Friday, November 29, 2013

Coach Jim Hayford Postgame Media Interview 11-29-13


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Eastern Eagles Mens Basketball Wins 82-75 over Seattle University

Tonight the Eagles won 82-75 over the Seattle University Redhawks a rising team that beat them last year 75-69 and the year before that 91-78.  This years squad is young, talented and experienced.  As one former Eagle puts it, this team can win the Big Sky:
Tyler Harvey (#1); photo from goeags.com
This was a game that truly highlighted the strengths of Coach Hayford's squad, Redshirt Sophomore Tyler Harvey was money for 30pts going 6 of 9 from beyond the arc and adding 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.

The Australian Sophomore Venky Jois was also incredible with yet another double-double.  19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals.

JC transfer Junior Drew Brandon was pure magic with 12 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and just 1 turn over.  Meanwhile the Freshman phenom from Serbia Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic was stellar off the bench with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.

But we would be truly remiss not to mention the incredible defensive effort of Parker Kelly; whose 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, might not be an impressive stat line but the constant pressure he kept on Seattle U's guards and outside shooters was a big part of why the Redhawks finished 28 of 63 from the floor.

The Eagles are now 5-2 and looking like they can be a true force in the Big Sky this year.  So yeah Jordan Hickert (@jawdy_water) this squad #canwinbigsky


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Player Profile: Frederik Jörg (#21) Sophomore Forward


Frederik Jörg (#21) Sophomore Forward, 7'1" 290lbs






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. While I thought he might redshirt last year, it is this year that they will redshirt him.


Frederik Jörg (#21); photo from goeags.com
2013-2014 stats:

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From goeags.com, Hayford on Jörg: “This year we will redshirt Frederick Jörg.  Fred has outstanding potential, and is committed to being the very best he can be.  By redshirting him, it adds a year between Martin and him.  That will be very helpful to our program, and to Fred his junior and senior years in terms of playing opportunity.

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Player Profile: Thomas Reuter (#13) Sophomore Forward

Thomas Reuter (#13) Sophomore Forward, 6'6" 230lbs





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

Thomas and Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic are the first men off the bench for the Eagles this year. They give Coach Hayford great versatility in the post positions with Reuter's skills leaning towards the inside, with better rebounding blocking and inside shooting whereas OG is more of an outside threat.



Thomas Reuter (#13); photo from goeags.com
2013-2014 stats:

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From goeags.com, Hayford on Reuter: “Thomas gained great experience last year.  He had quality playing time as a freshman, and he has some standout games.  The key for Thomas this year is to develop consistency.  He can shoot the ball from the outside better than he did a year ago, and he will rebound better at his position.  He has acclimated to a new country and to the U.S. college game.  I expect him to have a much improved sophomore season.”

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Player Profile: Daniel Hill (#2) Sophomore Guard

Daniel Hill (#2) Sophomore Guard, 5'9” 165lbs





Sidney, Australia - Newington College High School class of 2011

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 #2; photo from goeags.com
2013-2014 stats:


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From goeags.com, Hayford on Hill: “Daniel Hill gives us depth in the backcourt, and he is an outstanding teammate.  We look for Daniel to be a point guard in our system who gives us great shots and is able to lead our team while he is on the floor." 

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

EWU Eagles Post Game Insights from a Sports Fan

Last night’s EWU Basketball game had the unfortunate timing of being on while the San Antonio Spurs were playing. But since I currently have three TV’s in my living room along with a laptop and my tablet it wasn’t that big of a deal. I do admit to starting the night with the Spurs game on the main TV and the EWU game on the smaller one……muted.

The Eagles seemed to come out a little sluggish in this one and were playing down to their opponents’ level. I figured this one to be, while not easy, a victory none the less as EWU had greater over talent and a deeper bench.  Now when Boston U swingman D.J. Erving hit a three with about 9 minutes left in the first half to put them up 24-17, suddenly my superstition mode set in. I immediately put the EWU game on the main screen gave each dog a biscuit (told them to cheer for EWU) and put on my Seahawks beanie. What do the Hawks have to do with EWU basketball you ask? Absolutely nothing. It’s just my only article of clothing from a Washington State team so I used it in a pinch.

