Wednesday, March 30, 2016

3 Cleveland State basketball players get releases, plan to transfer

Jono Janssen
Aaron Scales
Aaron ScalesJono Janssen, and Myles Hamilton will not return to Cleveland State next season and will seek transfers, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

CSU spokesperson Greg Murphy confirmed Wednesday that they have received releases and plan to transfer.

Scales and Hamilton have one year of eligibility left, while Janssen has three years left.

Hamilton, a former St. Edward product, was expected to transfer after being dismissed from the team in early January.

The redshirt junior from Cleveland was kicked off the bench in the first half of a Jan. 8 loss to Green Bay following a heated-exchange with head coach Gary Waters. The next day Hamilton was dismissed from the team.

He was also suspended for the first three games this season for a violation of team rules.

Hamilton appeared in nine games with the Vikings, averaging 2.9 points and 2.1 assists per game this past season.

Scales will graduate in May and can transfer to another Division I program without having to sit out a season.

A High Point, N.C native, Scales appeared in 71 games with CSU, averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game.

Scales showed promise in his sophomore year - posting an eight point, nine rebound effort in a loss to VCU, but never found a role in Waters' defensive-minded system.

Janssen, a 6-foot-9 redshirt freshmen from Mountain Creek, Australia, scored nine points in 11 games with the Vikings. His best game came in a loss to Green Bay where he scored seven points in five minutes.

The departures gives CSU three scholarships to fill for the 2016-17 season.

Waters' recruiting wishlist includes a junior college point guard, a second point guard, a big and a wing/forward.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Cleveland State Basketball Set to Host Four-Star Point Guard Markell Johnson

Markell Johnson
Cleveland State basketball will have its highest rated recruit on campus this week since John McLendon brought Julius Erving in for a visit in the 1960's.

Markell Johnson, a four-star 2017 point guard from Cleveland's East Tech High School, will take an unofficial visit to CSU on Friday, he announced on his Twitter account.

According to Johnson, CSU will also host 2017 shooting guard Jarius Ward from Lima Senior High School.

Johnson, who stands 6-foot-1, recently trimmed his list down to five schools, which included CSU.

The other finalists were Ohio State, Louisville, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.

According to 247Sports composite ratings, Johnson is rated the No. 17 point guard, No. 65 prospect in the country and No. 2 player in Ohio.

Johnson, the Associated Press Division II Player of the Year, averaged 31.2 points a game as a junior, leading the Scarabs to a 21-4 record and a third straight Senate League championship.

He has already taken unofficial visits to OSU (Feb. 28) and Virginia Tech (Feb. 20).

Ward is a 6-foot-1 shooting guard. He averaged 12 points a game last year, helping Lima Senior to a 29-1 record and an appearance in the Division I championship game.

CSU has one player committed for 2017. Garfield Heights shooting guard Shawn Christian committed to the Vikings last week.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cleveland State lands first recruit in 2017

Shawn Christian
Following Cleveland State's 71-63 loss to Detroit in early February, Vikings head coach Gary Waters told the media that he was going to "bring in some more shooters" to replace the losses of recent transfers Bryn Forbes (Michigan State) and Trey Lewis (Louisville).

On Tuesday, CSU landed one of the top shooters in the Cleveland area.

Shawn Christian, a 6-foot shooting guard from Garfield Heights High School, gave a verbal commitment to Waters on Tuesday.

The news was first reported by Sonny Johnson's Twitter account:

Christian becomes CSU's first recruit in the class of 2017 and is expected to sign with the Vikings in November's early signing period.

The sharp-shooter averaged 13 points a game last year as a junior, but had his big breakout performance in last week's regional semifinals at CSU's Wolstein Center.

Christian scored a game-high 23-points - draining 5 of 7 shots from long range - lifting the Bulldogs to a 49-43 victory over Warren Harding High School in the regional semifinals.

He followed that up with a 10-point performance in the regional finals, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime.

In the overtime sessions, Christian hit two more big three-pointers, helping Garfield Heights advance to Columbus for its second straight state final four with a narrow 70-69 double OT win against St. Ignatius.

Christian is the third Garfield Heights alum to play for Waters, joining Daitwan Eppinger and Lewis.

Monday, March 7, 2016

4-star guard Markell Johnson has Cleveland State in final 5 schools

Cleveland State basketball is in the mix for one of the top point guards in the 2017 recruiting class.

Markell Johnson, a four-star guard from Cleveland's East Tech High School, has the Vikings among his final five schools. Johnson announced his finalists on Monday on his public Twitter account.

Johnson is also considering Ohio State, Louisville, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.

He's considered the No. 17 point guard and No. 65 overall prospect in the class in the 247Sports composite ratings.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Cleveland State's Rob Edwards named to Horizon Leaugue all-freshman team

Rob Edwards
Cleveland State men's basketball standout Rob Edwards has been named to the Horizon League's all-freshman team, the conference announced today.

Edwards, a Detroit native, averaged 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season for the Vikings (9-22, 4-14 HL). He finished second in the league in scoring among all freshman, trailing only UIC's Dikembe Dixson who was named Freshman of the Year.

Joining Dixson and Edwards on the all freshman team were Northern Kentucky's Drew McDonald, Detroit's Josh McFolley and Youngstown State's Jordan Andrews.

CSU will be the ninth seed in the upcoming HL Tournament, and open play Saturday at noon against fourth-seeded Green Bay.