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NBA Draft Prospect Rankings

 

We’ve finally reached the Final Four, which means that the NBA Draft is just right around the corner. Below we list the top ten players at each position. The point guard position for this draft class is nonexistent, at best. Michigan State’s Paul Shires is the only impact point guard in the class. Frederick Fred from Colorado is the only other point guard considered a first round talent, and the sophomore will have an interesting decision to make. Fred could leave school and most likely be a late first round pick, or return for his junior season and establish himself as the top point guard in next year’s class and possibly move into the lottery. NBA teams looking for point guard help would be best served by looking into free agency. The shooting guard position has much better depth in this class. There isn’t a 2-guard that projects to be an elite, impact player from the get go, but there are definitely some solid options that should have great NBA careers. NBA teams in need of a shooting guard with a draft pick in the mid to late first round slots should have no trouble finding the help they need in the draft. The small forward position is similar to the shooting guard class. Great depth throughout the first round, however, the small forward class also feature the top two prospects who are sure to become elite players in their career. All season long the question has been Kansas’ Warren Kelly or Florida’s Eric Hunter for the number one pick. Neither player helped himself in the NCAA Tournament with Kansas losing in the opening round and top seed Florida falling in the second round. Most scouts still consider the choice between the two to be a toss up so it will be interesting to see who is selected first overall pick. The power forward position will also feature great depth throughout the first round. We don’t think there is any elite talent in this group, but there is definitely a plethora of solid players that are capable of contributing at the next level. NBA teams looking to draft a center need to be selecting in the top five of the draft or they might be better off looking to veteran free agents for help. Ronald Moss, John Helms, and Ellis Gurganus are the three centers that are hands down the top big men in the class and are projected as top ten picks. Once those three players are gone the draft becomes very bleak at the center position with barely any projected first round talent available. There’s only three games left in the NCAA Tournament and once the championship game is played Monday night it will be time for us, as well as the players, to turn our attention to the NBA Draft. As always, it will be interesting to see which underclassmen stay in college for another year and which ones decide to make the jump to the NBA.

 

POINT GUARD

OVR    NAME                         YR       HT      WT     COLLEGE

4          Paul Shires                 Jr.        6-3      198     Michigan State

25       Frederick Fred           So.       6-0      190     Colorado

42       Oscar Morris              Jr.        5-8      164     Florida

47       Robert Stravinski      Sr.        5-10    175     Duke

52       Richard Harber         Sr.        6-6      215     Minnesota

54       Bruce Orlowski          Jr.        6-2      201     San Diego State

55       Raymond Losada       Jr.        6-1      176     Northwestern

56       Jason Davis                Sr.        6-0      179     Providence

58       David Grady               So.       6-2      192     Miami (FL)

62       Paul Pierce                 Jr.        6-2      204     Connecticut

 

SHOOTING GUARD

OVR    NAME                                     YR       HT      WT     COLLEGE

9          Ronald Antunez                     Sr.        6-3      207     Syracuse

13       Jeffrey Skulski                       Jr.        6-3      197     Connecticut

15       Charles Hawkins                   Jr.        6-2      196     Oregon State

16       Jurica Zediker                        Jr.        6-0      181     Oklahoma

27       Charles Spencer                    Jr.        6-2      174     Illinois

29       Justin McKay                         Sr.        6-4      191     Virginia Tech

30       John Burgess                         Jr.        6-2      199     Kentucky

34       Alfred McCullan                    So.       6-6      217     Ohio State

43       Darryl Payne                         Jr.        6-4      209     Illinois

53       Mario Guerrero                     Jr.        6-5      213     Arizona

 

SMALL FORWARD

OVR    NAME                                     YR       HT      WT     COLLEGE

1          Warren Kelly                         So.       6-4      204     Kansas

2          Eric Hunter                            Jr.        5-11    189     Florida

14       Christopher Aguinaldo         Jr.        6-3      203     Colorado

18       Darren Banks                        Sr.        6-3      196     Iowa

19       Cesar Russo                           Jr.        6-3      188     North Carolina

20       Clarence Davis                       Sr.        6-4      184     Duke

26       Judson Thompson                 Jr.        6-5      204     Texas A&M

28       Andrew Webb                       So.       6-5      193     Seton Hall

39       Jerome Strickland                 Sr.        6-7      208     Northwestern

44       Edmund O’Donell                 So.       6-2      197     Texas A&M

 

POWER FORWARD

OVR    NAME                         YR       HT      WT     COLLEGE

6          Michael Clark             So.       6-7      218     Ole Miss

7          Jeffrey Rehkop          Sr.        6-6      200     Minnesota

10       Bobby Tims                So.       6-8      231     Duke

11       David Jamison           Sr.        6-9      243     Georgetown

12       Raymond Berry         Sr.        6-11    253     Connecticut

17       Kent Guidi                  Sr.        6-10    221     Duke

21       Leonard Griffin          Jr.        6-11    258     Colorado

22       Samuel Bowen           Sr.        6-8      225     Seton Hall

31       Hung Tang                 So.       6-8      213     Michigan State

32       Barrett Thompson    So.       6-9      214     Washington

 

CENTER

OVR    NAME                         YR       HT      WT     COLLEGE

3          Ronald Moss              Jr.        6-6      208     Michigan State

5          John Helms                Jr.        6-9      209     Duke

8          Ellis Gurganus           Jr.        7-0      257     Miami (FL)

23       Kenneth Andrews     Sr.        7-1      261     Providence

24       Eric O’Bryan              Sr.        7-1      270     Iowa

33       Kevin Moline             Sr.        6-11    258     Connecticut

37       Kevin Ogles                So.       7-0      233     Florida

38       Fidel Yanez                Sr.        6-7      220     Miami (FL)

40       Mario Adams             So.       6-7      225     UCLA

41       Angel Lombardi         Sr.        6-11    233     Virginia Tech



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84 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

 

Division III:    Wisconsin-Stevens Point (31-4)       ***3rd National Championship 66, 75, 84***

Division II:      Colorado School of Mines (34-1)    ***1st National Championship***

NIT:                 Georgetown Hoyas (18-15)            ***1st NIT Championship***

Division I:       Virginia Tech Hokies (30-5)             ***5th National Championship 66, 67, 72, 77, 84***

 

 

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BIG SOUTH SPORTS BLOG

 

Knight Leaving Birmingham-Southern?

 

Rumors have begun to heat up over Birmingham-Southern head coach Jeremy Knight leaving the team. Knight is the longest tenured coach currently in the Big South, having spent the last 11 years at BSC. Knight has guided the Panthers to four Big South Championships, three Big South Tournament Championships, and four berths in the NCAA Tournament, including the current streak of three consecutive trips. During his time in Birmingham, Knight has amassed a record of 245 wins and 71 losses and a 137-39 record in the Big South. Sources say that Knight is in serious talks with administration to become the next head coach at Saint Louis. The Billikens finished last season 12-15 (6-10 in the Atlantic-10) and lost seven players from last season’s squad. It’s very confusing to try and figure out why Knight would want to leave a program in the midst of its most successful run in school history, in addition to returning 10 players from last season’s team. Sources have also mentioned that Knight has grown irritated with the administration at BSC over the last year or two over the school’s unwillingness to upgrade facilities to match the Panthers on court success. As of right now the talks between Knight and Saint Louis are just rumors, but stay connected with the Big South Sports Blog to stay up to date on this situation. 



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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

 

Billikens Hire Knight

 

ST. LOUIS | The search for the next head coach of the Saint Louis Billikens men’s basketball program is over after Jeremy Knight has accepted the offer for the open position. Knight’s deal is rumored to be for $2,000,000 over five years, or $400,000 each year during the contract. Exact details haven’t been released but it’s probable that Knight also will receive performance-based incentives for post-season appearances and wins.

 

Knight comes to Saint Louis from Birmingham-Southern where he spent the previous 11 years as head coach. While at BSC, Knight put together an overall record of 245-71 and went 137-39 in Big South play. Knight also won four Big South Championships and three Big South Tournament Championships with the Panthers. Knight also guided BSC to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including each of the previous three seasons. Last season Knight’s squad started the season 3-7, but bounced back and finished the season 18-12 before losing to Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

Knight has earned a reputation as a great player developer. During his 11 years at BSC, Knight coached the conference player of the year nine times. Knight had 17 players named to the First Team All-Big South team and three players were named to the AP All-America team during his tenure.

 

Before his tenure at BSC, Knight started his coaching career at Division III East Texas Baptist. Knight experienced great success from the beginning of his career with an overall record of 256-53 at ETBU. Knight led the Tigers to six conference championships, five conference tournament championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances. In his first season as a head coach Knight guided ETBU to the Division III National Championship with an overall record of 34-1. Knight also led ETBU to the Sweet Sixteen in 67 and the Elite Eight in 71.

