Gonzaga begins NCAA basketball title quest

The Gonzaga Bulldogs, listed inside the top 15 in several preseason basketball polls, will hold their first practice today at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags, coming off a 29-7 campaign that ended with a loss to Arizona in the NCAA tournament, return three starters: … Read more

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Eastern Washington men’s basketball roster

No. Name Pos. Ht.Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev. school)0Ognjen Miljkovic F 6-7 220 Fr. Belgrade, Serbia (Bishop Montgomery)1Tyler Harvey G 6-4 180 So. Torrance, Calif. (Bishop Montgomery)2Daniel Hill G 5-9 165 So. Sydney, Australia (Newington College)4Danny Powell F 6-6 230 Fr. Phoenix . (Desert Vista)10Parker Kelly G 6-4 195 Jr. Spokane (Gonzaga Prep)11Sir Washington G 6-3 180 Fr. Las Vegas (Clark)12Martin Seiferth F 6-10 235 Jr. Berlin, Germany (Oregon)13Thomas Reuter F 6-6 230 So. Breckerfeld, Germany (Theodor-Heuss)21Frederik Jörg F 7-1 290Rso. Korschenbroich, Germany (Gym. Eversten)22Drew Brandon G 6-4 180 Jr. Corona, Calif. (Sierra College)33Garrett Moon F 6-5 190 Jr. San Francisco (City Col. of San Fran.)44Felix Von Hofe F 6-5 200 Fr. Melbourne, Australia (Wesley College)55Venky Jois F 6-7 230 So. Boronia, Australia (Box Hill) Read more

A load to carry

Venky Jois kept the interview short; chemistry class was a few minutes away. The chemistry practicum – a 2 ½-hour exercise in bonding and basketball at Reese Court – had just ended. The nucleus is Jois himself, last year’s Big Sky Conference freshman of the year. Read more

Eastern Washinton men’s basketball five keys to success

1 A new leader. Jim Hayford gets the point: this has been a troublesome position almost since the day he arrived from Whitworth in 2011. That’s when incumbent point Glen Dean departed for Utah; 18 months later, Justin Crosgile quit in midseason. Now it’s up to junior college transfer Drew Brandon, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior from Corona, Calif., to run the offense. Brandon impressed Hayford with his ability to control the pace of the game – fast or slow – and his composure. Brandon was multiple a threat last year at Sierra College, averaging 15.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.2 steals. 2 Hitting the glass. The Eagles were second in the Big Sky last year in first-shot field-goal defense. The killer was second and third shots, the product of a minus-4.2 rebound differential for the season and minus-3.3 in conference games. For the year, opponents grabbed 420 offensive rebounds, 78 more than the Eagles. Besides the maturation of forward Venky Jois (9.0 rebounds a game) and center Martin Seiferth (6.3 rpg), Hayford expects more boards from hard-working 6-6 small forward Thomas Reuter, the 6-4 Brandon and 6-3 shooting guard Tyler Harvey. Read more

Eastern and Big Sky links

The college basketball season is closer than you think. On Wednesday, the Big Sky Conference released its men's preseason…

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Eastern basketball seen as middle-of-the-road in Big Sky

The Big Sky Conference preseason polls say a lot about the Eastern Washington men’s basketball program, coach Jim Hayford said Thursday. “It shows a recognition that we’re building in the right direction and at the same time it shows we have a lot of work to do,” said Hayford, whose team is picked to finish fifth by the coaches and sixth by the media. Read more

Eastern basketball seen as middle-of-the-road in Big Sky

The Big Sky Conference preseason polls say a lot about the Eastern Washington men’s basketball program, coach Jim Hayford said Thursday. Read more

Pistons’ Rodney Stuckey breaks thumb

Detroit Pistons’ Rodney Stuckey broke a bone in his right thumb after catching it in a car door. The Pistons said Thursday that Stuckey, injured Wednesday, will have surgery today and that a timeline for his return will be determined after the procedure. The former Eastern Washington Eagle has a fracture of the distal phalanx on his right thumb. Stuckey suffered the injury when his right hand, his shooting hand, got caught inside the door jamb of his vehicle while the door was closing. The 27-year-old averaged 11.5 points in 76 games last season. Entering his seventh season in the NBA, the Kentwood High product has averaged 29.5 minutes and 13.4 points. – Associated Press Read more

Experienced Eagles want to get tougher

A little toughness could make everything a bit easier this season for the Eastern Washington Eagles men’s basketball team. To that end, the Eagles moved aggressively into the new year during their first practice Tuesday morning at Reese Court. Read more

Parker Kelly interview

Eastern Washington guard Parker Kelly of Spokane talks about the upcoming basketball season after the Eages' first practice of the…

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No more “who’s that?” for Eastern basketball

A little toughness could make everything a bit easier this season for the men’s basketball team. To that end, the Eagles moved aggressively into the new year during their first practice Tuesday morning at Reese Court. Read more

Venky Jois interview

Eastern Washington forward Venky Jois discusses the upcoming season following the Eagles' first practice, on Tuesday at Reese Court.

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