Wednesday, December 5, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week: Venky Jois (#55)

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week November 20th to November 26th, 2012
Venky Jois (#55)
photo from goeags.com

Venky Jois (#55)
Freshman Forward 6'7" 220lbs

Third week of his Freshman season?  Three games on the road?  No problem!  Jois knocked out two double-doubles and helped the Eagles earn their first victory of the season.  The athletic forward from Australia flashed some in the first three games of the season, but in the Eagles third week Venky caught fire.  In a 3 point loss to the Utah Valley Wolverines, Venky earned his first double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while going 5 of 8 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

At 0-4 with two road games left before their home opener, the Eagles and Venky stepped onto the court with the University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans and walked away with their first win of the season.  Jois, along with Collin Chiverton (#24), lead all players with 19 points, he also lead all players in rebounds with 11 for his second double-double.  In the final game of the week, Venky and the Eagle's lost to the undefeated Santa Clara Bronco's.  Venky put together another impressive game despite the loss, netting 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal.

Venky Jois is an exciting player, with huge dunks and tough defense, Eagles fans can expect to see more and more of the Forward from Australia.  For the week he totaled 46 points, 28 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks.

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Check out the previous EWU Eagle Eye Players of the Week:
November 13th to November 19th, 2012
November 6th to November 12th, 2012
February 28th to March 5th, 2012
February 21st to February 27th, 2012
February 14th to February 20th, 2012

February 7th to February 13th, 2012
January 31st to February 6th, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week: Justin Crosgile (#5)

Justin Crosgile (#5)
photo from goeags.com
EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week November 13th to November 19th, 2012

Justin Crosgile (#5)@HUNGRY_HUMBLE5
Junior Guard 5'11" 170lbs.

The second week of this season saw just one game for the Eagles, a 66-85 loss to the Saint Mary's Gaels.  Despite the loss, Justin Crosgile performed well for the Eagles netting 13 points for his fourth consecutive game with at least that many points.  He also added 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals while giving up a season low 2 turnovers.

The Junior point guard had a rough start to the game shooting just 2 of 6 for 5 points with no assists in the first half.  As the Eagles fought to get back into the game, Justin dished 5 assists and scored 8 more points going 3 of 7 for the half.  In a disappointing loss, Crosgile and the Eagles fought hard for all 40 minutes and showed no quit.

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Check out the previous EWU Eagle Eye Players of the Week:
November 6th to November 12th, 2012
February 28th to March 5th, 2012
February 21st to February 27th, 2012
February 14th to February 20th, 2012

February 7th to February 13th, 2012
January 31st to February 6th, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week: Martin Seiferth (#12)

Martin Seiferth (#12)
photo from goeags.com
EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week November 6th to November 12th, 2012

Martin Seiferth (#12) - @martiin_12
Sophomore Forward 6'10" 230lbs.

In the first week of the 2012 - 2013 season, the Sophomore transfer from Berlin flashed the potential to be the most dominant post player in school history.  The opener at Washington State was a tough game for him and he was in foul trouble early and often.  Ultimately he was limited to just 14 minutes, 2 points, 2 blocks and 3 rebounds.  His inauspicious start was redeemed in his performance against Cal State Northridge.

The big Sophomore from Germany dominated the paint for the Eagles earning 27 points, 17 rebounds, 7 blocks and 1 steal to go with just 1 personal foul and 1 turnover.  He has already been recognized by the conference as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week and rightfully so.  His performance against Cal State Northridge, coming back from his tough start in the first game, are more than worthy of our recognition too!

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Check out the previous EWU Eagle Eye Players of the Week:
February 28th to March 5th, 2012
February 21st to February 27th, 2012
February 14th to February 20th, 2012
February 7th to February 13th, 2012
January 31st to February 6th, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week Nominees

Last year we started a tradition, very late in the season, to evaluate and select the one Eagle player from the week whose individual contributions warranted our recognition.  We call this the EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week and with you're help I think we can make that choice.  Typically I will post this much earlier in the week and give a couple days for commenting, this time however I need your thoughts as soon as possible.  We have until just before tip off to decide... so be sure to comment and tell me who you think should be this week's EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week!

