Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cleveland State lands first basketball commit in 2016 class

Richardson Maitre
Cleveland State landed its first commitment in the Class of 2016 as 6-foot-2 guard Richardson Maitre pledged to head coach Gary Waters on Monday, according to multiple media reports.

Maitre attends West Oaks Academy in Orlando.

The Montreal, Canada native is a bit under the radar in the class of 2016. He made a name for himself this summer playing for the Brookwood Elite AAU program where he shined at a number of top-tier showcases.

At the Adidas Gauntlet in Atlanta, Maitre averaged 13.9 points per game and had an 18:10 assist to turnover ratio.

Maitre also received offers from Middle Tennessee State, UTEP, Quinnipiac, Bradley, Sam Houston State, and New Mexico State.

He took an official visit to CSU on Sept. 11 and also visited UTEP and Bradley.

NorthPoleHoops.com ranks Maitre as the 17th best prospect in Canada's class of 2016.

He is the second Brookwood Elite alum to commit to the Vikings in the past two months. In August, Daniel Levitt, a freshmen guard from Montreal, announced he will walkon to the CSU program this fall.

The Vikings are also recruiting Brookwood Elite's 6-foot-5 wing Max Boursiquot, who holds offers from CSU, Albany, Binghampton, and Bryant.

Photo: NorthPoleHoops.com

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cleveland State Basketball Announces 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

The Cleveland State men's basketball team released its complete 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday.

The 31-game schedule had been coming together over the course of the summer, but with the official unveiling, we now know the Vikings' final two non-conference opponents – Malone and Cedarville.

Early season highlights include two games at the Q, two games in Cancun and road contests at Rhode Island and Maryland.

The biggest surprise was that Gary Waters elected not to have an exhibition game, instead CSU will have two closed-door scrimmages against non-Division I programs.

The toughest stretch of CSU's non-conference schedule comes in November as five of their six games are away from the Wolstein Center.

CSU will open the season in Kent, Ohio. The Vikings will face Akron on Nov. 14 at Kent State's M.A.C. Center as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader, with Kent battling Youngstown State in the other game.

Three days later, the Vikings will host Malone in its lone home game in November, before hitting the road for five straight.

They close out November with four games in the Cancun Challenge.

The Vikings open the Cancun Challenge on the road at Rhode Island on Nov. 21, then head to Cancun, Mexico for two more. CSU will face Rider on Nov. 24, and then they will play either Houston Baptist or South Dakota State the next day.

CSU concludes the Cancun Challenge at Maryland on Nov. 28. The game will be televised on the Big 10 Network.

The month of December is much kinder to the Vikings who will play five of its final seven non-conference games at home.

They open December on the road at Toledo, then return home for two straight at the Q, hosting Kent State on Dec. 5 and Ohio on Dec. 12.

After a road game at Loyola (Ill.), CSU closes out the non-conference season with three straight at the Wolstein Center. Belmont, an NCAA tournament team a year ago, visits Cleveland on Dec. 19, followed by Bowling Green (Dec. 23) and Cedarville (Dec. 29).

The Horizon League announced it conference schedule on Sept. 3.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cleveland State basketball announces 2015-16 HL schedule

The Horizon League announced its men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2015-16 season on Thursday afternoon via Twitter.

Cleveland State will open league play with six of its first 10 league games on the road.

The Vikings open league play at Oakland on Jan. 2, then two days later visit Detroit on Jan. 4.

CSU returns home for two straight. They host Green Bay on Jan. 7 and Milwaukee on Jan. 9 before hitting the road again.

Then CSU visits Wright State on Jan. 14 and two days later they make its first ever trip to Highland Heights, Ky. to face new league member Northern Kentucky.

After two straight home games against UIC (Jan. 18) and Youngstown State (Jan. 18) at the Q, CSU closes out January on the road at defending conference champion Valparaiso (Jan. 28) and UIC (Jan. 30).

The month of February is much kinder to the Vikings who finish the season with five of its final eight games at home - including hosting Valpo (Feb. 16) and Wright State (Feb. 27) at the Q.

The conference tournament will be held March 5-8 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.