Sunday, November 30, 2014

Preview Eastern Oregon Mountaineers @ Eastern Washington Eagles

Good morning Eagle fans, this afternoon the Eagles will host DII Eastern Oregon in their penultimate home game of the 2014-2015 non-conference season.

For the Mountaineers, this game is an exhibition, but they took their last DI exhibition opponent very seriously.  The Idaho Vandals escaped with just an 8 point victory on November 14th.  They are led by Junior Forward Bryan McGriff (#22) who leads the team in scorping with 20.7 points per game and rebounds with 10.5 per game.  He's had 5 double doubles in 9 games and was only 3 rebounds short of the feat against Idaho.  Junior Guard Case Rada (#21) adds 17.3 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.  Senior Guard De'Sean Mattox (#5) is hitting 43% of his 3 pointers this season scoring 16.3 points per game and also adds 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest.  Deonta Edwards (#2) is also a double digit scorer averaging 11.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.  Senior Wing Michael Crane (#10) is corralling 8.9 rebounds per  game and adding 7.1 points per game.

Look for Eastern to experiment with their line up a bit and get some of their reserves into the game early.  I think the Mountaineers can keep the game interesting if the Eagles don't play to their standard on each possession.  Tip off is at 2:05 p.m. PT at Reese Court

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Early Season Rankings

The season is very young, but with Eastern off to its best start in 3 decades, I thought it would be fun to see how the Eagles rank.  First we'll go through the power rankings and a quick glance at team stats, then we'll dig into some individual rankings as well.


EWU Eagle Eye Links for Saturday 29 November 2014

With no game for the Eagles until Sunday the news is a bit sparse so the links today are short. I'm working on a couple of posts that I will try to get posted later today so keep checking back!

Friday, November 28, 2014

EWU Eagle Eye Links for Friday November 28th

Head Coach Jim Hayford has the Eagles rising.
photo from goeags.com

Eagles Head Coach Jim Hayford has the Eastern Washington Eagles off to their best start since the 1980's and lloking primed to make a big time run in the Big Sky Conference.  Follow along after the break to check out the latest EWU Hoops news from around the net.

Big Sky Big Men Comparison


Joel Bolomboy (#21)
photo from Denis Poroy, AP
via Deseret News
Venky Jois (#55) 
photo from cbssports.com
Good morning Eagle Fans!  I spent the morning perusing the Internet for interesting stories on EWU Hoops to share for this morning links and found this gem from MidMajorMadness.com, a preseason list of the top 15 Big Men to watch in 2014-2015, the only Big Sky player listed?  Joel Bolomboy (Weber State).  The Junior Forward is a fantastic rebounder and is scoring nearly 17 points a game so far this season.

The article made me wonder how Bolomboy stacks up with Eastern's own star Junior Forward, Venky Jois.  Continue reading after the break to find out how these two players compare.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

EWU Dominates Northern Kentucky 81-60, moves to 5-1 for the first time in 3 decades

Photo from @ewuathletics on instagram
The Eagles led this game wire to wire behind strong performances from the usual suspects of Venky Jois, Tyler HarveyDrew Brandon and Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic.

Northern Kentucky came into last night's contest 2-2 on the year.  They were on a two game winning streak which included beating DI North Carolina A&T as well as DII Ohio Midwestern.  The Norse featured a young line up that gave up some size to Eastern in exchange for speed and quickness.  Northern Kentucky used 14 different players last night, including 11 players with more than 10 minutes on the court in an effort to keep their legs fresh and presumably develop the depth of the program.

As Coach Hayford put it on twitter, "NKU is building a solid program.  I wish them the best of luck."

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Eagles set to host The University of Northern Kentucky Norse at Reese Court

With all the glory of a big time win at Assembly Hall the past couple days, it's important to remember the Eagles have a whole season left before them.  First up a home game tonight against the Northern Kentucky Norse.

The Norse finished last season with a 9-21 (5-13) record last season finishing 8th in the Atlantic Sun Conference.  They are, like the Eagles, a young team featuring just 2 seniors who combine to average 2.7 ppg.  The Norse are led by Freshman Guard Taylor Persons (#2) with 9.3 points per game and a 1:1 assist to turnover ratio.

