Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mid-Major Top 10: Northeast Conference - Mid-Major Madness

Mid-Major Top 10: Northeast Conference - Mid-Major Madness:

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

More Schedule Info

Two more Mt. St. Mary's non-conference opponents announced their schedules in the last two days allowing us to continue to piece together the Mount schedule. Navy and American announced their schedule and to no surprise the Mount was a part of it. In addition, Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos confirmed the rivalry between the two schools will continue, which pretty much had as a given.

Navy will visit the Knott Arena on Friday December 7th. The Midshipmen won last year's game 64-56 in what has become an annual matchup between the two schools. The teams have met the last five years and Navy has been victorious in the last three trips to the Emmitsburg campus. The Mount's last win at home over the Middies was in Jim Phelan's final season, a 70-69 victory.

The Mount travels to American after playing the Eagles at home the last two years. The Mount held American to 42 points a year ago in snapping a nine-game losing streak with a 49-42 win.

Previously, George Washington and Georgetown had announced games with the Mount. And with Patsos' confirmation, we now officially know 5 of the 11 games on the Out of Conference schedule.

I expect that Hartford will also be on the schedule after the Mount played in Connecticut last season. That leaves 5 openings on the schedule.

Previous rumors linked the Mount to games at Pitt and Indiana, and I expect both of those games to happen. So there are three games left to be filled. Savannah State could be a possibility. The Mount played in Savannah last year, but it is possible that game was part of an agreement from the previous year's MTE event that the Mount hosted here.

The other two openings which would come from the Albany and Siena series' that ended last year. So I expect that these two games would be home and home series against like opponents.

One internet rumor had the Mount playing Niagara, a team it faced in back to back years recently. That would be a nice fit.

As other schedules continue to trickle out we expect to find out the remaining schedule in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, who would you like to see on the Mount's schedule?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Georgetown back on the schedule

Big East member Georgetown announced it's non-conference schedule today and the Mount was part of it. The Mount will visit the Verizon Center on Saturday November 24.

Georgetown was 24-9 a year ago and was eliminated in the 3rd Round (previously 2nd) of the NCAA Tournament by NC State.

The Mount visited the Verizon Center in back-to-back years in 2009 & 2010 losing both times.

The Georgetown game is the second confirmed game on the Mount schedule in head coach Jamion Christian's inaugural year at the helm. Both games are in Washington DC as George Washington was the other school to announce it has a game scheduled with the Mount.

The Mount has hosted another DC school - American, the past two seasons, so The FanBlog anticipates a third trip to the Nation's Capital this year.


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Monday, July 23, 2012

My take on the Penn State situation

I'm going to rant and you can like it or not. If you don't want to read, scroll down. But folks, (in my best Allen Iverson voice), "We're talking about FOOTBALL! Seriously, we're talking about FOOTBALL!" 

Having football taken away isn't the end of the world. 

But you know what might be? Being raped. Or even worse being raped as a kid.

And even though these sanctions affect others than the folks that committed the heinous acts - and yes I'm talking about the cover up. There were no sanctions today because Jerry Sandusky raped kids. There were sanctions because the Penn State administration, its athletic director and head football coach knew about the probability (if not more than that) and decided to do nothing. And then even knew they were wrong when suggesting that "we could be in trouble if this ever came out"

Now I'm sure they didn't think they'd be in this much trouble. And that is the point. That is why the sanctions are as severe as they are, because they knew what there were doing was wrong. And they chose not to risk hurting the football program and put young children at severe risk.

So I agree there are lots of innocent people being affected today. And I feel sorry for some of them. Lots of innocent people who did nothing worse than show up every Saturday to cheer for their beloved. And that's not a crime. Others who've done nothing but try to represent that University in the best way possible.

But I remind you we're talking about FOOTBALL.

Don't take joy in today. Don't take pride in any part of this. Don't complain about it being too harsh or too lenient. Don't waste that energy.

Do whatever you can humanly do to make sure it never happens again.

And remember it was INNOCENT children who were affected by this to begin with.



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NEC Discussion: Who are the Top 10 players? | Big Apple Buckets

NEC Discussion: Who are the Top 10 players? | Big Apple Buckets:

Kelvin Parker getting some recognition here.

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College Basketball's Top 10 Coaching Hires for 2012 | AthlonSports.com

College Basketball's Top 10 Coaching Hires for 2012 | AthlonSports.com:

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Interesting take on the new jobs. It does mention Christian. But only as a new hire under 30.

However, what I find really interesting is that two of the top ten hires were coaches who moved on from the NEC. That didn't really happen in the past, and it was one of the reasons that many shied away from the Mount job when Robert Burke was hired. Or at least was a factor for many. And even though there were plenty of folks involved in the process, there was also a sense that NEC jobs were dead end jobs.

That seems to have changed in the last few years. I don't really think this has any impact on the Mount directly. Because I think we have the guy in place that is going to turn this program around. But I think it does show the respect that the NEC is starting to gain, which ultimately is a very good thing for the Mount.

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Quinnipiac extends Moore through 2016-17 season | digtriad.com

Quinnipiac extends Moore through 2016-17 season | digtriad.com:

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Mount to visit Nation's Capital

In the first official announcement of a game on the Mount's schedule for the first year of the Jamion Christian, the Mount will visit George Washington on Monday November 26th and play in the Charles Smith Center.

GW, an A-10 member, holds a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Colonials were 10-21 after starting the season 4-1 under first year head coach Mike Lonergan last season.

Lonergan has a 2-0 career record versus the Mount, winning a pair of games with his previous school Vermont. The Catamounts won by two in Emmitsburg in the 2010 season, and in overtime in Vermont the following season.

Looking forward to hearing the rest of the Mount's schedule in the upcoming weeks.

