Moondog, Ogo Adegboye, the Wright stuff and the A10 Bounce

Ogo Adegboye (Courtesy: SBU athletics)

Adegboye makes preliminary Olympic roster

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y.  – Former St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball player, Ogo Adegboye, has been named to the Great Britain preliminary squad and has a chance to represent his country in the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer.

In his two seasons as a Bonnie from 2009-2011, Adegboye saw playing time in all 31 games of each season, had an average 3-point shooting percentage of .366 and made a total of 559 points while averaging nine points per game.

Adegboye, a 2011 St. Bonaventure graduate, led the country his senior year in minutes played per game (39.0) and led his team in assists per game (4.0).

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A Legacy Defined

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. To keep your memories of this remarkable year in St. Bonaventure basketball as fresh 20 years from now as they are today, the university is producing a 128-page book on the NCAA Tournament seasons of its men and women.

Published by the university’s Franciscan Institute Publications, “A Legacy Defined” costs $19.95 (plus $4.95 if shipping is necessary) and is now available for advance sale by clicking here. The book’s title is based on the teams’ joint preseason marketing slogan “Defining Our Legacy.”

The soft-cover book, similar in scope to the commemorative books produced after teams win the Super Bowl, is expected to be available in May at Olean-area retailers and the SBU Bookstore.

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No sleep ’til Brooklyn: Tickets go on sale for next season’s A-10 tournament

BROOKLYNTickets to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn will go on sale Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or  www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

In September 2011, the Atlantic 10 Conference formed a five-year partnership with Barclays Center to bring the A-10 men’s basketball tournament to Brooklyn and the new 18,200-seat sports and entertainment venue. The tournament is scheduled for March 14 – 17, 2013.  It will mark the first time the A-10 Championship, which sends its champion to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, will be held in metropolitan New York City and the first time it will be played in a new state-of-the-art facility.

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UD’s Archie Miller honored by Hoop Scoop

Archie Miller, the first-year University of Dayton men’s basketball coach, has received some recognition for his efforts in leading the Flyers to a 20-win season and a spot in the NIT.

He made the Hoop Scoop ratings of the top up-and-coming coaches in the nation, which was published in the latest edition of Basketball Times. He was 17th out of 20 on the list, which also included Xavier’s Chris Mack, Murray State’s Steve Prohm and Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin.

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The Wright stuff

Klay Thompson lobs it to Chris Wright for the dunk.

 

Best under-the-radar college basketball atmosphere

 

Juan Fernandez signs professional contract with top Italian team

PHILADELPHIA Temple University senior guard Juan Fernandez has signed a multi-year contract to play professional basketball for EA7 Olimpia Milano, a top-level Italian team.

“We are happy for Juan as this is a tremendous opportunity for him with one of the top European professional clubs,” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy.

One of the top Lega Basket Series A teams, Olimpia Milano has won 25 Italian championships, four Italian Cups, and three Euroleague championships.

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Firings show A-10 bar is set high

A pair of Atlantic 10 schools fired their basketball coaches last month, and I have to admit in each case I didn’t see it coming.

Duquesne’s Ron Everhart was shoved out the door after a disappointing 16-15 record, but he should be credited with resuscitating the program, reaching the postseason three straight years before last season’s dip. The Dukes went 3-24 prior to his arrival in 2006 and never won more than 12 games in 11 seasons before that.

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Thin backcourt challenges Flyers

With the revelation this week that recruit Javon Thomas would not be coming to the University of Dayton next season, the Flyers are left with two scholarship guards on the roster. While it is incumbent upon head coach Archie Miller and his staff to recruit to fill that void, there is an onus on Kevin Dillard and Vee Sanford to do their part in addressing the situation.

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Transfer Stainbrook brings Xavier a big presence

The graduation of 7-foot senior center Kenny Frease leaves a frontline void that Xavier men’s basketball coaches have filled with 6-10 Western Michigan transfer Matt Stainbrook.

The sophomore center visited Xavier’s campus Sunday, committed to the Musketeers Monday and has two years of eligibility starting in 2013-14. He’ll sit out next season per the NCAA transfer rule.

