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Wright State newcomer to represent Team USA in Brazil

Bill Wampler will make his debut with the Wright State University men’s basketball team this coming season after transferring from Drake and sitting out. But before he plays for the Raiders, he’ll represent the United States in the upcoming FISU America Games at Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound redshirt junior was among 10 players chosen for Team USA by Athletes in Action. Basketball...
Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

More than two months after an independent commission issued numerous recommendations for reforms to NCAA basketball, the efforts to reshape the recruiting calendar are continuing.  National basketball reporter Jeff Goodman shared some of the changes being considered Friday.  A common theme is creating new recruiting evaluation periods and events that would be more closely associated with...
Wright State baseball: 5 things to know about the Raiders’ program

Wright State baseball: 5 things to know about the Raiders’ program

So what happens to Wright State University baseball now? If its recent trend continues, more good things. The Raiders are going on their fourth head coach since 2013 following Jeff Mercer’s jump to Indiana on Monday. That’s a lot of main-man turnover, following Rob Cooper (2005-13), Greg Lovelady (2014-16) and Mercer (2017-18). All shared in making WSU baseball a Horizon League power and...
Wright State baseball coach Mercer leaves for Indiana

Wright State baseball coach Mercer leaves for Indiana

Jeff Mercer, the head baseball coach at Wright State University the past two seasons and the Horizon League coach of the year in 2018, has been named Indiana’s head coach. An Indiana native, his hiring was announced by IU on Monday. WSU promoted Mercer to its head coach in 2016 after three seasons as an assistant to Greg Lovelady, who resigned to become the head coach at Central Florida. &ldquo...
Shawnee grad, Wright State standout Gray starring in Cape Cod league

Shawnee grad, Wright State standout Gray starring in Cape Cod league

Shawnee High School graduate and Wright State University baseball player Seth Gray may be spending his time at the beach this summer, but he hasn’t had much time to work on his tan. The Cape Cod League, a prestigious summer collegiate baseball league in Massachusetts, is all baseball, all the time, he said. “It’s an opportunity not a lot of people get,” Gray said. “I...
Fairmont grad who scored 52 points in game last season joins Wright State basketball team

Fairmont grad who scored 52 points in game last season joins Wright State basketball team

Fairmont graduate Jack Hendricks has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Wright State basketball team. A 5-foot-11 guard, Hendricks averaged 16.8 points while shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season. He scored a school-record 52 points in a 117-64 victory at Indianapolis Washington, hitting 14 of 22 3-pointers. “I’m excited to announce that i have accept the preferred...
College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

Remember when the state of Ohio was on top of the college basketball world last season?  That week was pretty magical!  The 2018 season didn’t really turn out great with Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati all losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament after Wright State was routed in the round of 64, but it was fun while it lasted!  And we have it on good authority all those...
What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

To find out what most of the area’s best basketball players are up to this spring and summer, one needn’t make many phone calls.  Quincy Simpson has the scoop.  Fans in northwest Ohio know Simpson as the head coach at Lima Senior, but he’s pulling double duty as the director of the C2K Elite AAU program.  That roster happens to include a handful of the top senior-to-be...
Wright State freshmen jumping into fray during summer workouts

Wright State freshmen jumping into fray during summer workouts

On the bus ride to play two of the biggest games of his life, Malachi Smith had his mind – and his eyes – on another team. It was Thursday afternoon, March 15, and Smith and his Belleville West (Ill.) High School teammates were on the bus heading to Peoria for the state tournament. At the same time, Wright State was playing Tennesseein the NCAA tournament, and Smith was glued to the...
Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

The biggest weakness for the Wright State basketball team during a successful, championship season was depth, and it’s something that could be in play again in 2018-19. The Raiders have two open scholarships after releasing incoming freshman Jeremiah Davenport from his letter of intent and allowing redshirt sophomore Everett Winchester a transfer to Florida Atlantic. Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter...
Archdeacon: ‘Billy Buckets’ eager to make name for himself at Wright State

Archdeacon: ‘Billy Buckets’ eager to make name for himself at Wright State

This could be the season of full return for Wright State’s Bill Wampler. First his game. Then his name: “Billy Buckets.” That’s the tag the coach at Drake gave the 6-foot-6 Wampler when he played for the Bulldogs two years ago and had a span of seven games where he averaged 19.6 points per game. “It was after we played Fresno State, I think, that Coach (Jeff) Rutter came...
NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

The NCAA announced a potentially huge change to the transfer procedure that is set to take effect later this year.  Beginning in October, student-athletes will no longer be required to receive permission to transfer and go on scholarship at a new school.  This prevents the controversial process of coaches setting limits on where players can take their talents after deciding their current...
2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russia without the United States for the first time since 1986. While TV viewership in the USA for the tournament soared from 3,273,000 in 2010 to to 4,557,000 in 2014, those numbers could plummet this year because of the absence of the Americans. Soccer may be more popular than ever in this country — witness the rise of FC Cincinnati — but the non-soccer...
Reports: Wright State Hall of Famer finds a new home in the NBA

