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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:33 am

Always good to see a positive story about another of our WCC Basketball players.

Now Anthony Ireland has made a name for himself.

Loyola Marymount's point guard has established himself as one of the elite floor leaders in the WCC and maybe even in the entire country. He's far from a household name beyond the west coast, but the 5-foot-9 junior, who hails from Connecticut and attended Winchendon (Mass.) prep school, earned first-team All-WCC honors last season.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:53 pm

It should be no surprise that Zack Farmer picks the LMU Lions to finish 4th in the WCC this season.
LMU made a huge leap and became an instant contender last season. The Lions’ turnaround was fueled by healthy players. That will be the case again this season.

They are down three starters but bring in one of the best recruiting classes in the conference. They picked up wins at Saint Mary’s and at BYU and could be on the verge on breaking into the top tier of the league.

LMU should be an exciting team again this year but let’s take a deeper look.

Outlook
Health has been a major concern for Loyola Marymount over the last two seasons and that has been reflected in the team’s finish in WCC play.

LMU had six of their top eight players in 2010-11 miss more than 60 combined games, more than five times the total of the other seven WCC schools combined. They finished last that season. Last year, they did have injuries but just nowhere near as many. Drew Viney, Ashley Hamilton, and Jarred DuBois all missed games but LMU managed to finish in fourth.

They are fairly healthy heading into the season but depth is a problem. The Lions should be towards the top of the league again but this is critical to that success.

Backcourt
The Lions may have the best playmaker in the league with Anthony Ireland. The junior guard has been LMU’s most consistent player over the last two seasons and he is a big part of the reason they were a contender last year.

“Anthony Ireland, obviously, I think is an underrated guard nationally,” LMU head coach Max Good said. “They’ve got several people ahead of him that I don’t think are comparable to him let alone better. He’ll have this year to prove this.”

But aside from Ireland, they will also have a number of young players that should provide a spark. Bruce English and Chase Flint have played well early on in camp and Good will be relying on them to produce early.

They will also be looking to CJ Blackwell for a boost after he returns from a lingering knee problem. Good hopes to have him back for the Great Alaska Shootout. Junior guard Ayodeji Egbeyemi had wrist surgery at the end of the year but has recovered well and played in the team scrimmage over the weekend.

Top recruit Nick Stover will also see minutes early on.

LMU will also have to overcome the loss of senior guard Jarred DuBois, who transferred during the summer in search of more minutes at the point guard position.

Frontcourt
Without Drew Viney the onus falls onto Ashley Hamilton and Godwin Okonji to fill the offensive gap he left and Good said both have done a lot of work in the offseason to help that cause.

“I think they have some toughness and they bring that back-East toughness to our program,” Good said. “Ashley has gotten a lot better. Ashley’s biggest problem, he fights himself, he gets down on himself. He’s overcome that to a great extent.”

“Godwin has improved a lot offensively,” he continued.” “He’s worked very hard on post moves in the offseason. He’s gotten stronger. He’s put on 10 to 12 pound of muscle. He’s only 6-8 but he plays much bigger than that.”
But more than any players on the team, their health is paramount. The depth at the center and forward positions is thin and inexperienced.

“We don’t have the kind of quality depth that we can lose major players,” Good said.

Notes
The success of Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, and BYU has raised the stakes in the recruiting game in the WCC. Good said teams have had to become more aggressive in their recruiting in response.

“Everybody had to up the game,” Good said. “We had to get serious. We couldn’t just settle for with everybody else pick their recruits and then we take what’s leftover. I don’t think there is a coach in the league good enough to do that. It’s not about coaches. It’s about players. I don’t care who good the jockey is, a mule has never won the Kentucky Derby.”

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:14 pm

The Mid-Majority launched tonight with this story. Even if you know it (and most of us do), it's a wonderful, moving account.

http://www.midmajority.com/p/2950

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun May 05, 2013 10:34 pm

LMU recently received commitments from a couple of freshmen guards, Nino Jackson and Evan Payne, both 6’2” from Kingdom Christian Academy in Georgia. Jackson is said to be the real deal having scored over 40 points in a number of games this past season.