This season's first week saw a pair of Eagle's losses to a pair of teams that I think may end up being very good.  Statistically speaking we have two players:  Martin Seiferth (#12) with 29 points, 20 rebounds and 9 blocks, and Justin Crosgile (#5) with 46 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds that truly jump out and scream to be recognized, but if we dig a little deeper and factor in consistency  into the stats a third name joins the list: Venky Jois (#55) with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks.

Stick with me after the break for a more in depth look.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

EWU Basketball Update: Don't Panic

Good Evening Eagle's Fans!  I've been a bit preoccupied the past few days with work, military drills and taking care of my wife, so I apologize for the lack of posts.  There are more posts coming, and soon, but I wanted to just quickly say a bit about the rather rough start for the Eagles so far.

Yes, the Eagles have started out with a pair of double digit defeats, and yes their next game is against a very talented and very experienced Saint Mary's team, but even if they go 0-3 to start the season, there is no reason to panic.  Previously I posted about the non-conference schedule and mentioned why its the conference games that matter most.  As of today the Eagles have as good a chance of winning the Big Sky Conference as anyone else.

This is a young team and only 7 of them have ever played together before, only three have played significant minutes together under this coaching staff.  This Eagles Squad represents players from three continents, three countries, four other colleges, seven states, fifteen different cities, and sixteen different high schools.  It is going to take some time for them to bring it all together.  Coach Hayford has repeatedly said that, "the hardest part about experience is getting it."  This squad may have a rough start, but they are getting experience playing together against top flight competition.

There are plenty of good signs as well, Justin Crosgile (#5) had a game leading 28 point effort in the first game and followed it up with 18 points against Cal State Northridge.  More importantly he took fewer shots, hit a higher percentage of them and had more assists as well.  That's improvement.  Against Washington State, Martin Seiferth (#12) played just 14 minutes due to 4 personal fouls and earned just 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 points; against Cal State Northridge he played 36 minutes netting 27 points, 17 rebounds, 7 blocks and just 1 personal foul.  Freshman Venky Jois (#55) has 18 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks to go with 4 personal fouls (all in the Washington State game) in his first two starts.  Parker Kelly (#10), Collin Chiverton (#24) and Jeffrey Forbes (#22) have all played well below the level we saw last year and that is likely to change as the year goes on.  Kevin Winford (#23) looks confident and ready to be one of the Senior leaders for this team and Jordan Hickert (#25) looks like the same dangerous offensive threat we saw last season.

So don't panic, this team has 8* more games before the conference season and I for one expect them to keep getting better every game through out this season.

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*This post orignially indicated there were 9 non-conference games remaining.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Chatting with Coach: Head Coach Jim Hayford talks about the Eagles taking on the Washington State Cougars

"I think you'll find it's the exact same measurements as our gym back in Hickory."  Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) from the movie Hoosiers.
Head Coach Jim Hayford
photo from goeags.com
OK, so one of my favorite movies of all time is Hoosiers.  Something about the story of the small school taking on all the big time schools and winning just gets me excited.  Last night I had the opportunity (again) to talk with EWU Men's Basketball Head Coach Jim Hayford and we talked Eagle Hoops, the upcoming game against the Washington State Cougars, Red Shirts and more.

Like the Hickory High School team from that film, Coach Hayford and his team are going to meet their challenges head on.  Previously I asked Coach about the challenge of replacing so much experience with the graduation of Cliff Colimon, Cliff Ederaine, Laron Griffin and Tremayne Johnson, "The hard part about experience is getting it.    Well our guys are going to get it right out of the shoot."


On Saturday the Eastern Washington Eagles, lead by second year Head Coach Jim Hayford, will take on the Washington State Cougars for the 66th time.  The Cougars hold a rather commanding lead in the all time series between the schools with 54 wins and have not lost to the Eagles since the 1996 - 1997 season.  Last year Coach Hayford's Eagles got run out of the gym in Pullman to the tune of 75-49.  So what's different this year?  I got the opportunity to talk to Coach Hayford about just that.

Click on through the break to find out more and find the audio as well.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

EWU Basketball Game Preview: Washington State Cougars 12-10-2012

Kevin Winford and the Eagles are ready to soar
photo from goeags.com
Tip off is at 4:30pm pst, you can find the game on the Pac-12 networks or by listening to the 700 ESPN radio broadcast (which will start once the EWU Football game is over).

