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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The next step

Golden Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe has made several strides with the Oakland program in the past 27 years, most notably moving to Division I, upsetting top-25 opponents, fielding an NBA prospect and making the NCAA tournament two times in a conference overlooked when it comes to at-large bids.
An expansion to the O'rena, which opened just 12 years ago, and an added practice facility could be the next step for the Golden Grizzlies, who have done everything they can to raise their stature on the court, most notably this season playing five top-25 teams and beating No. 7 Tennessee.
“If we're going to recruit against these people and we're going to try and beat (major Division I schools), and we're going to raise that level to become a Gonzaga or Butler, then we need the facilities," Kampe told the Detroit News. "We've got the (plans) all drawn up.”
The reports says the long-speculated rennovation would cost $11 million, adding two new practice courts, locker rooms, video rooms and expanded offices. The News went on to say the project would have to be funded by donations.


Blogger Tom said...

Paul, thanks for the ongoing coverage. This is a very interesting topic and I would love to hear Coach Kampe elaborate on this. Perhaps a question for an upcoming episode of Grizz Talk. Keep up the good work.

February 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM 

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