Archive for November, 2013

Six Bulldogs Named to All-Southern Conference Teams

November 26, 2013

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Media All-Conference Release

Coaches’ All-Conference Release

 

Spartanburg, S.C. – A total of six Citadel football players were named on Tuesday to the 2013 All-Southern Conference team including first team nods for defensive linemen Derek Douglas and Justin Oxendine and cornerback Brandon McCladdie.

Oxendine was selected to the SoCon Sports Media Association first team, while Douglas and McCladdie were on the coaches’ squad. Douglas and McCladdie were joined by offensive lineman Cullen Brown on the media second team, while Brown, Oxendine and linebacker Carl Robinson were on the coaches’ second team.

Linebacker Tevin Floyd was selected to the conference’s all-freshman team.

Douglas closed out his senior campaign with 40 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss (eighth in SoCon) and four sacks (sixth in SoCon). The Garland, Texas, native climbed near the top of the record book in tackles for loss and sacks as he closed out his career in sixth place in Citadel history with 38.5 TFL and fifth in sacks with 16.

Douglas played in 42 games as a Bulldog, earning 37 starts and accumulating 141 tackles. His lone fumble recovery resulted in a touchdown which helped lead the Bulldogs to a 27-24 win over VMI in Lexington, Va., in 2012.

Oxendine stormed on the scene during his junior season, accounting for a team-leading 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, both of which are fourth most in the league.

He has played in 31 games through three seasons, earning 16 starts, and has tallied 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks to go along with his 71 tackles.

McCladdie had another huge year in the defensive backfield for the Bulldogs as the senior accumulated 58 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. The Martinez, Ga., native tallied two interceptions in each of his four seasons, giving him eight in his career and leaves him in a tie for 11th in program history. One of McCladdie’s interceptions resulted in a 92-yard return for a touchdown against Wofford earlier this season.

His league-leading 10 passes defended (interceptions + pass breakups) gave him 27 in his career to place him sixth in Citadel history. McCladdie finished his career having played in all 45 career games, starting the final 36.

Senior Cullen Brown proved to be a versatile player through his five years as a Bulldog. The Cocoa Beach, Fla., was recruited as a tight end and played two seasons at the position before stepping into a needed role on the offensive line.

Brown started on the offensive line in each of his final 23 games and completed his career with 34 starts through 44 games. He also holds the distinction of being the last Bulldog tight end to catch a pass when he hauled in a 26-yarder against Appalachian State back in 2011.

Robinson had a breakout season in 2013, accumulating a team-leading 92 tackles through 11 games, before a knee injury forced the junior linebacker to miss the final contest of the season against Clemson. However the Irvington, Ala., native still closed out the year in a tie for seventh place in the conference in tackles, averaging 8.4 per game.

Robinson has played in 25 games at linebacker, starting 22 of them, and has accounted for 188 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five passes defended and one fumble recovery through three seasons.

Floyd joined the Bulldogs in 2013 and made an immediate impact at the linebacker position as a true freshman. The Mobile, Ala., native played in all 12 games and earned his first career start against seventh-ranked Clemson in place of the injured Robinson.

Through just 12 career games, Floyd accumulated 38 tackles, two interceptions, both in a win against Elon, and two fumble recoveries, one of which he took back for a touchdown in a victory at Western Carolina.

 

 

 

Game changer for former Mauldin star

November 22, 2013
#8 Carson Smith (photo from The Greeenville News)

#8 Carson Smith (photo from The Greeenville News)

Former Mauldin star misses chance to play Clemson, but sets mind to future games

By: Scott Keepfer, The Greenville News 11/22/2013

CLEMSON – The football record book at The Citadel isn’t exactly chock full of monumental victories, but there have been a handful of memorable moments. Foremost among them are four straight victories against FBS opponents from 1990-92, including a 38-35 victory at South Carolina in 1990 and a 10-3 win at Arkansas in 1992.

Carson Smith, a former Mauldin High standout who plays at The Citadel, wasn’t born when those victories unfolded, but he’s heard about the giant-killings of the past and knows all about capitalizing on opportunities, which explains why he’s had Saturday’s date circled on his calendar since enrolling at The Citadel in 2011.

The Citadel plays at Clemson Saturday at high noon, affording a small military school in Charleston a chance to shock the world and make some new history. But Smith, a preseason All-Southern Conference linebacker who led the Bulldogs with 91 tackles as a sophomore in 2012, won’t be suited up for the game.

