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  • IUP has offered 6'5" guard Jelani Simmons (formerly of Youngstown State). He also has offers from (among others) Saginaw Valley State, University of Indianapolis and Louisiana-Monroe. He is from Columbus, OH. If he goes D1, he'll have to sit a year. He'd have two years' eligibility at IUP.

    There's a direct link between Simmons and the IUP program.

    He had a very strong (true) freshman season at YSU -- finishing 5th in the Horizon League in 3-point percentage. Last year he made 10 starts and played in all 33 games.

    We'll see what happens. It's interesting they'd target a transfer guard right now based on the returning roster. He also never took at redshirt at YSU ... so, there's that minor Joe factor.
    Last edited by IUPbigINDIANS; 04-06-2020, 07:54 AM.

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    • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
      IUP has offered 6'5" guard Jelani Simmons (formerly of Youngstown State). He also has offers from (among others) Saginaw Valley State, University of Indianapolis and Louisiana-Monroe. He is from Columbus, OH. If he goes D1, he'll have to sit a year. He'd have two years' eligibility at IUP.

      There's a direct link between Simmons and the IUP program.

      He had a very strong (true) freshman season at YSU -- finishing 5th in the Horizon League in 3-point percentage. Last year he made 10 starts and played in all 33 games.

      We'll see what happens. It's interesting they'd target a transfer guard right now based on the returning roster. He also never took at redshirt at YSU ... so, there's that minor Joe factor.
      What's the direct link to the IUP program for this guy?

      The fact that he never took a redshirt tells me we he won't play until 2022.

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      • Originally posted by IUP24 View Post

        What's the direct link to the IUP program for this guy?

        The fact that he never took a redshirt tells me we he won't play until 2022.
        Joe's not getting him if he's going to redshirt him. I can promise you that much.

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        • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

          Joe's not getting him if he's going to redshirt him. I can promise you that much.
          Which likely means that 1-2 of the freshmen guards are gone. You know we can't play more than 7 in a game, right?

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          • Originally posted by IUP24 View Post

            Which likely means that 1-2 of the freshmen guards are gone. You know we can't play more than 7 in a game, right?
            I was thinking to get a guy like him ... somebody has to be sacrificed. The roster is pretty crowded right now.

            As of today:

            Guard: Armoni, Morris, White, Shawndale, Radford, KJ

            Post: Demo, Ethan, Diop

            Walk-on: Benton

            The way this could work is if Shawndale stays in his role of SF/PF/G. He's obviously capable of playing all three positions.


            Redshirt Joe may have to go a little cray next year and actually play 8 guys. Or, they could see this Simmons kid as taking Chucky's spot at (mostly) SF and some guard. Obviously the second part of this class will likely be an incoming true freshman who will redshirt.

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            • Jackson Faulk (Guard, West Allegheny) is headed for Joe's House.

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              • Joe told Tony they'd target two post players. First two offers are guards. Twitter Official.

                As for Jelani Simmons ... Bryant (D1 offer) signed two guards yesterday so his spot may be gone. He has some big D2 offers aside from Redshirt Joe.

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                • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
                  Joe told Tony they'd target two post players. First two offers are guards. Twitter Official.

                  As for Jelani Simmons ... Bryant (D1 offer) signed two guards yesterday so his spot may be gone. He has some big D2 offers aside from Redshirt Joe.
                  Not the moves I expected but Joe doesn’t offer guys unless he thinks they have talent. Whether they stay or not is another story!

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                  • A second high school player has committed.

                    Nolan Burk (6'7", 230 lbs) is a Forward from (somewhat) local Bishop Carroll High School. He announced this weekend he is headed to play for Redshirt Joe.
                    Last edited by IUPbigINDIANS; 04-13-2020, 07:31 AM.

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                    • UPDATED (known) roster:


                      Guard

                      Armoni Foster
                      David Morris
                      Shawndale Jones
                      Anthony White
                      K.J. Rhodes
                      Bryce Radford
                      Jackson Faulk

                      Forward

                      Tommy Demogerontas
                      Ethan Porterfield
                      Ousmane Diop
                      Nolan Burk

                      Flex

                      Dylan Benton


                      Outstanding Offer

                      Jelani Simmons

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                      • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
                        UPDATED (known) roster:


                        Guard

                        Armoni Foster
                        David Morris
                        Shawndale Jones
                        Anthony White
                        K.J. Rhodes
                        Bryce Radford
                        Jackson Faulk

                        Forward

                        Tommy Demogerontas
                        Ethan Porterfield
                        Ousmane Diop
                        Nolan Burk

                        Flex

                        Dylan Benton


                        Outstanding Offers

                        G Jelani Simmons / Transfer YSU

                        G Camden Polak, Steel Valley, has been offered by IUP. There's a bidding war going for him. IUP, Shippensburg, West Chester, Edinboro and Youngstown State have offered.


                        Assuming we'll be hearing about the final two 'scholarship' recruits soon. It's believed that both Faulk and Burk are preferred walk-ons. By the 'IUP salary cap' for the upcoming season, Redshirt Joe has 1.5 to 2 equivalencies left. Word is the funding is in place to be maxed out this season.

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                        • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post


                          G Camden Polak, Steel Valley, has been offered by IUP. There's a bidding war going for him. IUP, Shippensburg, West Chester, Edinboro and Youngstown State have offered.


                          Assuming we'll be hearing about the final two 'scholarship' recruits soon. It's believed that both Faulk and Burk are preferred walk-ons. By the 'IUP salary cap' for the upcoming season, Redshirt Joe has 1.5 to 2 equivalencies left. Word is the funding is in place to be maxed out this season.
                          Word is 7 guys will play.

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                          • Originally posted by IUP24 View Post

                            Word is 7 guys will play.
                            Probably 5

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                            • I was walking around campus last night and was thinking about the discussion from a couple weeks back regarding our IUP all-time teams.

                              There's definitely a difference in the 'single season' versus 'career' list. For the 'single season' list ... the more and more I think about it ... not sure you can leave Anthony Glover off that first team. He had an incredible (All American) senior season -- and did so with Cobo and Dante injured on and off all season.


                              This is sports talk now in the Coronavirus Era ... lists and mythical games, rankings, etc.


                              Oddly nothing new in the past 48 hours on the recruiting front. There are two outstanding offers and a rumored third. They can only take two of the three (if they can get any of them). It's also confirmed the two signings from last week are preferred walk-ons. I do think the big fella has some upside. I can see him pulling an Anthony White and working his way up the ladder. He's not likely to be a star-type but could be a nice role player off the bench down the road. Same with the guard.

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                              • I will add if you talk about the great individual single game performances of the past 30 years ... Shawndale in the PSAC Final was likely a Top 5.

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