Friday, October 11, 2019

Lutheran East big man visits Cleveland State

Cleveland State hosted Cleveland Lutheran East big man Nehemiah Benson Tuesday.

Benson (6-6, 195) is a mid-major post who can play both inside or outside.

CSU offered the Streetsboro, Ohio native on Sept. 13. He also holds offers from Air Force, NJIT, Rider, Mount St. Mary's, St. Francis (Pa.), and The Citadel. Columbia is also involved.

CSU is his second official visit. He visited St. Francis on Sept. 2.
The Vikings have one scholarship available.

They have verbal commitments from Alec Oglesby, Yahel Hill, and D'Moi Hodge.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cleveland State basketball lands commitment from JUCO shooting guard D'Moi Hodge

Updated: 10/13/19

First-year Cleveland State head coach Dennis Gates got a another big get on the recruiting trail this past weekend.

Junior college star D'Moi Hodge gave his verbal commitment to Gates and CSU on Saturday.

Hodge is a high-scoring guard from the British Virgin Islands.

He is a third-year sophomore at State College of Florida.

A 6-4, 180 pounder, Hodge averaged 19.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.1 blocks last year with the Manatees. He shot 44 percent overall and 32 percent on 3s.

He redshirted during the 2017-18 season with New Mexico Junior College.

Hodge has a knack for big games.  Last year he had games of 50, 43 and 36-points with SCF.

He once scored 46 points in a high school game for Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Georgia and had a 40-point game at the postgraduate level for Arlington Country Day in Florida

Hodge also received interest from Coastal Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Gulf Coast, Illinois State and Bethune-Cookman, according to the Island Sun.

He becomes the third member of CSU's 2020 class. JUCO guard Yahel Hill, a Cleveland Heights native, and Alec Oglesby, a shooting guard out of Florida, are the others. Oglesby is a three-star recruit. Hodge and Hill are not rated.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Cleveland State picks up commitment from former Cleveland Heights standout Yahel Hill

The Cleveland State basketball team picked up its second commitment in the Class of 2020 on Sunday when former Cleveland Heights standout Yahel Hill announced he would return home to play for the Vikings.
Hill, a 6-0 guard out of Tallahassee Community College, announced his commitment on Twitter:

He also received an offer from Albany.

Hill was a standout at Cleveland Heights High School where he is the all-time leading scorer, breaking the record held by former CSU great Damon Stringer.

As a senior at Cleveland Heights, Hill averaged 20.2 points, 5.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds a game, garnering offers from CSU (Gary Waters), Akron, Kent State, Toledo, Duquense, James Madison, Stony Brook, and Robert Morris.

He was a non-qualifier and began his career at West Liberty, a Division II school in West Virginia.

Last year Hill averaged 13.5 points and 1.9 assists a game as a freshmen at West Liberty, starting 33 games for the Hilltoppers. He shot 48 percent on 3-pointers and 53 percent overall. His career-high is 35 points against Notre Dame College.

After his freshman year, he transferred to Tallahassee Community College in hopes of going to Division I.

Hill joins Alec Oglesby in Dennis Gates' first full recruiting class.

Oglesby, a 6-5 guard out of Gainsville, Fla., committed to CSU on Sept. 22.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Former Cleveland Heights star Yahel Hill to visit CSU this weekend

Cleveland State is hosting a notable visitor this weekend.

Yahel Hill, a former Cleveland Heights High School standout, is visiting CSU this weekend, according to
Hill, a sophomore, currently plays at Tallahassee Community College in Florida.

The 6-0 guard transferred to the JUCO after a season at West Liberty, a Division II school in West Virginia.

A deadly three-point shooter, Hill made 48 percent of his threes last year for the Hilltoppers. He also averaged 13.5 points on 52 percent shooting as a freshman.

CSU offered Hill a scholarship in August. He also has an offer from Albany.
Hill is the all-time leading scorer at Cleveland Heights, breaking former CSU great Damon Stringer's record.