The Eagles have played the Cougars 65 times going 11-54 in those games, their last win came in the 1996-1997 season.  The most recent matchup was a 26 point defeat last season as the Cougars forced the Eagles into their worst game of the season.  Last season they played Gonzaga then ranked #23 in the nation and lost by 8.  They played Saint Mary’s who took Gonzaga down for the WCC Championship and lost by 16.  In Big Sky Conference play the Eagles lost only one game by double digits, a 74 - 60 loss to eventual champion Montana on January 26th.  By the end of the season the Eagles scared every team they faced and even swept what had been a surging Idaho State team in three games in just eight days.  

It’s difficult to claim that one 26 point defeat turned a season around, or that it could provide inspiration enough for a team with a brand new Head Coach and multiple new starters to make a run into the Big Sky Conference tournament.  Then again, the last time a team lead by Coach Jim Hayford lost by 26 was January 14, 2005 when his Whitworth Pirates lost to the University of Puget Sound Loggers.  I think its safe to assume that Coach Hayford envisions a much more competitive outcome Saturday.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

EWU Basketball Links for Thursday 11-08-2012

Venky Jois
photo from www.spokesman.com
Good morning Eagles Fans!  Thanks for stopping by for a tour around the web this morning.  We've got a lot quite a few good stops this morning including some looks ahead at the season, the game against Washington State as well as some Eagle football news.

So stick around after the break.
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Player Profile: Venky Jois (#55) Freshman Forward

Venky Jois (#55) Freshman Forward, 6'7" 220lbs





Boronia, Australia - Box Hill High School class of 2011

After just two games, its pretty clear the excitement about Venky is fully warranted. His first game against Washington State was rough for the whole squad, but Venky finished that contest with 6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 4 fouls. He went 0-4 from the free throw line and just 3 of 8 from the floor on a bad shooting night for the team. Game 2 against Cal State Northridge was better for Venky, as he went 3 of 5 from the floor and 6 of 9 from the free throw line for 12 points and added 7 rebounds 3 blocks and 2 steals with no fouls.


Venky is an exciting athlete and plays well in the post. Coach Hayford has been effusive about Venky's talent, basketball IQ and athleticism. Eagles fans should be excited to see him on the court this year as I expect him to start at the 4 spot and be a huge part of the Eagles front court this year and for the next 3 years as well.

Venky Jois
photo from goeags.com
2012-2013 stats:

CategoryValue
Games7
MIN33.1
PPG13.6
FG%55.1%
3PTPG0.0
3PT%0.0%
ASTPG1.0
REBPG8.9
STLPG1.0
BLKPG1.4
TOPG1.9
PFPG2.1


From goeags.com, Hayford on Jois: “Venky is a very athletic post player who can score off the drive and shot. He is also a great rebounder. Even though he is a freshman, Venky brings great maturity and leadership to our program.”


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Player Profile: Thomas Reuter (#13) Freshman Forward

Thomas Reuter (#13) Freshman Forward, 6'6" 225lbs





Breckerfeld, Germany - Theodor-Heuss Gymnasium High School class of 2011

Thomas will play a lot this year, he's got the skill set to contribute in either the 3 or 4 spot and will be one of the first off the bench into those roles if he doesn't earn an outright starting position. Along with Venky Jois (#55) and Martin Seiferth (#12), Thomas will be one of the players that Eagles fans should be very excited about getting to know better on the court this season.


Thomas Reuter
photo from goeags.com
2012-2013 stats:

CategoryValue
Games7
MIN15.1
PPG4.3
FG%29.2%
3PTPG0.4
3PT%42.9%
ASTPG0.6
REBPG2.0
STLPG0.4
BLKPG0.1
TOPG1.1
PFPG1.3


From goeags.com, Hayford on Reuter: “Thomas Reuter is a player who makes everyone around him better. He is very gifted and very versatile -- he can play multiple positions. He is physically strong and can shoot the ball from outside. So having a player with all those skills gives us lots of options. Thomas will see a lot of playing time over his four-year career.”