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Friday, July 06, 2012

MBC signs Kelly Beidler, part ways with Arizona Reid | Germany | Sportando

MBC signs Kelly Beidler, part ways with Arizona Reid | Germany | Sportando:

Congratulations to Beidler who is joining a team that topped the second tier of the German League last year and I am assuming has been promoted to the top German League this year. The team located in Weissenfels, a city of approximately 30,000 is located in the North Central section of Germany. MBC saw Beidler during a preseason exhibition tour of Finland last season and followed Beidler's progress.



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Monday, July 02, 2012

Nwandu talks about his Mount commitment - York Dispatch

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Here's a good read about Nwandu and his commitment. It also lists him at 6'1. I've been told he's at least 6'3 with a 6'8 wingspan. He talks about playing the point and that seems to make sense based on the current depth chart, but with his size, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a time both he and incoming freshman Shivaughn Wiggins are on the court together in the upcoming seasons.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

First 2014 Commitment

Jamion Christian has done it again. The new Mount St. Mary's head coach has landed another verbal commitment, this time for an incoming 2014 power forward.

Handley (VA)'s Cameron Jackson committed to the Blue and White earlier today. The 6-7 rising junior plays his AAU basketball with Virginia Elite. Marcus Helton tweeted the news earlier. Jackson becomes the first commitment of the 2014 class.

We look forward to watching Jackson, who was recently called one of the best Power Forwards ever in the VA Elite program on a VA Elite tweet, develop over the next several years.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Northeastern's Nwandu commits to Mount St. Mary's - GameTimePA.com

Northeastern's Nwandu commits to Mount St. Mary's - GameTimePA.com:

Story on new Mountie Khalid Nwandu. Verifies that he had previously visited and Virginia Commonwealth and had a visit lined up for East Carolina.

I think his style of play will end up fitting in very nicely with the style that Coach Christian is going to bring.

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PBC Summer Pro-Am: Lamar Patterson Crashes Steven Adams And Trey Zeigler Debuts - SB Nation Pittsburgh

PBC Summer Pro-Am: Lamar Patterson Crashes Steven Adams And Trey Zeigler Debuts - SB Nation Pittsburgh: "-Robert Morris freshman Stephan Hawkins also took the same approach as Colter in his game, as the forward was not afraid to go toe-to-toe with veteran players such as Pitt's Dante Taylor. Although Hawkins could stand to put on some more muscle, he should be a serviceable player in the NEC."

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gazette.Net: McNamara guard searching for exposure

Gazette.Net: McNamara guard searching for exposure:

With the commitment earlier this week, I'm not sure if Jiggetts scholarship offer to the Mount is still on the table. But here is a nice article about him and a little bit closer look into what's important in recruiting.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Some video selections of New Mountie Khlalid Nwandu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCq5KoNXmQw

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I like what I see in these videos from commitment Khladid Nwandu, the 6-2 guard from Northeastern York, PA who we announced committed yesterday.

To me he's a true combo guard - who can probably swing between the 1 and the 2 at this level. He has great athleticism, can defend in the open floor and really seems to have a good idea of where his teammates are offensively. Ho can score both through the lane and from behind the arc.

Welcome aboard Khalid.


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Phelan always deserves more recognition

Monday, June 11, 2012

First 2013 commitment

Just got word from reliable sources that the mount has picked up a commitment from 2013 guard Khalid Nwandu. I'm away from most internet access so additional information might be a day or two

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Ranking the coaching jobs: The Others - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

Ranking the coaching jobs: The Others - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN: "Northeast
Best: Quinnipiac -- The Q still hasn't made an NCAA tournament, but its arena/financial backing has no equal in the NEC -- and it's not even close.
Worst: Bryant -- Fairleigh Dickinson garnered plenty of "support" here, but Bryant is just too new and too unproven to be anywhere but last at the moment.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Recruiting mailbag: What's the latest on the remaining 2012 stars? - CBSSports

Recruiting mailbag: What's the latest on the remaining 2012 stars? - CBSSports:


 "@pioneer_pride – Which incoming freshman might have the biggest impact in the NEC? D. Anderson, E. Fanning, T. Carey, T. Falzone, J. Palm, etc.?

The Northeast Conference has plenty of talented prospects coming aboard next season, but the best of the bunch looks to be Dwaun Anderson. The former Michigan State signee transferred to Wagner before playing a game after his mother passed away last spring. He was the Mr. Basketball in Michigan, and is extremely athletic. Several high-majors pursued Anderson, but he chose the Seahawks and he should make a major impact."

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Interview: Jarod Williams - Rivals.com Video

Interview: Jarod Williams - Rivals.com Video:

The Mount has an offer out to Jarod Williams from the Blue Ridge School in Virginia. He has offers from several other mid-major schools, including two Western Kentucky and Ohio that earned NCAA tournament wins this year. But from this interview it sounds like he has a genuine interest in the Mount and the new staff.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Nos. 43-37 | Frank Martin and College Basketball's New Coaching Hires Ranked | Bleacher Report

Nos. 43-37 | Frank Martin and College Basketball's New Coaching Hires Ranked | Bleacher Report:

 "37. Jamion Christian, Mount St. Mary's

Christian was a three-year captain for the Mount and, like Bashir Mason, is a head coach before the age of 30. His last job was at William & Mary, where he recruited CAA All-Rookie performer Marcus Thornton to the Tribe."

I don't think this guy really knows what he's talking about. There are a lot of differences in opinion here. Maybe we'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he doesn't know Jamion. And then again maybe we won't. Pretty weak stuff, if I must say so.