He’ll be sporting his No. 9 jersey, but will remain on the sideline courtesy of a season-ending injury he suffered last August, on the first day in full pads, on the second-to-last play of practice. Smith suffered a broken fibula and tibia and dislocated an ankle, ending what was shaping up to be the best season of his career before it had begun.

“It was completely a freak accident,” Smith said. “I took a step to make a tackle and my ankle stopped and my body kept going.” Suddenly, there was no season opener, no showdown against Furman, no homecoming game and no cherished trip to Clemson to play in front of 80,000-plus at Death Valley. No chance to flash his all-conference abilities. No chance to play against Clemson center Ryan Norton, his former teammate at Mauldin.

“Sometimes I really wish I was out there,” Smith admits. “And of course I wish I could play against Clemson. Going to games at Clemson when I was growing up was one of my favorite things. But it is what it is.” What it is has turned into a positive for Carson Smith. He realized quickly that there’s no way to turn back the hands of time, to start fall camp all over again or to get a re-do on his foot plant on the second-to-last play of the first full day in pads last August.

It’s a sign of Smith’s maturity that he’s handled it as well as he has.  Heck, I’m still pouting over missing my senior class trip thanks to a stomach virus – and that was 33 years ago. Smith has taken it in stride, putting the injury behind him in short order and immediately focusing on getting back to where he wants to be, both physically and mentally.

“There was a good way and a bad way to look at it, and I chose the good way I suppose,” Smith said. “Now I have an extra full year to prepare and I’m going to have two more full seasons.” That response comes as no surprise to Doug Shaw, who coached Smith at Mauldin.

“I’m sure he was chomping at the bit to play against Clemson, but he realizes what he needs to do,” Shaw said. “I know he’ll bounce back and be better than he was before. He’s such a phenomenal kid. Every coach would love to have a Carson Smith on their team.”  Shaw certainly did. Smith not only set himself apart academically and in the weight room, but also was a Shrine Bowl selection at Mauldin. Clemson showed some interest, but had linebackers Stephone Anthony, Tony Steward and Lateek Townsend in the fold.

“There was only so much I could do to compare to that,” Smith said. “All things led me here to The Citadel, and I think that was the better choice. “I wasn’t brought up in the military lifestyle, but I was brought up with military discipline. I always knew ‘Yes sir’ and ‘No sir’ and what to do and when to do it. So coming to The Citadel wasn’t a massive change.”

And perhaps a natural fit for a family with a history of split loyalties. Smith’s grandfather is a big South Carolina fan. Smith’s father, Kelly, played at Furman and was a linebacker and special teams headhunter on the Paladins’ national championship squad in 1988.  Smith’s older sister, Curren, is a Clemson graduate, which means all of the above should make for an interesting afternoon Saturday at Death Valley.

The game — the one he’d been pointing toward for so long – will come and go and Carson Smith will still be the same Carson Smith. He’ll watch the action unfold from the sideline and still be able to bask in the moment of being on the field in front of 80,000 plus. He’ll feel the excitement and hopes to be privy to moments when The Citadel will get the best of the team he grew up cheering for.

“Everyone knows that Clemson’s faster and more athletic,” Smith said. “But I can promise you that we are more disciplined than they are.”  And sometimes that goes a long way on the football field.Whatever the outcome, Smith will be philosophical. And excited about what his future holds. “I’m going to miss playing against Clemson, but that’s alright,” Smith said. “Next year I’ll get to play at Florida State, then at South Carolina in 2015.”

Something tells me Smith would rather have a crack at the Gamecocks anyway.

Tigers doing double take

November 21, 2013

Bulldogs’ attack is modeled after one Clemson faced before

Can the Bulldogs surprise the top 10 Tigers?

Can the Bulldogs surprise the top 10 Tigers?

Written by: Mandrallius Robinson The Greenville News 11/21/13

CLEMSON — Something about this game looks oddly familiar to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. According to Swinney, The Citadel coach Kevin Higgins reminds him of a very familiar face — and not the one who stalked the opposite sideline last week.  “He’s like Jack Leggett’s long lost brother,” Swinney said, alluding to Clemson’s baseball coach. “I always tell Leggett that, ‘Man, Coach Higgins at The Citadel reminds me of you.’”

