Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Stover, Payne joins Vikings roster

Cleveland State welcomed its largest freshmen class this week when students returned to campus for the start of the fall semester.

Among the 2,000 freshmen enrolled at CSU was former St. Ignatius standout Deven Stover.

Stover, a Solon native, will join the men's basketball program as a preferred walk-on, CSU head coach Dennis Felton announced on Tuesday.

"We're excited to add a local player of Deven's ability to our program," Felton said in a written statement. "Deven enjoyed an outstanding career at Cleveland St. Ignatius, which culminated in an epic game against Garfield Heights in the regional semifinals in the Wolstein Center. Deven has terrific size, strength and versatility that allows him to fill many roles in our positionless system of basketball. I look forward to coaching him and helping him grow."
Stover is a 6-foot-5 wing.  He originally committed to Navy, but reopened his recruitment in April after spending one season at the Naval Academy Prep School.

During his prep year, Stover led the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and assists (5.0).

Stover was a four-year letterwinner at St. Ignatius. He earned team MVP honors as a junior and senior and Best Offensive Player Award distinction in each of his final three seasons.

As a senior, Stover led St. Ignatius in scoring with 16.4 points per game and helped the Wildcats to the regional finals in 2016.

Payne joins program:

On Wednesday, Felton announced that David Payne has joined the men's basketball roster as a preferred walk-on.

Payne, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Malcolm X (Junior) College in Chicago, will have two years of eligibility left with the Vikings.

"David is a great athlete who brings good size, physicality and experience,"Felton said in a written statement. "He had an accomplished career at Malcom X Community College and is extremely serious and motivated. I look forward to working with him and watching his teammates lead him to get up to speed with what it means to be a Viking."

A Evergreen Park, IL native, Payne averaged 13.7 points per game last year for the Hawks.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Cleveland State offers free tickets to home opener

Cleveland State is rewarding fans who voted for Magnus in Mid-Major Madness Mascot Melee Championship round with a voucher for two free tickets to its men's basketball home opener against Coppin State on Nov. 17.

Fans interested in obtaining a voucher can e-mail Carrie Neville at and include a screen shot of your vote and your Twitter handle.
Opening as a 14th seed in the Midwest Region, Magnus pulled off stunning upsets of UIC's 'Sparky,' Ohio University's 'Rufus,' South Dakota State's 'Jack', 'Rufus' from Dayton and 'Bill the Goat' from the U.S. Naval Academy in the semifinals.

In the championship round, Magnus was edged out by Scrappy of North Texas who pulled in 51 percent of the vote in a Twitter poll.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cleveland State among finalist for Tamell Pearson

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Class of 2018 Morgan Park (IL) power forward Tamell Pearson announced his final six schools on Wednesday, and Cleveland State made the cut.

The other finalists includes Missouri State, Murray State, Oklahoma State, UAB, and Washington State.

Pearson, a three-star recruit, is rated the third-best prospect in Illinois by ESPN and the 31st best power forward nationally.

The 6-foot-8 Pearson is a native of Chicago and played AAU basketball this summer for Mac Irvin Fire.

In a free story over at, here’s what Pearson had to say about each of his six finalists:

Cleveland State:  “They promised me a lot of opportunity to expand my game at the next level. Being able to come in and contribute my freshman year.”

Missouri State:  “They told me I can be a great player in their system. They have been recruiting me very hard from the very beginning.”

Murray State:  “They came in during the middle of the process and told me that I would be great in their system.”

Oklahoma State:  “They have been in there from the very start. They have been recruiting me for a long time. I really love the school and the atmosphere.”

UAB:  “They are a great school. They are recruiting me the hardest out of everyone. I love the coach. They call me every day and check up on me. I will be able to contribute there my freshman year.”  

Washington State:  “The coach comes from Chicago and knows a lot about me. They came in late during Vegas. I really love the research I did about their school.”

CSU has six scholarships to fill in the class of 2018.