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Southern Hoop Group Jam Fest at Boo Williams Day 1 Recap

Southern Hoop Group Jam Fest at Boo Williams Day 1 Recap:


Malique Trent was the top performer on Friday night, carrying Wave Basketball Club (VA) to a big 73-51 win over Diamond State Titans (DE).
Trent–a 6’2” combo guard in the class of 2013–simply took over for Wave. At one point, he had knocked down six consecutive three-pointers, scoring 20 points in the first half. After the break, Trent kept rolling, knocking down shots and throwing down an impressive left-handed dunk in traffic.
With offers from Appalachian State and Mount St. Mary’s already, the Norcom (Portstmouth, VA) guard should continue to make a name for himself and attract more college attention with such performances.

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Red Bull Midnight Run Brings Out The Best In Washington, D.C.’s 100 Best Players | Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers

Red Bull Midnight Run Brings Out The Best In Washington, D.C.’s 100 Best Players | Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers:

 "But perhaps the best part of the night was how evenly dispersed the talent was. The event’s final two games showed this perfectly. In one, forward Kelly Beidler tipped in a teammate’s miss at the buzzer to win, while on a neighboring court, two teams went at it deep into a second overtime."

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mount's Jamion Christian stuck to schedule in quest to be a head coach - Washington Times

Mount's Jamion Christian stuck to schedule in quest to be a head coach - Washington Times:

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A look at each coaching hire -- college basketball - ESPN

A look at each coaching hire -- college basketball - ESPN: "Mount St. Mary's: Jamion Christian -- Did Mount St. Mary's make the most underrated hire of the offseason? I'm not sure, but I do know that getting Jamion Christian, a former Mount alum coming off an assistantship at VCU in 2012, is an ideal fit for the job."

We haven't underrated here at The Fan Blog  - We've told you it was the perfect fit since the season ended.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mount offers Gregory Alexander

Kecoughton (VA) wing Gregory Alexander is the latest to pull in an offer from Jamion Christian and Mt. St. Mary's. The offer from the Mounties is the first for the 6'2 guard.

He can shoot it well from the outside - and he gets into the lane as well. He came off the bench as a junior for Kecoughton which lost in the AAA Semifinal to Petersburg.

He impressed recently at the BigShots DC AAU event - while playing with Boo Williams (Woods) team.

He's another name to keep an eye on as the Mount continues to try build toward the future.


Gregory Alexander of Kecoughtan tries to get around Marius Watson of Petersburg during the second half Wednesday in Richmond.
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Next Stop: Emmitsburg

6 foot 7 inch Christian Crockett, who will join Mt. St. Mary's in the fall, wrapped up his high school career shining in the Houston Area Basketball Coaches All Star games. A total of 21 Division I signed players took part in the event, including ten in the game in which Crockett participated.

Crockett scored 21 points for the West team which fell to the South 134-130. Josh Gray and Michael Carey, both who are headed to Texas Tech in the fall led the South to the victory. John Gillon, Arkansas Little-Rock, was also a huge part of the win scoring 19 points in the second half, knocking down 5 three-pointers.

Seven players were in double figures for the West, including Crockett. Richard Benedyth (Northwest Florida Community College) led the team with 29 points, while Stephen F Austin signee Trey Pinknee was also in double figures.

This is more good news for Mount basketball. The Houston Area is always talent rich - and seems to have gone above that this year - to know that Crockett excelled in a showcase of the Area's talent is encouraging. Also encouraging to know that Crockett performed in a game that was as up and down as the 134-130 score must indicate.

Just a little side note, I don't think I'd want to be at practice the next day, if a Coach Christian team surrendered 130+.

Either way, this continues to be an exciting time in what normally is a pretty down time regarding news and notes for Mount basketball. Can't wait for them to jump it up for real in the fall.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Happy for Parker - Happy for Program

Kelvin Parker earned what he got earlier this week. The freshman walk-on from York PA, deserved the scholarship he was awarded and it didn't take long for the new coaching staff to realize it.

2011-12 was a year where there weren't many bright spots. But Parker, whom you didn't expect much from early because of his status, quickly became one. You could also see development and improvement throughout his freshman season. He averaged 12 points and nearly 6 rebounds a game over the last ten games as he played his best basketball.

That left a lasting impression on those who saw him play this year and it also made an immediate impression on the new coaching staff. With JaColby Wells graduating the staff could have used the scholarship on more new blood. But they made the right decision and chose someone who has worked hard and has the dedication to want the program to move forward. Parker showed that this year.

The comment from Jamion Christian about Parker in the Mount press release of the move solidified my belief that Christian is the right guy for this job.


"Anytime you get a chance to reward someone who has done everything the right way and put in the long hours towards excellence, it is a gratifying feeling for everyone involved," said Christian.  "Kelvin's tremendous dedication to Mount St. Mary's and his ability to help us move into the top part of the league became evident last season.  We are very excited to have him as a part of our family and are looking forward to many great things for him both in the classroom and on the basketball floor.  We strive to be a program that constantly rewards those who do the right thing and who exemplify everything it embodies to be a proud member of our family."

Every Mount fan that I've talked to agrees that Parker deserves it and is genuinely happy for him.

Looking forward to three more solid seasons from Kelvin and that NEC Championship he talked about in the York Newspaper article linked below.

I'm excited for Kelvin. I'm excited for the program. Feels good to be a Mount fan once again.

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Mount St. Mary¿s coach likes matchup with top seed in conference tournament - baltimoresun.com

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York High grad Kelvin Parker earns scholarship from Mount - York Dispatch

York High grad Kelvin Parker earns scholarship from Mount - York Dispatch:

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Mount grad DiBartolo sends message to start Bayhawks career - baltimoresun.com

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Playoffs could provide surprises in both conferences | The Japan Times Online

Playoffs could provide surprises in both conferences | The Japan Times Online:

Japanese playoffs ready to begin for Kearse and teammates


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Checking in on Central

Howie Dickenman On Central Connecticut Basketball - Courant.com:

The Devils continue to do well in the DC Metro. Other than the Mount, they were the only NEC school I noticed at BigShots DC over the weekend.

