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  • Jelani picked up two more low-level D1 offers today. I'd say it's doubtful we get him. I'd assume Redshirt Joe has already moved along.

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    • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
      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.
      I would love to actually discuss that. Lets talk about the last decade... 2010-2020 (I'll add the extra year so you can use Shawndale's performance)\

      Scooter Renkin... 2013 PSAC Quarterfinal. IUP won an absolute thriller in OT against Boro. Scooter and Mathis both went for 25. But it was, Scooter who just hit shot after shot after shot. He was 6 for 8 from three as well. I really remember that game as a student. Friday and Saturday night were really memorable. But IUP almost didn't get there. They were trailing with under 10 seconds to play. Anthony Wells hit a desperation layup that tied the game and sent it to OT.

      I think in championship seasons, you often forget about the close calls you needed to survive to get there.

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      • The kid from Steel Valley picked West Chester .. over IUP, Ship, Boro and Youngstown State.

        Must be that academic money ....


        My opinion is he'll be Part 2 of this past year's WCU phenom. One and done.


        Joe has a recruiting issue this year for high school guards. Automatic redshirt. That makes things harder.
        Last edited by IUPbigINDIANS; 04-18-2020, 04:59 PM.

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        • IUP has signed 6'2" shooting guard Kyle Polce (Pine-Richland High School).


          Polce is a scholarship player.

          One spot left.

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          • Jelani Simmons, a current IUP target, picked up an offer from Lincoln Memorial last night.

            So, on the D2 level, he has IUP, Lincoln Memorial and U-Indy among the top-tier programs. He also has 4-5 low D1 offers. It appears he's trying to wait this out and see if a bigger school makes a late run at him.

            There are a couple other offers in play inside the KCAC -- this is just the only public one. We'll see who signs first to play for Redshirt Joe (and, hopefully they've already taken a redshirt year).

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            • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
              Jelani Simmons, a current IUP target, picked up an offer from Lincoln Memorial last night.

              So, on the D2 level, he has IUP, Lincoln Memorial and U-Indy among the top-tier programs. He also has 4-5 low D1 offers. It appears he's trying to wait this out and see if a bigger school makes a late run at him.

              There are a couple other offers in play inside the KCAC -- this is just the only public one. We'll see who signs first to play for Redshirt Joe (and, hopefully they've already taken a redshirt year).
              That kid must be that damn good!

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              • I thought they did pretty well on the All-Decade men's teams. The toughest call was Ashton over Malik.

                Mathis Keita being left out was probably the toughest decision as far as the final 10 players.

                In honor of Joe, each team (first and second) should have had a 7-man rotation. Each team could have also had two redshirts and a walk-on ready to play by mid-January.

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                • IUP has offered Michael Matas (6'8", 210 lbs) from Oakville, Canada (London Basketball Academy).

                  He has a slew of offers including U-Indy. He's a 'Stretch 4'

                  His film is very similar to Ethan Porterfield's a year ago.

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                  • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
                    IUP has offered Michael Matas (6'8", 210 lbs) from Oakville, Canada (London Basketball Academy).

                    He has a slew of offers including U-Indy. He's a 'Stretch 4'

                    His film is very similar to Ethan Porterfield's a year ago.
                    Looks like Howard also offered him. Better hope the lure of D1 isn't strong in this one. ; )

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                    • Originally posted by Scrub View Post

                      Looks like Howard also offered him. Better hope the lure of D1 isn't strong in this one. ; )
                      If Redshirt Joe is crossing the boarder he must have some coin saved up. There's only one spot left. Most thought it would be a transfer. He did make some connections on their trip up there last fall.

                      Howard is the Seton Hill of D1 basketball. LOL.

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                      • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

                        Howard is the Seton Hill of D1 basketball. LOL.
                        No question. But if he played at Howard, he could say at barbecues later in life that he played D1. Maybe it's always been his dream to play D1. (And so on and so forth). He'd be best served playing at IUP or UIndy. Just like some D3 kid would be better served playing at a top D3 (like a Randolph Macon) than playing at Seton Hill.