I started immediately started texting more than a TMZ reporter who has spotted Beiber. Phrases such as “need to be close at the half” and “let’s keep this to single digits and we got this” were sent. It was another tense 6 minute span as the Eagles kept creeping up…. And then it happened. A dunk, a turnover caused by EWU and then a jumper and with 4 quick points EWU’s own Venky Jois gave us the lead. And we all know there was no turning back then.

With a halftime lead of 5 the Eagles then went on to control the tempo and play of the second half. There were a few times when Boston U made a run but nothing the Eagles could not counter. The second half EWU bench production was a nice to see with Ognjen Miljovic leading the way. When he hit that three to put the Eagles up by 10, I was all like “Game baby!” Yes there was still about 13 minutes left, but it just felt like the proverbial nail in the coffin.

I cannot wait to watch tonight’s match-up and the rest of the EWU Eagles season. I’ll be giving my thoughts on that one tomorrow also. EWU stoked the fires of why I all love to watch good basketball. GO EAGLES!

Oh yea......and when I remembered that the Spurs were on to.....they had also won.


John the Sports Fan

Friday, November 22, 2013

We are witnessing the start of something special

Tonight the Eastern Washington Eagles men's basketball team crushed Boston University to move to 3-1 in non-conference play.  Head Coach Jim Hayford has used multiple line-ups through 4 games to really show off the depth and diversity of this squad.  Tonight it was the quickness and shooting range of Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic (#0), 14 points and 6 rebounds, the Freshman Forward from Serbia who presented a unique challenge for the Terriers, on Tuesday night it was the size and post play of Martin Seiferth (#12), 24 points and 18 rebounds, to dominate Walla Walla.

Listening to Coach Hayford's post-game interview one thing really stood out.  Going into halftime Boston's star guard DJ Irving, an All American pick last season, was killing EWU having shot 3-3 from the field, 1-1 from 3pt range and 2-2 from the FT line along with a steal for 9 total points.  In locker room at halftime Coach Hayford told his team that they needed to slow him down.  This is when Junior Guard Parker Kelly (#10), 7 points 5 rebounds and just 1 foul, told his Coach that Irving would not get another shot.  Throughout the second half Parker Kelly blanketed the All-American guard and Irving would go 0-6 from the field with 1 rebound, 1 turnover and a pair of personal fouls for the half.

That is the stuff of legends, and we haven't even touched on Drew Brandon (#22) the Junior Guard, who led the Eagles with a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds) and an even more impressive 7 assists to just 10 shots and 4 turnovers, that is careful, unselfish basketball embodied in a stat line.  And we'd be remiss to not mention Tyler Harvey (#1) and his 21 points and 5 rebounds or Venky Jois (#55) and his 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.

This team is getting it done in a variety of ways and on both ends of the court.  But the best thing about it so far, there are no seniors and just four juniors on this roster.  We are looking at the start of something very special indeed.  GoEags!


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New to EWU Sports but loving it so far, and a bit about me……

I am an avid sports fan; okay a sports nut, from the Central Texas area. I have been a lifelong die hard San Antonio Spurs and Texas Longhorns hoops fan. It started with watching George ‘The Iceman’ Gervin with the Spurs and the Abe Lemon years that put the Longhorn program on the map. I think I just dated myself with those two references but that is how long I have been in love with b-ball. Now I find myself drawn to EWU Basketball due to my good friend and fellow blogger.

I started watching EWU Basketball last season (hard to do in Texas) and found that after watching “I just wanna shoot the rock even if I am 2 for 20” NBA and the Top 25 ref biased NCAA ‘Power Conferences’ it was smoother than Billy Dee Williams. It was quite refreshing to watch players with heart leaving it all out on the floor every game. The hustle and fundamental basketball I grew up on and grew to love is still there in Eastern Washington. I immediately added EWU basketball to my ESPN App sports favorites and have been all in ever since.

This year I have decided to add my evaluations and comments to this blog. I cannot say I have years of EWU basketball experience to draw from (yet), but I do believe that my love of the game in general and years of following it will lend an outside perspective.

