High School and Juice All-Stars AAU program.

According to the report, Moore has also received interest from St. Mary's and Fairfeld.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Kaza Keane Granted Immediate Eligibility at Cleveland State

Cleveland State announced Friday that guard Kaza Keane has received a waiver from the NCAA and will be able to play for the Vikings this season.

The 6-foot-2 Keane, a transfer from Illinois State, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

In two seasons at Illinois State, Keane appeared in 65 games, making 10 starts as a freshman. The Ajax, Ontario native averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 assists in 15.1 minutes during his Redbirds career. He dished out 99 assists while committing just 58 turnovers.

As a freshmen, he led the Redbirds in assists (3.2), while averaging 2.7 points per game.

On Thursday, CSU head coach Gary Waters said that if Keane was granted immediate eligibility he would be the "third or fourth best guard" on the team.

"He's very stable and controls things out there." said Waters. "He'll really help us."

Photo: CSUVikings.com

Cleveland State extends scholarship offer to Anthony Carmon

Anthony Carmon has received a scholarship offer from Cleveland State basketball coach Gary Waters, according to Prep Hoops Ohio.

Carmon, a 6-foot-1 point guard, also holds offers from Kent State and Division II programs Fairmont State and Notre Dame College.

"Right now, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois, Kent State, Toledo, Cleveland State, Notre Dame College and Fairmont State are the schools that want me," Carmon told Prep Hoops Ohio. "My top five (in order) is Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Fairmont."

Carmon is rated as the No. 66th-best player in Ohio's 2015 class by Prep Hoops Ohio and 11th-best point guard.

On Thursday, Waters told the CSU media that he is still looking to sign a shooting/combo guard and an interior guy.

'We need a another guard that can shoot the basketball," said Waters. "The shooting guard can go from a combo all the way up to a wing."

CSU has already received a verbal commitment from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary forward Jibri Blount, the son of NFL hall of famer Mel Blount.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cleveland State offer Ricky Madision

The Cleveland State basketball program has reportedly offered a scholarship to Ricky Madison, a Class of 2015 forward from Norcross (Georgia) High School.

Madison, 6-6, 185-pounds, also holds offers from Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Radford, the Citadel, Hofstra, St. Bonaventure, Western Kentucky, and Kennessaw State.

Benton joins training staff: On Monday, CSU announced that Max Benton has been named the associate head athletics trainer.

Benton, who has more than 20 years of sports medicine experience, spent the past 12 years as the head athletic trainer for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Akron SVSM's Jibri Blount Commits to Cleveland State

Cleveland State landed its first commitment in the Class of 2015 Sunday when Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Jibri Blount ended his recruitment and pledged to Gary Waters and the Vikings.

Blount - the son of NFL hall of famer Mel Blount -  took an official visit to CSU over the weekend. The 6-foot-6 forward is in his second year at St. Vincent-St. Mary after transferring from Linsly School in Wheeling, W.Va. 

"Cleveland State was the right fit for me because of the people there," Blount told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "They have the same type of moral views that my parents raised me on."

Blount also had an offer from St. Francis (Pa.).

Riller visits: Blount wasn't the only recruit that visited CSU over the weekend. The Vikings also entertained 2015 combo guard Grant Riller from Ocoee, Fla., according to his AAU coach.

Riller, 6-3, is also considering Florida International and the College of Charleston.

According to Rivals.com, Riller is scheduled to visit FIU this weekend (9/26).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cleveland State Announces 2014-15 men's basketball schedule

CLEVELAND, Ohio (press release) - A total of 15 home games, a 16-game Horizon League slate and contests at Louisville, Virginia and VCU, highlight the 2014-15 Cleveland State men's basketball schedule that was announced on Thursday.

"This year's schedule is very competitive with road games at BCS schools Louisville and Marshall, as well as games at VCU, Iona and Marshall," head coach Gary Waters said. "Games with Toledo and San Francisco at the Wolstein Center will also be good challenges.

"I feel that this year will be one of the more competitive league seasons as many outstanding players return throughout the league and five teams are coming off postseason appearances. We look forward to the challenges this year's schedule will present."