Reports: Wright State Hall of Famer finds a new home in the NBA

Former Wright State star Vitaly Potapenko is moving on and moving up in the NBA.  Multiple reports indicate he is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a new position with the Memphis Grizzlies.  He had been with the Cavs since 2013 as a member of the player development staff.  He’ll be on the coaching staff at Memphis.  Potapenko was Wright State’s MVP in 1995 and...
NCAA appearance makes scheduling difficult for Wright State

NCAA appearance makes scheduling difficult for Wright State

Wright State coach Scott Nagy is finding the task of scheduling quality nonleague opponents tougher than ever after leading the Raiders to their first NCAA tournament bid in 11 years , so he said accepting a bid to the Cancun Challenge made sense for the program on several levels. “If you do get one of them scheduled, usually you have to play those people at their...
WSU coach Mercer proud to watch so much talent leave for the pros

WSU coach Mercer proud to watch so much talent leave for the pros

The 2018 Horizon League champion Wright State baseball team lost a considerable amount of talent this week when three players from that roster and one incoming freshman were selected in the MLB Draft, and Raiders coach Jeff Mercer couldn’t be more excited about it. “A lot of these guys were in my first class as a recruiting coordinator, and at the time we didn’t have a lot of guys...
Wright State’s Weiss: ‘Surreal’ feeling getting drafted by Diamondbacks

Wright State’s Weiss: ‘Surreal’ feeling getting drafted by Diamondbacks

Ryan Weiss had one piece of Arizona Diamondbacks apparel as of Wednesday night. A family member drove all around his hometown of South Elgin, Ill., looking for anything Weiss could wear after the Diamondbacks drafted Weiss, a redshirt sophomore pitcher from Wright State, in the fourth round Tuesday “They could only find this one hat that was a couple years old,” Weiss said. Weiss...
MLB Draft: Wright State slugger selected by Minnesota Twins

MLB Draft: Wright State slugger selected by Minnesota Twins

Wright State’s Gabe Snyder, the Horizon League Player of the Year, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 21st round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. »RELATED: Snyder most prolific power hitter in WSU history Snyder, who just completed his senior season, was the 634th overall pick. Snyder, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound native of Millersburg, Ohio, led Wright State and the Horizon League in average...
MLB Draft: Wright State pitcher selected by Los Angeles Dodgers

MLB Draft: Wright State pitcher selected by Los Angeles Dodgers

Wright State pitcher Caleb Sampen was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 20th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. Sampen, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound redshirt sophomore, was the 614th overall pick. »RELATED: Sampen gem lifts Raiders into Horizon League final Sampen, a Brownsburg, Ind. native, was 5-0 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 appearances (seven starts) this season for the Raiders. Teammate Ryan...
Wright State’s MLB draft streak reaches four years

Wright State’s MLB draft streak reaches four years

The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Wright State pitcher Ryan Weiss in the fourth round of the MLB draft on Tuesday.  Weiss, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder from South Elgin, Ill., was 9-2 as a redshirt sophomore this past season with a 3.40 ERA. He struck out 92 and walked 18 in 98 innings.  He is the third Wright State player drafted by the D’Backs, joining Justin Parker (2008) and Greg Robinson...
Wright State baseball ousted from NCAA Tournament

Wright State baseball ousted from NCAA Tournament

Sometimes, it’s just baseball. The Wright State Raiders fought their way through two tough games at the Stanford Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament. After Friday night’s gut-punch loss in 13 innings to Stanford, Wright State came back on Saturday afternoon to battle Baylor in an elimination game. For seven innings, the teams fought to a draw. Then came the eighth. The Bears batted...
NCAA Tournament: Wright State’s upset bid falls short at Stanford

NCAA Tournament: Wright State’s upset bid falls short at Stanford

Christian Robinson doubled past first baseman Gabe Snyder to drive in Andrew Daschbach with the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift Stanford to a 4-3 win over Wright State early Saturday morning in the first round of the Stanford Regional at Sunken Diamond. Robinson’s chopper went past Snyder into the right field corner. Daschbach scored from first base – a heartbreaking...
Basketball camps at Dayton, Wright State offer picture of Division I college experience

Basketball camps at Dayton, Wright State offer picture of Division I college experience

Young basketball players wanting an up-close look at how college basketball teams operate can get one without leaving the Miami Valley.   How?  The Dayton and Wright State basketball programs both tout their summer camps as just such an opportunity.  “Basically it’s an opportunity for kids in our community to get an inside look at what we do on a daily basis with our...
Wright State baseball headed west for NCAA Tournament