 

Knight will inherit a Billikens squad that went 12-15 (6-10) and finished eighth in the Atlantic 10 last season. Saint Louis currently has only five players on its roster, which will make Knight’s rebuilding process more challenging. However, the flip side of having only five players on the roster means that Knight will have seven scholarships to use this year in recruiting and in return can bring in “his guys” more quickly which will speed up the process. Junior guard Bruce Karsten will the returning leading scorer for Saint Louis. Karsten averaged 7.7 ppg last season and has started every game of his college career. Senior center John Myers will be the only other returning starter for the Billikens. Myers averaged 7.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg last season. It’s reasonable that Knight will rely heavily on those two players this upcoming season as he brings in his own players and develops them for his system.

 

The Billikens basketball program has fallen on hard times recently. In the previous 20 seasons Saint Louis has had a winning record just eight times, with six of those coming during Trent Cole’s two four-year stints as coach. During that span the Billikens have won four Atlantic 10 Championships (the last one came in 70), two NIT bids, and two NCAA Tournament bids. Saint Louis last made the NCAA Tournament in 80, which was Cole’s last season as coach. The other NCAA Tournament appearance, also under Cole, came in 68. Needless to say, Knight will have his work cut out for him to turn Saint Louis into a consistent member of postseason play.

 

A press conference to introduce Knight as the next coach is scheduled for Thursday morning in Chaifetz Arena. A full write up of the press conference will be available in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 

 

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SAINT LOUIS ATHLETICS

PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

 

 

John Wilkins:

Good morning and welcome. I would first like to thank each of you in attendance and watching online for attending this press conference. Two months ago when I began to search for the next individual to lead the Saint Louis men’s basketball program I selected very distinct qualities that the right coach would have. The first quality is that he would be a man of great character. We are certainly proud of our athletic traditions at Saint Louis, but even more so important is how each individual associated with this great university carries himself or herself off the court and in the community. The second quality I desired in the coach is leadership.  I wanted a coach that was capable of not only preparing his players and staff for each opponent throughout the season, but someone who would also prepare every member of the program for life beyond the game of basketball. I wanted someone who would mold the young men that come into our program into great contributors of our society once they graduate from the program. The third quality that I wanted in a coach is someone who is driven. I want someone leading this program that strives to improve each and every day, on and off the court. Lastly, and certainly not least, I wanted an individual who is a proven winner. Saint Louis has a very proud and rich history, and while we have certainly not lived up to that standard in recent years, it was very important to me to find an individual who could help return the Billikens program to the success it has enjoyed in the past and then go further than ever seemed possible.

 

Jeremy Knight has all of those qualities. He was a candidate that I targeted from the very beginning because of his proven track record of success. Once I started digging around and learning more about him, I realized that he possessed all of the other qualities that I desired in a coach. Coach Knight is a tremendous man of great character and has helped shape the lives of many young men over the years of his coaching career. He displays great leadership and has shown a desire to improve in every aspect of his life. And, as it is well know, he is a winner. He put together a very impressive resume in his first coaching job at East Texas Baptist, which was capped off with a Division III National Championship. He restored Birmingham-Southern to be a great power in the Big South Conference and has won many conference championships and been to the NCAA Tournament several times. Now we believe, with time, he will do the same here at Saint Louis. I, and the entire staff here, have full faith that Knight is the man to restore Saint Louis to its rightful place in the Atlantic 10 and in the college basketball landscape. Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to introduce you to the new coach of the Saint Louis Billikens men’s basketball team, Jeremy Knight!

 

[Applause]

[Coach Knight enters stage and shakes Wilkins’ hand]

 

Jeremy Knight:

Thank you very much. First and foremost I would like to thank Mr. Wilkins and the Saint Louis athletic department for having the confidence in me to hire me. I would also like the thank Richard Vasquez for the opportunities he gave me at Birmingham-Southern. Finally, I would like to thank all of the former coaches, former players, and fans that have supported me throughout my career and have helped me reach this moment in my career. Without them none of this would be possible right now and I am very grateful for all the contributions they have made. I’m very excited to lead the Saint Louis basketball program and I look forward to the great opportunities and challenges involved with this job. I know we only have five players on the roster right now so that means there will be a lot of new faces in the fall. It’s very difficult to be successful while depending on a bunch of young guys. However, I promise that I, my coaching staff, and our players will do our best every day to improve and bring this program closer to where it should be. The recruiting class that we bring in this summer will serve as the foundation for this great program and its bright future. Like I said, I’m looking forward to the wonderful opportunities and challenges here and I can’t wait to get started.

 

Wilkins:

At this point Coach Knight will answer questions from the media.

 

Reporter:

Last season you won your second consecutive Big South Tournament Championship and took Birmingham-Southern to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row. You only lost two players off of that team. On paper it seems like you were set to continue your recent run of success for a few more years so why did you decide that now was the right time to move on?

 

Knight:

First let me say that it was a very, very difficult decision for me to leave Birmingham-Southern. Over the last 11 years I’ve built many wonderful relationships with people throughout the community in Birmingham, as well as a great relationship with all of our players. I do realize that it seems like I left a very good situation, and Birmingham-Southern is in a great spot by the way, to come to a school where, at the moment, it appears we’ll have to work a little hard to be successful. One of the main reasons I was interested in coming here is for the opportunity to coach and compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The A-10 has an outstanding reputation and has some of the top mid-major programs in the country. As a competitor I get excited over the opportunity to compete against the best and I thought Saint Louis offered me an opportunity to do that. Another aspect I liked about Saint Louis is the facilities. Saint Louis has top-notch facilities and Chaifetz Arena is an amazing place to play basketball. For a lot of people replacing seven players seems like a daunting task, but that challenge is very appealing to me. Recruiting is probably my favorite part of the job and I enjoy it even more so when I have a large class to sign. Yes we have to replace a lot of players, but we also get to bring in a lot of guys that are going to be our foundation going forward so that is very exciting. The last thing about this job that really excited me is the location and recruiting territory. This is a wonderful school to be at from a recruiting standpoint. I can get guys from around here in the Midwest. I can dip down into Texas. I can go over to the Rockies or the Great Lakes region. I can also recruit down in the Deep South where I’ve built some wonderful connections and relationships during my time at Birmingham-Southern. There’s just so much recruiting territory available at Saint Louis and that was one of the primary reasons I wanted to come here.

 

Reporter:

Have you had a chance to meet with the remaining players yet, and where are you in terms of evaluating them?

 

Knight:

I met with the players briefly earlier this morning and as a part of my evaluation process I will meet with each of them individually throughout the week. In terms of where I am at evaluating each of them, it’s still very early in the process. I’ve only watched a handful of games from last season so I’m still learning about each player’s strengths and weaknesses. Another benefit from having only five players returning is that I have fewer players to evaluate going into the offseason program.

 

Reporter:

What type of offense and defense will you use this season?

 

Knight:

I’ve always used a motion offense since I’ve been a head coach and played man-to-man defense. From my brief film evaluation I know Saint Louis runs a lot of man-to-man also so that shouldn’t be an issue this season. We will definitely play a lot of man-to-man defense. From what I’ve seen Saint Louis ran a triangle offense last season. We’ll definitely run a motion offense, but this season will be a little challenging. My job is going to be finding a way to balance the motion offense I want to run with the triangle offense that these guys know. At the start of the season we’ll probably use a good bit of triangle bases and as the players learn the motion more we’ll fade the triangle out until we’re playing primarily motion. Hopefully we can have the motion down before A-10 play starts.

 

Reporter:

Where are you in terms of assembling your staff?

 

Knight:

It’s an ongoing process. I would like to bring a lot, if not all, of my staff from Birmingham-Southern, but I also understand that some of those guys want to pursue other opportunities and advance in the coaching ranks. I’ve got a list of coaches I want to work with in my head. I’ll contact those coaches and see if they’re interested and if they are we’ll go from there and continue until I complete my staff. I will have the associate coach position reserved for Danny Matthews if he is interested. He has served as my associate coach at Birmingham-Southern for several years and he’s the ideal coach that I would want involved with my program. He might look into a few head coaching opportunities and that makes me very happy for him. If he decides that he doesn’t want to go the head coach route at this time then he’ll have a spot on my staff for sure if he wants it. I’m also planning on hiring David Johnson as the director of operations. Davis was a fantastic player for me and really knows the offense and what it takes to succeed in it. He’s served the last two seasons as a graduate assistant on my staff and he’s excelled at that position so he is very deserving of the promotion. Other than those two I’m really not 100 percent certain which direction I want to go for the rest of the staff.

 

Reporter:

With only five players returning, what positions will you focus on mostly during recruiting?

 

Knight:

I don’t know that there is a single position I want to focus more than the others. We have seven openings so we really need guys at every position. My main focus during recruiting will be signing the best players that will come in and lay a foundation for the future through hard work.

 

Reporter:

What are you expecting from the team on the court this season? What will be considered a successful season for Saint Louis?