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West apologizes

“I feel bad the dude got hurt,” West said Friday. “I thought I was just hitting the costume. When they told me after the game that he had got hurt, I felt bad because I seriously didn’t know our playing around would cause him to get hurt.”

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Brain Grant Foundation fundraiser

If you’re looking for something to do Saturday night and have at least $350 for a ticket, check out The Cincinnati ShakeUp for Parkinson’s. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Brian Grant Foundation and the University of Cincinnati’s Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

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UR gets Avila former Patriot League rookie of the year

Last season, 13 of 14 Atlantic 10 Conference teams had at least one transfer, with the University of Richmond being the exception. The Spiders’ status will change.

Former Naval Academy star J.J. Avila confirmed on Monday that he will enroll at UR. The 6-foot-7 forward, who was named 2011 Patriot League rookie of the year, has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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Remembering McCaffery

I was saddened to read in Bernie Miklasz’s (April 7) column of the passing of former SLU basketball player and Olympian Pete McCaffery. As a 14-year-old lad, I was with my dad at Kiel Auditorium on Feb. 28, 1959, when Pete scored 39 points against Wichita State. I still vividly remember Pete raining down beautiful jump shots from all over the court.

That day, he instantly became my favorite Billiken of all time and, from then on, I became Pete McCaffery in my backyard basketball shootarounds. I’m thrilled that I was there when Pete set the Billikens’ single-game scoring record, which stood until 1973 when Harry Rogers scored 43 and Anthony Bonner surpassed that with 45 in an overtime game in 1990.

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Bernie Bytes: On Majerus and SMU

What to make of the Rick Majerus and SMU? Well, it appears that SMU is seriously making a run at the St. Louis U.basketball coach. Various media reports have SMU pitching $2 milliion a year at Majerus, which would be about double what he makes at SLU.

Majerus likes coaching at SLU, and really likes his returning players. The Billikens, after having won an NCAA Tournament game this season, have a chance to be very good in 2012-2013. The coach’s hard work is starting to pay off, and the program is on the rise.

On one hand, I find it hard to believe that Majerus would walk away from his kids, especially after he’s worked so hard, and gone through so much, to get the SLU program on solid ground. The SMU job isn’t anything special; a bunch of coaches have come and gone, trying in vain to kick-start a moribund program that hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1993.

Temple’s Brown to transfer
Aaron Brown will leave both Temple and the Owls basketball program at the end of the spring semester.

The sophomore shooting guard informed coach Fran Dunphy of his decision Saturday morning. The St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) product was granted his release.

A better UMass team should lead to a stronger schedule

AMHERST – Now that the University of Massachusetts is on a men’s basketball upswing, and its former coach has just won an NCAA title, it’s just natural that the teams would play each other, right?

Uh, no. At least not in the forseeable future.

That does not mean the Minutemen don’t have a better chance to line up some good games next season and beyond, however.

Temple’s Dunphy still disappointed by season’s end

The Temple Owls played 32 games this season.

That’s 32 national anthems, 32 opening tips. 32 halftime speeches, 32 final buzzers.

Of those 32 games, 24 resulted in Temple victories, including 11 straight at one point, with enough big wins to make most programs happy for an offseason and then some. When a 24-win season ends with two consecutive postseason losses, however, it’s those last couple of games that linger.

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Sixth annual Anaheim Classic is set

CINCINNATI — The 2012 Anaheim Classic field has confirmed all eight schools for the annual event held Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 22, 23 & 25, at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center, adjacent to Disneyland. The tournament field features six teams that competed in the 2012 postseason: Cal (NCAA), Saint Mary’s (NCAA) and Xavier (NCAA Sweet 16), Drexel (NIT), Drake (CollegeInsider.com) and Rice (CollegeInsider.com). Also slated to play in the event are Pacific and Georgia Tech, whose head coach is former Dayton head coach Brian Gregory.

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Ferry named Duquesne head coach

PITTSBURGH – Jim Ferry, who led LIU Brooklyn to its second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance this March, has been named men’s basketball coach at Duquesne University, Director of Athletics Greg Amodio announced today.

Ferry, 44, reached an agreement with Duquesne on Tuesday afternoon.

The 16th head coach in the 95-year history of Duquesne basketball, Ferry will be formally introduced at a media conference on Thursday afternoon.