It is tough to derive anything from their previous opponents this season as they've lost badly to two top 25 teams (#3 Wisconsin and #21 Nebraska) and beaten 2 teams of lesser qualification (D1 North Carolina A&T and DII Ohio Midwestern).  The team has turned the ball over a lot and does not score many points, but they have prevented their opponents from scoring a lot.  Wisconsin and Nebraska both abused the Norse from beyond the arc, which is a good omen for the Eagles.

Based purely on the statistics, it looks like Eastern should win this game handily, but there are other things that could play a factor.  The Eagles are coming off a huge and emotional win over Indiana on top of having traveled 4,737 miles since November 21.  The Norse have won their last two games convincingly and should be feeling confident when they step onto Reese Court tonight.

All in all I think Eastern will prevail and expect the Eagles to be 5-1 after tonight's contest.

Up next for the Norse a game at the Idaho Vandals on November 29th.

Next up for EWU, a home game against DII Eastern Oregon on November 30th.

Tip off for tonight's game is 6:05 p.m. PT.
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EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week, week 2 2014-2015

This week represents one of the most difficult decisions I've faced in choosing the POW.  The Eagles had 4 players who were completely deserving of the award and frankly I could make the argument for a couple more!  They are playing great team basketball right now and despite the disappointment of the loss at SMU, we will always get to remember the historic take down of Indiana at Assembly Hall.  So before the break and this week's POW, take at look at this video from EWU Athletics Vimeo account.


EWU Men's Basketball Historic Win Over Indiana from EWU Athletics on Vimeo.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week Nominations Week 2 2014-2015

The second week of the season flew by, the Eagles took care of business hosting Walla Walla before hitting the road and losing to then 22nd ranked SMU before finishing with a big time win last night against Indiana at Assembly Hall.

With one close loss on the week and a dominating win against a lower division opponent, I think the players performances last night should be weighted just a bit.  With that in my continue after the break to see this week's nominees!

EWU Eagle Eye Hoops Morning Links Tuesday November 25, 2014

Good morning Eagle fans!  Flush off an impressive win of Indiana, the Eagles are preparing for tomorrow nights match up with Northern Kentucky at Reese Court.  We get to bask in the glow of a nationally televised Eagle victory for another day though, so continue after the break and we'll check out all the news on the Internet.

Eastern Washington Eagles take down Indiana at Assembly Hall 88-86

The headlines across the net are all proclaiming that Eastern stunned Indiana at Assembly Hall.  Indiana and the national writers may have been stunned by the tenacious Eagles last night, but those of us that have watched this squad grow up over the last few seasons are not shocked.  They will call this an upset, but I saw an Eastern team that played well, but not their best.  I would expect this team to beat Indiana again if they matched up on a neutral court.

The Eagles played a very sloppy first 25 minutes resulting in a 12 point deficit at 54-42 with 15:32 remaining.  And then they remembered who they are and all the hard work they've put in.  From that point on the Eagles would go on a series of runs to outscore the Hoosiers 46 to 32 over the final 15 minutes of play, capped by Parker Kelly's clutch 3 pointer to give the Eagles a 4 point lead with about 30 seconds to play.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

EWU Eagle Eye Preview Links Eastern Eagles @ Southern Methodist Mustangs

Good morning Eagle fans!  The Eagles are in Dallas, TX tonight and will face off with the currently 22 ranked SMU Mustangs.  I won't be able to watch or listen to the game tonight as I have volunteer work with Naval Operation Support Center Austin, TX Chief Petty Officer's Mess.

That won't prevent me from sharing these quick links to get you a preview of tonight's match up.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

EWU Rolls over Walla Walla 95-34

Eastern Washington Men's Basketball team squared off with the Walla Walla University Wolves last night to close out a 3 game home stand to open their season.  The Wolves compete in NAIA DII and were clearly outmatched from the start.

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Eagle Head Coach Jim Hayford took the opportunity to get his players experience in different roles and to get his reserves plenty of minutes on the court.  The starting line up had been 1) Drew Brandon, 2) Tyler Harvey, 3) Parker Kelly, 4) Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic, 5) Venky Jois.  In this set the 2-3 and 4-5 positions are nearly interchangeable.  Last night the starting lineup was 1) Tyler Harvey, 2) Sir Washington, 3) Felix Von Hofe, 4) Venky Jois, 5) Frederik Jörg. This line up features a true center in Jörg as well as just two guards with a swing forward in Von Hofe.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week 11 - 17 November 2014

Good evening Eagle fans!  We are fast approaching Eastern's third game of the season at home against Walla Walla University, tip off is about 20 minutes from now.  As usual I will be tweeting @ewueagleeye.