However, in terms of football strategy, Higgins more closely resembles Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, whom Clemson faced last week. Higgins specialized in the spread offense as coach at Lehigh and as an assistant with the Detroit Lions. He implemented the pass-heavy scheme after arriving at The Citadel in 2005. The Citadel finished higher than fourth in the Southern Conference only once during Higgins’ first five seasons. The Bulldogs finished seventh three of those years. The SoCon had only eight members before adding Samford in 2008.

While coach at Georgia Southern, Johnson utilized the triple option to win five SoCon championships from 1997 to 2001. Georgia Southern won Division I-AA national titles in 1999 and 2000.  By the summer of 2010, Johnson had closed his first two seasons at Georgia Tech with 19 victories. Tech defeated Clemson in the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, although that title was vacated because of an NCAA rules violation. 

Wofford finished 3-8 in 2009, but the Terriers amassed 450 yards offense against The Citadel that season. Higgins switched to the triple option the ensuing spring, although the change did not yield immediate dividends. The Citadel won seven games through the next two seasons. However, the Bulldogs finished 7-4 last year, matching their highest win total of the past 20 years. This season, The Citadel has averaged 282.1 rushing yards per game. The Bulldogs have rushed for at least 304 yards in three of their last four games.

Higgins varies formations within the scheme, but the basic option framework is the same.  “They’re just a little more diverse in their presentation, but you still have a dive, a quarterback and a pitch,” Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “We’ll still have to play the same, disciplined, physical, technique-driven focus, as we did last week. “I’ve said it 100 times, but if something breaks down in that process, they’ll move the ball up and down the field on us.”

That precisely is Higgins’ strategy this week and the impetus for the switch.  The option is a neutralizer. It can disarm athletic, disruptive defenders, as well as explosive opposing offenses. When they execute effectively, option teams can crawl downfield, extend drives, tire defenders mentally and limit opponents’ possessions.

“We’re going to have to do everything we can to slow them down from a defensive perspective,” Higgins said. “So, on offense, we need to get as many first downs as we can and hold on to the football as long as we can.”

Fewer than 10 Division I teams utilize some form of the traditional triple option. Clemson must face two of them in consecutive weeks. Higgins said, normally, the rarity of the option provides a slight advantage in preparation.

That will not be the case this week. Unless Higgins dupes Clemson and reinstalls the spread.

Clemson Tailgate + limited Tix still available

November 19, 2013

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The Citadel currently has a limited number of tickets left for the Clemson football game.  To place a ticket order, please contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 843/953-DOGS (3647).  Tickets are $35 each.  Below is the information for The Citadel / Clemson pregame ‘Alumni Football Tailgate’ Saturday.  

 

Citadel Alumni Association Citadel Football Tailgate Event, Citadel vs. Clemson

November 23 – 10am
Littlejohn Coliseum 1 Avenue of Champions, Clemson, SC 29632 North East Concourse Entrance, inside Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Citadel Bulldogs Football teams goes to Clemson

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Littlejohn Coliseum

1 Avenue of Champions, Clemson, SC 29632

Pre-game BBQ and Tailgating hosted by the Greater Greenwood Citadel Club and Greenville Citadel Club and The Citadel Alumni Association

Who: All Alumni, Family and Friends Welcome!

**Lt Gen Rosa will also be in attendance**

What: BBQ, Baked Chicken, Potato Chips, Slaw, Cookies, Tea & Water

Where:

Littlejohn Coliseum

1 Avenue of Champions, Clemson, SC 29632

North East Concourse Entrance, inside Littlejohn Coliseum.

See attached map for parking options.

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How much: $10 per person

We will accept payment at the tailgate, CASH ONLY please.

Questions? Please contact:
PJ Calogrides
Email: calogridesp1@citadel.edu
Office: 843-953-6586

Cheerleaders, something we don't see on our sideline anymore.

Cheerleaders, something we don’t see on our sideline anymore.


 

Dogs Double Dip Saturday by beating VMI & NGU

November 18, 2013
The Bulldogs retained the Silver Shako!

The Bulldogs retained the Silver Shako!

The Citadel beat VMI to retain possession of the Silver Shako and then beat North Greenville University that night in basketball.  Some Bulldog faithful think it may be the first time the Bulldogs have won regular season football and basketball games in the same day.  If it is true it was a great day for El Cid.