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Mount St. Mary¿s wedges way into conference tournament - baltimoresun.com

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Jon Rothstein: This And That Around College Basketball; Kansas, Fordham And More... « CBS New York

Jon Rothstein: This And That Around College Basketball; Kansas, Fordham And More... « CBS New York: " Wagner coach Bashir Mason raved about the progress made by big man Naofall Folahan in spring workouts. The 6-foot-11 Folahan is a rarity at the NEC level because of his size, timing, and ability to protect the rim in a league that usually doesn’t sport a starting player in the pivot over 6-foot-7. If Folahan blossoms, Mason’s first season on the sidelines in Staten Island should be a memorable one."

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Atlantic 10 wins this round of conference realignment - Philadelphia Saint Joseph's Hawks | Examiner.com

Atlantic 10 wins this round of conference realignment - Philadelphia Saint Joseph's Hawks | Examiner.com:

Before all is said and done QPAC could be a factor in the A-10 realignment. At least that's what the Bobcats would like to believe.


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Wells not returning; Parker given scholarship

JaColby Wells will graduate from Mt. St. Mary's University in the spring and will not return for a fifth season, which he is eligible for after redshirting his freshman year.

Wells played just 18 games during another injury marred season in 2011-12. He averaged a career best 2.8 points per game.

As a result, Kelvin Parker the walk-on freshman guard from York High, has been placed on scholarship. Parker had a successful freshman year with the Mount averaging 9 points, nearly 5 rebounds and a team best 1.3 steals a game. He would seem to be set to improve in Jamion Christian's promised uptempo style.

The Mount will also have incoming transfers Sam Prescott, Rashad Whack and potentially either Christian Crockett or Greg Graves angling for minutes at the 2 & 3 positions.


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Mount lands another commitment

6 foot 7 inch Melvin Gregory of Lancaster Virginia became the latest player to commit to play on Jamion Christian's basketball team at Mt. St. Mary's. Gregory was named the Virginia A player of the year after leading his school to a state title. He had interest from other schools such as Towson, Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth.

Schools may have shied away from Gregory because of the fact that he played for such a small high school, he is relatively skinny for his 6-7 frame and that he didn't play organized basketball until he was in the 10th grade. But in the estimation of The Fan Blog that just makes his ceiling all the higher.

The athletic forward scored 25 points grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked 9 shots in the team's state Semifinal victory.  His athletic ability should fit very well with Christian's desire to play an uptempo game. Although information on Gregory isn't easy to find, numerous accounts of rim rattling dunks made him a fan favorite.

He becomes the third player of a four player class entering the Mount to stand 6-7 or taller.

The scholarship for Gregory became available when freshman guard Chad Holley, who averaged 3.3 points in his freshman season opted to transfer.

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The Varsity Beat | Former Eastern York standout Austin Tillotson transferring from Monmouth

The Varsity Beat | Former Eastern York standout Austin Tillotson transferring from Monmouth:

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Former NBA coach Eddie Jordan returns to roots with D.C. Assault program | CollegeBasketballTalk

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trent leads Wave to Steel Bracket Title

Malique Trent, the first offer of the Jamion Christian era, scored 28 points in Sunday's final to lead Wave Basketball Club to a 68-54 win over Hidden Gems (Ohio) in the championship game of the Steel Bracket of the Hoop Group's Pittsburgh Jam Fest.

Trent also was a key factor in the semi-final win knocking down a pair of late threes and finishing with 15 points in win over Team Melo (NY).

Trent, a 6-2 guard from Portsmouth VA - Norcom HS, also has an offer from Appalachian State.

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Donovan Gilmore holds Mount offer

Donovan Gilmore a 6'8" forward from Greensboro North Carolina holds an offer from Mt. St. Mary's. Gilmore becomes the third know offer since Jamion Christian took over at his alma mater.

Recruiting expert Justin Byerly described Gilmore as long bouncy and under the radar. He is participating with his CP3 teammates in Minnesota at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Event this weekend.

Gilmore has offers from William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth and Jacksonville along with the Mount. But his recent performances have drawn the interest of Virginia Tech, Marquette and Missouri along with Appalachian State.

Gilmore becomes the third known offer for the Mount's potential 2013 recruiting class. Malique Trent (Portsmouth, VA, Norcom) and Nick Griffin (Rockville, MD, Magruder) are the other two known offers.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Tribe Hoops Loss - From the tarpit - dailypress.com

Tribe Hoops Loss - From the tarpit - dailypress.com:

This is a nice little column from the W&M perspective on Wilkins coming to the Mount - and the loss at William and Mary. It is from a subscription site, but you can maneuver around to read most, if not all, of it.

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Vallely, Blair pick Mount St. Mary's

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Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team tinkering with faceoffs - baltimoresun.com

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Six Former Lower Merion Players Join Nor'easters - Cape May County Herald

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Rockets’ Aaman verbally commits to play basketball at Rhode Island | ind.gmnews.com | Independent

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Aaman following Hurley to Rhode Island.

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St. Francis hires Rob Krimmel, son of athletic director, as men's basketball coach - AltoonaMirror.com - Altoona, PA | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - The Altoona Mirror

St. Francis hires Rob Krimmel, son of athletic director, as men's basketball coach - AltoonaMirror.com - Altoona, PA | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - The Altoona Mirror:

Interesting going ons at St. Francis PA. Not surprised to see Don Friday forced out. A little surprised by the way the hiring took place.

