Archive for June, 2008

Roberts Not Drafted

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

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Brian Roberts was not one of the 60 players selected in the NBA draft last Thursday night. He played well in the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando, and some experts predicted that he could be selected in the second round. However, it appears that he will have to continue his basketball career in Europe.

Roberts had a superb season in his senior year with UD.  He had phenomenal games with 28 points when Dayton upset #11 Louisville and scored 31 points when Dayton blew out #6 Pittsburgh 80-55.  Due to his performance, he received the ESPN’s Weekly Watch Player of the Week twice.  Roberts was a finalist for the Naismith Award and John R Wooden Award.  He led UD in more than several categories: scoring with 18.4 ppg,  free throw ppercentage (86%), 3-pt percentage (45.5%), assists (117), and minutes played (1179).   He finished in the top 10 as one of Dayton’s best in history in career scoring. 

Although Roberts had great stats, I knew that there was only a slim chance that he would be selected in the NBA draft. Unfortunately, he only played in one post-season tournament during his four years at UD (the NIT during his senior year). For a player to get recognized by the NBA, it appears that he has to lead his team into the later rounds of the NCAA tournament. 

He still has a chance this summer to try to sign as a free-agent with a team.  I doubt it will happen and he will end up like Wright State guard DaShaun Wood and end up playing oversea in Europe.  He probably can still make a good living with six figure salary overseas. 

Koufos Drafted by the Utah Jazz

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Ohio State center Kosta Koufos was selected with the 23rd pick in the first round by the Utah Jazz in the NBA Draft Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Madison Square Garden was where Koufos played his last collegiate game as a freshman for Ohio State. He helped lead Ohio State to an NIT Championship over UMass and was named MVP of the NIT tournament.  Ohio State also played in the pre-season NIT at Madison Square Garden where Koufos had one of his best games of the season, when he led the team with a season high 24 points and a 79-65 win over then #21 Syracuse. 

In his one-and-done season with Ohio State, Koufos averaged 14.7 points a game and 6.7 rebounds per game.

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Koufos was drafted a little later than most basketball experts predicted. Some NBA pundits expected the Cleveland Cavaliers to draft the Canton, Ohio native earlier in the first round.

Koufos was the only Ohio State basketball player drafted in the 2008 draft.  Graduated seniors Jamar Butler and Othello Hunter were projected in some draft sites to be drafted in the second round, but were not selected in the 2008 draft. 

It should be interesting to see how Koufos does in the NBA with the Utah Jazz.

Destroyers Close Out Season; Head Coach Will Not Return Next Season

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

The Columbus Destroyers finished out their season last Saturday night in Cleveland on a bad note – losing to the Cleveland Gladiators 35-47.

Ownership and Columbus Destroyers Head Coach Doug Kay have reached a mutual agreement that his contract will not extend beyond the 2008 season.

Coach Kay took over as head coach on July 14, 2005 and inherited a squad that finished 2-14 in 2005.  In 2006, he led the team to an 8-8 record and were one game shy of making the playoffs.

Last season, the Destroyers made the playoffs with a 7-9 regular season record. They went to its first ever National Conference Championship and won three straight playoff games on the road before losing to San Jose in the Arena Bowl.

The results this season were the opposite from last season for the Destroyers.  This season the Columbus Destroyers had a 3-13 record and tied for the worst record in the AFL.

It’s interesting that the Destroyers improved greatly under Coach Kay’s leadership during the first two years, but reverted to very poor performance in his third season. Evidently, the two good years were not enough for him to keep his job as head coach.

Clippers Only 1 Game Behind First-Place Toledo

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

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Improvement has been the key for the Columbus Clippers this season.   

The Clippers are in the midst of a 10 game road stand.  They split their first 2 games with Indianpolis losing 3-8 and winning 6-5,  finish out their next 3 of their 4 games this weekend against International League North first-place Pawtucket (won 4-3 last night), and finish their last 4 games next week against the other team tied for the first-place International League North, the Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees. 

They have the best record of any AAA team in the last 10 games going 8-2. As long as Columbus doesn’t fall apart, or go into too many slumps, they should be able to make the playoffs this season.  Hopefully they can keep doing well and take first place in the International League West.

Griffey Hits Milestone 600th Home Run

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Jerry Hariston lead off and hit a single to start the top of the first inning, Jay Bruce struck out looking, and Hariston stole second and third, then it was Ken Griffey Jr who would make history against left handed pitcher Mark Hariston.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a 2 run shot on a 3-1 pitch in the top of the first inning on Monday night against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium to become the sixth player in baseball history to achieve the milestone of 600 career home runs.  

The only other players to hit 600 home runs are Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays.

Griffey blasted it 413 feet into the right field seats, and then fans were scrambling for the ball.  After he rounded the bases and gave high fives to his teammates in the dugout, Griffey came out of the dugout and received a standing ovation for his accomplishment from Florida Marlin fans.

The Reds went onto beat the Marlins 9-4.

Dayton to Play in 2008 Chicago Invitational Challenge

Friday, June 6th, 2008

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After beating two ranked BCS Big East power-house basketball teams last season – blowing out then #6 Pittsburgh at home and beating then #11 Louisville on the road – the Flyers were looking to play some other BCS teams for their non-conference schedule for the 2008-2009 season. 

Dayton will get to play two BCS teams from the Big East and SEC Conference in the third annual Chicago Invitational Challenge at the Sears Centre Arena in November during the 2008-2009 season.

Before taking on the two BCS teams in Chicago, the first two rounds of the Chicago Invitational the Flyers will host Bethune-Cookman on Sunday, November 23 and Mercer on Tuesday, November 25 at UD Arena.

The Flyers will then play Auburn from the SEC on Friday, November 28th and Marquette from the Big East on Saturday, November 29th at the Seares Centre Arena in Chicago.

The other teams playing in the Chicago Invitational will be Northern Iowa, Chicago State, and Texas Southern.

After seeing what happened to Pittsburgh at home in UD Arena, most teams would probably not want to play at UD Arena. This is good for the Flyers that they could find two BCS teams to play on a neutral court.