 Let’s do football 1st:

 The Citadel      31         VMI      10

Both teams began the game with long drives and missed field goals to create a scoreless first quarter.  The VMI kicker would make his second attempt on the first play of the second quarter to take the first lead of the day, 3-0. That lead did not last long as the Bulldogs travelled 65 yards in 13 plays to go up 7-0 on Ben Dupree’s [#2] 4-yard scamper.  The big play of the drive was a forward pitch to slot back Vinny Miller [#16] that amounted to a 41-yard run by Miller. The referees ruled it a forward pass.  Dupree was 3 of 8 passes for 55 yards on the day.

 With 27 seconds to go in the half, VMI scored its only touchdown on a 27 yard pass play in the corner of the end zone in front of the Altman Center.   The Keydet’s would end up controlling the clock and the ball much of the first half as El Cid only had three possessions.  VMI led at half 10-7.

 The Second Half:

The Citadel took the second half kickoff and marched 58 yards in seven plays before settling for a Thomas Warren [#30] 34-yard field goal to tie the game at 10.  The Cadets made some adjustments on defense and began to put more pressure on the VMI quarterback.  The result was a three-and-out and the Canines were in business going 87 yards in 15 plays with Dupree running the final 8 to score early in the 4th period. Now it is 17-10.

 Senior cornerback Sadath Jean-Pierre [#1] stepped in front of a VMI cross-field pass, picked it off and returned the ball 19 yards to the Keydet 26-yard line.   After a pass-interference call vs. VMI in the end zone, Dupree sprinted to the corner from 10 yards out to put the score at 24-10.

 The Bulldog defense then picked it up to another level with consecutive quarterback sacks on the next possession to turn the ball back over to the Cadets at midfield.  El Cid marched to the end zone and 6 plays later, slot back Dalton Trevino dove across the pile-on in the corner from five yards out to put the final score: The Citadel 31 VMI 10.

   A dozen VMI game facts & stats:

  1. The third win in a row for The Citadel, the 7th straight victory over VMI, and 10th season to have control over “The Silver Shako” for another year.  The last time the Keydet’s had the Shako was 2003.
  2.  It was Senior Day and 17 seniors played their last home game of their Citadel career.
  3.  There were 12,069 fans on hand to see the Bulldogs score 24 unanswered points to win game # 5.
  4.  El Cid had 304 yards rushing on 59 plays
  5.  Senior Ben Dupree rushed for 115 yards and threw for 55 more. He has 18 touchdowns on the season.
  6.  Senior Darien Robinson rushed for 109 yards, his 13th career 100-yard day.
  7.  The Citadel defense had seven sacks, one shy of the record, and senior Derek Douglas had two of those.
  8.  This was the third game in a row that the Bulldog opponent has rushed for less than 100 yards.
  9.  Both team punted only one time
  10.  The Citadel ended up leading the possession by 33 minutes to 27.
  11.  Sophomore linebacker James Riley led the defense with 8 tackles including a sack.
  12. This was Coach Higgins’ 100th game [9 seasons] as The Citadel Head Coach, and his 99th all-time win covering 16 career seasons as a head football coach.  

 Quotes from the game:

 Coach Higgins: “These seniors have invested so much into this program.  A lot of key guys who made the program what it is had big days today, and it was neat to see that”

 Quarterback Ben Dupree: “About his 3 touchdowns vs. VMI, he said the only thing better would have been four. It was the perfect way to end this, as far as playing in Johnson Hagood Stadium – a perfect ending.

 Senior defensive tackle Derek Douglas: “Nobody wants to be on that team that loses the ‘Silver Shako’ on the way out.  Playing on this team the last five years and attending The Citadel has been the best experience of my life – so it was great to close it out this way at home.”

 This week in Bulldog football: We travel to Clemson, SC to take on the #7 BCS Clemson Tigers.  I know you will be surprised to know that the Bulldogs are not expected to win.  We will show up and play hard!  Clemson is sold out and the only tickets available are through the Citadel ticket office.  They will be gone today so call now if you want a couple.  You never know, we might get lucky!

Now let’s go to Basketball:

Ashton Moore

Ashton Moore

  The Citadel   85       North Greenville   53

Junior guard Ashton Moore [#12] had another outstanding night scoring 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting, 5 of seven behind the 3-point stripe – issuing nine assists and collecting 5 rebounds.  The only thing he did not do was sell popcorn at halftime!  Sophomore swing man Matt Van Scoyc [#30] was next with 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Three different Citadel players had 5 rebounds.

 The Cadets, who never were in jeopardy in the game ended up shooting 46% from behind the 3-point area for the game.  Dylan Stetzakorn [#0] & Quinton Marshall [#33] contributed 10 and 9 points respectively.  The Crusaders did out-rebound the Cadets 43-39, but the Canines only turned it over 10 times in the entire game.