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                        • Taking a look at the updated roster and remaining 'salary cap':

                          Guard:

                          Armoni Foster
                          David Morris
                          Shawndale Jones
                          Anthony White
                          Bryce Radford
                          K.J. Rhodes
                          Kyle Polce (incoming scholarship freshman)

                          Post:

                          Tommy Demogerontas
                          Ethan Porterfield
                          Ousmane Diop

                          Utility:

                          Dylan Benton


                          Walk-on:

                          Jackson Faulk (Guard / Incoming freshman)
                          Nolan Burk (Center / Incoming freshman)



                          Outstanding offers:

                          Michael Matas (Stretch 4 / Canada)
                          Jelani Simmons (Guard / YSU)



                          Notes: Polce will obviously redshirt. Luckily, of the returning players, all have already taken a redshirt season ... all except Ethan Porterfield. Joe's not even crazy enough to do that ...

                          If I had to bet they've moved on from Simmons. A big who can play immediately would be more beneficial. Matas could play as a true freshman in a limited role to start. He would give Joe three bigs who can all stretch the floor -- and leave Diop inside to wreck havoc.

                          That's going to be a loaded team -- regardless of who this last player is.

                          One other item is they have 'at least' one full scholarship available as of today. There's speculation one of the players is on an academic full ride. So, it's possible there could be two signings before it's all said and done.

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                          • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
                            Taking a look at the updated roster and remaining 'salary cap':

                            Guard:

                            Armoni Foster
                            David Morris
                            Shawndale Jones
                            Anthony White
                            Bryce Radford
                            K.J. Rhodes
                            Kyle Polce (incoming scholarship freshman)

                            Post:

                            Tommy Demogerontas
                            Ethan Porterfield
                            Ousmane Diop

                            Utility:

                            Dylan Benton


                            Walk-on:

                            Jackson Faulk (Guard / Incoming freshman)
                            Nolan Burk (Center / Incoming freshman)



                            Outstanding offers:

                            Michael Matas (Stretch 4 / Canada)
                            Jelani Simmons (Guard / YSU)



                            Notes: Polce will obviously redshirt. Luckily, of the returning players, all have already taken a redshirt season ... all except Ethan Porterfield. Joe's not even crazy enough to do that ...

                            If I had to bet they've moved on from Simmons. A big who can play immediately would be more beneficial. Matas could play as a true freshman in a limited role to start. He would give Joe three bigs who can all stretch the floor -- and leave Diop inside to wreck havoc.

                            That's going to be a loaded team -- regardless of who this last player is.

                            One other item is they have 'at least' one full scholarship available as of today. There's speculation one of the players is on an academic full ride. So, it's possible there could be two signings before it's all said and done.
                            Challenge accepted.

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                            • Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
                              Taking a look at the updated roster and remaining 'salary cap':

                              Guard:

                              Armoni Foster
                              David Morris
                              Shawndale Jones
                              Anthony White
                              Bryce Radford
                              K.J. Rhodes
                              Kyle Polce (incoming scholarship freshman)

                              Post:

                              Tommy Demogerontas
                              Ethan Porterfield
                              Ousmane Diop

                              Utility:

                              Dylan Benton


                              Walk-on:

                              Jackson Faulk (Guard / Incoming freshman)
                              Nolan Burk (Center / Incoming freshman)



                              Outstanding offers:

                              Michael Matas (Stretch 4 / Canada)
                              Jelani Simmons (Guard / YSU)



                              Notes: Polce will obviously redshirt. Luckily, of the returning players, all have already taken a redshirt season ... all except Ethan Porterfield. Joe's not even crazy enough to do that ...

                              If I had to bet they've moved on from Simmons. A big who can play immediately would be more beneficial. Matas could play as a true freshman in a limited role to start. He would give Joe three bigs who can all stretch the floor -- and leave Diop inside to wreck havoc.

                              That's going to be a loaded team -- regardless of who this last player is.

                              One other item is they have 'at least' one full scholarship available as of today. There's speculation one of the players is on an academic full ride. So, it's possible there could be two signings before it's all said and done.
                              I'm told Anthony White is not returning and going back closer to home.
                              Pete Sirianni. Digital Editor, New Castle News.

                              2016 IUP graduate. twitter.com/petersirianni.

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                              • Matas is a miss. He signed with a D1 program in Canada. Staying home.

                                Never know. Maybe in a year or two.


                                Edit: correction ... he signed with D1 Southern Illinois (Ohio Valley Conference).
                                Last edited by IUPbigINDIANS; 05-12-2020, 11:38 PM.

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