Denver entered the rare air of college basketball recruiting when they landed a prized, three-star (247 Sports ) recruit out of Illinois, Tevin Smith. According to Verbal Commits who assigned Smith a 2-star ranking on their board, Smith received offers from Miami (Ohio), Milwaukee, DePaul, Oregon and Bradley. Initially, Smith committed to Cal-State Fullerton. Continue reading DU Men’s Hoops Makes Recruiting Splash with Three-Star Freshman Signing
Over the past several weeks, the University of Denver men’s basketball team continued to fill their open roster spots for the 2021-2022 season. The four new additions include small forwards from Finland and Italy, a JUCO point guard and a local walk-on from Rangeview High School in the Denver metro.
Denver Men’s Golf made a final day charge but their over-par performance on the final few holes caused them to fall to sixth out of 13 teams at the 2021 NCAA Cle Elum Regional. Just the top five teams advance to nationals out of each regional and Denver fell just short of fifth-place Florida. It would have been historic for men’s golf to appear in the NCAA championships, a drought that has extended for over 61 years. Only three individual athletes remain in the NCAA playoffs. DU Women’s golfer Anna Zanusso is left as an individual athlete competing May 21st-23rd at the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anna Reidmiller from Women’s Tennis and James Davis from Men’s Tennis are in the NCAA Tennis Championships May 23rd-28th in Orlando, Florida.
The Denver men’s basketball roster continues to churn, almost daily.
Denver recently added new point guard Jordan Johnson (11.7 pts, 43.6% FG), a JUCO transfer from Hinds Community College. We reported on the additions of forward Mikey Henn (Portland) and shooting guards Payton Moore (Rice) and Kevin Hunt, Jr. (Moorehead State). Denver also added guard freshman Coban Porter, younger brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. Current DU point guard Tealyr Gatlin withdrew his name from the transfer portal and will remain on the roster. Continue reading More Denver Men’s Basketball Players Hit the Transfer Portal
Early moves by new men’s basketball head coach Jeff Wulbrun give us insight into his plans to rebuild Denver hoops. His approach starts with familiarity in his selection of young, proven assistants who have worked together on turn-around staffs at Nevada as well as Cal State Fullerton and the University of Alabama Birmingham. By bringing in familiar assistants, Wulbrun avoids a lengthy introductory period while rebuilding the program. Together for only three weeks, this Denver staff is late to the party for many of the transfer portal targets while most of the high-end school recruiting is already done for the 2021-22 season. That leaves the coaches with limited options and a narrow path to follow. However, the staff has made some interesting pick-ups in a short amount of time in an effort to put a competitive team on the floor in their first season. Continue reading DU Men’s Basketball Staff & Roster Start to Take Shape
How can it possibly get worse for a 2-19 basketball team? New coach Jeff Wulbrun faces an uphill battle with DU starters being plucked from the hoops transfer portal. So far, DU’s three top scorers from this past season have left the program and two more players are in the portal with the intention to transfer. Continue reading Denver Men’s Basketball Hit Hard by Portal Exits
Newly-hired Denver men’s basketball coach Jeff Wulbrun wasn’t shy in his first Zoom press conference. He set a serious bar for himself and for his program:
“We want to be the most improved team in the country next year.”
Wow! I’ll be honest – I didn’t expect this.
Perhaps, neither did you. Continue reading Puck Swami’s Rapid Reaction: Jeff Wulbrun Hire Exceeds Expectations
The University of Denver has hired veteran assistant coach Jeff Wulbrun from Stanford to guide the Denver Pioneer basketball program. We will have more on this breaking news after we attend Wulbrun’s press conference this afternoon at 2:00 pm MT. Our initial reaction to the hire is extremely positive as Wulbrun appears to have a breadth of experience and may provide a much-needed steady hand to a program in flux.
At last count (yesterday), 881 men’s basketball players are in the transfer portal with well over 1,000 expected in the near term. After the University of Denver did not renew former head coach Rodney Billups’ contract, four Pioneers entered the portal, including Jase Townsend, Robert Jones, Sam Hines, Jr., and Taelyr Gatlin. About 60% of those who entered the portal came from the Power Five and are leaving for a variety of reasons. Under the current rules in light of COVID and additional eligibility, student-athletes have been granted one-time transfer waivers. In fact, a number of NCAA Tournament teams had players on the court who were simultaneously playing for their team while listed in the transfer portal.
You can track the exits up to the minute here.
Tiny #14 seed Abiline Christian University defeated #3 seed Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament. And the value of that win to the tiny southwestern university? “So far we are close to $120 million-plus and we really haven’t had time to tally up the totals,” said university president Dr. Phil Schubert to Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. For context, that is approximately four times the budget of DU athletics in one year. Continue reading Cinderella Runs in March Madness Fuel Money, Publicity for Schools