 

Knight:

Well, first and foremost I always expect my team to compete and give 100 percent every day in practice and every game. At Birmingham-Southern we didn’t sit down and make it a goal to make the NCAA Tournament three years in a row. Every year I want our goal to be winning the Atlantic 10 Championship. Then I want us to focus on winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Then our goal is to make the NCAA Tournament and then we want to win a game. Yes, our end goal is to make the NCAA Tournament, but you can’t focus on that from the beginning or you can get lost throughout the season. Our primary goal is going to be winning the A-10. We’re going to accomplish it by taking every game on our schedule one game at a time. Each and every game I want our guys to focus on doing whatever is necessary to be successful that night, and to improve as a player. If we focus and do that for every game we play then the championships and the tournament bids will fall in place, just like they did at Birmingham-Southern. A successful season for me will be one where our guys work on getting better every day. If we do that then everything else takes care of itself.

 

Wilkins:

Thank you media members for the questions. At this time I want to thank everyone once again for being here today or viewing this press conference online. At this moment Coach Knight has to leave for a tour of Chaifetz Arena and other obligations. Thank you again and go Billikens!



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Jeremy Knight enters his office with Danny Matthews, his newly hired assistant coach, to go over the returning players for Saint Louis’ roster.

 

Knight:

We definitely have our work cut out for us. Having only five players returning is bad enough, but none of them are really that great. Nobody on this roster right now is the caliber of player we want and need to be successful here.

 

Matthews:

I completely agree. We’re probably not going to win a bunch of games this season, but I do think we need to go out and sign two or three studs and a few solid guys that will probably begin their career as a starter and then move to the bench as we continue to overhaul this roster.

 

Knight:

(Nodding in agreement) If we’re going to commit to the rebuild we just need to go at it all out. I’m all for starting five newcomers this season if we can find the right guys. I want us to target a few JUCO guys as well. They’ll be more experienced coming in and could really be valuable to us, and it doesn’t give us a logjam of seven freshmen. Let’s really focus on the junior colleges in Mississippi. There were a couple of guys that I really liked that I thought would be good additions at Birmingham-Southern. If they could contribute at BSC they should be starters here.

 

Matthews:

Hit up Mississippi for some JUCO players, check. Let’s go over the returning roster and decide what we want to do with them.

 

Knight:

Dikembe Abdula. Six-foot point guard from Senegal. Will be a junior this season. Averaged 4.1 points last season in 14 minutes-per-game. Shot 40.5 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from 3. From the free throw line he shot 75.6 percent. Had 29 assists last season to 41 turnovers. He’s pretty fast and somewhat athletic. Decent defender with some upside. Great ball handler but poor passer, which led to his turnovers. His jumpshot is decent.

 

Matthews:

He’s not going to cut it here. He has some nice qualities. I like his speed and ball handling. I can live with his athleticism and defense. He’s just such a poor passer and I don’t know that we can get around that.

 

Knight:

Bruce Karsten. Six-foot point guard from Lancaster, South Carolina. Will be a junior this season. Started all 27 games last season and averaged 7.7 points and 2.7 assists. Shot 41.9 percent from the field and 29.6 percent from 3. He’s started every game in his college career and last season his scoring and assists went up while his turnovers went down. He’s similar to Abdula. Great speed and ball handling. He’s not a great passer, but he’s a better passer than Abdula. He has a very solid shot and I don’t really know why he didn’t have a higher 3-point percentage last season. The downside is that he’s not very athletic. He’s not bad, but he’s not great.

 

As far as guards go, I would like to have two guys that we bring in be the starters. Karsten could start if we needed him to, but I would prefer to bring in guys good enough to force him to come off the bench. Abdula should be the third guard off the bench. Maybe we can develop him into a guy that can play the 3 some if needed.

 

Thomas Ayers is a 6-foot-8 small forward. He’ll be a senior this season. Last he only played in 18 games and averaged just 3.3 minutes. Nothing really positive about his stats other than he’s an 82 percent career free throw shooter. He’s not great at anything, but he’s also not awful either. He’s just very average. I would like to cut him, but he will be a senior so I think we can ride him out for one year.

 

Matthews:

We really need to find a good wing player and possibly another wing to backup or a third guard that is versatile enough to play the 3.

 

Knight:

Yes, and like I said, worst case scenario we could probably get away with Abdula at the 3.

 

John Myers is a 6-foot-9 senior center. His athleticism and defensive ability are just okay. He’s a good rebounder and he’s great at protecting the rim and playing with his back to the basket. He started all 27 games last season and averaged 7.3 points and 6.7 rebounds.

 

Matthews:

I think he’s just alright.

 

Knight:

I agree. He’s not great, but he’s solid enough we could start him if need be. I would prefer to have him as the first post off the bench, but we could definitely survive with him as a starter.

 

Edgar Madrigal. Seven-foot-one junior center. I think he’s awful. I don’t like anything about this kid’s game. I’m going to release him from his scholarship.

 

Matthews:

Now we have eight slots to fill.

 

Knight:

I don’t want us to get caught up in thinking we have to sign eight players either. I’ll be content with bringing in six guys that can play. It would probably wouldn’t hurt to try to sign an ineligible that can contribute next year. If we sign an ineligible and redshirt a guy that’ll give us two players to carry over to next year’s freshman class and balance our roster out a little bit. Let’s go find some players and get this thing rolling.



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War Eagle:  Keep up the good reporting on your dynasty!  Good luck at St. Louis.



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84 NBA DRAFT

 

ROUND ONE

 

PICK   TEAM                                     PLAYER                                 POS     HT      WT     YR       COLLEGE      

1          Houston Rockets                    Warren Kelly                         SF        6-4      204     So.       Kansas

2          Phoenix Suns                         Ronald Moss                          C          6-6      208     Jr.        Michigan State

3          Milwaukee Bucks                  Paul Shires                             PG       6-3      198     Jr.        Michigan State

4          New Orleans Pelicans           Eric Hunter                            SF        5-11    189     Jr.        Florida

5          San Antonio Spurs                John Helms                            C          6-9      209     Jr.        Duke

6          Brooklyn Nets                        Bobby Tims                            PF        6-8      231     So.       Duke

7          Memphis Grizzlies                 Jeffrey Rehkop                      PF        6-6      200     Sr.        Minnesota

8          Utah Jazz                                Ellis Gurganua                       C          7-0      257     Jr.        Miami (FL)

9          Los Angeles Clippers             Ronald Antunez                     SG        6-3      207     Sr.        Syracuse

10       Chicago Bulls                         Raymond Berry                     PF        6-11    253     Sr.        Connecticut

11       Atlanta Hawks                       David Jamison                       PF        6-9      243     Sr.        Georgetown

12       Charlotte Hornets                 Christopher Aguinaldo         SF        6-3      203     Jr.        Colorado

13       Detroit Pistons                       Jeffrey Skulski                       SG        6-3      197     Jr.        Connecticut

14       Indiana Pacers                      Kent Guidi                              PF        6-10    221     Sr.        Duke

15       Golden State Warriors          Charles Hawkins                   SG        6-2      196     Jr.        Oregon State

16       Denver Nuggets                    Jurica Zediker                       SG        6-0      181     Jr.        Oklahoma

17       Dallas Mavericks                   Clarence Davis                       SF        6-4      184     Sr.        Duke

18       Oklahoma City Thunder       Justin McKay                         SG        6-4      191     Sr.        Virginia Tech

19       Miami Heat                            Darren Banks                        SF        6-3      196     Sr.        Iowa

20       Boston Celtics                        Michael Clark                         PF        6-7      218     So.       Ole Miss

21       New York Knicks                   Frederick Fred                       PG       6-0      190     So.       Colorado

22       Sacramento Kings                 Samuel Brown                       PF        6-8      225     Sr.        Seton Hall

23       Orlando Magic                       Eric O’Bryan                          C          7-1      270     Sr.        Iowa

24       Portland Trailblazers            Judson Thompson                 SF        6-5      204     Jr.        Texas A&M

25       Philadelphia 76ers               Angel Lombardi                     C          6-11    233     Sr.        Virginia Tech

26       Toronto Raptors                    Kenneth Andrews                 C          7-1      261     Sr.        Providence

27       Washington Wizards             Kevin Moline                         C          6-11    258     Sr.        Connecticut

28       Cleveland Cavaliers              Cesar Russo                           SF        6-3      188     Jr.        North Carolina

29       Minnesota Timberwolves     Thomas Walker                     PF        6-8      233     Jr.        Oklahoma

30       Los Angeles Lakers                John Burgess                         SG        6-2      199     Jr.        Kentucky

 

ROUND TWO

 

PICK   TEAM                                     PLAYER                                 POS     HT      WT     YR       COLLEGE      

31       Houston Rockets                    Jerome Strickland                 SF        6-7      208     Sr.        Northwestern

32       Phoenix Suns                         Richard Harber                     PG       6-6      215     Sr.        Minnesota