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Wiggins signs to play basketball at Mount St. Mary’s | Huntersville Herald

Wiggins signs to play basketball at Mount St. Mary’s | Huntersville Herald:

Here is a story on Wiggins and his signing. Says he will report to campus on July 5.

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Sacred Heart senior Isabella Draper signs letter of intent with Mount St. Mary's - Sports - Main Line Media News

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Wilkins to round out Christian's staff

Mt. St. Mary's and Head basketball coach Jamion Christian have hired Ben Wilkins as an assistant basketball coach. Wilkins comes to the Mount after serving as an assistant for Tony Shaver at William and Mary. Wilkins worked with Christian during that time at William and Mary.

Wilkins served as an assistant at Barton University and on the staff at NC State before going to William and Mary. The William and Mary athletic website credits Wilkins with having a major role in implementing the offensive and defensive systems for the Tribe.

He was Shaver's right hand man the last few years and will serve in the same capacity with Christian at Mt. St. Mary's.

We welcome Ben Wilkins to the staff and wish him all the success.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two NEC Stars on collegeinsider.com Freshman All-American Team

Central Connecticut's Kyle Vinales and Robert Morris' Lucky Jones were named to the Collegeinsider.com Mid-major freshman all-american team.

Other players on interest on the team to Mount fans, Holy Cross guard Justin Burrell, who had once signed a letter of intent at Mt. St. Mary's and Evan Hymes who lit up Knott Arena in his first start for Siena.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Griffin getting A-10 looks, recruitment heating up « National Recruiting Spotlight

Griffin getting A-10 looks, recruitment heating up « National Recruiting Spotlight:

Nick Griffin has picked up an offer since Jamion Christian took over at the Mount. The Magruder product might have the right style to fit into Christian's guard oriented aggressive offensive attack at the Mount.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Signing Day tomorrow

Point guard Shivaughn Wiggins is expected to sign his letter of intent to Mt. St. Mary's when the signing period opens again tomorrow. The 5-9 guard from North Mecklenburg, North Carolina will join front court players Greg Graves and Christian Crockett who had earlier inked Letters of Intent for the Mount.

Wiggins averaged 25 points a game his senior season and was received numerous accolades after the season. He will be the first player to sign for new head coach Jamion Christian.

Graves at 6-foot 7-inches averaged a double double (21 points and 13 rebounds) during his senior campaign. He scored 44 points and had 31 rebounds in a gargantuan effort on January 6. His team vying for a third straight Virginia State title lost to Christiansburg in the state semifinal.

Christian Crockett a 6-foot 6-inch wing forward played on one of the best high school teams in America. He averaged just under ten points and 5 rebounds a game for the 8th ranked team in America according to MaxPreps.com

The trio gives the Mount and new head coach Jamion Christian some key players at some key spots and we look forward to watching them as Mountaineers over the next few years.

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LIU picks Perri to replace Ferry - WSJ.com

LIU picks Perri to replace Ferry - WSJ.com:

Blackbirds waste no time in naming Ferry's top assistant as the head coach

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Duquesne Dukes name Jim Ferry new head coach - ESPN

Duquesne Dukes name Jim Ferry new head coach - ESPN:

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Saucon Valley Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced - Hellertown-Lower Saucon, PA Patch

Saucon Valley Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced - Hellertown-Lower Saucon, PA Patch:

Thea Ackerman former Mount track and field great selected for Saucon Valley Hall of Fame induction

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Bruce and Bethel to remain on staff

Darryl Bruce and Tony Bethel will remain on Jamion Christian's staff at Mt. St. Mary's.

Both have served one year on the Mount staff and will provide some continuity for the group of players that remains.

Darryl BruceBruce a graduate of powerhouse high school basketball program DeMatha, has 22 years of assistant coach experience. Prior to coming to the Mount, Bruce coached with another Mount grad Cliff Warren for six years at Jacksonville. In addition to working on Warren's staff with the Dolphins, Bruce also has experience with Wagner, Howard, Hampton, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Delaware and Towson.



Tony BethelBethel's brother Eric played four years for legendary head coach Jim Phelan and had a huge night in the NEC Final in helping the Mount reach the NCAA Tournament. Bethel split his college playing days at Georgetown and NC State. Following a European professional career, he served on the staff at NC State.



Christian is expected to bring someone from outside the program in to serve as the final assistant on his staff.


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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Mount St. Mary¿s looking to rebound from conference stunner - baltimoresun.com

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Shivaughn Wiggins first commitment of Christian Era

New Head Coach Jamion Christian picked up his first commitment from North Mecklenburg NC point guard Shivaughn Wiggins.

Wiggins a 5-10 guard for 4A North Mecklenburg averaged 25 points, 5 assists and 3 steals a game while being named the I-MECK Player of the Year.

Wiggins shot better than 50% from the floor and 33% from three-point land for his team. He made 77% of his free throws and gets to the line frequently with his tremendous quickness.

Here is a writeup on the next guard to the wear the Blue and White from phenomhoopreport.com

"Coach Duane Lewis of North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, North Carolina is one of the best high school basketball coaches in the state. He has produced many D1 prospects at every level and this year is no exception with his senior PG Shivaughn Wiggins. Wiggins is enjoying an outstanding start to the season. After a solid junior season where Wiggins averaged 13.3 PPG, 7.3 APG, and 3.4 steals per game, he is now playing the role of a scoring PG and a good one at that. Currently, Wiggins is averaging 25 PPG and 6.5 APG and over 3 steals per game. These statistics are outstanding for the level of competition he is playing. North Mecklenburg HS is in the 4A classification for the state of North Carolina.  Wiggins plays with a confidence that is second to none. He is a fierce competitor and will not back down from a challenge. He is an excellent on the ball defender and has quick hands and feet. He has a solid foundation of team defense and anticipates nicely for steals. On the offensive end of the court, he is an outstanding ball handler. He dribbles with a low stance and has his head always up looking for the next pass to an open teammate. He has an uncanny ability to see a play one step ahead and his advanced ball handling skills makes him one difficult player to defend. He has good ball speed and quickness and utilizes the hesitation move effectively to keep defenders off balance. He changes speed extremely well and has the ability to create his own shot off the dribble. Wiggins sports a nice mid range pull up jumper and has perfected the tear drop floater in the lane. Without question, Wiggins is a PG D1 schools should take a hard long look at, especially in the North Carolina area. If not, we will be reading about another player that was “snatched” away from his own back yard. "
Wiggins is expected to sign during the extended signing period which starts next week.