 This week in basketball: The Citadel next plays the University of Tennessee at Thompson – Boiling Arena in Knoxville tonight.  Tip off is 7:00pm on ESPN3.  Then Thursday night November 21 at 7:00pm the Dogs take on the Deacons of Wake Forest University in downtown Winston Salem.  I will take winning 1 out of 2 on this roadtrip!

Annual Candlelight Services schedules for early December

November 15, 2013

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The South Carolina Corps of Cadets presents its Christmas Candlelight Service annually to the Lowcountry in Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus.

The 2013 Christmas Candlelight Service will be held on:

  • Friday, December 6 – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 7 – 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 8 – 7:30 PM

Cadets from the Protestant, Catholic, Gospel Choirs, Chorale, and members of The Citadel Regimental Band take part in the annual celebration of the birth of Christ, observing the events of the Advent, the Annunciation, the Birth of the King, and Epiphany through Scripture lessons and carols. Traditional and international favorites are sung, and special highlights include the Procession of Lights. Cadets coordinate the production with Nancy Lefter, director of chorale activities, organist Mark A. Bebensee of the School of Business Administration and Commander Mike Alverson, director of music.

The hour-long program is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Flash cameras and video lights are not permitted. This event is one of the most popular Christmas activities in Charleston. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to secure parking on campus and seating in the chapel. For more information, call (843) 953-5049.


It’s “Cribby” Time

November 15, 2013
by The Citadel Athletics
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Logan Cribb is a senior pitcher on The Citadel baseball team

By Cadet G. Coleman

Every pitcher on the baseball diamond is expected to have a big, tall frame in Division I baseball. The Citadel’s Logan Cribb is definitely not the case.

Cribb is a Rock Hill native where he attended Rock Hill High School. He lettered three times in baseball and was named the team’s MVP as well as receiving all-region and all-state honors his senior year. As a highlight, he was named to the North/South All-Star game his senior year.

Cribb was never the biggest or strongest on the mound, but he produced a certain type of charisma that pushed him beyond other starting pitchers.

Cribb is called “a junky lefty.” He is not going to overpower anyone in the batter’s box but he is going to locate his pitches very precisely and strike out a batter out with his off-speed pitches. His curveball and changeup are one of the best I have faced and I am sure that many other batters from our team and other teams would say the same. Cribb is a very vocal leader and always has a lot to say. He will let you know what you are doing wrong and whether or not that is acceptable.

Cribb made a name for himself in the spring his freshman year. The South Carolina Gamecocks came to Riley Park to face The Citadel in a midweek battle. Coach Fred Jordan told Cribb that he was going to get the start and he was very nervous and excited, just like any other freshman pitcher would be when they would be facing a top team in the country.

Cribb pitched scoreless innings against the Gamecocks. He allowed eight hits and struck out three. The Citadel won the game, 2-0, and this was the first time that The Citadel shutout South Carolina since 1971. This amazing performance by Cribb earned him Southern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week as well as CB360 Primetime National Pitcher of the Week. The most amazing thing about this win was the simple fact that Cribb did not let this game go to his head at all. He stayed humble and was respected by the team because of that.

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He ended his freshman year with 25 appearances, a 1-4 record and a 5.36 earned run average. The Citadel had a rough season his freshman year, but had faith in him to bounce back and keep improving for next season. In Cribb’s sophomore year, he recorded 14 starts and pitched in 16 games with a 3-4 record and a 4.89 earned run average. He was second on the team in innings pitched with 77.1.

I am looking forward to watching Cribb’s performance for his senior year season here at Riley Park. He is again positioned to be a weekend starter and I feel like with his experience and sound leadership, he will lead the Bulldogs to yet another Southern Conference championship which will be held at Riley Park in May.

Cadet G. Coleman, of Winnsboro, SC, is in Andy Solomon’s Sport Communications class.

