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.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Greg Kampe continues to suit up
Friday, November 25, 2011
ESPN won't make that mistake again
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Keith Benson returning to campus
Oakland alum Keith Benson will have his number retired at halftime of Monday's game against Tennessee, which will be broadcast on ESPNU at 9 p.m. Benson will be the third Oakland player to have his jersey retired, joining No. 5 Scott Bittinger ('84-'88) and No. 1 Rawle Marshall ('02-'05).When the banners were taken down for the recent GOP debate at the O'rena, the previous banners for Bittinger and Marshall were replaced and moved from the north to the south end of the arena, next to the scoreboard, as seen in the grainy cellphone picture above.
Benson was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks No. 48 in June's NBA draft and worked out with the team sparingly before the NBA lockout began July 1. He played briefly in Italy until recently.
... Also, Oakland's Dec. 20 tip at No. 23 Arizona will be carried on Fox Sports Detroit Plus and may be moved to FSD's primary channel if the Pistons' game is canceled due to the NBA lockout.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
O'rena touch-ups include rearranging banners
Attendance records are expected to be broken when Tennessee visits, leaving some to wonder if the O'rena could ever be expanded.
“If we wanted to do something, we either have to play at The Palace or build an 8,000 seat arena."
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Wednesday will be big for Oakland hoops, too
Neely, a 6-foot-5 forward, was an all-state selection last season.
Neely was considering the University of Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Akron, according to his coach, Juan Rickman.
ESPN ranks Neely 70th at his position.
Lewis is a 6-foot-10 forward who played for Dynasty in AAU.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Scholarship stipend might leave some conferences at a disadvantage, Kampe says
Oakland coach Greg Kampe said that could put smaller conferences, such as the Summit League, at a disadvantage in recruiting.
"It's a big deal," he said. "If you're being recruited and one school can give you $2,000 and the other can't, where are you going to go?
"It's the new wave of where things are going. I'm old. I've been around a long time and I've seen a lot of things come and go. This could last a few years and it could be gone, too. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully our league will be proactive about it."
CNBC's Darren Rovell, host of "Sports Biz" on Versus, said it will be "harder than you think for middle of the road schools" to offer the additional funds in an ESPN interview.
The Argus Leader reports individual schools would have the right to decide to offer the stipend if the Summit League were to approve it and could even decide which sports are eligible and for what amount.
Additionally, the NCAA has also loosened recruiting restrictions, such as contact with recruits like allowing unlimited texting.
It's a new day in college recruiting and it will be worth watching how it affects Oakland.
UPDATE: The Horizon League, a fellow mid-major conference home to such programs as Valparaiso, Butler and Detroit, announced Monday it will be adopting the "cost of living" increase for men's and women's basketball.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Exhibition affords Kampe more time to tinker
The much-heralded backcourt of Laval Lucas-Perry and Reggie Hamilton were rarely seen together, but that's unexpected during the regular season.
“We played little guys for a while there," Kampe said. "A lot is dependent on (Blake Cushingberry). If he plays well, he’s going to get minutes. You're going to see Reggie and Laval a lot. They’re going to play 30 minutes a night, so they’re going to have to be out there together. We’re going to play 31 games and I might not know my lineup after 30."
Hamilton logged 20 minutes and Lucas-Perry just 18, scoring a team-high 15 points. Hamilton had 13.
“It’s a team of interchangeable parts," Kampe said. "The guys that have it going are going to play."
Kampe opted to start Cushingberry Wednesday citing his desire to have a scoring presence off the bench. Cushingberry had nine points on 3-of-8 shooting, getting his footing after an early airball.
The move worked to perfection against Spring Arbor, it's likely Windsor will provide more of a test in Tuesday's final exhibition. The Lancers split with Oakland in mid-August, when the Grizzlies embarked on a three-game Canadian excursion.
Corey Petros impresses in game action
“Petros showed everybody what we’ve been saying about him that he’s got a chance to be the next great big at Oakland," Kampe said.
Oakland outrebounded Spring Arbor, 46-24, maintaining its preseason dominance on the boards.
“His first stint out there wasn’t very good," Kampe said. "That was expected, but he came back and handled the game very well and played his tail off. He got us a lot of second chances. In the future, as he grows, he’s going to score more with that instead of kicking out the ball. The way we can shoot it, (that’s) a wide-open 3."
The Grizzlies proved capable of hitting those shots Wednesday, shooting 10 of 24 from long range, led by Travis Bader's four 3s.
“Our other freshmen were very freshman-ish," Kampe said of Matt Poches, Dante Williams and Korab Imami.
"Poches showed some very good signs of why we recruited him. Sikora was outstanding in his first stint."
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
GRIZZ TALK: Season debut
Two more Oakland games added to FSD lineup
WDFN-AM (1130) will carry all but three Oakland road games as well as the Tennessee game from the O'rena Nov. 28 and the Feb. 18 Bracketbuster game. That game will be carried by ESPNU, marking the first time the four-letter network has been to the campus in Rochester.
Fox Sports Arizona will carry the Dec. 20 meeting between the Golden Grizzlies and the Wildcats.