Here's another story on Wiggins senior season

Prep Insiders reports on his commitment

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Monday, April 02, 2012

VirginiaPreps.com - Q&A with Mount St. Mary's Jamion Christian

VirginiaPreps.com - Q&A with Mount St. Mary's Jamion Christian:

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Canisius names Jim Baron Men's Basketball Coach | WKBW News 7: News, Sports, Weather | Buffalo, NY | WKBW Sports

Canisius names Jim Baron Men's Basketball Coach | WKBW News 7: News, Sports, Weather | Buffalo, NY | WKBW Sports:

Former St. Francis PA coach takes over for Golden Griffs

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Patterson granted release

According to sources close to The Fan Blog and the situation, Mt. St. Mary's granted 6-4 guard Chazz Patterson his release from his letter of intent over the weekend.

Patterson a 6-4 guard from Trenton Catholic had signed with the Mount during the early signing period when Robert Burke was the head coach.

As a combo guard who plays on the wing, Patterson would have been a player at one of two positions where the Mount has some unique depth. Starters Julian Norfleet and Kelvin Parker both return for their junior and sophomore seasons, while transfers Sam Prescott (Marist) and Rashad Whack (George Mason) both will look for immediate playing time.

This does open up an immediate scholarship and we'll see if new head coach Jamion Christian is able to fill it quickly.

The late signing period for college basketball national letters of intent begins April 11 and runs through May 16.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Christian's first Offer

According to VirginiaPreps.com, new Mount basketball coach Jamion Christian extended a scholarship offer to 2013 recruit Malique Trent.

Trent a 6-2 guard averaged nearly 20 points a game, 5 rebounds and 3 assists for Norcom High in the Tidewater Area last season. He plays for Wave Basketball on the AAU Circuit.

He was chosen first team All-Eastern District while leading Norcom in 3-point shooting. He scored 18 points in Norcom's win over Norview for the Eastern District Championship.

Trent also holds an offer from Appalachian State.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Former York High standouts to hold summer camp in York - York Dispatch

Former York High standouts to hold summer camp in York - York Dispatch:

Parker holding camp in his hometown with former St Francis PA guard Sam Sutton.

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Abraham won't return at Robert Morris

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Karon Abraham has been dismissed from the Robert Morris basketball team. After sitting out this season, Abraham was expected to be one of the Colonials leaders next year.

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Transfer List: First Edition - CBSSports

Transfer List: First Edition - CBSSports:

Jeff Goodman's first transfer list has no Mountaineers and only a few of note to the NEC.

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Is it October Yet?

I mean seriously. I'm so ready.

If you spend enough time around coaches at any level who understand and know the game that they are about, they'll tell you how difficult it is to repair a program. Usually you'll get a it takes about 5 years to fix what someone can tear apart in one.

But somehow as I watched the Jamion Christian press conference, I felt like all was good in the Mount basketball program again. The confidence and the excitement that Christian brings to the program, as well as a great understanding about what this unique program is all about, has me excited to be a Mount fan again.

I know you can't totally remove the last two years, but man, is everybody sure I didn't just wake up from a really bad nightmare.

And that isn't to say, I expect to Christian to lead the Mount back to the NCAA Tournament in Year 1. But what I do expect is that at noon time of game days, I'm crawling to get out of my seat and get to the ARCC, not deciding whether or not I really want to make the short trip down the road that night.

Because as the legendary Jim Phelan said after the press conference even though its a nice nucleus, the team still has some shortcomings. But what Phelan said, and what I think is really true, is that Christian is going to get them to play better.

He already has me wanting to be a better fan.

And I'm expecting that when I wake up after the next two years, it is going to feel like a dream.

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College Basketball: Eager to start, Christian sets tone immediately - The Frederick News-Post Online

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Mount O'Links

Wagner has a new coach as well

They stayed within the program


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Monday, March 26, 2012

It's Official (Officially)

Here is the press release from The Mount

The Press Conference is tomorrow at 3pm. Streamed online at mountathletics.tv

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happinets secure spot in playoffs | The Japan Times Online

Happinets secure spot in playoffs | The Japan Times Online:

Kearse with 12 in key win

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Source: Wagner promotes assistant Bashir Mason to head coach - CBSSports

Source: Wagner promotes assistant Bashir Mason to head coach - CBSSports:

http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/wagner-promotes-assistant-to-replace-hurley/

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Time to get Excited

The question is no longer if, it's now when? And from all indications the official announcement will come sometime tomorrow, with a press conference sometime after that. But Jamion Christian, a Mount guy to the core, is the head basketball coach.

Christian is a former player and Alum, who has advanced up the coaching ladder since his graduation in 2004. He spent the past season with Shaka Smart at VCU, after assisting at William & Mary and Emory & Henry and serving on the staff at Bucknell.

But he brings so much more than that. He brings a fire and an energy - and a love for a program that truly is special - back to the campus just south of the Mason Dixon Line.

