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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.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Double-OT exhibition win timeline

I can understand if even the most dedicated Oakland fans didn't make the trip to Windsor for Saturday's exhibition, though I did recognize a few faces. I was told afterward my Twitter timeline for the day was quite entertaining, so here it is:

The Grizzlies continued their Canadian schedule Sunday and face Western Ontario Monday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Grizzlies land Crockett star Lloyd Neely

Oakland recently secured a verbal commitment from Detroit Crockett senior power forward Lloyd Neely for 2012-13. Neely, 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, was an all-state selection last season after averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds per game.
Neely was considering University of Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Akron, according to his coach, Juan Rickman. says Neely is undersized and gets himself into foul trouble, but he’s a good rebounder and he can finish below the rim.
“Neely is a tough, competitive but under sized power forward that can score inside and out when put in the right situations. He is a good rebounder but must develop his ball skills and extend his range along to aid him in reaching his potential.”
ESPN ranks Neely 70th at his position.
Neely plays for the Detroit Stars AAU team.
Neely was named to the Class B all-state team following his junior season alongside other Oakland pursuits in Patrick Lucas-Perry (Flint Powers), brother of guard Laval Lucas-Perry, and Denzel Valentine (Lansing Sexton), brother of guard Drew Valentine. Patrick Lucas-Perry opted for Pennsylvania and Denzel Valentine chose Michigan State.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Offseason Grizz Talk: Preparing for a trip to Canada

Oakland coach Greg Kampe is preparing his team for a visit to Windsor this weekend, while enjoying the 10 additional summer practices afforded his Golden Grizzlies.

Freshman guard Dante Williams talks about adjusting to the college game and what he's looking forward to in his first year.

Freshman guard Matt Poches reveals he's never been to Canada.

Providence transfer Duke Mondy reportedly headed to Oakland

Multiple college basketball message boards have Providence transfer Duke Mondy, from Grand Rapids, on course to land at Oakland.
Mondy was released from the team in May after sitting the season's final four games of his sophomore season. He averaged 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season, his best coming against a nationally-ranked Georgetown team in February, where Mondy scored 19 points. He led the Big East with 2.1 steals per game.
Mondy found himself "in disciplinary trouble at PC on several occasions in his two years at the school," according to the Providence Journal. Announcing Mondy's dismissal, Providence personnel declined to specify the reason for his departure.
A Twitter account, which appears to belong to Mondy indicates in different tweets "I live in Rochester now" and "I'm at Oakland University."

Monday, August 8, 2011

Trip to Canada will be good for freshmen

The Golden Grizzlies will be smaller and younger when the season begins in November. It's fortunate for them, Oakland is taking part in the Tipoff Classic in Windsor Friday-Monday with three exhibitions, two against the University of Windsor and another against Western Ontario. In addition, the Grizzlies will be granted 10 practices that won't count against them when the season begins.
The team's freshmen, three true and two red-shirts, will be the most likely to benefit from the extra time.
"Three or four freshmen are going to play a major role (this season)," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "We need to see them under fire."
The Grizzlies' defense was anchored by NBA draft pick Keith Benson in recent seasons, but with his departure, their defense will be in flux. Having played mostly man-on-man schemes, the Grizzlies are expecting to return to zone matchups.
"(Benson's) skills didn't fit what that defense did. We put in the vault, now we're smaller, we're going to play some zone," Kampe said.
"We're excited to see how good this defense can be."
Oakland's schedule is as follows:
  • Saturday, at Windsor, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, at Windsor, 4 p.m.
  • Monday, at Western Ontario, 7 p.m.
Teams are eligible for foreign trips every four years. Oakland visited Toronto in 2006, opting not to visit Canada last season because they already had a veteran-laden team.
Kampe said he had originally thought about visiting the intense competition of South America.
Western Ontario also plays Virginia Tech next Wednesday.
Tickets are $5 and available at the door before the event.