As a senior at Cleveland Heights, Hill averaged 20.2 points, 5.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds a game.

Hill is the third recruit to visit CSU in the past two weeks.

Last week CSU hosted 2020 prospects Mabor Majak and Alec Oglesby for official visits.

Oglesby, a 6-5 guard from Gainsville, Florida, committed to the Vikings on Sept. 21. He is the first recruit in Dennis Gates' class of 2020.

Majak, a 7-1 center from South Sudan, is undecided.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cleveland State basketball lands first 2020 recruit

Dennis Gates' first full recruiting class is off to a good start.

Cleveland State landed its first commitment from the 2020 class on Friday.

Three days after taking an official visit to the downtown campus, Alec Oglesby announced his decision to play for Gates and the Vikings via his Twitter account.

Oglesby, a three-star prospect by out of The Rock High School (Gainsville, Fla.), chose CSU over Cincinnati, Milwaukee, San Jose State and Yale.

The 6-5 guard averaged 11.3 points and 3.3 rebounds last season for the Lions. He made 40 percent of his 3s.'s Corey Evans released a scouting report on Oglesby: "The 6-foot-5 guard is a strong and tough-minded scorer valued most for his shot making prowess. He is someone that can play both on and off of the ball and has the ability to impact the game as a defender, rebounder and perimeter shooter."

He played AAU basketball for Team Knight Hoops, a team sponsored by current Cleveland Cavalier Brandon Knight.

His sister, Victoria Oglesby, is a sophomore on the Oakland women's basketball team.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cleveland State hosting 7-1 center Mabor Majak this weekend

Cleveland State will host 2020 center Mabor Majak for an official visit this weekend. The news was first reported by Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star.

Majak, a three-star recruit by and, projects as a developmental big man.

The 7-foot-1 center is raw, but has shown tremendous upside this summer playing for Indiana Elite. He is better known for his defense (rim protector) then his offense.

Originally from South Sudan, Majak is a senior at Hamilton Southeastern High School near Indianapolis.

Majak averaged 8.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game last year for the Royals. He shot 59 percent from the field.

He holds offers from CSU, Miami of Ohio, Mercer, Evansville, and Bradley.

Majak is ranked as the No. 280th best prospect in the class of 2020 by Sports.

He is the second 2020 prospect to take an official visit to CSU this week.

Earlier in the week, CSU hosted The Rock's (Gainsville, Fla.) guard Alec Oglesby.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Horizon League Announces Cleveland State's Men's Basketball's Conference Schedule

The Horizon League released its 2019-20 men’s basketball schedule on Tuesday and Cleveland State has as a favorable schedule to start league play.

After opening conference play on the road at UIC and IUPUI in late December, CSU returns home to play seven of the next nine at the Wolstein Center.

The best chance for CSU to get some wins is in late January when it host its longest homestand of the season: Four games.

CSU hosts Green Bay and Milwaukee on the week of Jan. 23-25 and IUPUI and Illinois-Chicago visits the Wolstein Center the following week.

The bad news is CSU closes the regular season playing five of its last seven on the road. The only home games during that stretch are against league-favorites Northern Kentucky (Feb. 20) and Wright State (Feb. 22).

CSU closes out the regular season with a road trip through Wisconsin. CSU travels to Milwaukee on Feb. 27 and Green Bay two days later.

Other notable games:

Rashad Williams, who transferred to Oakland this summer to be closer to his family, makes his return to the Wolstein Center on Jan. 11. CSU travels to O'rena on Feb. 13.

* The Vikings will host in-state rival YSU on Jan. 4 and make the return trip to Youngstown on Feb. 8. The Penguins are coached by former CSU Viking Jerrod Calhoun.

Antoine Davis and Detroit Mercy visits the Wolstein Center on Jan. 9. Davis, who is the son of UDM head coach Mike Davis, finished third in the country in scoring last year, averaging 26.1 points per game.