Wright State baseball headed west for NCAA Tournament

Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer admitted he knows nothing about Stanford, the team the Raiders will face first in the NCAA tournament, but he said he knows the Cardinal are equally in the dark. “I joked with my wife that when it said ‘Wright State,’ they probably pulled their phones out and Googled where Wright State is at,” WSU coach Jeff Mercer said following the...
Wright State rallies to win Horizon baseball title in historic fashion

Wright State rallies to win Horizon baseball title in historic fashion

It’s debatable what soared higher Saturday afternoon, the go-ahead home run Wright State junior Peyton Burdick launched in the bottom of the seventh inning, or the bat he flung in the air halfway down the first base line to celebrate the shot. Burdick’s two-run homer off UIC reliever Alex Padilla capped the comeback after a disastrous fourth inning as WSU won the Horizon League championship...
Sampen gem carries Wright State into Horizon League tournament final

Sampen gem carries Wright State into Horizon League tournament final

Wright State coach Jeff Mercer used an unusual, yet thoroughly accurate word to describe his slight-framed starting pitcher Friday afternoon. “That guy’s a monster,” Mercer said of Caleb Sampen after the lanky, 185-pound sophomore took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the winners bracket final of the Horizon League tournament. Sampen lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the...
Butler grad comes up huge as Raiders roll in HL tourney opener

Butler grad comes up huge as Raiders roll in HL tourney opener

Even after jumping out to a comfortable early lead, Wright State coach Jeff Mercer admitted he had some concerns about following his plan to pull staff ace Ryan Weiss early from Thursday’s Horizon League tournament opener in order to save him for Saturday’s finals. But Mitch Gremling dismissed all worries with five impressive innings of relief to enable the top-seeded Raiders to coast...
Wright State offense in high gear entering Horizon League tourney

Wright State offense in high gear entering Horizon League tourney

Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer knows his players won’t always be happy with him, and he’s OK with that. Like his predecessors in the program, Mercer believes in stockpiling as many good hitters as possible. And though having a loaded roster means some Raiders aren’t getting as many at-bats as they’d like, the top teams are usually the ones where the starters are being...
Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

The ACC is proposing a change to the NCAA tournament that is dumb and unnecessary.  Per reports, members of the once-proud basketball conference that sold its soul for football several years back would like to see four more teams make the Big Dance each spring, bringing the total number to 72.  ACC commissioner John Swofford says this would create a second First Four, though it would not...
Wright State women’s basketball loses two assistant coaches

Wright State women’s basketball loses two assistant coaches

The Wright State women’s basketball team’s coaching staff will looking different in 2018-19 after two assistants recently took jobs elsewhere. Former associate head coach Keith Freeman joined the staff at Old Dominion, while assistant Semeka Randall took at job at Cincinnati. ›› RELATED: WSU baseball to play at Fifth Third, then host HL tournament Freeman worked six seasons...
Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

The Dayton Agonis Club honored five area athletes and one coach during its 65th annual awards banquet at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering on Wednesday night. Receiving various athlete awards were Trotwood-Madison High School senior running back Ra’veion Hargrove, University of Dayton senior women’s basketball player Jenna Burdette, Wright State senior men’s basketball...
Champion WSU opens big week of baseball with game at Fifth Third Field

Champion WSU opens big week of baseball with game at Fifth Third Field

For the second time in three games, Wright State team will play at the home of a professional baseball team when the Raiders face Northern Kentucky at Fifth Third Field at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The landmark game marks the first time WSU will play at the home of the Dayton Dragons, and it comes a few days after the Raiders beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Miller Field. The 4-3 victory in 10 innings at the...
Wright State baseball clinches HL title, will host tournament

Wright State baseball clinches HL title, will host tournament

Due to weather related cancellations last weekend, Wright State’s victory against Milwaukee on Saturday at Miller Park enabled the Raiders to clinch the Horizon League regular season title, which means they will host the conference tournament at Nischwitz Stadium. It’s the ninth time WSU has won a regular-season championship, and sixth time as a member of the Horizon League. ›&rsaquo...
Wright State’s Haney named top freshman golfer in Horizon League

Wright State’s Haney named top freshman golfer in Horizon League

Bryce Haney didn’t look like a future Division I college golfer while playing at Wayne High School. He didn’t pick up the game until his sophomore year and averaged just under 40 strokes for nine holes his last two seasons. But Haney was driven to get to the next level and determined to find a school that would give him a shot. »RELATED: Raiders have two open scholarships after Davenport...
Former WSU star putting new twist on summer basketball camps

Former WSU star putting new twist on summer basketball camps

When Matt Vest comes home following an exhausting, nine-month basketball season in Germany, the former Wright State star is ready for … More basketball. Vest, who recently completed his fourth season in the professional ranks after graduating from WSU with a degree in business management in 2014, is starting his own youth basketball camp and putting a fresh twist on the summer staple. &ldquo...
Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

