Category Archives: Men’s Basketball

Big Shots: Top potential DU prospects – Jordan Guest

Photo: Santa Margarita’s Jordan Guest makes our list of Top 3 prospects for University of Denver basketball. Denver has three scholarship openings for 2018-2019.

It’s been said before and we’ll say it again – Denver needs to add ‘athletic size’ to their roster while still continuing their up-tempo playing style. So, they need a smart, athletic big man that can play both ends of the floor. That player is 6’9″, 235 pound Jordan Guest. He is a highly rated 3-star (ESPN) power forward with outstanding upside. He could play center at Denver, too with the graduation of seniors Daniel Amigo and Christian Mackey after this season. He will receive immediate playing time. While he has a soft shooting touch, as witnessed by his game film, he can be nasty inside the paint defending space and securing rebounds. That grit would be a huge benefit to the Pioneers, especially when the tempo inevitably slows down during tight conference games, one possession games, and hopefully the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Big Shots: Top potential DU prospects – Jordan Guest

Big Shots: Top potential DU prospects – Joseph Hedstrom

Photo: Joseph Hedstrom makes our list of Top 3 prospects for University of Denver men’s basketball. Denver has three scholarship openings for 2018-2019.

It may seem early to be discussing the 2018-19 men’s basketball season when the 2017-18 season hasn’t yet started, but much of DU’s future hoops success will depend on recruiting over the next twelve months. The coaching staff has identified a number of players that will fit in Rodney Billups play-fast style. Denver will have three scholarship openings next season and five after that to transform the Pioneers into the squad that Coach Billups envisioned when he took the job in May of 2016.   Continue reading Big Shots: Top potential DU prospects – Joseph Hedstrom

North Dakota streak ends at 635 days

An unprecedented 635 day streak has come to an end as another Fighting Hawk found himself on the short end of the long arm of the law June 18th. Star sophomore basketball player Geno Crandall was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI in Grand Forks. Crandall averaged 15.5 points this past season.

The last Fighting Hawks player to get three hots and a cot was a football player, Dustin Iverson, who shoplifted $16 worth of Nike bicep bands while wearing his North Dakota Football jersey at a Scheels sporting goods store. He got away with the heist but went back to the store later that afternoon and was apprehended and charged. He lost his scholarship. Continue reading North Dakota streak ends at 635 days

Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Photo Courtesy University of Denver Magazine

LetsGoDU friend CD Dunks reminds us that there is no need to use the term ‘mid-major’. And the same goes for ‘secondary sport’ – i.e. any sport that is not called football or Power-Five conference basketball. The big question is: Has Peg Bradley-Doppes simply built one of the finest athletic department in the land?  Continue reading Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Oral Roberts inks new basketball coach

Last month one of Denver’s Summit League rivals Oral Roberts University gave their popular coach, Scott Sutton, the boot after two frustrating seasons (14-17, 8-22). The coach learned of his dismissal on social media while attending his daughter’s tennis match.

An 8-year assistant from Baylor, Paul Mills, was named to replace Coach Sutton in Tulsa.

The administration reportedly wanted 18-year head coach Scott Sutton to fire his brother Shawn, an assistant coach for ORU, and coach one more lame-duck year. Numerous reports had new ORU president, Billy Wilson, putting pressure on the program to perform a Christian litmus test on incoming freshman. While that is not unusual considering the private school’s founding by televangelist Oral Roberts, it was the restrictions placed on tattoos that may have led to the program’s eventual demise.  Continue reading Oral Roberts inks new basketball coach

Stark Contrast as East Coast Meets Front Range

Photo: Freshman point guards Elijah Blake and Elvin Rodriguez will take the floor this fall for the Pioneers

When Rodney Billups took the reins of the Denver Pioneers, he vowed to play fast. Under his system, point guards ‘stir the drink’ and make things happen. So, his first two signings show his desire to build from the outside in with the addition of two versatile ball-handling point guards. Continue reading Stark Contrast as East Coast Meets Front Range

Denver Basketball to renew front range rivalry with Colorado Buffaloes

Photo: Courtesy of 9News. DU will be huddling up in the Coors Events Center in Boulder next season.

It was one of the first questions Rodney Billups was asked on May 14th, 2016 when he became the Pioneers head coach. Would he schedule games with his former employer, the Colorado Buffaloes, and renew a front range rivalry that had been dormant for 10 years? Billups said he would try. His former boss, Tad Boyle, was asked the same question. Of course, Boyle said that he would do everything he could do to help his protege but was noncommittal on scheduling a basketball game against DU. Continue reading Denver Basketball to renew front range rivalry with Colorado Buffaloes