But first, click through to find out this season's first EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week Nominations 11 Nov - 17 Nov 2014

Good morning Eagle fans!  It's time to decide the first EWU Eagle Eye Player of The Week for the 2014-2015 season.

The Eagles opened the season with a pair of home games and got some stellar performances from their star players.  Check out this highlight video from EWU Athletics YouTube account, then click the link below to find out which three stars are this week's nominees.




EWU Eagle Eye Links for Tuesday 18 November 2014

Good morning Eagle fans!  It's time for another trip around the Internet for the latest on all things EWU.  But first let's take a look at the highlight game report from KREM 2




EWU Eagles Hoops defeat Utah Valley Wolverines 75-50

The Eagles improved to 2-0 (0-0) last night with a dominant victory over Utah Valley.  Eastern opened the game on a 12-2 run on 2pt buckets by Venky Jois, Drew Brandon, and "OG" Miljkovic, who added a pair of three pointers in the run as well.  The Wolverines briefly cut the lead to 8pts late in the first half, but were never closer throughout.  Read more after the page break.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

EWU Eagle Eye Links for Monday Morning 17 November 2014

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Good morning Eagle fans!  Eastern sits atop the Big Sky after winning the nation's first NCAA DI men's basketball game of the season.  Tonight the Eagles will play their second game when they host the Utah Valley University Wolverines, tip off at 5:05 p.m. PT.  Lets take a run around the Internet to get you warmed up for tonight's non-conference match up.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Eastern Washington University Eagles win the first game of the NCAA DI 2014-2015 season

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The Eagles started the NCAA DI Season early, and slow.  They shot 34.5% from the field in the opening half including an 0-6 performance from Venky Jois, but led 32-30 at the half.

In the first half the Eagles were soft on defense and troubling on offense.  As Jonathan Reed, of bigskybball.com, put it:


Big Sky Conference Schedule November 14, 2014 & November 15, 2014

Opening night for the Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Season, here is whats on the schedule.

Friday Nov 14, 2014

Eastern Washington Eagles vs Texas Southern Tigers
The Eagles open all of NCAA DI basketball this morning at 8 a.m. PST.  Eastern finished last season's non-conference schedule 5-6.  Texas Southern ended last season in the NCAA tournament after winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.

Idaho Vandals vs Eastern Oregon Mountaineers
The Vandals return to the Big Sky Conference will start with a home game against Division II Eastern Oregon.   Tip off is at 8 p.m. PST.  Idaho finished its final basketball season in the Western Athletic Conference by losing to New Mexico State in the WAC Championship game.

Idaho State Bengals @ New Mexico Lobos
The Bengals finished 10th in the Big Sky last season, but didn't lose a single conference game by more than 8 points and took down Weber State in overtime February 17th, 2014.  The Lobos won 27 games last year and ended their season in the NCAA tournament.  Tip off is at 7 p.m. PST

Montana Grizzlies @ Colorado State Rams
The Grizzlies are starting nearly fresh with new Head Coach Travis DeCuire.  The Rams lost their opening round game of the Mountain West Conference tournament to end their 2013-2014 season.  Tip off is at 7 p.m. PST

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks @ Xavier Musketeers
The Lumberjacks look poised to contend for the Big Sky championship this season on the strength of a very good defense.  The Musketeers ended their 2013-2014 season in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.  Tip off is at 4 p.m. PST

Northern Colorado Bears vs Black Hills State Yellow Jackets
The Bears lost two key players from last years squad in Tate Unruh and Derrick Barden, but they still look deep and balanced.  The Division II Yellow Jackets are using this game as a warm up for their season.  Tip off is at 6 p.m. PST

Sacramento State Hornets @ Gonzaga Bulldogs
The Hornets are led by Senior Guard Dylan Garrity and looked poise to seriously contend for the Big Sky Conference Championship.  The Bulldogs have ended the last 16 seasons in the NCAA Tournament including last year's second round loss to Arizona.  Tip off is at 6 p.m. PST