* CSU returns to NKU on Jan. 18. The Vikings handed the Horizon League champions its only loss at home last year.

CSU adds another game: CSU also announced that Division II Edinboro will visit the Wolstein Center on Nov. 9 as part of the D.C. Classic.

Tickets are free to fans, but must be claimed in advance online.

The Vikings released its full non-conference schedule last month.

Viking basketball showcase:  CSU fans can get its first look at the 2019-20 men's and women's basketball teams at the Viking Basketball Showcase on Oct. 5 in Woodling Gym.

The event, which is free to the public, includes practices from both teams and a fan autograph session. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Practice officially begins Sept. 24.

Cleveland State's 2019-20 men's basketball non-conference schedule:

Oct. 30: NOTRE DAME COLLEGE (exhibition)
Nov. 5: at Minnesota
Nov. 12: at Missouri State
Nov. 15: at South Carolina
Nov. 22: UNC Wilmington @ Washington D.C. (D.C. Classic)
Nov. 23: Eastern Kentucky @ Washington D.C. (D.C. Classic)
Dec. 4: TOLEDO
Dec. 7: at Kent State
Dec. 15: at Bowling Green
Dec. 18: DePAUL
Dec. 21: at East Tennessee State
Dec. 28: at UIC*
Dec. 20: at IUPUI*
Jan. 11: OAKLAND*
Jan. 16: at Wright State*
Jan. 18: at Northern Kentucky*
Jan. 23: GREEN BAY*
Jan. 30: IUPUI*
Feb. 1: UIC*
Feb. 8: at Youngstown State*
Feb. 13: at Oakland*
Feb. 15: at Detroit Mercy*
Feb. 27: at Milwaukee*
Feb. 29: at Green Bay*

*conference game

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cleveland State Basketball adds Steve Wright to the coaching staff

Dennis Gates has added former Northern Kentucky All-American Steve Wright to the staff.

Wright, who was the head coach at Cincinnati Princeton High School the past two years, has been named the video coordinator. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
He led Princeton to a 16-9 record last season and a 23-4 record and Div. I regional semifinal appearance during the 2017-18 season.

At Princeton, he coached former McDonald's All-American Darius Bazley.

Wright, a native of Dayton, played collegiately at Bowling Green and NKU, where he was named an NCAA Division II First Team All-American in 2007.

He played professionally overseas for five seasons.

Wright is the third coach on Gates' staff with ties to Ohio, joining Columbus native Rob Summers (top assistant), a Gahanna Lincoln grad, and Akron native Dru Joyce III (recruiting coordinator), a former high school teammate of LeBron James at Akron St. Vincent–St. Mary High School.

Rounding out Gates coaching staff is Ryan Sharbaugh (assistant), Dickey Nutt (special assistant to the head coach) and Chase Goldstein (Director of Operations).

Sharbaugh, Nutt and Goldstein all have spent time at Florida State when Gates was an assistant there.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Cleveland State set to host Alec Oglesby for official visit

Cleveland State will host 2020 wing Alec Oglesby for an official visit starting on Monday, according to his father's Twitter account.

Oglesby (6-4, 198) is an elite shooter who can attack the rim and is a strong defender.

He holds offers from CSU, Milwaukee, San Jose State, UC Riverside, Air Force, Yale, North Florida, South Florida, and DePaul, according to

Oglesby took an official visit to Milwaukee this past weekend and has also visited San Jose State (Sept. 5-7).

Originally from Suwanee (Ga.), Olgesby is a senior at the Rock School in Gainsville, Fla.

Oglesby averaged 11.3 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Lions. He made 40 percent of his 3s.

He played AAU basketball for Team Knight Hoops, a team sponsored by current Cleveland Cavalier Brandon Knight.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Cleveland State's Basketball Roster For The 2019-20 Season Is Set

The 2019-20 Cleveland State men's basketball roster is now set.

CSU has released the official roster, which includes 12 scholarship players. No walk-ons were listed.

