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
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From, 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
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Good Morning Eagle Fans!  I just wanted to pass along some news about the rest of the Eagles Sports teams, courtesy of  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:

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EWU Basketball Links for Thursday 10-25-2012

"Big" Cliff Ederaine
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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)
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From, 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
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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

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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
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From, 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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Player Profile: Jordan Hickert (#25) Senior Forward

Jordan Hickert (#25) Senior Forward, 6'9” 230lbs
Bunbury, Australia - Bunbury High School class of 2007

Jordan is a confident outside shooter, especially for a big man. At 6.9" and 230lbs Jordan is lean and long and uses his length aggressively, at times too aggressively he averaged 2.5 personal fouls a game despite playing just 12.2 minutes a night. He flashed his impressive abilities in the first four games of February 2012 where he averaged 5 points, 2 rebounds, 0.25 assists and 0.25 steals to go with only 2 personal fouls and 0.5 turnovers while hitting 50% of his shots form the field and 60% from beyond the three point line.

Jordan enters this season as the team's only returning player in the 4 and 5 spots. Defensively he needs to improve his positioning to prevent some of the foul trouble he experienced last year. If he does that he will earn more minutes and opportunities to show his offensive fire power. The Eagles should be counting on Jordan as a solid contributor as he has the skills necessary to become a very good inside out post threat.

2012-2013 stats:
Jordan Hickert
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From, Hayford on Hickert: “Jordan will have a solid senior season, as he has gained from the experience of one year in our system. He is one of the best shooting big men in the Big Sky Conference, has a strong intelligence for the game, and is a person of great character and discipline. Our coaching staff really enjoys coaching Jordan

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Big Sky welcoming Idaho back into the fold

Just saw this from the Idaho Statesman:

"By Brian Murphy
The Idaho Vandals will announce a Football Bowl Subdivision independent football schedule for 2013 later today and will move its other sports programs to the Big Sky in 2014-15, Athletic Director Rob Spear told the Idaho Statesman on Friday.
The Vandals will announce 11 games with plans for a 12th game. Five of the games will be played at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, satisfying NCAA requirements.
Idaho has previously announced games with Northern Illinois (Sept. 14) and at Wyoming (Sept. 7), Washington State (Sept. 21) and Mississippi (Oct. 26). The Vandals will play two games with New Mexico State, which is also making the move to football independence.
Idaho, currently a member of the WAC, will remain in the league for other sports in 2013-14 before returning to the Big Sky. The WAC will not sponsor football in 2013.
Idaho will hold a conference call at 5:30 p.m. Mountain to announce the decisions."

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EWU Basketball Links for Friday 10-19-2012

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Good Morning Eagle Fans!  Welcome to another edition of EWU Eagle Eye Links, we've got quite a bit of fun stuff to check out this morning, including YouTube, Preseason Rankings, Player Profiles and much more.

Check it out after the break.

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Player Profile: Kevin Winford (#23) Senior Guard

Kevin Winford (#23) Senior Guard, 5’11” 170lbs
Anchorage, AK - Bartlett High School class of 2008

Kevin has started out the season shooting well from beyond the arc going 3 of 5 in his first two games, but he's been in foul trouble in both and was limited to just 12 minutes against Cal State Northridge before fouling out. He scored 9 points and added 1 assist, 1 rebound and 1 steal in that game.

Kevin, along with Jeffrey Forbes, is one of just two 4 year players for the Eagles in the last 6 years. Kevin's Junior season was largely disappointing but he provided the Eagles with solid play and minutes down the stretch of the season and especially in the month of February. During that month, Kevin averaged 11.5 minutes a game scoring 18 points with 8 steals and 7 assists, including a 3 steal, 3 assist and 6 point effort against Portland State on February 25th.

Kevin is a skilled ball handler, solid shooter and a willing defender. Look for him to get significant minutes this season in both the 1 and 2 spots, and don't be surprised if he flashes the ability to score in bunches when he is on the floor.

Kevin Winford
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From, Hayford on Winford: “Kevin will have a strong senior season, as he plays fearless. Kevin can shoot the ball, he can drive the ball and he can play both guard positions.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

EWU Basketball Links for Thursday 10-18-2012

Collin Chiverton (#24) taking on the Cougs
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Good Morning Eagle Fans!  Its a light news day for the Eagles in particular, but there is a lot of College Basketball News out there to consume you.

Stick around after the break to find out:

Player Profile: Collin Chiverton (#24) Senior Forward

Collin Chiverton (#24) Senior Forward, 6’6” 200lbs
San Jose, CA - Archbishop Mitty High School class of 2008

Collin has started slow this season and has shot well below his career average. At this point chalk it up to limited opportunities and playing from way behind on the score board in both games. Look for Collin to return to form as the season goes along. He is getting much less playing time than I would expect, so keep an eye out for news on that front, he's still one of the most talented scorers on the team, but can't contribute if he's not on the floor.

In his first campaign with the Eagles after transferring from City College of San Francisco, Collin provided instant star power.  His offensive game is marked by dazzling fireworks from long range and quick dribble driving that leave defenses scrambling to catch up.  Defensively, Collin uses his length and quickness well.  An injured foot limited him to 22 minutes a game last season, but he appears to be fully healthy and ready to go for 2012-2013.  Collin scored at least 20 pts in 12 games last year despite his injury limitations.

