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The Trentonian's Full-Court Press blog is back and improved. We'll keep you updated on everything you need to know about Rider and Princeton hoops as well as the college basketball landscape.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Shawn Valentine is Rider's Mr. Do-It-All

Shawn Valentine has the trust of coach Kevin Baggett. // John Blaine Photo

By KYLE FRANKO
kfranko@trentonian.com
@kj_franko on Twitter

Lawrenceville >> Shawn Valentine doesn't like to admit he's a jack of all trades, but head coach Kevin Baggett knows how valuable the junior forward is to the Rider basketball team.

"Shawn knows that I trust him in a lot of situations," Baggett said. "He's a guy that's normally in the game when the game's on the line for us."

On a team with only two seniors, Valentine is one of the leaders. In two seasons, he's played 63 games, logging 19.1 minutes per contest a year ago as a sophomore.

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Anthony D'Orazio looking to make impact in only year at Rider

Lawrenceville >> Remember the Lehigh team which upset Duke in the NCAA Tournament?

Well, if you look at that squad’s statistics you’ll find a name that might become familiar to Rider fans this season.

Anthony D’Orazio was part of that 27-win team as a sophomore and then went on to start on the Mountain Hawks’ 21-win side as a junior.

But he missed all of his senior season with an injury, and after completing all his coursework at Lehigh, was looking to transfer to complete his graduate degree.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rider rocks with Midnight MAACness

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Lawrenceville >> Zedric Sadler had to beg head coach Kevin Baggett to let him be in the dunk contest during Rider's annual Midnight MAACness event held Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

When Baggett finally relented, allowing the junior guard to take part, Sadler went out and won the competition, earning bragging rights over his teammates.

"I never did it," Sadler said. "My freshman I didn't get in it and my second year I was hurt. I just wanted to do it one time and experience it. Now, I have to defend next year."

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lopez, Okereafor solid additions for Broncs

Head coach Kevin Baggett likes his team's depth. (John Blaine Photo)

Lawrenceville >> Now in his third season, Rider head coach Kevin Baggett feels like he's got his team molded just the way he wants.

It helps to have a pair of players who sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules eligible.

Both Matt Lopez and Teddy Okereafor are expected to be starters for the Broncs, who are coming off a 14-17 season in which they finished eighth in the 11-team MAAC.

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Jimmie Taylor, Rider working to get fit as practice begins

Jimmie Taylor is Rider's top returning scorer. (John Blaine Photo)

Lawrenceville >> Nearly 20 minutes after practice ended, Jimmie Taylor emerged from the Rider locker room still trying to catch his breath.

The Broncs had just completed their first practice in preparation for the 2014-15 season, and to say fitness was on the agenda would be an understatement.

“That’s the toughest part when you’re coming back,” Taylor said. “When we do all this running, we have to push through it. He’s not going to let us off easy. So the best thing for us to do is get mentally tough fast and get through it, so we can keep moving on.”
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rider to open MAAC slate against Siena at Alumni Gym

Rider begins its 2014-15 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule on Sunday, Dec. 7 at home against Siena.

The MAAC revealed the league scheduled on Wednesday.

The MAAC traditionally plays two games is December in the midst of non-conference play. The Broncs travel to Iona on Dec. 10.

Once again, each school will play home and away against the other 10, making a 20-game conference schedule.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rider adds Kevin Noon to staff as DOB


Kevin Noon is coming home.

Rider head coach Kevin Baggett announced Thursday that the former manager-turned walk-on has been hired as the new director of basketball operations.

Noon, a Cherry Hill native, graduated from Rider in 2012, suiting up as a senior after spending the previous two years as a student manager.

"When I got the call from coach Baggett asking me if I was interested in the job here at Rider, it was a little bit of a surreal feeling," Noon said. "There's a little more passion for the place you can call home. Rider helped build me and help make me the coach I am right now and (will) continue to help me along that path."
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