The Vikings will host Malone on Nov. 10 in their lone exhibition game of the preseason before opening the regular season with a return game to Iona on Nov. 14. Last season, the Vikings defeated Iona, 73-69, in the season opener in the Wolstein Center, rallying from a 15-point halftime deficit.

Following the home opener on Nov. 17 against Tiffin, the Vikings will host Jacksonville State two days later to begin four games as part of the Global Sports Showcase. The final three games of the event will be on the road with CSU playing at Savannah State (Nov. 22), Louisville (Nov. 26) and Marshall (Nov. 28).

CSU returns home to host Toledo on Dec. 3 and welcomes Western Illinois to the Wolstein Center on Dec. 7 in a BracketBuster return game from two seasons ago.

A trip to Bowling Green on Dec. 13 is followed by a home contest against Mount Vernon two days later before the Vikings travel to ACC foe Virginia on Dec. 18 in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The Vikings return home to host San Francisco (Dec. 21) and Eastern Illinois (Dec. 23) in return games and close the 2014 calendar year at VCU on Dec. 29.

The 16 game Horizon League schedule, which was announced earlier this month, opens in the Wolstein Center with the Vikings hosting Milwaukee on Jan. 2. CSU is scheduled to play a minimum of four league games on the ESPN family of networks.

The Vikings' final nonconference game of the season comes on Feb. 17 when CSU travels to Western Carolina for a return game from last season.

Regular season play ends on Feb. 27 with CSU hosting Valparaiso at 10:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

The first round of the Horizon League Championship will be on March 3 at campus sites with second round games (March 6) and the semifinals (March 7) at the top seed.

The championship game will be March 10 at the highest remaining seed. 

Season tickets for the 2014-15 season are available by calling 216-687-5454 or visiting www.CSUVikings.com.

2014-15 Cleveland State men's basketball schedule

Mon., Nov. 10 - MALONE (Exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 14 - at Iona, 7
Mon., Nov. 17 - TIFFIN
Wed., Nov. 19 - JACKSONVILLE STATE (Global Sports Showcase)
Sat., Nov. 22 - at Savannah State (Global Sports Showcase)
Wed., Nov. 26 - at Louisville (ESPN3 / Global Sports Showcase)
Fri., Nov. 28 - at Marshall (Global Sports Showcase)
Wed., Dec. 3 - TOLEDO
Sun., Dec. 7 - WESTERN ILLINOIS, 12
Sat., Dec. 13 - at Bowling Green, 4
Mon., Dec. 15 - MT. VERNON NAZ.
Thur., Dec. 18 - at Virginia, 7 (ESPNU)
Sun., Dec. 21 - SAN FRANCISCO, 2
Tues., Dec. 23 - EASTERN ILLINOIS, 1
Mon., Dec. 29 - at VCU
Fri., Jan. 2 - MILWAUKEE*
Sun., Jan. 4 - at UIC, 4*
Thur., Jan. 8 - OAKLAND*
Sat., Jan. 10 - at Valparaiso, 8*
Wed., Jan. 14 - at Wright State*
Sat., Jan. 17 - at Youngstown State, 7*
Fri., Jan. 23 - DETROIT* (ESPNU or ESPN3)
Mon., Jan. 26 - at Oakland*
Sat., Jan. 31 - GREEN BAY*
Wed., Feb. 4  - YOUNGSTOWN STATE, 7*
Sat., Feb. 7  - WRIGHT STATE*
Fri., Feb. 13 - at Detroit*, 7/8 (ESPN2 or ESPNU)
Sun., Feb. 15 - UIC*
Tues., Feb. 17 - at Western Carolina
Fri., Feb. 20 - at Green Bay*, 7 (ESPN2)
Sun., Feb. 22 - at Milwaukee*
Fri., Feb. 27 - VALPARAISO*, 10 (ESPNU)
Fri., March 6 - Horizon League Tournament 2nd Round, 7 (ESPN3)
Fri., March 6 - Horizon League Tournament 2nd Round, 9:30 (ESPN3)
Sat., March 7 - Horizon League Tournament Semifinals, 9:30 (ESPNU)
Sat., March 7 - Horizon League Tournament Semifinals, 11:30 (ESPNU/tape delay)
Tues., March 10 - Horizon League Championship, 7 (ESPN or ESPN2)