Following the surprising firing of Dennis Felton in July, the roster has gone through significant changes this summer.

Leading scorer Tyree Appleby (Florida) and Rasheem Dunn (St. John's) transferred to bigger programs.

Rashad Williams transferred within the conference (Oakland). While Stefan Kenic (Chattanooga), Seth Millner (Northwest Florida State), and Dibaji Walker (UMass) also found new homes.

Dennis Gates was hired to lead the program on July 26.

He inherited a roster with just three scholarship players. Eleven players had put their names into the transfer portal.

Senior point guard Kasheem Thomas, junior forward Algevon Eichelberger and junior wing Torrey Patton (ex-Akron Zip) were the only players who remained on the roster following the coaching change.

Thomas (5.8 points, 2.9 assists) is an experience point guard with 58 starts in his three years with the Vikings. His career averages are 6.3 points and 2.8 assists in 24.1 minutes.

A key reserve, Eichelberger (5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds) played in all 31 games (including 12 starts) with the Vikings last year after transferring from DePaul.

Patton, who originally signed to play for Felton, gives the Vikings another experienced guard in the backcourt.

A Dayton native, Patton spent his freshmen year at Akron. In 32 games with the Zips, the 6-5 wing averaged 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16 minutes per game.

Last year, Patton played at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa where he averaged 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds. He's ranked as the No. 83 junior college prospect by

In just three weeks, Gates quickly put together a roster.

He made it a top priority to re-recruit the current players in the portal.

Gates was able to convince three others players to stay, including senior forward Jaalam Hill.

In Hill, first-year head coach Gates is getting a player to build the team around. The 6-7 post led CSU in rebounding (6.1) last year to go along with 11.2 points.

Hill averaged 16.1 points in his last eight games and was a key reason the Vikings won four of its last six.

Sophomore forward Deante "Spider" Johnson  and senior forward Jalen Williams (Furman grad transfer) also took their names out of the portal.

They bring experience to the frontcourt.

Johnson (2.6 points, 4.0 rebounds) appeared in 29 games last year, including four starts.

Jalen Williams played in 77 games during his three years with the Paladins. The 6-8 forward has career averages of 2.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game.

Gates brought in six of his own recruits.

He brought in four junior college transfers to bring in some more experience. They are sophomore guard Tyrese Potoma, sophomore wing Tre Gomillion, junior guard Craig Beaudion, and junior guard Franklyn Penn Jr..

Potoma is the best of the bunch. The 5-11 sharpshooter from Regina, Canada shot 45 percent from three-point range last year for Laramie Community College to go along with 18.8 points a game.

Gomillion started 27 games for Gordon State Community College. The 6-4 wing from Augusta, Ga. averaged 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists last year.

Beaudion, a Chicago native, comes from the same high school (Whitney Young) as Gates. He started 51 games in his two years at Colby Community College. The 6-3 wing averaged 14.4 points last year and was fifth in the conference in assists (122).

Penn Jr. split time between starter (19 games) and reserve (11) last year at Panola College. The 6-3 guard from the British Virgin Islands averaged 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds last year for the Fillies. His best season was as a freshman when he averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 rebounds for New Mexico Junior College.

Gates also brought in a pair of freshmen in Daylen Williams and Hugo Ferreira.

Daylen Williams is the son of former LSU star John "Hot Plate" Williams.

The 6-8 forward from Los Angeles had an injury-plagued high school career. He missed both his freshmen and sophomore seasons due to injuries.

A late bloomer, Daylen Williams had his breakout game in the LA City Section Open Division championship game last year. Leading Fairfax High to the title, he contributed 18 points, seven rebounds, seven blocks and two assists in the win over rival Westchester.

Ferreira had a strong showing at FIBA U18 European Championships in Romania. The 6-1 point guard from Portugal averaged 15.5 points, 5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game during the tournament.

CSU will save one scholarship for next season.

The fall semester begins on Monday.

Practice begins in late September.