Southern Utah Thunderbirds @ Kansas State Wildcats
The Thunderbirds finished dead last in the Big Sky last season behind an atrocious offense.  They were also one of the youngest teams in the NCAA Division I and should start to improve.  The Wildcats ended their 2013-2014 with a second round loss in the NCAA tournament.  Tip off is at 6 p.m. PST

Weber State Wildcats @ Utah State Aggies
The Wildcats won the Big Sky last season before losing to Arizona in the NCAA tournaments first round.  The Aggies ended their 2013-2014 season in the Quarterfinal Round of the Mountain West Conference Championship.  Tip off is at 6:05 p.m. PST

Saturday Nov 15, 2014

Montana State Bobcats @ UCLA Bruins
The Bobcats, like the Grizzlies, are trying to reset this season under a new Head Coach, Brian Fish.  The Bruins ended last season by losing to the Florida Gators in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.  Tip off is at 9 a.m. PST

North Dakota @ Northern Iowa Panthers
North Dakota will be rebuilding this year after 5 of 7 key contributors departed from last year's team.  The Panthers lost in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to end their 2013-2014 season.  Tip off is at 11 a.m. PST

Portland State Vikings @ USC Trojans
The Vikings finished last season winning 5 of 6 and advancing to the second round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.  The Trojans struggled in the Pac-12 last season after winning 9 non-conference games.  Tip off is at 7:30 a.m. PST

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EWU Eagle Eye Game Day Morning Links

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Good morning Eagle fans!  NCAA DI Basketball officially tips off in just under 4 hours with your Eastern Washington University Eagles taking on the Texas Southern University Tigers at Reese Court.

Let's take a quick look around the Internet for Eagle news and information to warm us up before the game.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Quick Look at EWU Eagle Men's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

The Eagles have what could be a tough non-conference schedule set to open the season.

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This season EWU has 13 non-conference games.  6 of those teams played in a post season tournament, including Texas Southern who lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament and SMU who lost to Memphis in the NIT championship round.  They will be on the road for 7 of the 13 games including a pair of games in Seattle against Seattle University, who has a 5-3 record against the Eagles since restarting their program in the 2008-2009 season, and the University of Washington, who the Eagles haven't beaten since December 2002.

The Eagles also travel to Houston to take on Sam Houston State University in a rematch of the game at Reese Court in February 2013, the Eagles won 81-76.  Continue after the break to see the full non-conference schedule.


EWU Eagle Eye Morning Links

What better way to start this Thursday morning, the eve of the Eastern Washington Eagles 2014-2015 campaign than with some Eagle Eye links?

We'll take a look around the internet for Big Sky Conference previews as well as any interesting coverage of the Eagles and their first opponent of the season, the Texas Southern Tigers.


EWU Eagles set to take on Texas Southern Tigers

The Eagles tip off their non-conference schedule at 8 a.m. on Friday at Reese Court.

Eastern Washington's Football team played against Sam Houston State in the first game of the 2014 College Football season.  The tip for the basketball team's first game was moved to 8 a.m. to ensure that it was also the first official NCAA Division I basketball game of the 2014-2015 season.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Player Profile: Bogdan Bliznyuk (#32) Freshman Forward

Bogdan Bliznyuk (#32) Freshman Forward, 6’6” 215lbs
Lutsk, Ukraine - Todd Beamer High School class of 2014

Bogdan is one of the most highly recognized high school players in the state of Washington from last year. With 7 forwards and a center on the roster, he may red shirt this season.


Far from a red shirt season, Bogdan "The Blizzard" Bliznyuk is the only Eastern player through 31 games to have appeared in every contest. He has proven himself the team's key "6th Man" and won recognition as the Big Sky Freshman of the Year.

Named EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week:
Week 8 2014-2015
Week 10 2014-2015


Freshman Forward Bogdan Bliznyuk
photo from goeags.com
Stats 2014-2015

CategoryValue
Games 31
MIN 18.5
PPG 8.4
FG% 59.3
3PTPG 0.6
3PT% 54.1
ASTPG 1.0
REBPG 4.1
STLPG 0.5
BLKPG 0.4
TOPG 1.4
PFPG 2.4


From goeags.com, Hayford on Bliznyuk: “Bogdan is an excellent addition to our roster.  He's a skilled player who can play multiple positions.  He's as an accomplished a player in terms of honors and recognition received that we've had here since probably signing Rodney Stuckey, Marc Axton and Alvin Snow - some of our all-time great Eastern players.  It's great to sign a really good in-state talent who fits our style of play.  We're excited to have him here the next four or five seasons.”


