Nov. 7, 2012
Contact: Greg Murphy
Radio: WHK 1420 AM (Al Pawlowski)
SETTING THE SCENE: The Cleveland State men's basketball team opens the 2012-13 regular season, the 82nd season in program history, when the Vikings host Grambling at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 9) in the Wolstein Center. The Vikings opened the season with an exhibition game against Malone on Tuesday (Nov. 6), earning a 79-71 win behind double-doubles from Anton Grady and Tim Kamczyc. CSU, which features just one senior, returns only one starter (Kamczyc) and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 22-11 and advanced to the postseason for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Grambling was 4-24 last season. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools and Grambling will become CSU's 251st opponent all-time.
EARLY OPENER: Friday's game will tie the program record for earliest game to start a season. The previous season opener on Nov. 9 came in the 2007-08 season, a 73-70 win over South Florida in the Glenn Wilkes Classic.
GOING AFTER #500 AT HOME: Cleveland State will be attempting to win its 500th game in program history when Grambling visits on Friday (Nov. 9). CSU is 499-391 all-time at home, including a program-record 17 home victories in the 2010-11 season, since beginning play as Fenn College in 1929-30.
DOUBLE PLEASURE FOR VIKING FANS: Friday's game will be the first of two scheduled doubleheaders this year as the CSU women's squad will host South Dakota at 5:00 p.m. CSU has been very successful in doubleheaders over the last five years, claiming 12 sweeps in 19 twinbills. Both the CSU men's and women's teams have gone 15-4 in doubleheaders since the start of the 2007-08 season.
WATERS CHASING 300th WIN: Head coach Gary Waters enters the 2012-13 season needing seven wins to reach 300 for his career. Waters, who has won 122 games during his six years at CSU, won 92 games at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers.
OPENING ACT: Some notes on season and home openers at CSU...
CSU HOOPS LUNCHEONS: The first CSU Hoops Luncheon of the year took place on Thursday with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Gary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad throughout the 2012-13 season. Hosted by the voice of the Vikings, Al Pawlowski, the luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, Monday, Jan. 7 and Friday, Feb. 15. Cost of admission is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door and includes a buffet luncheon and beverages. Tables for eight can also be reserved for $96.00. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119.
GRADY EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION: In addition to earning a spot on the preseason all-league team, Anton Grady picked up several mentions from national publications as a player who has the potential to breakout this year. Among them are the following...
CBSSports.com (Jeff Goodman) - ranked 11th of 30 players poised to breakout this year: Grady should make a significant jump after an impressive freshman season in which he averaged 8.5 points, 6.4 boards and 1.4 blocks in a little more than 20 minutes per contest. He has a good motor, nice skills and plays hard.
College Basketball Talk (Rob Dauster) - Gary Waters has called Anton Grady his future, and he's right. He was incredibly productive -- 8.5 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 blocks, the team lead in offensive and defensive rebounding percentages -- in limited minutes as a freshman, and with so much of Cleveland State's production from last season graduating, Grady will have plenty of opportunities. Even without Butler in the league, the Horizon has quite a bit of talent. Grady might be the best player in the league.
Sports Illustrated (Luke Winn ) Breakout Sophomores: Gary Waters has already referred to Grady, a much larger cousin of Earl Boykins, as "our future." With the Vikings' three top possession-users gone from last season, it would seem that the future is now. Grady was a monster in short spurts as a freshman, leading CSU in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, block percentage, and posting a usage/efficiency ratio that suggests he can assume a go-to-guy role if called upon. Waters told Grady during his recruitment that he'd be used as a wing forward, but he's been so good in a pure frontcourt role that it doesn't seem wise to push him to the perimeter. (And selfishly, I don't want anything to interfere with his breakout).
VIKINGS FIFTH IN PRESEASON LEAGUE POLL: Cleveland State was picked to finish fifth in the preseason Horizon League poll as voted on by the league's nine head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Valparaiso, the defending regular season champion, earned 382 points and 40 first place votes to claim the top spot. Detroit received the other four first place votes and 332 points to finish second. Green Bay was third with 283 points and was followed by Youngstown State (243), CSU (230), Milwaukee (178), Loyola (105), UIC (96) and Wright State (86).
GRADY NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE TEAM: Sophomore Anton Grady was one of 10 players selected to the preseason All-Horizon League team, earning a spot on the second team. Grady played in all 33 games last season, serving as CSU's sixth man, while also making three starts. He averaged 8.5 points per game, while ranking sixth in the Horizon League in rebounding (6.4), fifth in blocked shots (1.4) and field goal percentage (112-210; .533), seventh in defensive rebounds (4.5) and eighth in offensive rebounds (1.9). Grady upped those numbers to 10.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per night in the 18 Horizon League contests, scoring in double figures in 12 of those games.
LONG TENURED: Gary Waters enters his seventh season as the head coach at CSU, making him the third longest tenured coach in program history. Only Ray Dierenger (1969-83) and Homer E. Woodling (1929-41, 1952-53) have served longer.
FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: Last year's season finale at Stanford extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 169. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings toppled Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the 135 games since, Cleveland State has gone 88-48 (.650).
KAMCZYC KEEPS PLAYING: Senior Tim Kamczyc enters the 2012-13 season having played in 102 straight games, the 11th longest streak in school history. He needs to play in four games to pass Darren Tillis, who is 10th in program history, playing in 105 straight games.
KAMCZYC KEEPS STARTING, TOO: Tim Kamczyc has started the last 74 games he has appeared in, the eighth longest streak in CSU history. Depending on how many games the Vikings play this year, Kamczyc could break the school-record for consecutive starts, currently 106 by J'Nathan Bullock (2005-09) and Norris Cole (2007-11).
FRESHMAN STEP-UP: A pair of freshman came off the bench to provide a big lift in Tuesday's exhibition win over Malone. Bryn Forbes played 23 minutes, scoring 14 points with six rebounds. Back-up point guard Josh Ivory logged 18 minutes, scoring nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from three-point, and adding five boards.
DIDN'T MISS MUCH: Tim Kamczyc ranked second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage last season, hitting 117-of-200 (585) from the floor. It was also the second best percentage in CSU history for a single season. In addition, Kamczyc shot well from three-point, going 29-of-63 (.460), meaning of his 83 missed shots last season, only 49 came from inside the arc.
CHARLES IN CHARGE: Sophomore Charlie Lee is set to take over the starting point guard role this season after serving as the backup last year, averaging 4.1 points and 2.2 assists. His 74 assists were the ninth most by a CSU freshman in school history. In Tuesday's exhibition win over Malone, Lee dished out seven assists with only one turnover.
QUEST FOR 1,000: Tim Kamczyc enters his final season in the Green and White with 634 career points, needing 366 to become the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
ADDING ASSISTANCE: The trio of associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jeremaine Kimbrough are in their seventh year serving for head coach Gary Waters on the Viking bench. It is the longest tenure for a trio of Viking assistant coaches in school history. Only the tandem of Mitch Buonaguro and Paul Molinari (1996-03) served longer as a unit. Not only that, it is also the longest tenure of any coaching staff together in the country.
SUCCESS 701: The seventh edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing Dave Dinunzio's book Think Like a Champion as the course text for the second straight year. Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life. Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success. Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08, turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09. Waters returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text and again in 2010-11, using Maxwell's Winning With People. The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players over the summer and preseason months.
UP NEXT: Cleveland State opens play in the NIT Season Tip-Off with a first round game against Bowling Green at 6:00 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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