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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

MU men's hoops update

Well, non update so far. Today is first day of spring signing period that runs through May 16.

MU expects to get signature of R.J. Rutledge who has verbaled. MU still involved with Jermaine Smith, but otherwise no news there. MU also said to be involved with some high school players (Plan B).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any update on Holand he was on MU radar a few months ago ? Any local players in the high school ranks looking at Monmouth...

8:02 PM, April 11, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Haven't heard much about Holland..though I guess he could be one of those ""Plan B'' possibilities ....local players...? I believ MU likes the CBA sophomore sniper from this year....

12:32 AM, April 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must be an interesting dance that goes on between schools & recruits in situtions like this -- MU wants Smith, but he's got them (& others) twisting in the wind. At the same time MU has to keep their 'plan B' options twisting in the wind waiting for Smith to make up his mind.
At this point, should'nt this kid have this decision made already?
My feeling is he's going elsewhere.

Also, Tony what's the countdown look like for MAC groud-breaking?

9:21 AM, April 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

My thoughts, too. If Smith was coming ..wouldn't he have decided by now?? Maybe he's waiting for that offer from Duke@!

Re the MAC - as long as there are no private objections (law suits, etc.) - which when I checked this week with MU they were not aware of any - groundbreaking - I believe - is hopes for in July....

7:53 PM, April 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony any idea who is on their plan B list ?

10:16 PM, April 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Not at the moment. I believe they are high school players. MU was also looking at another (smaller) player from Smith's JUCO team.

I should be able to find out who may be visiting, if that's in the plans. I hope to be looking into all this next week.

10:22 PM, April 14, 2007  
Anonymous the ladder said...

Tony What is new with the team these days...Have you talk with any of the players...Who's playing in the JSBL this summer..

10:23 PM, April 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To ladder: as you may or may not know in the spring I cover high school baseball which takes up a considerable amount of I'm not keeping as much tabs on MU hoops as I would do during the season, or the fall..

Now today I was over at MU covering the football scrimmage but didn't see any hoops coach or players there ...

Again, next week will try to cach up on hoops....

Now if Smith or anyone else signs - this is the signing period - I'm sure I'd hear about it pronto.

10:30 PM, April 14, 2007  
Anonymous the ladder said...

OK Tony Thank You for any updates lets hope Smith becomes a hawk..

10:33 PM, April 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Calloway is not big fan of the JSBL, especially for his his youngn players... ...

1. Defense is never a priority...


2. again - especially with young players , it's a matter of placing them on a team where they'll play regularly...

10:34 PM, April 14, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Your welcome..I wish I knew more, too. Hope to by next week.

10:37 PM, April 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


An article on NYCNJHOOPS.COM (dated 4/15) mentions Tyson Johnson of Blinn College signing on with U of Wyoming.

Is this the one and only Tyson of MU lore?

4:29 PM, April 15, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Tyson. That would be correct. As a matter of fact I just got an e-mail from Tyson's father that he has indeed signed with Wyoming.

5:16 PM, April 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming introduced Heath Schroyer as the Cowboys' new men's basketball coach on Friday, reuniting Schroyer with the man who gave him his last head coaching job.

Schroyer comes to Wyoming from Fresno State, where he was associate head coach for two years. Before that, Schroyer was head coach at Portland State for three years. He was hired there by athletic director Tom Burman, who now holds the same job at Wyoming.

The contract Schroyer signed Friday will pay him a base salary of $150,000 a year. With incentives, he can earn up to $500,000.

Schroyer will earn a base salary of $150,000 a year. With incentives, he can earn up to $500,000, although the contract still has yet to be signed.

In three seasons with the Vikings, Schroyer went 35-47 overall, 19-23 in the Big Sky Conference. He took over a struggling program and finished last in the Big Sky in each of his first two seasons, going 5-22 in 2002-03 and 11-16 in 2003-04.

But Portland State won the Big Sky regular-season title in 2005, going 11-3 in league play. The Vikings played host to the conference tournament but were upset by Weber State in the semifinals, finishing the season 19-9. Schroyer didn't earn a postseason bid in his three seasons.

After that season, Schroyer left Portland State to join head coach Steve Cleveland at Fresno State; the two had coached together at Fresno City College and BYU.

"I had a great situation," Schroyer said. "This is the one opportunity I would have left it to come back to."

Schroyer replaces Steve McClain, who was fired earlier this month after going 157-115 in nine seasons. McClain led Wyoming to four postseason bids in his first five seasons, and in 2002 coached the Cowboys to their first NCAA Tournament win since 1990.

But McClain's last four seasons were mediocre -- Wyoming went a combined 57-63 in those seasons, with two losing records and no postseason bids. Burman cited on-the-court losses and slumping ticket sales when he fired McClain.

Schroyer was an assistant to McClain for one season at Wyoming, coaching defense on the 2001-02 team that went 22-9, won its first regular-season conference championship in 20 years, and upset No. 6 Gonzaga 73-66 in the NCAA Tournament.

"It's great to be back," Schroyer said. "I told Tom [Burman] when I got here it feels like coming home."

"I'm not just confident, I know that we hired the right guy to lead Cowboy basketball," UW President Tom Buchanan said.

Schroyer promised an aggressive style of play.

"We're going to open the floor up," Schroyer said. "I think it's a mistake at this level not to play fast at 7200 feet."

Guard Brandon Ewing said he hasn't talked with Schroyer yet, but he's encouraged to hear the Cowboys will keep playing an uptempo game.

"I'm ready to win in the tournament. I want to be one of those teams that's winning championships," Ewing said.

"Whoever came in, I'm ready to play basketball," Ewing said. "[Schroyer] seems like a cool guy-energetic. I'm ready to play."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

10:27 AM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

and if you go to..

www.NYCNJHOOPS.COM - there's more on Tyson here...

11:26 AM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

And this from NJ

Former Monmouth forward Tyson Johnson has found a new home. The former St. Mary's LI NY star was a frosh with the Hawks last season. This year he was lighting it up at This from njhoops.comBlinn JC in Texas. He will head to Wyoming in the fall.

At Blinn, Johnson was second in the Region in scoring at 20.9 ppg, and was a 2nd Team All Region selection. He added 8 rpg.

11:35 AM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

MU update - Jermaine Smith is said to be visiting CCSU this week...

...It appears it's down to MU and CCSU....

Rhode Island does not appear to be that much involved..

Also...a high school recruit is said to be visiting MU this week..

11:46 AM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think if MU doesn't get Smith (a guy who's probably ready to step right in and contribute now), maybe they should just sit on the remaining scholarship and save it for next year - when they have zero at present.
I'd really hate to see another HS recruit come in and get red-shirted because he's not ready.

11:57 AM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

A viable point. But I think they're looking at more than red-shirt candidates at this stage...they need immediate help up front....from in house or out..that's obvious

12:22 PM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

The player visiting MU this week is George Barbour 6-7, 225 from Torrance High School outside Los Angeles, Cal.

That's really all I know about him.

No sense for me in checking for stats, etc. unless he signs. Heard USF, Binghampton, maybe even Auburn have showed some interest.

but also, MU has NO scholarships at the moment..and last I heard no one is leaving from the current returning roster ....

I would think they may probably have another player or two they are recruiting in case they don't get Smith or Barbour...

I agree, though, they need to be recruiting players who can step in right away and at least help some as a freshman and not be a red shirt ...

3:34 PM, April 16, 2007  

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