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Player Profile: Cody Benzel (#20) Freshman Guard

Cody Benzel (#20) Freshman Guard, 6’4” 175lbs
Spokane, WA - Ferris High School class of 2014

Cody will red shirt this season behind a deep group at guard.



Freshman Guard Cody Benzel
photo from goeags.com
Stats 2013-2014

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


From goeags.com, Hayford on Benzel: “Cody will redshirt as he looks to improve his strength and athleticism.  He is a very good outside shooter.”


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Player Profile: Will Ferris (#15) Freshman Guard

Will Ferris (#15) Freshman Guard, 6’1” 175lbs
Bellevue, WA - Newport High School class of 2014

Will will red shirt this season behind a deep group at guard.




Freshman Guard Will Ferris
photo from goeags.com
Stats 2013-2014

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


From goeags.com, Hayford on Ferris: “Will be a redshirt for us this season as he learns to play both guard positions.  We expect him to be a team leader over the course of his career.  He is an outstanding young man and he's a great student and person.  Will is a very hard worker and self-motivated to excellence.  He plays the game with great intelligence, he's a very skilled shooter and he is a natural leader.”


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Player Profile: Bear Henderson (#11) Freshman Forward

Bear Henderson (#11) Freshman Forward, 6’6” 215lbs
Mission Hills, CA - Village Christian High School class of 2014

Bear looks like an athletic 3-4 spot tweener, but could see some time in rotation this season.




Freshman Forward Bear Henderson
photo from goeags.com
Stats 2014-2015

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



From goeags.com, Hayford on Henderson: “Bear brings athleticism and plays with great passion.  He can rebound and run the floor, and has a great career as an Eagle ahead of him.”


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Player Profile: Sir Washington (#4) Freshman Guard

Sir Washington (#4) Freshman Guard, 6'3” 180lbs





Las Vegas, NV - Clark High School class of 2013

Sir Washington red-shirted last season, but looks to contribute to the guard rotation this season especially as a defender.


Sir Washington consistently gave the Eagles solid bench minutes this season as the teams 3rd option ball handler and second best perimeter defender. In the week before the home match up against Sacramento State, Sir fractured his knee cap likely ending his season.



2014-2015 stats:


Freshman Guard Sir Washington
photo from goeags.com


CategoryValue
Games 21
MIN 10.1
PPG 2.5
FG% 37.5
3PTPG 0.2
3PT% 28.6
ASTPG 0.4
REBPG 1.3
STLPG 0.5
BLKPG 0.0
TOPG 0.4
PFPG 1.8




From goeags.com, Hayford on Washington: “We are excited that Sir will be able to join our team this season.  He is an athletic wing player who can shoot and drive.  We will also look to him to be lock-down defender."

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Player Profile: Felix Von Hofe (#44) Sophomore Forward

Felix Von Hofe (#44) Sophomore Forward, 6'5" 200lbs





Melbourne, Australia - Wesley College class of 2012

Felix logged valuable minutes off the bench last season for the Eagles and flashed talent as an outside shooter at the forward position.



Sophomore Guard Felix Von Hofe
photo from goeags.com
2014-2015 stats:


CategoryValue
Games 25
MIN 14.4
PPG 4.4
FG% 40.2
3PTPG 1.0
3PT% 38.2
ASTPG 0.6
REBPG 1.1
STLPG 0.3
BLKPG 0.4
TOPG 0.4
PFPG 1.2




From goeags.com, Hayford on Von Hofe: "We expect Felix to have a breakout sophomore season.  He is a tremendous outside shooter, but is also very skilled in other areas of his game." 


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Player Profile: Frederik Jörg (#21) Sophomore Center

Frederik Jörg (#21) Sophomore Center, 7'1" 295lbs





Korschenbroich, Germany - Gymnasium Eversten High School class of 2011

Frederik red shirted last season. He is the tallest person to ever play basketball for the Eagles, hopefully his athleticism has caught up to his height through his red shirt season.