So here’s to EWU basketball and the love of the game! GO EAGLES!


John the Sports Fan

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Player Profile: Tyler Harvey (#1) Sophomore Guard

Tyler Harvey (#1) Sophomore Guard, 6'4” 180lbs





Torrance, CA - Bishop Montgomery High School class of 2011

Tyler came on strong in the final 8 games of last season averaging 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists.




Tyler Harvey (#1); photo from goeags.com
2013-2014 stats:


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From goeags.com, Hayford on Harvey: “Tyler Harvey was the surprise of last year's team.  Now he will come in as a redshirt sophpmore with three years of experience in the program and needs to validate the end of his freshman season.  Tyler can shoot the ball from outside, he can score off the drive, and he is very respected by all his teammates.  He is an outstanding young man that we are building our basketball program on." 

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Player Profile: Garrett Moon (#33) Junior Forward

Garrett Moon (#33) 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 redshirted last year but will bring some depth and versatility to the Eagles in the 2 and 3 spots.




Garrett Moon (#33); photo from goeags.com

2013-2014 stats:


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3PTPG
3PT%
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From goeags.com, Hayford on Moon:“Garrett redshirted last year in our program.  He gives us great versatility and athleticism off the bench.  Garrett is a defensive stopper, and he is a very capable rebounder.  Garrett is well-liked by his teammates, and is respected for the hard work he brings every day.”

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Player Profile: Drew Brandon (#22) Junior Guard

Drew Brandon (#22) Junior Guard, 6’4” 180lbs
Corona, CA - Santiago High School class of 2010

Drew Brandon comes to EWU from Sierra College where he was one of the premiere point guards on the west coast.


Stats 2013-2014
Drew Brandon (#22); photo from goeags.com

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PPG0
FG%0
3PTPG0
3PT%0
ASTPG0
REBPG0
STLPG0
BLKPG0
TOPG0
PFPG0

From goeags.com, Hayford on Brandon: “Drew comes to Eastern as one of the top junior college point guards on the West Coast.  He came from a very successful program at Sierra College with an outstanding coach.  What impresses us the most is that Drew is a three-dimensional player, meaning he can shoot the ball, he can drive the ball and he can pass the ball.  Drew gives us great size at the point guard position."


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Player Profile: Martin Seiferth (#12) Junior Forward

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




Berlin, Germany - Max Taut School class of 2010

Martin transferred to Eastern for the 2011-1012 season and Red Shirted. 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 average 2.2 blocks per game last year to go along with 8.2 points per game and is within striking distance of the Eagles career blocking record in just his second season at EWU. Sieferth has 68 blocks for the Eagles, the record is held by Paul Butorac (99) who played for Eastern from 2004 -2007.



Martin Seiferth #12; photo from goeags.com
2013-201 stats:


CategoryValue
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3PTPG
3PT%
ASTPG
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From goeags.com, Hayford on Seiferth: “Martin returns as the leading field goal percentage shooter in the Big Sky, a top shot blocker and a top rebounder. As he is able to do those things consistently, he will prove to be a top big man in the Big Sky Conference. We are looking for Martin to have a consistent season as a frontcourt player for the Eagles.” 


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Player Profile: Parker Kelly (#10) Junior Guard

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

Parker Kelly joined the Eagles squad in 2011-1012 season as a walk-on freshmen. He's made his mark as a shooting specialist, but also plays hard on defense. I expect Parker to see a lot of time in the 2-3 spot for Eastern this season.


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

Stats 2013-2014


Parker Kelly #10; photo from goeags.com
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MIN0
PPG0
FG%0
3PTPG0
3PT%0
ASTPG0
REBPG0
STLPG0
BLKPG0
TOPG0
PFPG0

From goeags.com, Hayford on Kelly: “Parker is a team captain and he has the most experience of all of the players in the program. Both seasons Parker has been able to shoot over 40 percent from three-point-range. He had some very strong games at the conclusion of the conference season where he was scoring over 20 points. We need Parker to rebound more this year, and as his all-around game develops, he should have an outstanding junior year.”
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