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Posted: November 14th, 2012

Check out Erie BayHawks guard/forward D.J. Kennedy as he prepares for the 2012-13 D-League season with hopes of returning to the NBA

After averaging 15.7 points in 44 regular-season games as a rookie last season with the BayHawks, Kennedy spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies.

Posted: June 22nd, 2011

If the New York Knicks use their lone pick (17th overall selection) in the 2011 NBA Draft to take BYU All-American guard Jimmer Fredette (if he’s available), then they will get more than just player who led the NCAA in scoring as a senior in 2010-11 with a 28.9 scoring average.

They will get someone who brings excitement to the game. With an array of shots and a scorer’s mentality, he’d fit into the type of offensive system Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni likes.

On Tuesday’s PTI on ESPN, Fredette said he’d like to play for the Knicks, but if that happens, what are the chances he’ll see action in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks in 2011-12? Fredette can score, but needs to improve defensively and may need work on getting his shot off against better talent.

In either case, Erie fans just may see Fredette next season. Below is a glimpse of what he can do.

Posted: March 13th, 2011

“The Fab Five ruined the program.” – Jim Nantz of CBS said during Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan game in the Big Ten semifinals, suggesting that Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Juwan Howard and Ray Jackson are the reason hasn’t been the same since they ended their career there. Led by the Fab Five, the Wolverines were the first team to reach the NCAA title game in 1992 with five freshmen starting.

With the Fab Five, fans either loved or hated them.

Got to disagree with Mr. Nantz.

What Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson did at Michigan in the 1990s was give players the freedom to be themselves, inspired the great players of today and made it cool for the top prep players to go to the same school.

Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State and other programs have benefited big time from that last one.

They took the interest in college basketball to heights it hasn’t reached since and unfortunately for them, showed how corrupt big-time college basketball can be. So I can’t wait to check out the special on the whole thing at tonight at 9 on ESPN.

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Posted in: College hoops
Posted: February 24th, 2011

The guy can make free throws. I couldn’t, at least not better than 50-something percent.

So I decided to get some tips and advice from the all-time NCAA Division I leader in free throw shooting percentage (Shot 94.6 percent) – Erie BayHawks point guard Blake Ahearn.

Not only is he the all-time career leader in free throw percentage, Ahearn also holds the NCAA single-season record at 97.4 percent (117-of-120 in 2004-05). He started this season with the BayHawks making his first 57 attempts before missing one, but that’s nothing new to him.

At Missouri State, he made 60 consecutive free throws twice. Heading into tonight’s game at Tulsa, Ahearn 78-of-79 from the line. Check out how he helped me improve my shot from the stripe.

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