LMU is finally getting the next “super star from Zambia,“ Patson Diame, the 6’10” C/F who decided to gain more experience by spending an extra year at Trinity International Prep School in Nevada will enter LMU this summer.

To make room for these new guys, it was announced that sophomore SG Bruce English and freshman PF Marin Mornar from Croatia will be transferring.

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Post by up7587 on Mon May 06, 2013 7:08 am

DoubleDipper wrote:To make room for these new guys, it was announced that sophomore SG Bruce English and freshman PF Marin Mornar from Croatia will be transferring.
More "USF Model" activity? Perhaps the league is getting a little desperate to keep up with the Big 3.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon May 06, 2013 8:03 pm

Don't know the kid, but Gabe Levin must have seen something he liked at LMU to move from the Chicago area to LA.

The 6-7 235 forward and freshman-to-be has a soft touch, some hops, and appears athletic from the video I've seen.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon May 27, 2013 8:25 pm

Aw, now I know where LMU is getting the scholarship for Levin.....once highly regarded small forward Taj Adams has apparently been dismissed from the team after just one season…finally.

I don’t know the whole story, but it’s my understanding he only played in one game this season before getting in some sort of trouble, and is now gone.

It would seem no school is immune from student/athlete misconduct or academic problems….unfortunately.

Maybe Iron Lion can give us a rundown.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:42 am

scratch  I imagine Iron Lion has known this for some time, but despite Coach Good's announcement that PF Marin Mornar would be transferring, and Western NE CC announced they had a verbal from Mornar....he's staying at LMU.

That's good for LMU, and probably good for the big Croatian too.  Smile

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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:17 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:LMU is finally getting the next “super star from Zambia,“ Patson Diame, the 6’10” C/F who decided to gain more experience by spending an extra year at Trinity International Prep School in Nevada will enter LMU this summer.
Except that now Mr. Diame has been declared "academically ineligible" for this coming season. Evil or Very Mad

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:24 pm

From LMU today:
Head Coach Max Good announced that seniors Ayodeji Egbeyemi and Godwin Okonji will miss an indefinite portion of the 2013-14 season due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident while heading to practice around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. Both players were admitted to Marina Hospital shortly before 8 a.m. and were released later that afternoon.

"We are very thankful that both Godwin and Ayodeji are doing well and were able to come home following the accident," said Good. "While they are doing well, both suffered various levels of injuries that will take time to heal. In talking with our doctors, we feel Ayodeji should be back soon, while we will have to wait and see on the condition of Godwin. He suffered injuries to his left leg that will require further examination from his doctors. At this time, we are just thankful that they are with us."

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:10 am

Word is SF Nick Stover is leaving LMU.  From a playing standpoint, I'm surprised.  With two years remaining, he was just settling in to the fast paced D-1 game and was getting more minutes and starting, as I recall.

Coaching moves can bring on many changes.....but I thought Stover would have a couple of really good years at LMU.

Maybe there is another reason for his departure....... Question

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon May 05, 2014 8:39 am

LMU is starting the Aussie pipeline too.  Gunner David Humphries, an Australian who has been playing at North Iowa Area Community College, has signed to begin playing this fall.

One might think his 22 points per game is just "average," but when you take into consideration he averaged only a little over 9 minutes per game......that pencils out to something like 97 points for every 40 minutes of playing time.  Shocked

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Post by Guest on Mon May 05, 2014 8:56 am

DoubleDipper wrote:One might think his 22 points per game is just "average," but when you take into consideration he averaged only a little over 9 minutes per game......that pencils out to something like 97 points for every 40 minutes of playing time.  Shocked

That, or the mighty North Iowa Area CC doesn't properly track minutes played. Go Trojans.

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Post by up7587 on Mon May 05, 2014 9:45 am

DoubleDipper wrote:LMU is starting the Aussie pipeline too.  Gunner David Humphries, an Australian who has been playing at North Iowa Area Community College, has signed to begin playing this fall.

One might think his 22 points per game is just "average," but when you take into consideration he averaged only a little over 9 minutes per game......that pencils out to something like 97 points for every 40 minutes of playing time.  Shocked

NIACC must be a mighty program, if such a prolific scorer can't get off the bench. What was his +/- rating?