33       Milwaukee Bucks                  Ernest Espinosa                    C          6-10    233     Jr.        Washington

34       New Orleans Pelicans           Fidel Yanez                            C          6-7      220     Sr.        Miami (FL)

35       San Antonio Spurs                Terry Darby                           SG        6-0      176     Jr.        Duke

36       Brooklyn Nets                        Fadey Graminski                   SF        6-2      183     Sr.        Colorado

37       Memphis Grizzlies                 Jason Davis                            PG       6-0      179     Sr.        Providence

38       Utah Jazz                                John McCurtain                     SF        6-3      196     Sr.        Ohio State

39       Los Angeles Clippers             Michael Trisler                      C          6-10    246     Sr.        St. John’s

40       Chicago Bulls                         James Almanza                      SG        6-3      190     Sr.        Tennessee

41       Atlanta Hawks                       Kenneth Clanton                   C          6-10    230     Sr.        Kansas

42       New Orleans Hornets           Peter Ledford                         C          7-0      249     Sr.        Northwestern

43       Detroit Pistons                       Michael Lowther                   SG        6-4      201     Sr.        Florida State

44       Indiana Pacers                      Harry Doud                            C          6-6      207     Sr.        Colorado

45       Golden State Warriors          Donald Conner                      SG        6-4      208     Sr.        Michigan State

46       Denver Nuggets                    William Backer                      SG        6-2      198     Sr.        Ohio State

47       Dallas Mavericks                   Scotty Johnson                       C          6-8      222     Sr.        Syracuse

48       Oklahoma City Thunder       John Parr                               C          6-11    239     Sr.        Xavier

49       Miami Heat                            Brett Henriksen                     C          6-11    256     Jr.        Louisville

50       Boston Celtics                        Melvin Zusman                      PG       5-9      156     Jr.        Florida

51       New York Knicks                   John Belin                              PG       6-1      197     Sr.        California

52       Sacramento Kings                 John Winfield                         PG       5-11    177     Sr.        Miami (FL)

53       Orlando Magic                       Michael Hall                           SG        6-2      205     Jr.        Kansas

54       Portland Trailblazers            Rubin McDowell                    SG        5-11    186     Sr.        Air Force

55       Philadelphia 76ers               Edgardo Romano                  SG        6-0      175     Jr.        Providence

56       Toronto Raptors                    John Pray                               SG        6-2      204     Sr.        Texas A&M

57       Washington Wizards             Pete Swoope                          C          6-9      240     Sr.        LSU

58       Cleveland Cavaliers              Philip Cooley                          C          6-11    225     Sr.        DePaul

59       Minnesota Timberwolves     Trevor Holford                      PF        6-6      223     Jr.        Northwestern

60       Los Angeles Lakers                Melvin Thornton                   C          6-10    233     Sr.        Tennessee

 

 

Minnesota Timberwolves defeat Boston Celtics in NBA Finals 4-3



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Billikens Sign Four Players on National Signing Day

 

ST. LOUIS | New Saint Louis coach Jeremy Knight has laid the first bricks in his foundation for a new Billikens basketball program. Four prep players signed with Saint Louis Wednesday, the first day of the signing period for men’s basketball. Knight and his staff needed several players to fill glaring holes in the post with only one post player returning in the fall. Three of the four signees are post players and all three should see playing time this fall.

 

The first letter-of-intent received in the Billikens office this morning was from 6-8 power forward Randy Erhardt. Erhardt prepped at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and led the Giants to an IHSAA Class 4A Sectional Runner-Up finish this past season. Erhardt averaged 36.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg during his senior season. He is ranked as the No. 185 overall player and No. 49 power forward by Rivals. Erhardt was also a 2nd Team All-State selection.

 

Knight used his connections from his time in Alabama to sign another power forward, 6-foot-4 Dennis Ross from Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery, Alabama. Ross averaged 25.5 ppg last year and led the Wildcats to a sub-regional appearance in the AHSAA Class 4A playoffs. He also earned 2nd Team All-State recognition. Rivals lists Ross as the No. 173 overall player in the class of 85 and the No. 47 power forward.

 

Keith Shaul, a 7-foot-2 center from Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas, also signed with the Billikens. Shaun is ranked as the No. 84 center and helped lead the Rams to an AAA Class 5A Runner-Up finish this past season. He averaged 14.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg and was selected for 1st Team All-State honors. 

 

The final player to sign with Saint Louis on Wednesday was Ryan Doran, a freshman point guard from Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas. Doran is 6-foot-3 and originally hails from Richmond, Virginia. The guard averaged 23.5 ppg last season and helped the Bulldogs to a 3rd place finish in the WJCAC. The Bulldogs, led by Doran, got hot in the NJCAA Region 5 Tournament and won the tournament championship and automatic berth in the NJCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs run ended in the opening round of the NJCAA Tournament. Doran is ranked as the No. 106 point guard. Doran earned 2nd Team All-WJCAC and 1st Team All-Region 5 honors this past season. Doran will be a sophomore in the fall and have three years of eligibility for the Billikens.

 

Knight and his staff still have four scholarships to fill, but will most likely only sign one or two more players in order to balance out the class of signees over the next year or two. The St. Louis-Post Dispatch will be the source for all information in regards to Saint Louis recruiting as Knight looks to add more players to his team.



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Saint Louis Adds Another JUCO Guard

 

Jeremy Knight has increased the depth of the Billiken backcourt with the addition of JUCO transfer Paul Rymer. Rymer is a 6-foot-3 point guard from Brookhaven College in Texas. Last season Rymer averaged 19.4 ppg and 4.9 apg for the Bears while helping the team to a runner-up finish in the Metro Athletic Conference. Rymer and the Bears also reached the semifinals of the NJCAA Region 5 Tournament. Rymer, originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, is ranked as the No. 69 point guard in the class of 85 and will have three years of eligibility remaining once he arrives on campus. 



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SAINT LOUIS ATHLETICS

 

Knight Announces Addition of Six Players to Billikens Squad

 

Saint Louis men’s basketball coach Jeremy Knight officially announced the addition of six new players for the Billikens basketball team. The new players include a nice mix of front court and back court players as well as high school seniors and JUCO transfers. The incoming players are Paul Rymer, Ryan More, Ryan Doran, Randy Erhardt, Dennis Ross, and Keith Shaul.

 

Paul Rymer               PG       6-3      193     Wheeling, W.Va/Brookhaven College (Texas) (#69 PG)

 

Knight’s Take:

Paul was a guy we targeted very early in the recruiting process. We backed off because it certainly seemed like he was headed to Valparaiso. Fortunately for us, Valpo cooled off and after signing started he was still available. I called him to see if he would still be in interested in attending Saint Louis and we went from there. I’m really excited about what he brings to the team. He’s a JUCO transfer so he already has some experience playing at the collegiate level and there won’t be as steep of a learning curve for him this season. He’s pretty athletic and plays the point guard position wonderfully. He’s still developing as a player and we’re extremely pleased that we have an opportunity to help him grow and develop at Saint Louis over the next three seasons.

 

Ryan More                PG       5-11    185     West Paducah, Ky./Heath HS

 

Knight’s Take:

Ryan More was a player that we had on our original recruiting big board. From the very beginning of the recruiting process we decided we wanted him our team. When he announced a few weeks ago that he chose Saint Louis over Robert Morris we were ecstatic. Ryan is a very good shooter, but he’s still a little raw overall. He has the potential to become a tremendous player for the Billikens and we’re excited about helping him reach his goals and developing him into a great player. He’s an extremely heard worker and we truly believe that the sky is the limit for him.

 

Ryan Doran               SF        6-3      191     Richmond, Va./Clarendon College (Texas) (#106 PG)

 

Knight’s Take:

Ryan is another JUCO transfer that should be able to help us and contribute immediately. He ran the motion offense at Clarendon College so he’s very familiar with some of the things we want to do at Saint Louis from a schematic standpoint. He’s a very solid player and he played point guard in junior college. We felt like with his skill set and our need that he would fit in better as a small forward at this level. His background as a point guard in an offense similar to what we will run will only make him even better as a small forward and can be a strength for us.

 

Randy Erhardt         PF       6-8      240     Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis HS (#185/#49 PF)

 

Knight’s Take:

Randy is a great player for us that helped fill an immediate need in our front court. He’s just a freshman but his low post game is already at a collegiate level. He’s also an exceptional ball handler and passer for a post player. He will be a great asset as a player that can score from the block in one-on-one situations or kick out to an open player on the wing when he gets doubled. We’re very excited about Randy and are looking forward to him having a wonderful career at Saint Louis.

 

Dennis Ross             PF       6-4      195     Montgomery, Ala./Trinity Presbyterian HS (#173/#47 PF)

 

Knight’s Take:

Dennis is a player that I’ve been building a relationship with over the last year or so while I was at Birmingham-Southern. When I got the job at Saint Louis and saw that there was a huge hole at the 4-position I knew Dennis was a guy I wanted to get out here. He’s very similar to Randy in that he has a great low post game for being just a freshman and he is also a great ball handler and passer for a post player. We’re extremely thrilled that Dennis chose to come out here and be a member of our team.