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Player Profile: Frederik Jörg (#21) Freshman Forward


Frederik Jörg (#21) Freshman Forward, 7'1" 285lbs





Korschenbroich, Germany - Gymnasium Eversten High School class of 2011

Frederik has the fine distinction of being the tallest player in EWU Eagles history. He has the chance to develop into a dominant post player in the Big Sky Conference. He is also a good candidate to Red Shirt this season to further his development and spread out his playing time from Martin Seiferth (#12).


Frederik Jörg
photo from goeags.com
2012-2013 stats:

CategoryValue
Games4
MIN3.0
PPG0.0
FG%0.0%
3PTPG0.0
3PT%0.0%
ASTPG0.0
REBPG0.8
STLPG0.0
BLKPG0.3
TOPG0.0
PFPG0.8


From goeags.com, Hayford on Jörg: “Frederick Jörg is an outstanding addition to our program, and continues to develop, learn the game and gain valuable experience. He is a joy to coach and is one of the most-liked teammates on the team, Fred has a great personality, is very disciplined and wants to be the best he can be. We are very excited to coach Frederick over the next four to five years.”


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Player Profile: Danny Powell (#4) Freshman Forward

Danny Powell (#4) Freshman Forward, 6'6" 225lbs





Phoenix, AZ - Desert Vista High School class of 2011

Danny has the size and skill to contribute immediately in what could become a very strong front court for the Eagles over the next four seasons. Danny was named to the
Arizona Republic first team 5A All-Arizona team for his senior year. 

Danny Powell
photo from goeags.com
2012-2013 stats:

CategoryValue
Games5
MIN6.4
PPG4.0
FG%28.6%
3PTPG1.0
3PT%28.6%
ASTPG0.0
REBPG1.8
STLPG0.4
BLKPG0.0
TOPG0.6
PFPG1.4


From goeags.com, Hayford on Powell: “Danny Powell is the youngest player on our team, but he is a tremendous offensive player.  He has great physical strength, a great drive game and a great shooting game. He also rebounds the ball well, and can play multiple positions. As he learns to fit all of his skills into our system, he has the opportunity to develop into a very strong basketball player.”


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Player Profile: Daniel Hill (#2) Freshman Guard


Daniel Hill (#2) Freshman Guard, 5'9” 160lbs





Sidney, Australia - Newington College High School class of 2011

Daniel Hill joins an Eagles squad that will feature a strong international influence with fellow Australians, Jordan Hickert (#25) and Venky Jois (#55), and three players from Germany, Martin Seiferth (#12), Frederik Jörg (#31) and Thomas Reuter (#13). Daniel will be playing behind a strong group at the guard spots, but should see time on the court in the Point Guard role this season.




Daniel Hill
photo from goeags.com
2012-2013 stats:


CategoryValue
Games*
MIN*
PPG*
FG%*
3PTPG*
3PT%*
ASTPG*
REBPG*
STLPG*
BLKPG*
TOPG*
PFPG*

From goeags.com, Hayford on Hill: “Daniel is the consummate point guard. He gets everyone involved in the game and makes other people better, plus he is a very good outside shooter. He will not become eligible until December. He is a 4.0 student in the classroom, is a joy to coach and he brings great discipline in all that he does." 


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Player Profile: Tyler Harvey (#1) Freshman Guard

Tyler Harvey (#1) Freshman Guard, 6'4” 175lbs





Torrance, CA - Bishop Montgomery High School class of 2011

Tyler spent last season as a Red Shirt improving his strength and conditioning and learning Coach Hayford's system. This year he steps onto the floor as part of a team that is very deep at the 1, 2 and 3 spots, but Tyler can play all three. He may find it difficult to get onto the court consistently, but look for him when he does as he possesses the tools to develop into a very big contributor for the Eagles.




Tyler Harvey
photo from goeags.com
2012-2013 stats:


CategoryValue
Games4
MIN4.8
PPG2.5
FG%44.4%
3PTPG0.5
3PT%40.0%
ASTPG0.5
REBPG0.8
STLPG0.0
BLKPG0.0
TOPG0.0
PFPG0.3

From goeags.com, Hayford on Harvey: “Tyler gives us depth at three guard positions after improving his strength last year as a redshirt. Over the next four years, I expect him to be a great contributor to the Eastern Washington basketball program. He has tremendous character and is an outstanding student -- Tyler works hard every day." 