Robert Burke took that away from all of us the last two years. He alienated everyone. The players. The former players. The supporters. The referees.The faculty. The students. Let's be 100% honest, basketball was far from fun in Emmitsburg..

It's Christian's job to restore that. And those people around him, who know him best, think he's just the guy to do it.

Smart, the head coach at VCU who took them from the First Four to the Final Four, highly recommended Christian. Former Mountaineer head coach Milan Brown was also a big supporter during the process.

And the former Mount players who I've been in touch with the last few days can't think of a better guy for the job.

Jason Epps, who was Christian's roommate at the Mount, said many of the past players have been forced to root for Holy Cross or VCU the last two years as the program lost a lot of the basketball alumni support over the past two years. But with this hiring that has already started to return.

"In the past day and a half alone, I've noticed that excitement and support for Mount basketball that was once there, is back. And that's a great thing," Epps wrote. "Jamion is not only a great coach but he's a great person as well. He's going to do an amazing job."

Another former teammate, Gus Durr, is certain that Christian can not only produce on the basketball court but help with some of the issues that have plagued the team off the court in recent memory.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Jamion will be able to lead this program and teach each and every young man the true meaning of being a student athlete. I look forward to an exciting brand of basketball at the Mount for years to come."

One Mount Alum let me know that Christian was the guy who hosted all the recruits on their visits during his senior year so he already has experience recruiting to the Mount. That class included Chris Vann and Markus Mithchell.

Mitchell who now plays professionally for Mayaguez in Puerto Rico is expecting big things from the guy who hosted him on campus years ago.

"Jamion is a young, hungry coach with a great basketball mind and a tremendous work ethic. There is a reason he has climbed up the coaching ladder these past few years, and with an opportunity to be at the forefront, I feel Coach Christian will make everyone from alumni, former players, spectators and most importantly the players under him very proud."

The last two years are history. As a fan base and a community we can move forward, and I for one can tell you that I'm really excited about it. And very excited that a Mount guy named Jamion Christian is at the helm.


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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Christian to be next Mount Coach



Cbssports.com Jeff Goodman reported just after 11 last night that Mount Saint Mary's has hired MSM graduate Jamion Christian as its next coach.

Multiple sources of The Fan Blog had confirmed the hiring to me earlier Friday evening, with an announcement set for Monday.

Christian was on campus again on Friday and the deal has been agreed upon in principle.

Christian has served on the staffs of Virginia Commonwealth, William and Mary, Bucknell and Emory and Henry since graduating from the Mount.

He comes highly recommended from Shaka Smart, who has led the Rams to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances including the Final Four last season, and former Mountaineer coach Milan Brown.

We'll have more on the hiring as the story develops over the weekend. For now we congratulate Jamion Christian and wish him and the program the best of success in the upcoming years. Fun time to be a Mountaineer fan.


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Friday, March 23, 2012

HoopDirt | Wagner update

An update on the Wagner slot courtesy of Hoop Dirt

Ingelsby interviewed at the Mount when Burke was hired

HoopDirt | Wagner update:

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Could this week be the week?

After a relatively slow week (at least as far as news was concerned), we expect (based purely on speculation) that this week could become a little more riveting as far as the Mount head coaching search goes.

We say that for a variety of reasons.

The landscape of coaching openings is much better known now than it was a week ago. The major conferences for the most part, just had conference tournaments last weekend and we saw a bunch of firings occur just this week. Therefore, coaches who are looking for jobs now know which jobs are available and can base decisions on that.

Obviously its not concrete as one hiring tends to lead to another opening, as we are seeing at Wagner right now. And the Wagner situation could obviously have a major impact on the Mount. The Seahawk job, if it opens to the outside coaching community, will be viewed as a better job than the Mount simply because of where the program is at the moment - and also because of 2 of the last 3 head coaches have left for Atlantic-10 jobs. The ladder and how it's climbed becomes a big part of this process.

Also, you can't ignore the fact that there are a lot of schools not playing this week that were playing last week. That opens up the possibility for a lot more individuals to be available in the process.

There seemed to be a lot more information two weeks ago, then there was this past week. I expect that to increase dramatically this week.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

An Email I sent to those in my bracket pool about last night

Last night I tweeted….If you don’t Love March, you’re Unamerican. I mean seriously, how can you not love a kid telling you “We even messed up my bracket”

And then Lehigh, who will always be the Engineers – how is that more politically uncorrect than MountainHawks, go out and beat the team that really has been the Dynasty of the College Basketball postseason in Duke. They’ve got a guard, CJ McCollum, who likely will be an NBA first rounder, who one of the main sports writers wanted to do a feature on this week. (I think it was ESPN’s Andy Katz) He said he didn’t want hyped up. He wanted his play to do that. So he scored 30 in the first round upset.

Twitter was ablaze, it was like Whitney had died all over again. But the thing I couldn’t figure out was – people were actually upset that their brackets were being ruined. Seriously? OK if you are a Missouri fan, or a Michigan fan, or god forbid a Duke fan – there was a reason to be upset. But if you were American – the drama and excitement of those moments last night was well worth whatever you paid to get into the pool to begin with. (Oh and don’t forget there will be a Sweet 16 pool somewhere you can get into Monday to recoup your losses). But seriously without nights like last night – nobody cares about the brackets anyhow.

The last time I had bracket disgust was when Byron Larkin and the Xavier Musketeers (another higher seeded winner last night) defeated Missouri and the Band-Aid clad Derrick Chevious in the first round from the Hoosier Dome or was it the MetroDome back when I was in junior high. Those were the days the tourney was on ESPN and we didn’t have cable – so I had to rush out of school (yeah they didn’t have early dismissals for the tournament then (and who said our School Board can’t get anything right?)) and run across the street to my grandparents just to tear my bracket up.