 

Keith Shaul               C          7-2      268     Hot Springs, Ark./Lakeside HS (#84 C)

 

Knight’s Take:

Keith is a guy we found later on in the recruiting process, and man am I glad we did. He’s extremely raw from an offensive standpoint and will need to develop his game there, but defensively he is great. He’s going to protect the rim and he’s going to grab rebounds. He’s in a great situation where we have John Myers returning. Keith will be able to learn from John and it will be mostly John who is counted on to produce offensively and Keith can just go in and grab rebounds and block shots while he grows as a player. Keith is also an exceptional passer so I was very pleased that we were able to add three post players that are all capable of making good passes.

 

Overall my staff and I are very pleased with this class. My staff worked tirelessly putting this class together. It was certainly a challenge with so many openings and so many recruits to scout and look at, but we truly believe that we found six guys who are not only great players, but great people as well. The St. Louis community will be proud of these players and how they represent the program and the community on the court and off the court. The foundation for the Saint Louis men’s basketball program has been laid. Now it’s time to start building this program.



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ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT

-Brooklyn, N.Y.-

-Barclays Center-

 

FIRST ROUUND

[4] George Washington 78, [5] Rhode Island 60

[3] Temple 65, [6] Saint Louis 63

[4] St. Bonaventure 79, [5] Dayton 68

[3] La Salle 82, Saint Joseph’s 52

 

SECOND ROUND

[1] Massachusetts 60, [4] George Washington 57

[2] Xavier 65, [3] Temple 63

[4] St. Bonaventure 70, [1] Richmond 62

[3] La Salle 68, [2] Charlotte 58

 

SEMIFINALS

[1] Massachusetts 84, [2] Xavier 82

[3] La Salle 71, [4] St. Bonaventure 66

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

[3] La Salle 77, [1] Massachusetts 70 (OT)

 

 

ATLANTIC 10 AWARDS

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Alexis Yazzie              Sr.        PF        La Salle (21.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mark Davis                 Sr.        PF        George Washington (10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg)

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Randy Erhardt          Fr.        PF        Saint Louis (8.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Terrance Bigby                      HC       Richmond

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-ATLANTIC 10

PG       Kevin Mulkey               Sr.        Massachusetts (13.4 ppg, 3.6 apg)

SG        Lewis Adams              Sr.        Massachusetts (13.6 ppg, 3.9 apg)

SF        Michael Lewis            Jr.        George Washington (12.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

PF        Alexis Yazzie              Sr.        La Salle (21.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

C          Wendell Griffin          Sr.        Richmond (10.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg)

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-ATLANTIC 10

PG       Marvin Barton           Jr.        Xavier (11.7 ppg, 3.3 apg)

SG        James Smelley           Sr.        Charlotte (15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg)

SF        Thomas Long             Sr.        Richmond (9.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

PF        Paul Ryan                   Sr.        Massachusetts (8.9 ppg, 6 rpg)

C          William Parkins         Sr.        Xavier (8.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg)

 

THIRD TEAM ALL-ATLANTIC 10

PG       Steve Bonds               Sr.        La Salle (11.1 ppg, 3.8 apg)

SG        Ryan Lee                    Jr.        Massachusetts (9.4 ppg, 1.8 apg)

SF        Richard Reid              Sr.        Massachusetts (9.1 ppg, 4 rpg)

PF        Todd Mertz                Sr.        Richmond (10 ppg, 8.2 rpg)

C          George Smith             So.       George Washington (6.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-ATLANTIC 10

PG       Ellis Bourland                        Richmond

            Wilbur Cochran                     La Salle

            Steve Dotson                          George Washington

SG        Gregory Locklear                   Temple

            Christopher Hintze               Richmond

            Michael Gaier                         Xavier

SF        James Kraszewski                 Xavier

            Matthew Evans                     Massachusetts

            Eugene Cambridge               La Salle

PF        Stephen Pendergast             Charlotte

            Brian Kemp                           Xavier

            Mark Davis                             George Washington

C          Clarence Patrick                    Massachusetts

            Franklin White                      Temple

            Robert Bartee                        George Washington



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Knight Reflects on Tough First Season at Saint Louis

 

Saint Louis men’s basketball coach Jeremy Knight recently held a press conference to discuss the end to his first season at the helm of the Billikens program. Saint Louis lost to Temple 65-63 in the opening round of the Atlantic-10 Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which dropped the Billikens record to 7-20 for the season.

 

“This season was definitely tough for us in many different ways,” Knight said, “We definitely didn’t win as many games as we wanted. This is the first losing season I’ve ever experienced as a coach so its definitely not something I enjoy. However, I do believe that we did a good job of laying the foundation for our program. A lot of our freshmen got to play big minutes this season and that will definitely pay off down the road. Another thing we have going for us is we’ll have eight players returning for next season and the majority of them played big roles for us this season. We definitely have brighter days ahead of us at Saint Louis.”

 

One of the few bright spots from this past season was freshman power forward Randy Erhardt. Erhardt started all 27 games for Saint Louis and averaged 9.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg and was named the Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year for his performance.

 

“Randy did some really good things for us this season. For an 18 year old to come into the A-10 and average nearly 10 and 6 each game is impressive. He still has some work to do. We would have liked for him to have been an even bigger factor late in the season in the conference stretch, but some of that is due to being a freshman and some of it is from fatigue. He, just like everyone else on the team, has to keep working and continue to get better, but he certainly seems to have a very big future ahead of him in our program.”

 

Junior guard Bruce Karsten averaged 15.4 ppg during the season, but failed to earn any all-conference recognition.

 

“I thought Bruce had a phenomenal year for us. He really is a gifted scorer and he carried our team at different point throughout the season. This season he had the best field goal, 3-point, and free throw percentages of this career and he also averaged over one steal per game. He had more turnovers that I would have liked but that’s something we can fix.

 

“Like Randy, I would have liked Bruce to have had a bigger impact down the stretch. I think over our last five or six games he really only had one great game. And that’s not to say what he did throughout the season wasn’t incredible. There were several games that the only reason we won was because he kept us in the game. We just have to get him to a point where he can go all out throughout the entire schedule. I’m very excited to see what he does next year in his final season.”

 

With the season over, Knight and his staff will turn their full attention to summer workouts and recruiting.

 

“College basketball never stops. The season is over, but now we have eight guys that we need to be working with every day to get better. Starting now the work that our guys do will determine how successful we are next season. Each and every member of this program needs to get better in some area every day. As each individual becomes a better player or better coach we ultimately become a better team. Our guys just have to realize that and continue to put in the hard work so next year we can extend our season a couple of games.

 

“My staff and I are also going to be busy recruiting. We’re in a much more stable situation than we were last season at this point so we can take a little more time and be a little more selective with who we sign. I want to bring in a couple of guards and maybe one more post player to help balance out our roster. Last season at this point I said we were going to lay the foundation for our program with our first recruiting class. That foundation has been laid. Now its time to start bringing in some guys to build up from the foundation.”



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NCAA TOURNMENT

DIVISION III

 

FIRST ROUND

MIDWEST REGION

[1] Oglethorpe def. [16] Elms College

[8] Clarkson def. [9] Catholic

[5] Cal State-Eastbay def. [12] Concordia-Austin

[4] Upper Iowa def. [13] Wisconsin-Oshkosh

[6] Utica College def. [11] Bethany College

[3] Augustana College def. [14] Heidelberg

[7] Potsdam def. [10] Wilkes

[2] Dallas def. [15] Finlandia

EAST REGION

[1] Greensboro College def. [16] Southern Vermont

[8] Louisiana College def. [9] Fitchburg State

[5] Montclair State def. [12] Ohio Northern

[4] Geneseo def. [13] Widener

[11] Sewanee def. [6] Endicott College

[14] Averett def. [3] Wisconsin-Stout

[7] Chestnut Hill def. [10] Dominican

[2] Colorado College def. [15] Oberline College

SOUTH REGION

[1] California Tech def. [16] East Mennonite

[9] Mississippi College def. [8] Misericordia

[5] Chicago def. [12] North Carolina Wesleyan

[4] St. Norbert def. [13] Lakeland College

[11] Capital def. [6] Frostburg State

[3] Lewis and Clark def. [14] Dickinson College

[7] Ozarks def. [10] Transylvania

[2] LaGrange College def. [15] Trinity College

WEST REGION

[1] Menlo College def. [16] Augsburg College

[8] Wisconsin Lutheran def. [9] Christopher Newport

[5] Westminster (MO) def. [12] Rutgers-Camden

[4] Wisconsin-Stevens Point def. [13] Keene State

[11] Texas-Tyler def. [6] Anderson

[3] Yeshiva def. [14] Shenandoah

[10] Howard Payne def. [7] Fisk

[2] Centre College def. [15] Staten Island

 