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Player Profile: Martin Seiferth (#12) Sophomore Forward

Martin Seiferth (#12) Sophomore Forward, 6'10” 230lbs




Berlin, Germany - Max Taut School class of 2010

Martin has played well in his first two starts amassing 29 points, 20 rebounds, 9 blocks and 1 steal, including his 27 point, 17 rebound and school record 7 block performance against Cal State Northridge. Martin has a chance to have a very special season for the Eagles.


Martin transferred to Eastern last year and Red Shirted the season. In the 2010 to 2011 season he played for the University of Oregon. He appeared in 11 games averaging 4.3 minutes per appearance for the Ducks. In a total of 51 minutes, Martin scored 8 points pulled in 9 rebounds and had 3 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal.

Martin should provide the Eagles with a solid presence in the post this season and especially as he gains experience.



Martin Seiferth
photo from goeags.com



2012-2013 stats:

CategoryValue
Games7
MIN23.1
PPG9.0
FG%63.6%
3PTPG0
3PT%0.0%
ASTPG0.3
REBPG6.9
STLPG0.3
BLKPG3.0
TOPG1.4
PFPG2.7

From goeags.com, Hayford on Seiferth: “Martin Seiferth is a very athletic 6-10 post player -- he can run the court north-south as fast as anybody his size. He is an outstanding shot blocker and a solid rebounder. As Martin gains game experience, he will develop over the course of his career and be an outstanding post player in the Big Sky Conference.” 


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EWU Eagles Basketball Links for Wednesday 11-07-12

Parker Kelly (#10)
photo from goeags.com
Good morning Eagle Fans!  I'm back from my abbreviated break and what better way to get going again than links to Eagles news around the web?  We've had a lot of Eagles activity this week as they played their final Exhibition of the season on Sunday and are about to kick off the regular season with a game at Washington State on Saturday.  So dive right in, there will be YouTube video's, conference previews, player profiles and some post game analysis from Sunday's game all after the break.

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Player Profile: Parker Kelly (#10) Sophomore Guard

Parker Kelly (#10) Sophomore Guard, 6’4” 195lbs
Spokane, WA - Gonzaga Prep High School class of 2011

Parker Kelly returns for his sophomore season after an impressive freshman campaign in which he contributed key minutes and points down the stretch of the Eagles push to the Big Sky Conference Tournament. His first two games of the season have not seen the production we expect from the former walk-on freshman that couldn't be kept off the court, but Kelly we will see that before the season is out.

Perhaps the best game of his young career came against Northern Arizona on February 2nd, 2012 during which Kelly went 3 of 6 from the field, including 1 of 3 from beyond the arc, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line to score 11 pts, but more importantly he calmly collected the final 8 points for the Eagles in a game they won by 6 points.  The final 4 minutes of that game saw Parker go 2 of 3 from the field (including 1 of 2 three pointers) and 4 of 4 from the free throw line.


Kelly put together another fantastic game against Idaho State (February 23rd). In a game that featured 55 called fouls the freshman guard gave the Eagles 34 minutes, 17 pts, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 turnovers and only 2 personal fouls.

Parker's game against Northern Arizona still stands as his best to date, but he scored a career high 17 points against Weber State going 5 of 8 from beyond the arc in a game in which the Eagles needed someone to step up in place of a mis-firing Collin Chiverton.

Parker was selected as the EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week for February 7th to February 13th, 2012

Stats 2012-2013

Parker Kelly (#10)
photo from goeags.com

CategoryValue
Games6
MIN14.8
PPG3.7
FG%31.6%
3PTPG0.8
3PT%35.7%
ASTPG0.5
REBPG1.5
STLPG0.5
BLKPG0.0
TOPG0.8
PFPG1.5

From goeags.com, Hayford on Kelly: “Parker Kelly is an outstanding young man. He is one of our best outside shooters and has tremendous personal discipline and character. He strives for excellence in every area of his life. We love coaching Parker and the energy he brings every day to practice.”

2011-2012 Profile

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Player Profile: Garrett Moon (#42) Junior Forward

Garrett Moon (#42) Junior Forward, 6'5” 200lbs

San Francisco, CA - Wallenberg High School class of 2010

Garrett comes from the same program, City College of San Francisco, as Collin Chiverton (#24) and Ivan Dorsey (#20). He is a Red Shirt this year as the Eagles have a lot of talent in the 2 and 3 spots that Garrett plays.


