EDMONTON - Any doubts that Tevonn Walker was fitting in with the Valparaiso Crusaders were put to rest right around the New Year.
Certainly, winning Horizon League Freshman of the Week on Jan. 5 was a positive sign, but it was a voice from home during the holiday season that provided confirmation.
“I was in a conversation with my mom and she said that she pretty much sees that I’m kind of settling down and learning to play how I used to before Valpo,” said Walker. “So I feel more comfortable.”
Senior Greg Mays scored 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting
Milt Schoon, a member of the Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame and a key component of the Crusader men’s basketball program in the mid-1940’s, passed away Sunday at the age of 92.
Greg Mays scored a season-high 23 points on Sunday night
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's not so much of an obsession as it is a culture.
In the brisk fall and winter months in Green Bay, there is Sunday and the six days before the next Sunday. The plethora of Green Bay Packers gear worn by the devoted goes beyond coats and jackets. Men and women sport team colors on their ties, socks and forearms.
The key to recruiting Keifer Sykes was to make sure you got on the good side of his father, James.
The men’s basketball teams from the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University are scheduled to play two times, and based on how things went last season, there could be a lot of compelling basketball ahead.
The first meeting of the season is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at Calihan Hall in Detroit. The second game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Athletics Center O’rena in Rochester.
Although the programs have played each other in years past, after Oakland joined Detroit in the Horizon League in 2013, a genuine rivalry seemed to be born.
Alec Peters of Washington hit the ground running last year as a freshman forward at Valparaiso, averaging 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds and being named to the Horizon League all-freshman team.
The 6-foot-9 sharpshooter didn’t rest on his laurels, though. He immediately went to work in the off-season improving the areas he thought would help his game for this year, namely speed and athleticism.
The results have come quickly and positively for both Peters and the Crusaders.
For high school basketball stars moving on to college play, red-shirting can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, they must endure a full season without real competition on the court. On the other hand, they have time to ease into college life, get stronger in the weight room and see the game from a different perspective.
So far this season, it appears that University of Detroit freshman guard/forward Paris Bass has made the most of last year's red-shirt opportunity.