SECOND ROUND

MIDWEST REGION

[1] Ogelthorpe def. [8] Clarkson

[5] Cal State-Eastbay def. [4] Upper Iowa

[6] Utica College def. [3] Augustana College

[2] Dallas def. [7] Potsdam

EAST REGION

[1] Greensboro College def. [8] Louisiana College

[4] Geneseo def. [5] Montclair State

[11] Sewanee def. [14] Averett

[2] Colorado College def. [7] Chestnut Hill

SOUTH REGION

[1] California Tech def. [9] Mississippi College

[4] St. Norbert def. [5] Chicago

[3] Lewis and Clark def. [11] Capital

[2] LaGrange College def. [7] Ozarks

WEST REGION

[1] Menlo College def. [8] Wisconsin Lutheran

[5] Westminster (MO) def. [4] Wisconsin-Stevens Point

[11] Texas-Tyler def. [3] Yeshiva

[2] Centre College def. [10] Howard Payne

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

MIDWEST REGION

[1] Oglethorpe def. [5] Cal State-Eastbay

[2] Dallas def. [6] Utica College

EAST REGION

[1] Greensboro College def. [4] Geneseo

[11] Sewanee def. [2] Colorado College

SOUTH REGION

[1] California Tech def. [4] St. Norbert

[3] Lewis and Clark def. [2] LaGrange College

WEST REGION

[5] Westminster (MO) def. [1] Menlo College

[2] Centre College def. [11] Texas-Tyler

 

ELITE EIGHT

MIDWEST REGION

[1] Oglethorpe def. [2] Dallas

EAST REGION

[1] Greensboro College def. [11] Sewanee

SOUTH REGION

[1] California Tech def. [3] Lewis and Clark

WEST REGION

[2] Centre College def. [5] Westminster (MO)

 

FINAL FOUR

[1] Greensboro College def. [1] Oglethorpe

[1] California Tech def. [2] Centre College

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

[1] California Tech def. [1] Greensboro College

 

 

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT

DIVISION II

 

FIRST ROUND

MIDWEST REGION

[1] Colorado School of Mines def. [16] Eckerd College

[8] Delta State def. [9] Kutztown

[5] Mercyhurst College def. [12] Hillsdale College

[13] North Dakota State def. [4] Grand Canyon

[6] West Texas A&M def. [11] LIU-CW Post

[3] Seattle def. [14] Felician College

[10] Presbyterian def. [7] West Florida

[2] Angelo State def. [15] Charleston

EAST REGION

[1] Catawba College def. [16] Southwest Oklahoma State

[9] Findlay def. [8] St. Thomas Aquinas

[5] Fort Hays State def. [12] Ouachita Baptist

[4] UNC-Pembroke def. [13] Cal Poly Pomona

[11] Virginia Union def. [6] Southern Connecticut State

[3] Sonoma State def. [14] Grand Valley State

[7] Oakland City def. [10] Fort Valley State

[15] Philadelphia def. [2] Midwestern State

SOUTH REGION

[1] Tarleton State def. [16] Southwest Minnesota State

[9] Southern New Hampshire def. [8] Mount Olive

[5] Metro State def. [12] Lake Superior State

[4] San Francisco State def. [13] New Jersey Tech

[6] Wisconsin-Parkside def. [11] Clark Atlanta

[3] Merrimack College def. [14] Humboldt State

[10] Green Mountain def. [7] Arkansas-Monticello

[2] California-San Diego def. [15] Minnesota State-Mankato

WEST REGION

[1] California State-Chico def. [16] Washburn

[9] Adams State def. [8] Tusculum College

[5] Chaminade def. [12] East Central

[4] Bowie State def. [13] St. Michael’s

[6] Western State def. [11] Indianapolis

[3] Wayne State (MI) def. [14] Shepherd College

[7] Cal State-Los Angeles def. [10] Eastern New Mexico

[2] Limestone College def. [15] University of D.C.

 

SECOND ROUND

MIDWEST REGION

[8] Delta State def. [1] Colorado School of Mines

[5] Mercyhurst College def. [13] North Dakota State

[6] West Texas A&M def. [3] Seattle

[2] Angelo State def. [10] Presbyterian

EAST REGION

[9] Findlay def. [1] Catawba College

[4] UNC-Pembroke def. [5] Fort Hays State

[3] Sonoma State def. [11] Virginia Union

[7] Oakland City def. [15] Philadelphia

SOUTH REGION

[1] Tarleton State def. [9] Southern New Hampshire

[5] Metro State def. [4] San Francisco State

[6] Wisconsin-Parkside def. [3] Merrimack College

[2] California-San Diego def. [10] Green Mountain

WEST REGION

[9] Adams State def. [1] California State-Chico

[4] Bowie State def. [5] Chaminade

[6] Western State def. [3] Wayne State (MI)

[2] Limestone College def. [7] California State-Los Angeles

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

MIDWEST REGION

[8] Delta State def. [5] Mercyhurst College

[2] Angelo State def. [6] West Texas A&M

EAST REGION

[4] UNC-Pembroke def. [9] Findlay

[3] Sonoma State def. [7] Oakland City

SOUTH REGION

[1] Tarleton State def. [5] Metro State

[2] California-San Diego def. [6] Wisconsin-Parkside

WEST REGION

[4] Bowie State def. [9] Adams State

[2] Limestone College def. [6] Western State

 

ELITE EIGHT

MIDWEST REGION

[2] Angelo State def. [8] Delta State

EAST REGION

[3] Sonoma State def. [4] UNC-Pembroke

SOUTH REGION

[1] Tarleton State def. [2] California-San Diego

WEST REGION

[4] Bowie State def. [2] Limestone College

 

FINAL FOUR

[2] Angelo State def. [3] Sonoma State

[1] Tarleton State def. [4] Bowie State

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

[2] Angelo State def. [1] Tarleton State

 

 

 

NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT

 

FIRST ROUND

[8] North Texas 66, [1] Iowa State 55

[4] Brown 73, [5] Richmond 67

[3] Auburn 71, [6] Georgetown 59

[2] Washington State 73, [7] Central Connecticut State 65

[1] North Carolina 72, [8] Hawaii 63

[5] South Carolina 70, [4] Massachusetts 67 (OT)

[3] San Jose State 55, [6] Navy 54

[2] Villanova 77, [7] Kansas State 58

[1] Texas Southern 69, [8] Fairliegh Dickinson 62

[4] West Virginia 85, [5] Missouri-Kansas City 73

[3] Harvard 77, [6] Southern Methodist 54

[2] USC 61, [7] Texas Tech 60

[1] St. John’s 91, [8] Stanford 77

[4] Oklahoma State 70, [5] BYU 69 (OT)

[6] Michigan 69, [3] Western Carolina 58

[7] Alabama 84, [2] Memphis 77

 

SECOND ROUND

[4] Brown 69, [8] North Texas 58

[2] Washington State 55, [3] Auburn 42

[5] South Carolina 58, [1] North Carolina 50

[2] Villanova 68, [3] San Jose State 57

[1] Texas Southern 59, [4] West Virginia 57

[2] USC 78, [3] Harvard 62

[1] St. John’s 60, [4] Oklahoma State 59

[6] Michigan 55, [7] Alabama 49

 

THIRD ROUND

[2] Washington State 55, [4] Brown 52

[5] South Carolina 60, [2] Villanova 55

[1] Texas Southern 78, [2] USC 70 (OT)

[6] Michigan 59, [1] St. John’s 47

 

SEMIFINALS

New York, N.Y.

[5] South Carolina 69, [2] Washington State 66 (OT)

[6] Michigan 62, [1] Texas Southern 51

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

@ New York, N.Y.