Coach Jim Hayford said that Garrett is a bit of a 2 to 3 tweener.

Garrett Moon
photo from goeags.com

2011-2012 stats*:


CategoryValue
Games*
MIN*
PPG*
FG%*
3PTPG*
3PT%*
ASTPG*
REBPG*
STLPG*
BLKPG*
TOPG*
PFPG*

From goeags.com, Hayford on Moon:“Garrett will likely redshirt this season after transferring from City College of San Francisco. He is a lockdown defender and an outstanding offensive and defensive rebounder. Garrett is very athletic, a gifted shot blocker and will bring great depth to us at three positions on the court. We are very excited that Garrett joined our program.”

*Stats were not available at the time of this posting.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Interview: Head Coach Brad Barbarick Concordia University (Oregon) 11-1-2012

Head Coach Brad Barbarick
Concordia University (Oregon)
photo from gocugo.com
Good evening Eagle's Fans!

Tonight, I got the opportunity to talk with the Head Coach of the Concordia University Cavaliers, Brad Barbarick.  Coach took some time to talk hoops with me and give us all a glimpse at his program in advance of their game with the Eastern Washington Eagles.

We talked a little bit about the Cavaliers first two exhibition games of the season, last Saturday at University of Portland and Monday night at the University of Oregon, where returning Cavalier star Adam Herman (#44), Junior Forward, scored a game high 22 points and added 12 rebounds for the double - double.

Coach also gave us some insight into his thoughts on EWU Eagles Head Coach Jim Hayford and the challenges his Cavaliers will face this Sunday as they battle the Eagles.

Want to hear the rest?  The audio is just after the break.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Player Profile: Ivan Dorsey (#20) Junior Guard


Ivan Dorsey (#20) Junior Guard, 6'0” 180lbs
San Francisco, CA - Archbishop Riordan High School class of 2010

Ivan comes to EWU from the City College of San Francisco. He played as a freshman, along with Garrett Moon (#42) and Collin Chiverton (#24), on the California Community Colleges Athletic Association Championship team. He shot better than 50% as a Sophomore helping his team to a perfect 12-0 mark in their conference.


Coach Jim Hayford said that he feels Dorsey brings consistency at the 2 spot, so we can expect him to compete for minutes with Jeffrey Forbes (#22). I think we should keep our eyes open and watch for chemistry between Dorsey and Justin Crosgile (#5) as they will very likely end up being not only the starters at the 1 and 2 spots in 2013-2014, they will also represent senior leadership for this squad at that point.


Ivan Dorsey
photo from goeags.com



2012-2013 stats:


CategoryValue
Games6
MIN9.0
PPG1.8
FG%20.0%
3PTPG0.2
3PT%16.7%
ASTPG0.0
REBPG0.5
STLPG0.2
BLKPG0.0
TOPG1.0
PFPG0.8

From goeags.com, Hayford on Dorsey: “Ivan is an outstanding shooter, and is also able to score off the dribble and the drive. As he adjusts to a new system after transferring from San Francisco City College, he will find his comfort zone. We think he will find his niche to be an outstanding offensive player and a lockdown defender for the Eagles.”

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EWU Athletics Updates

QB Kyle Padron
photo from goeags.com
Good Morning Eagle Fans!  I just wanted to pass along some news about the rest of the Eagles Sports teams, courtesy of goeags.com.  We'll still have a more basketball focused links post later on, but for now follow along after the break.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Must Watch EWU Football Video

Good Afternoon Eagle Fans!  Just because these need to be viewed:




Don't forget to subscribe to the EWU Athletics YouTube Channel

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EWU Basketball Links for Thursday 10-25-2012

"Big" Cliff Ederaine
photo from goeags.com
Good morning Eagle Fans!  We are inching closer to game action for the 2012-1013 Eagles Hoops team, just one week from Sunday the Eagles will play in their final exhibition of the season.  Let's take a spin around the web and see what folks are talking about.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

EWU Basketball Links for Tuesday Morning 10-23-2012

Good Morning Eagle's Fans!  We've got a full slate this morning, covering all things Eagles Hoops, a former Eagle doing better than the last time we checked in on him, some fun stuff from The Easterner and more...