2014-2015 stats:
Sophomore Center Frederik Jörg
photo from goeags.com


CategoryValue
Games 15
MIN 4.5
PPG 2.2
FG% 68.4
3PTPG 0.0
3PT% 00.0
ASTPG 0.2
REBPG 1.1
STLPG 0.0
BLKPG 0.3
TOPG 0.3
PFPG 1.3




From goeags.com, Hayford on Jörg: “Fred had a great reshirt year and has really worked to improve his game and athleticism.  We anticipate a great sophomore season from Big Fred.


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Player Profile: Nate Galgalo (#5) Sophomore Guard

Nate Galgalo (#5) Sophomore Guard, 5'10” 175lbs





Spokane, WA- Ferris High School class of 2012

Nate is primarily a practice squad player for the Eagles. He did appear in two games last year.




2014-2015 stats:


Sophomore Guard Nate Galgalo
photo from goeags.com


CategoryValue
Games 5
MIN 1.4
PPG 0.0
FG% 00.0
3PTPG 0
3PT% 00.0
ASTPG 0.0
REBPG 0.0
STLPG 0.0
BLKPG 0.0
TOPG 0.0
PFPG 0.2





From goeags.com, Hayford on Galgalo: “Nate is a fantastic young man and we love what he brings to our team as a practice player."

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Player Profile: Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic (#0) Sophomore Forward

Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic (#0) Sophomore Forward, 6'7" 220lbs





Belgrade, Serbia - Bishop Montgomery High School class of 2013

OG logged a lot of minutes as a freshman forward last season. He scored in double figures 10 times including a three game stretch, after returning from an ankle injury, in which he scored 13, 32, and 14 points. The Eagles went 13-12 with OG last year and just 2-4 without him.


OG is listed as #0 on goeags.com, but he wore #12 in the team's opener versus Texas Southern. He was back in #0 for the Eagles second game vs Utah Valley

Selected as EWU Eagle Eye POW:
Week 5 2014-2015


Sophomore Forward Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic
Photo from goeags.com
2014-2015 stats:


CategoryValue
Games 30
MIN 24.2
PPG 10.2
FG% 41.9
3PTPG 1.7
3PT% 38.8
ASTPG 1.0
REBPG 3.3
STLPG 0.7
BLKPG 0.7
TOPG 1.6
PFPG 2.7



From goeags.com, Hayford on Miljkovic: "OG is a very gifted shooter who can also attack the rim off the drive.  He's put on added strength and we are looking for more rebounding from him this season." 

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Player Profile: Venky Jois (#55) Junior Forward

Venky Jois (#55) Junior Forward, 6'8" 230lbs





Boronia, Australia - Box Hill High School class of 2011

Venky is a star in the front court. He has 19 career double-doubles and currently holds the all-time Eastern Washington record for career blocked shots with 115 (as of the start of the 2014-2015 season).


He was named the EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week 3 times:
November 20th to November 26th, 2012;
Week 2 of the 2014-2015 Season;
Week 3 of the 2014-2015 Season;
Week 4 of the 2014-2015 Season


2014-2015 stats:
Junior Forward Venky Jois
photo from goeags.com

CategoryValue
Games 27
MIN 31.1
PPG 17.1
FG% 60.4
3PTPG 0.1
3PT% 33.3
ASTPG 2.2
REBPG 7.6
STLPG 1.3
BLKPG 2.4
TOPG 2.3
PFPG 2.3


From goeags.com, Hayford on Jois: “Venky is a threat to have a double-double every night out.  He plays with great passion and energy, and is the vocal leader of our team.”

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Player Profile: Kyle Reid (#23) Junior Forward

Kyle Reid (#23) Junior Forward, 6'8” 215lbs





Cleveland, OH - Bishop Montgomery High School class of 2011

Kyle played high school basketball with Tyler Harvey and Coach Jim Hayford believes he has some of the same skills as Venky Jois. He will be fun to watch this season.




2014-2015 stats:
Junior Forward Kyle Reid
photo from goeags.com


CategoryValue
Games 29
MIN 6.8
PPG 1.1
FG% 50.0
3PTPG 0.0
3PT% 00.0
ASTPG 0.2
REBPG 1.3
STLPG 0.2
BLKPG 0.3
TOPG 0.4
PFPG 1.0




From goeags.com, Hayford on Reid: “We felt the one pressing need in the program was an athletic front court player to provide full-court depth and match-up against some of the better front court players in the conference.  Venky Jois can do that pretty well, but he needs some help.  Kyle Reid solves all those issues.  We were really fortunate to sign him."

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