[5] South Carolina 65, [6] Michigan 62 (OT)

 

 

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT

DIVISION I

 

FIRST ROUND

MIDWEST REGION

[1] Illinois 105, [16] South Alabama 69

[8] Arizona 84, [9] Arkansas 74

[12] Baylor 66, [5] Princeton 47

[4] Utah 58, [13] Idaho State 45

[11] Fresno State 66, [6] Iowa 56

[3] Duke 72, [14] Morehead State 44

[7] Colorado 59, [10] Kentucky 46

[2] Connecticut 87, [15] Cleveland State 60

EAST REGION

[1] Boston College 102, [16] Hofstra 60

[9] Purdue 77, [8] Washington 69

[5] San Diego State 83, [12] Minnesota 57

[4] Providence 90, [13] UMBC 70

[6] Texas 81, [11] Syracuse 79 (OT)

[3] Wisconsin 90, [14] Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 80

[7] Virginia 92, [10] Long Island 71

[2] Tennessee 79, [15] Loyola (MD) 51

SOUTH REGION

[1] Florida 88, [16] Tulsa 55

[9] Oklahoma 74, [8] IUPUI 50

[5] Michigan State 60, [12] La Salle 53

[4] California 96, [13] Davidson 74

[6] Wake Forest 71, [11] Georgia 63

[3] Northwestern 70, [14] Hampton 55

[7] Kansas 85, [10] George Mason 70

[2] Seton Hall 71, [15] Ball State 50

WEST REGION

[1] UCLA 81, [16] Birmingham-Southern 66

[9] New Hampshire 78, [8] Air Force 68

[5] Ohio State 74, [12] Maryland 63

[4] Texas A&M 69, [13] Mississippi State 60

[11] Bradley 65, [6] Louisville 61

[3] Indiana 84, [14] Gonzaga 64

[7] LSU 87, [10] Northern Arizona 54

[2] Virginia Tech 75, [15] Cal State-Northridge 60

 

SECOND ROUND

MIDWEST REGION

[1] Illinois 87, [8] Arizona 74

[4] Utah 56, [12] Baylor 46

[11] Fresno State 65, [3] Duke 62

[2] Connecticut 53, [7] Colorado 45

EAST REGION

[1] Boston College 67, [9] Purdue 64

[5] San Diego State 72, [4] Providence 60

[3] Wisconsin 94, [6] Texas 87

[2] Tennessee 92, [7] Virginia 85

SOUTH REGION

[1] Florida 86, [9] Oklahoma 79

[4] California 66, [5] Michigan State 55

[3] Northwestern 63, [6] Wake Forest 47

[7] Kansas 63, [2] Seton Hall 60

WEST REGION

[9] New Hampshire 90, [1] UCLA 79

[4] Texas A&M 69, [5] Ohio State 59

[3] Indiana 84, [11] Bradley 76

[7] LSU 70, [2] Virginia Tech 64

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

MIDWEST REGION

@ Oklahoma City, Okla.

[1] Illinois 84, [4] Utah 63

[11] Fresno State 87, [2] Connecticut 80

EAST REGION

@ Brooklyn, N.Y.

[5] San Diego State 65, [1] Boston College 61

[2] Tennessee 82, [3] Wisconsin 65

SOUTH REGION

@ Greensboro, N.C.

[1] Florida 69, [4] California 59

[3] Northwestern 58, [7] Kansas 53

WEST REGION

@ Sacramento, Calif.

[4] Texas A&M 87, [9] New Hampshire 77

[3] Indiana 81, [7] LSU 65

 

ELITE EIGHT

MIDWEST REGION

@ Oklahoma City, Okla.

[1] Illinois 103, [11] Fresno State 68

EAST REGION

@ Brooklyn, N.Y.

[5] San Diego State 71, [2] Tennessee 63

SOUTH REGION

@ Greensboro, N.C.

[1] Florida 79, [3] Northwestern 76

WEST REGION

@ Sacramento, Calif.

[4] Texas A&M 86, [3] Indiana 76

 

FINAL FOUR

@ Indianapolis, Ind.

[1] Illinois 81, [5] San Diego State 66

[4] Texas A&M 105, [1] Florida 100 (OT)

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

@ Indianapolis, Ind.

[4] Texas A&M 91, [1] Illinois 63



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85 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

 

DIII:    California Tech (34-1)                     ***2nd National Championship [72, 85]***

DII:      Angelo State (28-6)                          ***4th National Championship [46, 50, 82, 85]***

NIT:     South Carolina (17-16)                    ***2nd NIT Championship [58, 85]***

 

DI:       Texas A&M (27-8)                            ***4th National Championship [68, 70, 74, 85]***

 

 

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AP AWARDS

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Robert Nicholson                   PF        Jr.        Virginia Tech (22.1 ppg, 5 rpg)

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Hao Zheng                              PG       Sr.        Hampton (9.2 ppg, 4 apg, 2.2 spg)

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

John Gregory                         SG        Fr.        LSU (6.2 ppg, 3.2 apg)

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bill Gally                                 HC                   Illinois (27-4, Big Ten Champions, Big Ten Tournament Champions, 2nd AP Coach of the Year Award)

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA

PG       Raymond Losada                   Sr.        Northwestern (23 ppg, 1.3 apg)

SG        Billy Brown                            Sr.        IUPUI (17.8 ppg, 3.2 apg)

SF        Christopher Simons              Sr.        LSU (16.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

PF        Robert Nicholson                   Jr.        Virginia Tech (22.1 ppg, 5 rpg)

C          Mario Adams                         Jr.        UCLA (14.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg)

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA

PG       Paul Pierce                             Sr.        Connecticut (19.4 ppg, 3.4 apg)

SG        Bo Todd                                  Sr.        Princeton (21.8 ppg, 1.9 apg)

SF        Ronald Hansley                     Jr.        Eastern Kentucky (16.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg)

PF        Alexis Yazzie                          Sr.        La Salle (19.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

C          Robert Johnson                     Sr.        Gonzaga (16.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg)

 

THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICA

PG       Steve Wright                          Jr.        Davidson (24.9 ppg, 2.8 apg)

SG        Wayne Elmore                       Sr.        Connecticut (12.1 ppg, 4.0 apg)

SF        Alan Callis                              Sr.        Fairleigh Dickinson (14.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

PF        Clifford Vetter                       Jr.        Valparaiso (21.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg)

C          John Sanders                         Jr.        Bethune-Cookman (15.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg)

 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICA

PG       Jason Nisbet                           LSU

            Manuel Connor                     New Mexico State

            Joseph Defalco                       UMBC

SG        Darryl Payne                         Illinois

            Robert Tyberg                       Gonzaga

            Kevin Culley                          Air Force

SF        Marshall Zerbe                      Iowa

            John Mayer                            UCLA

            Edmund O’Donell                 Texas A&M

PF        William Norris                       Long Beach State

            Hugh Hughes                         Navy

            James West                            Texas

C          Thomas Bailey                       Southern Methodist

            Lloyd Schnieders                   Indiana

            Randy Ford                            Northwestern



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FINAL INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

 

Paul Rymer                            PG       So.

27 GP/27 GS              31.6 mpg        47.3%/0.0%/71.7%                      7.0 ppg           3.6 apg           3.2 rpg

*3rd in A-10 Assists

 

Ryan Doran                            SF        So.

27 GP/27 GS              27.9 mpg        43.4%/39.7%/76.3%                    5.9 ppg           2.0 apg           2.4 rpg

 

Bruce Karsten                       PG       Jr.

27 GP/27 GS              27.1 mpg        42.4%/36.2%/72.2%                   15.4 ppg         1.9 apg           1.9 rpg

*3rd in A-10 Scoring

*7th in A-10 Steal (1.2 spg)

 

Randy Erhardt                      PF        Fr.

27 GP/27 GS              24.1 mpg        51.8%/n-a/74.7%                           9.6 ppg           5.5 rpg

*25th in A-10 Scoring

*18th in A-10 Rebounding

*5th in A-10 FG percentage

 

John Myers                            C          Sr.

27 GP/2 GS                23.7 mpg        45.6%/n-a/64.4%                           10.0 ppg         5.4 rpg

*17th in A-10 Scoring

*7th in A-10 Blocks (1.0 bpg)

 

Dikembe Abdula                   PG       Jr.

27 GP/0 GS                21.9 mpg        36.7%/21.4%/74.6%                      4.2 ppg           1.8 apg           1.4 rpg

 

Dennis Ross                           PF        Fr.

25 GP/25 GS              21.3 mpg        39.8%/0.0%/63.8%                        5.6 ppg           3.7 rpg

 

Thomas Ayers                        SF        Sr.

27 GP/0 GS                15.1 mpg        42.7%/0.0%/75.3%                        5.7 ppg           2.4 rpg

 

Keith Shaul                            C          Fr.

27 GP/0 GS                14.6 mpg        42.1%/n-a/40.0%                           2.1 ppg           4.3 rpg

 

Ryan More                             PG       Fr.

