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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:45 pm

Zack Farmer picks Pepperdine to finish last in the WCC this year, just one spot behind UP..……

OUTLOOK
This year is very similar to last year for Pepperdine. The Waves are incredibly young, inexperienced. Their saving grace a year ago was their top two rebounders, Corbin Moore and Taylor Darby. They are gone.

Health is another big concern. Lorne Jackson, Jan Maehlen, Moriba De Freitas, Dane Suttle, Jr., and Hector Harold all missed time in 2011-12. Three of them (Jackson, Maehlen, De Freitas) are back and hopefully fully recovered.

BACKCOURT
They have a guard with some promise in Jordan Baker. He was impressive in spots during conference play but he will need to be more consistent. Baker had a stretch where he scored in double-figures in nine of 10 games, including a 26-point performance at USF, but followed it up with five games of nine or fewer in the final eight games.

Senior Lorne Jackson should provide a steadying force for the young Waves team. Jackson, who missed all of last season with an ACL tear, would have been the team’s leading returning scorer last season and his return will be a big boost for a team that averaged 59 points per game.

“He’s probably back to where he was a year ago, playing well, scoring the ball,” Wilson said. “Obviously, our best scoring threat from the perimeter. So it sets me at ease knowing we have a guy that’s proven, that’s been through the battles and understands what we’re trying to do to help build this program.”

FRONTCOURT
A key for the Waves will be the health of Jan Maehlen. The 7-footer has struggled to stay on the floor and missed all but three games last season with multiple injuries, getting a medical redshirt. Because the lack of depth in the frontcourt, Maehlen needs to stay healthy if for nothing else to grab rebounds. Moore and Darby accounted for more than 14 rebounds.

Wilson said Maehlen is in better shape and is feeling much better about himself.

Pepperdine also hopes to get a boost from freshman forward Stacy Davis. He was named to the Arizona Republic Division II all-state second team while averaging 20.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest.

Wilson has him penciled in to a bunch of minutes his freshman season and will be able to score inside and outside.

Cuesta College transfer Malte Kramer had knee surgery in the summer and, according to Wilson, his recovery is going well. Kramer will be able to spread the floor with his ability to shoot the basketball. He once made 9-for-9 from three in a half.

“Having those bullets in your gun is a big plus,” said Wilson.

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri May 17, 2013 5:10 pm

Taking advantage of the adage, “You can never have enough power forwards,” Pepperdine just received a verbal commitment from David Jepperson out of Merrill, Wisconsin.

At 6-8, 185 lbs, I think it’s a good bet young David will sit for a year while the FOUR PF’s ahead of him on the PU roster get some playing time this coming season. Smile

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:58 am

Word on the street is Jordan Baker is joining Jan Maehlen and Ramon Eaton on the transfer list. 

Baker is a very, very good shooting guard who's been a bit inconsistent at times, but was being counted on to help get PU out of the WCC cellar this year.

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:48 pm

Hmm, Pepperdine signed combo guard (he prefers being a point guard), Marley Biyendolo from Australia for this coming season.  I don’t think PU’s biggest shortage is at PG, they now have two coming in as freshmen and two more on the roster, but they probably went for the best possible athlete available.

He reminds me a little of Patty Mills, but when I say little, I don’t mean Marley is small….at 6-4 and still growing, he could pose a problem for WCC guards.

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DaTruRochin on Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:52 am

$20 says he transfers to be "closer to home" and magically winds up at St Mary's within the next 2 years....  Hitting my head agai

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:15 am

Will st. Mary's have any scholarships to give in two years?

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DaTruRochin on Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:29 am

Never underestimate the sneakiness of a Smurf.

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:38 am

DaTruRochin wrote:$20 says he transfers to be "closer to home" and magically winds up at St Mary's within the next 2 years....  Hitting my head agai
Ha-ha, you know, it’s possible….

It would appear St. Mary’s is out of scholarships for this coming season, but they’ve got 4 point guards that will be seniors (although my favorite player on the team, Jordan Page, from Australia, may have to sit out a second medical redshirt year with another ACL injury), and there is only 1 junior PG….after that, the cupboard is bare at St. Mary’s.

