Pregame Glance – Walsh University

Written October 29th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

The pre-season #4 team in the country gets things started off with a scrimmage of sorts against the Cavaliers of Walsh University from North Canton, Ohio. Still competing in the NAIA in basketball, they will be making the switch to NCAA D2 for the 2013-14 season. Led by former player Jeff Young in his 10th season at head coach, they will provide us with an opportunity to see what bench players will give us this season. The Cavs and the Buckeyes have met six times with the first exhibition taking place in 2006-07.

NAIA National Champs in 2005

School: Walsh University
Location: North Canton, Ohio
Founded: Walsh University was first founded as LaMennais College in Alfred, Maine in 1951
Student Population: 2,500
School Type: Private – Roman Catholic Church
Division: NAIA D1 – Moving to NCAA D2 by 2013-14
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Stadium: Alumni Arena
Seating: 1,800
Built: 2009
Head Coach: Jeff Young – Walsh University
Experience & Accomplishments  224-44 (9th yr.) For seven consecutive seasons, Jeff Young took the Cavs to the heights of the NAIA. Walsh made seven straight trips to the National Tournament, won a national title in 2005, and finished as runners-up in 2010. After a year of playing in limbo, Young is poised for his next challenge; elevating the Cavs to the elite of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division ll. Young enters the 2012 season with the highest winning percentage of all active coaches.
Program History First yr. of basketball: 1962-63
Overall all-time record: 868-555
No. of yrs. in NAIA Tournament:13
Last Post Season Appearance/opponent: Cedarville 3/3/12
Result: won 78-77 OT/OIC Title Game

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tBBC Basketball Roundtable – Preseason Wrap-up

Written October 15th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

It’s been a great season of football so far and not too surprisingly basketball has snuck up on us. We have done our best to try and get everybody’s input on the upcoming season from around the blogosphere including a nice two-parter with people from around the B1G that can be read here and here. We also spoke with fellow Buckeye Bloggers about the Buckeyes and that can be read here.

Don't think Coach Matta is laughing so much after Sullinger's departure, but he isn't crying about what he has either.

We finish up our pre-season of roundtable with an in-house brand. Look forward to starting the season off soon but let’s first get everyone’s opinions.

Who is the Key returner other than Craft or Thomas?

WVa. The bottom line for this team will be defense this season and the key returner to make that happen will be Shannon Scott. As much as he may contribute offensively is up to him, the defensive side of the ball comes easy for him and when Coach Matta decides to put the clamps down it will be Scott and Craft doing that. Scott showed some nice flashes of this and what he can bring offensively so when teams double down on Thomas, look out!

Eric. There are a number of names that could go here.  There are two roles of need on this team: “Scoring” and “Paint play”.  That means that for each there are a couple of answers.

Scoring: One of the three – LaQuinton Ross, Sam Thompson, Lenzelle Smith.  All three will be looked for their scoring output this season.  We don’t know whether it will be Ross or Thompson starting in place of William Buford at the three, but they will definitely sub in and out for each other.  Lenzelle Smith will very likely maintain his role at the 2 spot in the backcourt.  He’ll need to hit some critical buckets for us this season.

Paint play: Amir Williams and Evan Ravenel.  Ravenel will bring much-needed experience to the center position, while Williams will bring some serious defensive ability and hopefully some offensive talent.  It will be fascinating to see how these two play together.

Mali. I’m excited to see LaQuinton Ross… came in with a TON of upside, will Matta be able to develop it in ways that help the team long-term.

Joe L.  Zelle’ – I look for Smith to pick up where he left off in the tourney last year playing good D rebounding from his guard spot knocking down the open 3′s and finding a way to get to the rack and score.

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2012 Basketball Preview: Alex Rogers

Written October 9th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

Alex Rogers, Scholarship Player

A walk-on transfer from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Alex Rogers paid his own way through a year of school for the chance to play on Thad Matta’s team. His hard work and passion paid off when Matta awarded him a scholarship this past off-season. Now a fully-fledged member of the team, Alex has a chance to prove what he can do.

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Oak Hills
Position: Guard (1)
Year: Junior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200

High School Awards:

  • Captain and MVP of Oak Hills Highlanders. (Senior)
  • Honorable Mention All-Cincinnati. (Senior)
  • Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Championship. (Junior)
  • District Runner-Up. (Junior)
  • GMC Championship. (Senior)
  • Second Team All-GMC. (2009)

Prior to OSU: Rogers came to Ohio State after competing for Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., where he started 34 of 55 career games, averaging 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. As a sophomore at Christian Brothers he started 27 of 28 games, reached double figures three times, including a career-high 14 points and seven assists vs. Arkansas-Monticello, and recorded a career high four steals vs. Arkansas Tech.
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