“Jim Ferry has been a winner at every level,” said Amodio. “Through a combination of hard work, strong character and outstanding leadership he experienced unprecedented success at LIU. I look forward to him using those same qualities to make his mark on the Duquesne basketball program. He is an aggressive recruiter whose teams are known for tough, physical play. Jim is the right fit for Duquesne right now.”

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Brian Nash and Rich Glessman named to Duquesne staff

PITTSBURGH – First-year Duquesne University head men’s basketball coach Jim Ferry announced today Brian Nash and Rich Glesmann have joined his staff.

Nash, who was named associate head coach by Ferry, was the head coach at Saint Francis, N.Y. from 2005-06 through 2009-10. He spent last season as an assistant at Fairfield University.

Glesmann just completed his seventh season on Ferry’s staff at LIU Brooklyn. Nash and Glesmann have worked on staffs that have produced a combined eight Division I postseason appearances.

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49ers sign AP All-State guard, Denzel Ingram

Charlotte 49ers head coach Alan Major has announced the signing of 5-11 point guard Denzel Ingram (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the 49ers.

Ingram, the NCBCA 3A Basketball Player of the Year, averaged 23.9 points, 7.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals as a senior at Chapel Hill High School. A first-team all-state selection and an AP all-classifications all-state choice, Ingram was also named the 3A Basketball Player of the Year by NCPreps.com. The Carolina 6 Conference champion Tigers went 26-2, including a perfect 25-0 record during the regular season under head coach Tod Morgan.

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Gilvydas Biruta, Jordan Hare commit to Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I. — Head coach Dan Hurley announced the addition of two student-athletes for the 2012-13 academic year.  Gilvydas Biruta and Jordan Hare will continue their academic and athletic endeavors at the University of Rhode Island as members of the men’s basketball team.

“We are very excited to add Gilvydas and Jordan to our basketball family,” said Hurley.  “They are two outstanding post players and will be a big part of our future.”

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Hurley finalizes coaching staff

KINGSTON, R.I. — Head coach Dan Hurley has finalized his coaching staff at the University of Rhode Island.

Bobby Hurley will be joining the Rhody staff as the team’s associate head coach, while Jim Carr arrives in Kingston as an assistant coach after spending the last 13 seasons at Rutgers.  Preston Murphy will remain in his role as an assistant with the Rams.

“I’m very excited to have the coaching staff finalized and ready to go,” said Hurley.  “With Bobby, Jim, and Preston, I feel we have all the pieces in place to build for the future of Rhode Island basketball.  All three coaches have strong pedigrees and have a lot to offer our players as role models, mentors, and teachers of the game.  We share the same vision for success.”

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GW to induct Shawnta Rogers

 

Anthony named state rookie of the year

RICHMOND, Va. Richmond freshman Kendall Anthony was named the State Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Year and was tabbed to the State’s All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Anthony was already named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and named to the All-Rookie team.

The 5-foot-8 guard from Jackson, Tenn. was second on the Spiders in scoring at 13.0 points per game and his 416 points on the season rank third on Richmond’s freshmen scoring list.

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In case you missed it…

Here is  a list of players from across the country who are transferring.

Here is a list of coaches on the move.

 

Expect big things from these sophomores-to-be

Wells started this season, but should see his scoring average climb into the mid-teens next season because he and G Mark Lyons should be the two main scorers with the graduation of G Tu Holloway. Wells is a good athlete who can slash to the rim and also has a nice mid-range game; look for him to improve his 3-point shooting this offseason.

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UMass has found magic at MSG

So perhaps it was appropriate that Derek Kellogg’s UMass team was packing its fighting spirit for the NIT semifinals, where it hopes to take a bite out of the Big Apple in, of all places, the Garden.

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Giannini: Talented players, good kids got La Salle back to the postseason

Before the 2011-12 college basketball season began, many considered La Salle to be nothing but an afterthought.

The Explorers had melted in their previous two seasons. In early 2010, La Salle lost nine of their last 10, not making the Atlantic 10 tournament. Last season, the February troubles continued and John Giannini‘s team lost seven of their last 11. Aaric Murray, the team’s leading scorer, rebounder and interior defensive presence, left the team to transfer to West Virginia. Things were pretty glum around 20th and Olney.

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