Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jimmy Patsos - The Only Coach to Ever Stop Steph Curry




As Steph Curry continues to shine in the NBA Playoffs- dropping 40 points again in last night's Western Conference Finals route of The Houston Rockets - we take a look back at a game over six years ago when one coach was able to hold Curry to zero points for the first and only time in his illustrious college career.

Over his 3 years at Davidson, out of the Southern Conference (SoCon), Curry racked up over 2600 points in 104 games, averaging 25.3 points per game. On November 25, 2008, Curry walked into the gym to face the Loyola Greyhounds coming off three back-to-back-to back 30 plus point games including a 44-point performance at 14th ranked Oklahoma. Loyola head coach Jimmy Patsos (now HC at Siena) had his work cut out for him. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rider Lands Michigan "Mr. Basketball" Candidate in 6'-9" Forward Lacey James

As reported by John Rothstein on Sunday afternoon (and later confirmed on verbal commits.com), 6-foot-9 Wayland Union senior basketball star Lacey James has committed to Rider University.


According to ESPN.com the Michigan product was also considering an offer from The University of Detroit Titans out of the Horizon League.

In a recent article published in MLive.com during James' senior campaign, Wayland Union High School head coach Mike Hudson described, “Lacey is 6-foot-9 and gives us a great presence inside. He does a lot of things for us. He also handles the ball well for a big man and is an excellent passer. Any time he handles the basketball, good things happen.”

This is exactly the inside presence that Rider will need after losing All-MAAC performer in senior big-man Matt Lopez to graduation. In games down the stretch last season (while Lopez was sidelined with a season ending ACL tear) Rider looked lost in the paint, both offensively and defensively.

According to maxpreps.com in James' 22 game senior campaign he averages 18.4 points, 12.9 rebounds, & 2 dimes per game. He was also responsible for 2 steals & 2 blocks per game. A stat line like that is pretty incredible on it's own, but when you consider how Lacey spent last summer, it is simply remarkable.

While Lacey's teammates were in the gym all summer preparing for the 2014-15 HS basketball season Lacey was sidelined. After an abnormal EKG at a routine appointment James was told no more basketball indefinitely. James spent the rest of the summer fearing that he may never be able to play basketball again. In an article published by MLive.com last week James was quoted explaining,

"I have been playing basketball my whole life, it was going to get me to college and give me a chance to explore many things. One week, I’m running up and down the court, doing this, doing that. And then the next week, I have people telling me I might have to stop playing and find something else to do. It was hard. I couldn’t sleep at night because I was trying to figure out what I was going to do next.”

After countless doctors appointments he was finally able to get into the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn. where they performed more thorough tests and eventually handed down the diagnosis of a moderate version of HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). While HCM can be serious in some cases, James only shows one of several possible symptoms which is enough for the doctors to clear him for full basketball activity.

James made the best of his clean bill of health dominating the court in his senior campaign and landing a scholarship from Kevin Baggett and the Rider Broncs.



Lacey James Pre-Season Highlights: Wayland-Union HS 2015 6'9 F