But that’s what brought me back. Kids like Byron Larkin.

And it’s what turns non sports fans into NCAA tournament crazies. It’s what makes everybody’s nails a bit shorter this morning. We think it’s we want to win. We think we want to hit the jackpot. The lottery is about the chance of winning millions. The NCAA tournament is about stories. Great stories. Enjoy them.

BTW, (that’s by the way for those of you who don’t Tweet or Text) – Brian Garman Jr, skinsfanz (used to rooting for the underdog) and Akio Toyoda are in the lead.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

GoLocalProv | Sports | EXCLUSIVE: URI Hires Hurley

GoLocalProv | Sports | EXCLUSIVE: URI Hires Hurley:

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Golladay looking at next opportunity

Gazette.Net : PGCC guards seek next opportunity:

Great to see Dave land on his feet - and we wish him the best as he pursues playing again at the top level.

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Spartans cautious against No. 16 LIU Brooklyn - NCAA - SI.com

Spartans cautious against No. 16 LIU Brooklyn - NCAA - SI.com:

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LIU Brooklyn resigned to being a low seed

LIU Brooklyn resigned to being a low seed:

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GoLocalProv | Sports | Hurley To URI Just A Matter Of Time

GoLocalProv | Sports | Hurley To URI Just A Matter Of Time:

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fund for new Locker Rooms

Longtime reader and frequent commenter jab mentioned that that University has a plan for new locker rooms for $1 million and suggested that we start a capital campaign right here on The Fan Blog.


Harry then suggested that I keep track of the commitments and pledged $10K over a four-year period.

I'll list all commitments on the left hand side of the page.

For now, I'll put myself on the hook for any ad revenue that this site generates through the clickable banners throughout the page. I'll even go back and check my records and donate the limited money that I've made from this site over the years.

Who's next?

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Search for coaching position

Just got word that the Mount has opened up the head coaching position.

They are gathering names now and will bring candidates to campus this week.

Acting head coach Matt Henry is still under consideration but far from a sure thing.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Confirmation of Earlier Information?

Hoopdirt.com is reporting about the Mount coaching situation today....

Strange situation at Mt. St. Mary’s right now. Early word was that interim head coach Matt Henry would not be considered for the job. I’ve now heard from two different people that not only is he in the running, he may actually be the front runner! I’ve heard that he is meeting with the president of the university today or tomorrow, and if he does get hired, and announcement could be made as early as this weekend. I’ll blog about this again as soon as I hear something.


For the record, to my knowledge I've never spoken with Mr. Hoopdirt. Also, unless he's spoken with the same two folks that I have, it sounds like the stories are very similar.

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Both Sides of the Napkin

Pros and Cons of Matt Henry - the top candidate - in Mt. St. Mary's internal search for a new basketball coach.

Here is a collection of the Pros and Cons I've heard from folks on this blog and elsewhere - sprinkled with some of my own thoughts

Pros

  • Well Educated and intelligent
  • Respected by the players and incoming recruits
  • Respected and liked by others on campus
  • Hard, diligent worker
  • Organized
  • Handled a tough situation well in four games at the end of 2012 season
  • Good recruiter
  • Good Spirit
  • Gets along with others
  • Team played harder for him than they did for Burke
  • Likely to agree to short term contract
  • Foam Finger thinks its a good choice

Cons
  • Lack of Experience
  • Only part of Burke regime that was here the whole time
  • Not liked by several players on current team
  • Recruiting classes during two years at Mt. St. Mary's provided very little
  • Not viewed in college basketball community as a head coaching candidate
  • Productivity of team during two years as top assistant
  • Will not motivate an already deteriorating fan base
  • Viewed as a continuation of the "Burke Era"
  • Experience came with a dysfunctional program



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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

From what I'm hearing right now....

Matt Henry will be the next head basketball coach at Mt. St. Mary's.

Henry reportedly has a scheduled interview with President Thomas Powell later this week and an announcement could be made shortly thereafter.

Henry coached the Mount the final four games of this season after Rob Burke left on administrative leave. Burke has since resigned. Henry and the Mountaineers won two of the final four games completing season sweeps of Fairleigh Dickinson and Bryant. The Mount lost to Monmouth and Central Connecticut State and a chance at the postseason in the final four games.

Henry a graduate of Trinity College in Texas, served as an assistant at Trinity, the Director of Basketball Operations at Georgetown, and the lead assistant for Burke during his two years at the Mount.

As of now, The Fan Blog is unaware of any other scheduled interviews.

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Disappearing Post

While in the midst of typing a post earlier this afternoon - and also trying to verify the information within it - from a second source, I had some computer issues where I continuously got a web page not responding error. Apparently at some point the post showed up on the blog and then went away. If I get the second source I will take it from the draft stage that it currently it is in. If I never get the second source, I will hit the delete button when the coach is named.

Those of you who read it - can take it for what its worth. Those of you who didn't - can probably figure it out from the comments. I apologize for any issue that may have been caused by blogger, my internet provider, or my own ineptitude.


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Problems posting Comments

Had an email saying that there were too many characters in the comment thread below and they couldn't post. So here is that reader's comments...and the opportunity to continue the conversation in the comment section below....


Milan had a very poor recruiting class his last year.  He would have taken steps backward had he stayed.
Yes the team played hard for Henry those few games, but it was more out of the relief than anything else.  Eliminate what happend, Henry doesn't even make the interview list for a D1 head coaching job.
Hopefully the administrators will stay out of the decision process this time and accept the recommendation from the AD and her staff. 
Best bet will be a dynamic and energetic assistant at a smaller program with excellent recruiting references and preferably ties to the MD/DC/VA/PA area.




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