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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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rider's McKenzie Second Team All-Met

MyNeshia McKenzie Second Team All-Met. Photo by JACKIE SCHEAR.

MyNeshia McKenzie racked up one more honor before graduation.

The senior forward for the Rider women’s basketball team was named to the All-Met Second Team for the second straight year when the teams were announced Monday by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.

McKenzie, a 6-foot forward from Springfield, Pa., finished the season second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring (19.5) and rebounding (11.1). She recorded 19 double-doubles and was also a first team all-league selection for the second consecutive season.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rider officially adds Durham as third member of 2018 class

Rider head coach Kevin Baggett officially announced Anthony Durham as the third member of his 2018 recruiting class.

Durham, a 6-foot-3 guard from Philadelphia, spent last season at Putnam Science Academy, helping it to a 29-5 record and the No. 5 national ranking among prep schools. Durham averaged 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Prior to Putnam, Durham starred at Abington High School (Pa.), leading the Galloping Ghosts to the AAAA semifinals as a senior. He averaged 14.5 points and 7.3 assists per game.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

PRINCETON GAMEDAT: CBI quarterfinals


PRINCETON GAMEDAY
CBI, second round

Who: Princeton Tigers (21-8) at Fresno State Bulldogs (18-16)

When/Where: 10 p.m. ET Monday, Fresno, Calif.

Coverage: WPRB 103.3, TheMW.com

Probable Lineups
Princeton: G T.J. Bray (6-5, senior, 18 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.2 APG). F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Steven Cook (6-5, freshman, 4.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG). C Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 11 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 10.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1 APG).

Fresno: F Alex Davis (6-9, junior, 5.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG). G Paul Watson (6-7, freshman, 10 PPG, 4.6 RPG). G Tyler Johnson (6-4, senior, 15.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3 APG). G Cezar Guerrero (6-1, sophomore, 12.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.7 APG). G Marvelle Harris (6-4, sophomore, 14.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2 APG).
Last time out: The Tigers narrowly advanced past Tulane last Wednesday with a 56-55 win in New Orleans despite holding a 14-point second half lead. Fresno State also had a competitive opening game, beating UTEP 61-56.

On Fresno: On paper at least, the Bulldogs look like a tougher challenge for the Tigers than the Green Wave. Ranked 114th in the country by Ken Pomeroy (Princeton is ranked 95th), Fresno has three top-100 wins on the season against UTEP (97), Boise State (79) and UC Irvine (89). Offensively, they get a majority of their scoring from the backcourt trio of Tyler Johnson, Cezar Guerrero and Marvelle Harris.


Looking ahead: If the Tigers advance past Fresno State, they will reach the CBI’s Final Four, where they will play the winner of the Penn State/Siena game. Princeton got perhaps its most memorable win of the season against the Nittany Lions back in December, coming back from a double-digit second half deficit to win 81-79 in overtime at Penn State’s historic Rec Hall.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Stephens commits to Tigers


For The Trentonian/JOHN BLAINE

Former Pennington standout Myles Stephens, currently playing for St. Andrew’s School in Delaware, has committed to play his college basketball for the Princeton Tigers. He’ll graduate high school in 2015.

As a sophomore, the 6-foot-4 Stephens helped lead the Red Raiders to the 2013 NJISAA Prep B state championship, beating current Miami Hurricane Davon Reed and Princeton Day in the final.

Considered a two-star prospect by ESPN, Stephens was highly coveted by a host of Patriot and Ivy League schools. He also drew some interest from high majors, most notably getting a scholarship offer from Seton Hall.


Stephens is Princeton’s first major signing for its 2015 class. Its 2014 class is well regarded, with two three-star prospects in 6-10 Alec Brennan and 6-3 East Brunswick point guard Amir Bell. Forwards Jackson Forbes and Mike Leblanc and point guard Aaron Young round out the class.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PRINCETON GAMEDAY: Tulane, CBI edition



College Basketball Invitational first round

Who: Princeton Tigers (20-8) at Tulane Green Wave (17-16)

Where/Where: 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, New Orleans, La.

Probable Lineups
Princeton: F Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 10.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.2 APG). F Spencer Weisz (6-4, freshman, 9.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.3 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 10.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1 APG). F Steven Cook (6-5, freshman, 4.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG). G T.J. Bray (6-5, senior, 18.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 5 APG).

Tulane: C Tomas Bruha (7-0, senior, 2.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG). F Trevante Drye (6-6, junior, 6.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG). G Jay Hook (6-3, junior, 14 PPG, 5 RPG). G Louis Dabney (6-3, sophomore, 15.2 PPG, 4.q RPG, 2 APG). G Jonathan Stark (6-0, freshman, 14.4 RRG, 2.6 RPG, 4.2 APG).

On Tulane: Despite finishing just a game above .500 and bowing out of the Conference USA tournament to eventual-champion Tulsa in the quarterfinals, the Green Wave are back in the postseason after participating in the CIT a season ago. This season marked the first time in coach Ed Conroy’s four-year tenure that the Wave finished the regular season with a winning record. Tulane didn’t, however, played a weak schedule, and didn’t beat a single team in Ken Pomeroy’s top 150.
Before Conroy signed on with the Green Wave, he spent four seasons at the Citadel. After going just 7-23 in his first season, he led the Bulldogs to a 20-13 campaign in 2009.
In his final season there in 2010, the Citadel hosted No. 12 Michigan State, losing 69-56. In the building was Princeton coach Mitch Henderson, who was then an assistant for Northwestern.
“I don’t know (Conroy) super well, but when he was at the Citadel I got to see them play,” Henderson said Monday. “I was in the Big 10 at the time and they played a game against Michigan State at the Citadel. They were getting so many cuts and looks at the basket.”

Records on the line: While the primary motivation for accepting the CBI invitation was to allow the young core of sophomore Hans Brase and freshmen Spencer Weisz, Steven Cook and Pete Miller to play at least one more game together this season, there will be some milestones on the line. Senior guard T.J. Bray finished the regular season just five points of 1,000 for his career. In the likely event he reaches that mark against the Green Wave, he’ll be the 30th Princeton player to do so. The Tigers are also one 3-pointer away from tying the program’s regular season record of , set in Henderson’s senior year of 1997-98.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

MAAC TOURNEY: Danny Stewart, Anthony Myles say goodbye to solid Rider careers

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — When Danny Stewart walked of the court after having fouled out in his final college game, head coach Kevin Baggett grabbed him and gave him warm embrace.

Both player and coach got emotional as one of the most underrated careers in Rider history came to an end.

“It was a lot of emotions flowing, knowing it was my last time wearing a Rider uniform,” the senior forward from Philadelphia said. “As the time was going down, I was just embracing everything, just remembering my four years and how I’ve grown and how they’ve helped me grow.”

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MAAC TOURNEY: Iona knocks Rider out in quarterfinals



Over the last 16 days, he got an up-close-and-personal look at how far it has to go.

The Gaels sent the Broncs home from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in the quarterfinals with a 94-71 victory Saturday afternoon here at the MassMutual Center.

The victory — Iona’s third over Rider (14-17) this season — moved the Gaels (21-9), who have reached the last two NCAA tournaments, into Sunday’s semifinal round.

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