---Redshirted---

 

TEAM STATISTICS

(Atlantic 10 rank in parenthesis)

 

                        OFFENSE       DEFENSE

PPG                 65.2 (8th)       73.9 (12th)                

RPG                30.0 (8th)       35.7 (12th)

APG                12.6 (8th)       15.8 (10th)

TOPG              13.9 (7th)       13.4 (7th)

FG%               44.2% (9th)    47.1% (7th)

FG3%             35.2% (8th)    34.8% (4th)

FT%               69.9% (9th)    70.5% (5th)

 

 



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85 NBA DRAFT

 

ROUND ONE

 

PICK           TEAM                                         PLAYER                     POS     HT      WT     YR       COLLEGE                  

1                 Sacramento Kings                     Edmund O’Donell        SF        6-2      197     Jr.        Texas A&M

2                 Dallas Mavericks                        Raymond Losada        PG       6-1      176     Sr.        Northwestern

3                 Minnesota Timberwolves         Andrew Webb               SF        6-5      193     Jr.        Seton Hall

4                 Utah Jazz                                   Brian Snyder               PF        6-7      222     So.       Utah

5                 Toronto Raptors                         Marvin Lynch              SG        6-4      184     Jr.        Kansas

6                 Miami Heat                                 Charles Spencer        SG        6-2      174     Sr.        Illinois

7                 Boston Celtics                             Dan Finch                   SF        6-6      216     Jr.        Illinois

8                 Indiana Pacers                           Robert Nicholson       PF        6-8      207     Jr.        Virginia Tech

9                 Brooklyn Nets                            Carl Allen                    SF        6-7      217     So.       Kansas

10               Orlando Magic                           Mario Adams              C          6-7      225     Jr.        UCLA

11               Washington Wizards                 Leonard Griffin            PF        6-11    258     Sr.        Colorado

12               Los Angeles Lakers                    Samuel Williamson    C          6-6      214     Sr.        Virginia Tech

13               Houston Rockets                        Ronald Whitby          PF        6-4      213     Sr.        Tennessee

14               Los Angeles Clippers                 Stephen Clark            PF        6-9      240     Sr.        San Jose State

15               Chicago Bulls                              Barrett Thompson    PF        6-9      214     Jr.        Washington

16               Cleveland Cavaliers                   James West                PF        6-5      197     Jr.        Texas

17               Oklahoma City Thunder           Robert Jones              PF        7-1      259     Jr.        Florida

18               Milwaukee Bucks                       Matthew Wesley       PF        6-8      230     Jr.        Utah

19               New York Knicks                       Paul Pierce                 PG       6-2      204     Sr.        Connecticut

20               Detroit Pistons                           Hung Tang                 PF        6-8      213     Jr.        Michigan State

21               New Orleans Pelicans               Alfred McCullan        SG        6-6      217     Jr.        Ohio State

22               Atlanta Hawks                            Bruce Orlowski          PG       6-2      201     Sr.        San Diego State

23               Golden State Warriors              John Hart                   PF        6-8      220     So.       Ohio State

24               Philadelphia 76ers                    Brian Starling              PF        6-8      230     So.       Connecticut

25               San Antonio Spurs                     Kevin Ogles                C          7-0      233     Jr.        Florida

26               Phoenix Suns                             Richard Rowen          PG       6-2      179     So.       Texas A&M

27               Portland Trailblazers                Mario Guerrero           SG        6-5      213     Sr.        Arizona

28               Memphis Grizzlies                     Albert Rust                 PF        6-5      210     Jr.        Seton Hall

29               Denver Nuggets                         Jason Nisbet            PG       6-1      186     Jr.        LSU

30               Charlotte Hornets                      Robert Stravinski      PG       5-10    175     Sr.        Duke

 

ROUND TWO

 

PICK           TEAM                                         PLAYER                     POS     HT      WT     YR       COLLEGE                  

31               Sacramento Kings                     Oscar Morris               PG       5-9      164     Sr.        Florida

32               Dallas Mavericks                        Lawrence Shutts        PF        6-8      212     Sr.        Illinois

33               Minnesota Timberwolves         Scott Townsend           PF        6-7      215     Jr.        Duke

34               Utah Jazz                                  George Boner             PG       6-2      182     Sr.        Seton Hall

35               Toronto Raptors                        Michael Pereira           PG       5-9      171     Jr.        Wisconsin

36               Miami Heat                                 Christopher Simons   SF        6-4      210     Sr.        LSU

37               Boston Celtics                             Eric Minich                 PG       5-10    160     Sr.        Minnesota

38               Indiana Pacers                           Marshall Zerbe          SF        6-9      217     Jr.        Iowa

39               Brooklyn Nets                            Arthur Fryer              SF        6-3      195     Sr.        San Diego State

40               Orlando Magic                           Larry Hendricks        PG       6-6      205     Sr.        Arizona

41               Washington Wizards                 William Bellanger      SG        6-1      184     Jr.        Colorado

42               Los Angeles Lakers                    David Grady               PG       6-3      193     Jr.        Miami (FL)

43               Houston Rockets                        Kenneth Hayne         PF        6-11    234     Sr.        Ole Miss

44               Los Angeles Clippers                 Wayne Dobson          PF        6-7      228     Sr.        Wake Forest

45               Chicago Bulls                              Jimmy Johnson          C          6-7      216     Jr.        South Carolina

46               Cleveland Cavaliers                   Leroy Rollins              SF        6-5      221     Jr.        Providence

47               Oklahoma City Thunder           Steven Ferranti           SF        6-2      198     Sr.        Arizona

48               Milwaukee Bucks                       David Secor                PG       6-0      183     Jr.        Baylor

49               New York Knicks                       Austin Shemanski       PG       6-7      222     Sr.        Minnesota

50               Detroit Pistons                           Barry Hall                   PG       6-0      172     Jr.        Kansas

51               New Orleans Pelicans               Reginald Walker        SG        5-11    183     Sr.        Northwestern

52               Atlanta Hawks                            Edgar Krebs              SF        6-5      209     Sr.        Colorado

53               Golden State Warriors              Steven Harrison          PF        6-7      223     Jr.        Wake Forest

54               Philadelphia 76ers                    Frank Carstensen      PG       6-1      182     Jr.        Kentucky

55               San Antonio Spurs                     Gus Beardsley            PG       5-9      170     Sr.        Indiana

56               Phoenix Suns                             Andrew Caver           SG        6-2      190     Sr.        Utah

57               Portland Trailblazers                Valentin Russo           PF        6-4      215     Sr.        Ole Miss

58               Memphis Grizzlies                     Ronald Olson             SF        6-6      204     Sr.        Baylor

59               Denver Nuggets                         James Vanetten         PG       5-9      170     Sr.        UCLA

60               Charlotte Hornets                      Anthony Earl             C          6-11    238     Sr.        Colorado



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Billikens Add Three Players on Signing Day

 

ST. LOUIS | Saint Louis men’s basketball coach Jeremy Knight announced the signing of three prep players for the upcoming 86 season. Knight and his staff received signed letters-of-intent on signing day from guards David Phillips and Bernard Jackson and center Greg Coulston.

 

“We’re extremely excited to have these three young men join our family here at Saint Louis,” Knight said in a press conference. “Each one possesses the intangibles and characteristics that we look for in our players both on and off the court.”

 

The first LOI received this morning was from David Phillips. Phillips is a 5-foot-11 point guard from Hampshire High School in Hampshire, Tennessee. Rivals has Phillips ranked as the No. 278 overall prospect and the No. 47 point guard in the class of 86. Phillips averaged 30.1 ppg during his senior campaign and helped lead the Hawks to a TSSAA Division I Class A playoff berth.

 

“David is a great kid who really has a knack for putting the ball through the rim. He needs to improve his defense, but other than that we really like where his skillset is coming out of high school. He’s definitely a guy that has some versatility and could potentially play both guard positions for us.”

 

The next LOI received belonged to Bernard Jackson from Cole Camp High School in Cole Camp, Missouri. Jackson is a 6-foot-1 point guard and ranked by Rivals as the No. 271 overall prospect and the No. 44 point guard. Jackson averaged 29.5 ppg last year and led his team to a District 13 championship. He also led his team to the quarterfinals of the MSHSAA Class 3 tournament.

 

“Bernard is a guy we really focused on during his junior year of high school when we first arrived at Saint Louis. We really like his skillset and his game. I believe that a key to building and maintaining a great program is to keep the top talent in your state at home and Bernard is definitely one of the top players from Missouri. He’s more of a traditional point guard at this moment but he has the potential to really work on his jump shot and possibly be a combo guard for us in the future. One of the key traits we like in recruits is versatility and Bernard certainly has the potential to be a versatile guard for us.”

 

The final LOI received by the Billikens staff was from 6-foot-11 center Greg Coulston from St. Rita High School in Chicago. Coulston averaged 9.6 ppg and was ranked by Rivals as the No. 185 center. Coulston also helped lead the Mustangs to a berth in the IHSA Class 4A Tournament.

 

“Greg is going to come in and give us another big body that protects the rim. He’s a good rebounder and has an excellent defensive presence. His low post game is still developing and with some work with our coaching staff I really think he’ll become a well rounded, complete big man for us for the next couple of years.”

 

Knight and his staff still have one scholarship open. It is currently unknown if they will try to fill it or be contempt with the team they currently have. Saint Louis failed to sign a small forward, which was a need heading into the offseason. However, Knight has been known to play versatile guards at the 3 as he did last season with Dikembe Abdula and newcomer Ryan Doran. Doran played point guard at Clarendon College in Texas before moving to small forward at Saint Louis.

 

With recruiting winding down its only a matter of time until Saint Louis tips off year two of the Jeremy Knight era. The Billikens will open the season with an exhibition game against Missouri State followed by another exhibition game against VMI before opening the regular season against Central Florida.






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