As promised, the college basketball season has been eventful for Dayton and Wright State.  The Flyers added another player Monday with a commitment from Rodney Chatman III.  He is a transfer from Chattanooga, and yet another small guard who is joining coach Anthony Grant’s program.  The 6-foot-1 Chatman, who averaged 13.3 points per game as a college sophomore last season, joins...
Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

The phrase, “recruiting never stops,” is one of those that became a cliche because it’s true.  Whenever I sit down to do a recruiting roundup like the one I put up Wednesday, I inevitably find three times as much info as I was expecting.  I guess that’s a good sign Southwest Ohio is a great place to find talented players, though, so I’m certainly not going...
Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

At the Miami Duals track meet last month you might have sworn the same runner won the 800 meters and finished fifth in the 400. In actuality these were the respective results of Wright State’s identical twin runners Victoria and Sophia Angelopoulos. When you consider the athletic prowess of their parents, the twins’ success is no surprise. Their mother, Sandra, played volleyball and basketball...
Snyder develops into most prolific power hitter in Raiders history

Snyder develops into most prolific power hitter in Raiders history

Gabe Snyder had to fight off discouragement as a redshirt freshman at Wright State. He was making the switch from pitcher to position player and seemed a long way from making a meaningful contribution. “Being a redshirt, you can get down over not being able to help the team. You almost feel you’re not quite a part of the team. But my coaches and teammates helped to keep me up,” he...
WSU to play baseball at Fifth Third Field for first time

WSU to play baseball at Fifth Third Field for first time

Wright State University baseball at Fifth Third Field in Dayton? Be a believer. WSU will play at the Dragons’ home base for the first time in program history on Thursday, May 17, against Northern Kentucky in a Horizon League game. »RELATED: WSU on a power surge “We’re very excited about our partnership with the Dayton Dragons and the opportunity to play at Fifth Third Field...
WSU recruit Davenport granted release from letter of intent

WSU recruit Davenport granted release from letter of intent

Jeremiah Davenport, who was expected to be part of a decorated recruiting classfor Wright State, announced Thursday he received a release from his national letter of intent. Davenport tweeted that he will enroll in prep school next season before reopening his recruitment as a member of the Class of 2019. The Moeller High School product is the fifth player to either leave the WSU program or step...
Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Hey there, how’s your NFL draft day going so far?  Good, I hope.  Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was dominating the morning news cycle as I sat down to write this, and there were two pretty good reasons:  First, he totally nailed recreating a classic Brett Favre draft day photo.  Second, he apparently could be the No. 1 pick in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. ...
NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball got more right than wrong in its report issued Wednesday.  While making some worthwhile suggestions for fixing some issues faced at the college level, the group chaired by Condoleezza Rice also exposed just how culpable the NBA is in placing elite basketball prospects in limbo when they are in their late teens and early 20s. ...
Extensive study helps power Wright State baseball’s hitting prowess

Extensive study helps power Wright State baseball’s hitting prowess

The Wright State baseball team has been on a hitting rampage this season, scoring at a pace that’s among the highest in school history. And while much of that prowess comes down to sheer talent, the Raiders also have gained a mental edge through coach Jeff Mercer’s scouting program. The players do extensive study of opposing pitchers in the offseason to help with their pitch recognition...
Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball recommends ending the one-and-done rule and making high school players eligible for the NBA Draft again. That was one of the findings in its report released Wednesday morning. Under the current rule, top high school recruits have to spend at least one season in college basketball before being for the NBA Draft. The commission, chaired by...
WSU freshman Everett Winchester announces he’s transferring

WSU freshman Everett Winchester announces he’s transferring

Everett Winchester’s first season playing for Wright State also was his last as the redshirt freshman has requested, and been granted, a release from his scholarship and intends to transfer. “It was a hard decision because I love the team, I love the coaching staff, I love everything about Wright State and we’ve been through some good things together, going to the NCAA tournament...
Wright State Insider: Softball team bounces back from horrendous start

Wright State Insider: Softball team bounces back from horrendous start

First-year Wright State softball coach Laura Matthews didn’t think the season was a lost cause after getting off to an 0-11 start. She figured the Raiders were much better than they looked despite being outscored 76-21 during that horrendous stretch. But she knew her players could have easily lost incentive to keep plugging — especially with the turmoil they’ve endured in their careers...
Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Another area high school football made his verbal commitment earlier this week when Gabe Newburg announced he will be going to Michigan.  The Northmont defensive end is a three-star prospect with a dozen college offers.  LandOf10.com recruiting analyst Ryan Donnelly reports he visited Ohio State last week but wasn’t willing to wait any longer to see if Urban Meyer was going to offer...
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