Friday, October 30, 2015

Cleveland State Basketball set for public intrasquad scrimmages on Saturday

Cleveland State fans will get their first look at Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters teams when the Vikings play its Green and White scrimmage games Saturday at the Wolstein Center as part of its Hallo-Hoops event.

Admission is free. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

The CSU women's team will scrimmage at 10:00 a.m. Peterson Abiad's squad, coming off its first WNIT appearance, welcomes back seven letterwinners, as well as four players who sat out last season due to injuries.

Making their debuts for Peterson Abiad's squad are freshmen Mariana Bautista (5-7, guard), Sierra Davidson (6-0, forward), Nicolete Newman (5-7, guard) and Emily Stoller (6-2, guard).

The CSU men, picked to finish seventh in the Horizon League, return four regulars from last year's team that won 19 games and advanced to the postseason for the sixth time in the last eight seasons.

Making their debuts for Waters squad are transfer guard Myles Hamilton (6.2 points, 17 starts at Kennessaw State), redshirt freshman Jonothan Janssen, and freshmen Jibri Blount (6-7, forward), Rob Edwards (6-4, guard) and Jeron Rogers (6-7, forward).

An autograph session, trick-or-treating, games, activities for kids 12 and under will follow the men's scrimmage inside the Wolstein Center concourse, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Vikings set to retire numbers of Cole, Klein: CSU announced on Friday that it will retire Norris Cole's and Kailey Klein's jersey numbers in a ceremony on Feb. 6.

Cole will have his jersey number 30 retired prior to the men's game against Oakland, while Klein will have her jersey number 23 retired at the half.

Both Cole and Klein made significant impacts on the Viking programs during their four-year careers.

A Dayton native and current member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Cole is the school's all-time leader in games played (140), consecutive games played (140) and minutes played (4,114), while ranking third in CSU history in scoring (1, 978).

Cole is best known for posting a 40-point, 20 rebound, nine assists game against Youngstown State as a senior. He is the only player in the in Horizon League history to earn Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades in the same season when he earned both honors in 2011.

Klein, a Cherry, Ill. native, led the CSU women's basketball program to its only two NCAA tournament appearances (2008, 10). She finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in CSU history in points (2,140), free throws made (605) and free throws attempted (762).

Klein is best known for her Horizon League tournament performance as a senior. After being snubbed the Player of the Year, Klein then went out and set the Horizon League tournament record, scoring 80 points in three games en route to tournament MVP.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Maitre de-commits from Cleveland State; Lucien commits

Cleveland State received some good news and bad news on the recruiting trail.

The bad news came when Richardson Maitre de-committed from the Vikings on Tuesday. Maitre's decommitment was first reported by SourceHoops.com.

The good news came a few hours later when Andy Lucien announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to play for Gary Waters and the Vikings.


Lucien, a 6-foot-7 forward from North Olmsted, took an official visit to CSU earlier in the day. He also had offers from Ohio and UNC Asheville, as well as interest from several DII programs.

"I always wanted to go there throughout this recruiting process and even before that when I was a kid," Lucien told PrepHoopsOhio.com. "They really want to help me become the best basketball player I can be. It's a perfect fit."

Lucien averaged 18.5 points and eight rebounds per game last year as a junior.

Maitre, a point guard from West Oaks Academy in Fla., announced his committed to CSU on Sept. 28. The Montreal, Canada native reopened his commitment after recently receiving high-major interest.

Waters told the media last week that CSU could sign up to three recruits for the class of 2016.