Chiverton was honored as last years Big Sky Conference New Comer of the Year and is the only returning Eagle from last year's Big Sky All Conference Team (he was an honorable mention).

2012-2013 stats:

Collin Chiverton
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From, Hayford on Chiverton: “Collin is a winner and has played on highly-successful teams -- he has been a key player on all of those squads.  He is an extremely athletic player and has a great dribble-drive game.  He has extreme range in his outside shooting ability, and is a very strong offensive player.  He has great scoring ability, especially scoring in bursts.”

2011-2012 Profile
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Links for Wednesday 10-17-12

Coach Jim Hayford
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Good morning Eagle Fans!  Big night last night with the Presidential debate (round #2) going on, however this blogger was otherwise occupied.  Thanks to Coach Hayford's gracious willingness to share his time earlier in the evening I was busily compiling notes into a post for the blog.  But don't worry that's not the only stop on this morning's tour of the web.

Stick with me after the break to find out what else is in store:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Look Eagles? Chatting with Coach: EWU Eagles Mens Basketball Head Coach Jim Hayford 10-16-2012

EWU Eagles Head Coach Jim Hayford
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I got the opportunity tonight to chat with Coach Hayford about the Eagles Hoops team.  We got to speak for several minutes covering some of what we can expect from the Eagles this season.  I was unable to record the interview tonight, so there won't be an audio file, but hopefully we'll do it again in the future and I will be able to give you all a listen as well.

I took a ton of notes during the conversation, and I'll try to give you a good picture of the conversation, but I will primarily be paraphrasing and not providing direct quotes.

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Player Profile: Jeffrey Forbes (#22) Senior Guard

Jeffrey Forbes #22, Senior Guard, 5’10” 170lbs.
Federal Way, Wa - Federal Way High School class of 2009.

Jeffrey has not started well this season. He's seen just 13 minutes per game in a crowded back court and has yet to make a basket. His strength has been defense and a pair of steals certainly shows he's still got very quick hands and the will to be a good defender, but 5 fouls in just two games makes it hard for him to contribute. Jeffrey will be fine as he settles into the season, but keep an eye on his minutes as we go forward.

Jeffrey Forbes had a fantastic Junior year and has set himself up for an even better Senior season. According to, Forbes has a chance to break Marc Axton's record of games played (119) this year. The best game of his Junior Season came against the Idaho State Bengals in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament. Jeffrey stepped up huge and scored 21 points on 5 of 6 from the three point line and 8 of 12 overall. His efforts in back to back games against Idaho State earned him the EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week.

2012-2013 Stats
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From Coach Hayford on Forbes: “Jeffrey Forbes is a winner.  He comes from a Federal Way program that is one of the best high school basketball programs not only in Washington, but on the West Coast.  He knows what it takes to win and his work ethic is outstanding.  He shoots the ball well, plays hard and has tremendous speed.”

Red Shirt Rules

Moments ago I noticed that updated their roster.  I thought this might be a good time to review the rules associated with red-shirting players.   

While a player may be designated as red-shirted by a coach at the beginning of the year, it is not confirmed until the end of the season after review of playing time and continued eligibility for the designation. Additionally a player that is designated as “red-shirted” before the season may still be utilized should the need arise.

The thresholds for the designation are straightforward:
  • Must not have participated in more than two contests;
  • or 20% of the school's completed contests, whichever is greater.

Not rocket science here, folks, but good information for the novices out there!

EWU Eagle Eye Links for Tuesday 10-16-2012

Eagles Hoops Team on Freshman Move in Day
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Good morning Eagle Fans!  The Eagles Hoops team is back in action practicing up to 20 hours a week in preparation for their upcoming season and their 7th exhibition game of the year.  On November 4th the Eagles of Eastern Washington will host the Eagles of Concordia University (Oregon)*.  You can check out the  Concordia Cavaliers Roster here.

Stick around after the jump for a tour around the web including the #1 ranked EWU Football team, Dennis Patchin and Laron Griffin.

Friday, October 12, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Links for Friday 10-12-12

Eagles Hoops team posing for the camera
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Good morning Eagle Fans!  we are officially one day closer to tip off!  With that in mind let’s take a spin around the web to see if we can’t figure out what is in store for the Eagle Hoops squad.

Stick with us after the break for some fun YouTube and more.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Morning Links Thursday October 11

Kevin Winford for 2!
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Good morning EWU Hoops Fans! With the season just around the corner it is most definitely time to get pumped up about our Eagles. This morning's spin around the web is aimed at giving us some good stuff to look at in preview of the upcoming season. Hope you enjoy!

Lots more including YouTube Highlights after the break:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Season Starts on Saturday!

Eagle Fans celebrating the Eagles trip to the Dance
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EWU Hoops will be be officially underway again in a few short days!  Three to be exact*.  There will be much to break down in the coming weeks as we lead up to the first exhibition game on November 4th and conference play beginning December 20th as the Eagles play host to last years runner up in the Big Sky Conference the Weber State Wildcats.  

Suffice it to say that the @EWUEagleEye is jacked and ready to share the season with you.  Make sure to bookmark this page for the same “fair and balanced” commentary you have come to expect.  Also, because we know you can’t get enough, be sure to give me a follow on twitter at @ewueagleeye.

Let’s go....

*According to; a must read for EWU Hoops fans!