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Player Profile: Jaylen Henry (#34) Junior Forward

Jaylen Henry (#34) Junior Forward, 6'7” 230lbs
Las Vegas, NV - Cheyenne High School class of 2010

Jaylen will Red-Shirt this season. Eagle's Fans should hope to see Jaylen continue to develop as a post player.


Jaylen is a solid rebounder and defender who struggled to crack into a talented front court last year. Jaylen played 4 big time minutes netting a rebound and a steal in the February 25th, 2012 game against Portland State when Cliff Ederaine, Laron Griffin and Jordan Hickert all got into foul trouble early.

Coach Hayford made sure to mention Jaylen's contribution in his post game interview with Dennis Patchin:


2011-2012 stats:


Jaylen Henry (#34)
photo from goeags.com
CategoryValue
Games17
MIN2.1
PPG0.1
FG%14.3%
3PTPG0.0
3PT%0.0%
ASTPG0.1
REBPG0.7
STLPG0.1
BLKPG0.0
TOPG0.0
PFPG0.2

From goeags.com, Hayford on Henry: “Jaylen will redshirt this season as he looks to improve his basketball game and his grades in the classroom.  Jaylen is an outstanding young man with great character.”

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Anticipation: A Look at the EWU Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Snow in River Front Park 2008
photo from khq.com
My good friend reminded me today about the greatness of this time of year.  It’s the time when, as kids certainly, but still now as adults we look forward to many things.  Whether it is all the joys of the holidays, or that first morning snow there are many things we anticipate this time of year.  We can easily find ourselves daydreaming at work about hitting the slopes or seeing the faces of our loved ones as they unwrap that special gift we found for them.

It is also a time to anticipate the untarnished aspirations of a brand new season of Eastern Washington Hoops.  Yeah the media and coaches may predict the Eagles as finishing anywhere from 3rd to 6th in the Big Sky Conference, but for the next couple months and even through their next 11 games, the Eagles will share a portion of 1st place in the Big Sky and only the outcome of the action on the court will affirm or change that fact.
This post isn’t about conference play, its about the non-conference play, the first 11 chances the Eagles have to come together as a team.  The first glimmer of snow on the mountains, the first glimpse of hoped for possibilities.

Find out what's in store after the break
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EWU Basketball Links for Monday 10-22-2012

Swoop Clap
photo from goeags.com
Good Morning Eagle Fans!  We have just one more Monday before the Eagles tip off in live game action on Saturday November 4th against the Eagles of Concordia University (Oregon*).  Follow me through a quick tour of the web this morning and get ready for a great season of Eagle Hoops just around the corner.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Player Profile: Justin Crosgile (#5) Junior Guard

Justin Crosgile (#5) Junior Guard, 5'11” 170lbs
Paterson, NJ - DePaul Catholic High School class of 2009

Justin is a confident shooter and although he hasn't hit the percentage of his shots that he wants so far, expect that to improve as he gains confidence in the Eagles offense and chooses his places more wisely. In his first two games as an Eagle Justin has scored 46 points going 15 of 38 form the field, including 9 of 25 from beyond the arc. We'd like to see a few more assists and a few less turnovers per game out of the spot, but Head Coach Hayford's offense runs through the Point Guard and Justin is proving he has all the skills necessary to do that.


Eagle's fans should be excited to see how Justin develops this year, he's got big time experience from playing a lot of minutes in the Atlantic 10 conference, he was highly recruited out of high school and he has mountains of confidence.


Justin Crosgile
photo from goeags.com
2012 - 2013 stats:

CategoryValue
Games7
MIN36.0
PPG14.4
FG%35.1%
3PTPG2.7
3PT%32.8%
ASTPG6.4
REBPG5.9
STLPG1.4
BLKPG0.0
TOPG4.1
PFPG1.0

From goeags.com, Hayford on Crosgile: “Justin Crosgile is a very gifted point guard, and he can also play off the ball as well. As Justin learns to fit his game into the Eastern offensive system, the sky is the limit for just how good he can be. Justin works extremely hard every single day -- he lives in the gym, loves the game and loves his teammates. He is willing to do whatever he needs to do to be the best that he can be.”


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