One would have to assume Stephen Holt out of Jesuit in Portland will be the starter this year for St. Mary’s, but Coach Bennett will definitely be looking for another PG for the future after Cullen Neal was released from his LOI to play for his dad at New Mexico

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by PilotsFan20 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:00 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:
DaTruRochin wrote:$20 says he transfers to be "closer to home" and magically winds up at St Mary's within the next 2 years....  Hitting my head agai
Ha-ha, you know, it’s possible….

It would appear St. Mary’s is out of scholarships for this coming season, but they’ve got 4 point guards that will be seniors (although my favorite player on the team, Jordan Page, from Australia, may have to sit out a second medical redshirt year with another ACL injury), and there is only 1 junior PG….after that, the cupboard is bare at St. Mary’s.

One would have to assume Stephen Holt out of Jesuit in Portland will be the starter this year for St. Mary’s, but Coach Bennett will definitely be looking for another PG for the future after Cullen Neal was released from his LOI to play for his dad at New Mexico




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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by PilotsFan20 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:01 pm

In 2014-15, at point guard Saint Mary's will have Jordan Giusti (RS Junior), Jorden Page if he is unable to play this season and comes back for a 6th year, and walk-on Treaven Duffy (RS Sophomore).

But whoever Saint Mary's has at point guard this season will have no experience play point guard since Dellavedova essentially played all 40 minutes for 4 years (alongside another PG McConnell for the first 2).

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:47 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Word on the street is Jordan Baker is joining Jan Maehlen and Ramon Eaton on the transfer list. 

Baker is a very, very good shooting guard who's been a bit inconsistent at times, but was being counted on to help get PU out of the WCC cellar this year.
By all indications Marty Wilson is a great guy and good coach, so is it the isolation of Malibu?

It's now being reported that senior PF Moriba De Freitas is looking to go elsewhere...probably home to Trinidad.  

I remember being very impressed by the 6-9/220 De Freitas in UP's home OT loss to PU...very athletic, and an excellent rebounder, he was just getting accustomed to D-1 ball after two years of community college and one medical redshirt year at PU.

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:01 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Word on the street is Jordan Baker is joining Jan Maehlen and Ramon Eaton on the transfer list. 

Baker is a very, very good shooting guard who's been a bit inconsistent at times, but was being counted on to help get PU out of the WCC cellar this year.
Just glanced at an article at Examiner.com posted today by Zack Farmer saying how good Jordan Baker is and how much he'll contribute to PU this year....obviously Farmer needs to check-in on PilotNation from time-to-time.  Rolling Eyes

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:23 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Word on the street is Jordan Baker is joining Jan Maehlen and Ramon Eaton on the transfer list. 

Baker is a very, very good shooting guard who's been a bit inconsistent at times, but was being counted on to help get PU out of the WCC cellar this year.
Turns out the Pilots will play against Jordan Baker again in the fall of 2014 when UP visits San Jose St.

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Sat May 03, 2014 12:23 am

I see starting SG Malcom Brooks is leaving the team after only one year a PU.  

Brooks, from Brooklyn via two years at Lamar CC, was playing well.....who knows what goes into the decisions these young men make, or have made for them.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:25 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:I see starting SG Malcom Brooks is leaving the team after only one year a PU.  
Brooks, who would have been a starter at the three next year and who had some very high scoring outbursts towards the end of his only year at PU, has moved on to Cal State Fullerton where he will sit a year before playing in his final season of collegiate eligibility.

I believe Brooks' defection leaves a walk-on as the only member of the Waves senior class after four others preceded Brooks out the door over the last few years.

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Re: Pepperdine Notes

Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:49 am

DoubleDipper wrote:I see starting SG Malcom Brooks is leaving the team after only one year a PU.  
However, there's some good news to report....Oregon transfer AJ Lapray has been cleared to play at PU right away (he probably got a medical redshirt) and should be an excellent SG/wing at PU for three years.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:01 am

DoubleDipper wrote:However, there's some good news to report....Oregon transfer AJ Lapray has been cleared to play at PU right away (he probably got a medical redshirt) and should be an excellent SG/wing at PU for three years.
It was announced today that AJ has "medically retired" from basketball at PU.  

A chronic hip injury has limited his play over the last three years (he would have had two more years of eligibility), but now he's calling it quits on doctor's orders.  Pepperdine will honor his scholarship over the next two years so he can graduate, and it will not count against their 13 due to his injury.

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