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon May 05, 2014 9:52 am

DeanMurdoch wrote:That, or the mighty North Iowa Area CC doesn't properly track minutes played. Go Trojans.
Ha-ha, yea I know nothing about the kid or the school.  I know he was a prolific scorer as a youngster in Australia, but there's got to be a reason why D-1 schools weren't beating down his door besides academics if he has the potential to drop that many points.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Mon May 05, 2014 11:00 am

Well, it wouldn't be the first time a school has stashed a player at a cc with a promise of a scholarship in the future.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon May 05, 2014 11:57 am

PurpleGeezer wrote:Well, it wouldn't be the first time a school has stashed a player at a cc with a promise of a scholarship in the future.
For sure, but I doubt that is the case here as new head coach Mike Dunlap has been away from the college game for quite some time.

As I recall, he was the Adelaide 36ers Head Coach in the mid-90's, so he's probably got some good Aussie connections.  pirat

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon May 05, 2014 5:37 pm

Hmm, it would appear Coach Dunlap will have only HIS guys on the team before too long.  It's now being reported that redshirt sophomore wing C.J. Blackwell will also transfer from LMU.   Evil or Very Mad

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri May 09, 2014 12:13 am

When will the madness stop!!

It is now being reported that All-WCC Freshman Gabe Levin is departing the team and will transfer.

I thought Levin was a huge contributor in his first year at LMU, averaging over 7 rebounds and over 11 points.  

Except for the graduation of Anthony Ireland, I think the loss of Levin is the biggest blow to the Lions to date this offseason.


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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:18 am

Gabe Levin narrowed his choices to Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Marquette, and today chose the latter, Marquette. scratch 

One can probably get a good education at Marquette, but IMO the other two would have looked much better on his resume'.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:31 pm

From May, 2013:
DoubleDipper wrote:LMU recently received commitments from a couple of freshmen guards, Nino Jackson and Evan Payne, both 6’2” from Kingdom Christian Academy in Georgia.  Jackson is said to be the real deal having scored over 40 points in a number of games this past season.
In what has become a bit of a revolving door since the departure of Coach Good, Nino Jackson is leaving the team, but LMU has signed 6-8/205 JUCO PF Marquis Godfrey.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:06 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:It is now being reported that All-WCC Freshman Gabe Levin is departing the team and will transfer.  I thought Levin was a huge contributor in his first year at LMU, averaging over 7 rebounds and over 11 points.  Except for the graduation of Anthony Ireland, I think the loss of Levin is the biggest blow to the Lions to date this offseason.
After just three days of practice at Marquette in his redshirt year, Levin has "left the program."

When Levin left LMU at the end of the school year he chose to transfer to Marquette after considering Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Northwestern.  He's a really talented kid.....

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:24 pm

And so it continues.....

Apparently Coach Dunlap is either very difficult to play for or he's just building the team his way....not Coach Good's way.

Last week LMU's top scorer (18ppg) sophomore Evan Payne, from Akron, Ohio, announced he would be leaving the team, and now it is rumored that 6-11 Zambian, Patson Siame will also be leaving.

I think Payne was always in a little trouble with coach Dunlap, as even though he was the best player, he started less than half the games for LMU.

Siame, once considered one of the best LMU recruits since Hank Gathers, was getting 20 minutes per game as a sophomore and putting up respectable numbers.  It's my recollection that after attending a postgraduate year at prep school, Siame then redshirted a year at LMU....so if he transfers to a D1 school, he'll probably only have a year to play unless he's granted a waiver by LMU.

My guess: Payne, and possibly Siame, won't be the last departures this season.  Evil or Very Mad

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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:25 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:My guess: Payne, and possibly Siame, won't be the last departures this season.  Evil or Very Mad
Dang....today Siame confirmed he'll be leaving the program.

In other news, talented and athletic 6-7 freshman SF Devin Wyatt reports he too will be leaving after one year in LA....he's from De Soto, Texas.  Not sure Wyatt is truly a D1 baller, but he's definitely athletic.

Haven't checked, but I think that leaves only senior-to-be Marin Mornar from Croatia as the last of Coach Good's recruits.

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