VMI -The Citadel overview

November 14, 2013

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Info from multiple sources including Jeff Harstell,The Charleston Post & Courier and The Citadel

 Who:  VMI (2-8) at The Citadel (4-6)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Johnson Hagood Stadium

Radio: 1450-AM & Citadel radio network

 Charleston WTMZ 910 AM /Columbia WQXL 1470 AM /Columbia WQXL 95.9 FM

Greenville WLFJ 660 AM /Greenville WLFJ 92.9 FM /Orangeburg WORG 100.3 FM

Kingstree WDKD 1310 AM /Sumter WDXY 1240 AM/ Sumter WDXY 105.9 FM

Florence WOLH 1230 AM/ Florence WOLH 98.9 FM /Lake City WHYM 1260 A

online at: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/citadel.portal#

Sagarin Says: Citadel by 15.45 points

All-time series: Citadel leads, 36-30-2

What to know about VMI: The Keydets, who played football in the SoCon from 1923 to 2002, are rejoining the league in 2014 after 11 years in the Big South. VMI is coached by former USC coach Sparky Woods, who has a 13-42 record in six seasons. Woods was the coach at South Carolina from 1989-93, during the “player revolt” and “loss to The Citadel” era. VMI has lost six straight to The Citadel, and hasn’t won in Charleston since 1995. The teams did not play the “Military Classic of the South” from 2008-10 due to scheduling difficulties. The battle for the “Coveted Silver Shako” also has been played in Charlotte (2002-03) and six times in Norfolk, Va.

VMI had lost seven straight games before last week’s 27-9 win over Gardner-Webb, a team that previously defeated Wofford and Furman. RB Derrick Ziglar ran 20 times for 94 yards and a TD in that game. But starting QB Eric Kordenbrock is done for the season after suffering a concussion at Presbyterian on Oct. 19.

VMI Notable Alumni: Sen. Harry F. Byrd, Jr.; actor Dabney Coleman; Gen. George Marshall,former Secretary of State and Defense and Nobel Peace Prize winner; former Citadel football coach Bobby Ross; actor Fred Willard.

Citadel coaches are worried: That a VMI cheerleader might beat up a cadet on the sideline. Oh wait, that already happened:

This VMI Cheerleader wanted to take this knob home!

This VMI Cheerleader wanted to take this knob home!

Bulldog Basketball gets Wright in 2014 Early Signing Period

November 14, 2013

 

Jake Wright is headed to ElCid

Jake Wright is headed to ElCid

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel head basketball coach Chuck Driesell announced on Wednesday that Jake Wright officially signed his National Letter of Intent and will join the team next fall.  Wright earned three stars from ESPN, placing himself fifth among Minnesota seniors and 49th nationally among shooting guards, the best of any Southern Conference recruit. “I am very excited to have Jake Wright as a part of The Citadel family,” said Driesell. “I knew from the first time I saw him play that he was exactly what we were looking for to make us a better team.”

A 6-4, 195-pound shooting guard from Minnetonka, Minn., Wright is entering his senior season at Hopkins High School with a career total of 833. As a junior he scored 474 points (16.3 ppg) while earning Most Valuable Player honors at the 2012 Augsburg Classic and 2013 MLK Classic All-Stars.  In his third season with the Royals, Wright was also named to the 2013 Star Tribune all-metro team and 2012-13 All-Lake conference first team. His AAU team, the Howard Pulley Panthers, captured the national championship in Orlando, Fla., in late July.

Two of his Howard Pulley teammates, Tyus Jones and Reid Travis are ranked first and third in Minnesota, respectively, by ESPN’s recruiting database. “He comes to us well-prepared as he plays for a great high school coach who has helped many of his former players go on to the college ranks and be highly successful,” Driesell added. “That, along with playing this past summer for the No. 1 AAU program in the country, makes him someone who has the tools to come in here and make an impact as a freshman.”

An All-Lake Conference honorable mention recipient as a sophomore, Wright scored 272 points (9.5 ppg) over the course the season. He drew national attention when he appeared on ESPN’s Sportscenter Top 10 for scoring three 3-point baskets in 70 seconds, including a tying basket in overtime of the Minnesota State semifinals. On the AAU circuit, Wright’s team advanced to the semifinals of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Peach Jam.

As a freshman in 2010-11, Wright came off the bench to score 87 points for head coach Ken Novak Jr.’s squad, which captured its third straight 4-A state championship. The team finished the season ranked No. 13 in USA Today’s Super 25. Wright also drew interest from Columbia, Drake, Ohio and Vermont.

Ryan James (Minnesota Rivals.com Recruiting Coordinator) on Wright: “Definitely one of the best shooters in the state of Minnesota. His pull-up jumper has improved along with his overall shot. Playing under one of the best high school coaches in the state of Minnesota in Novak, he has a great understanding of team defense and is a great catch-and-shoot player from the arc.”

Bulldogs Basketball gets 1st win of New Season

November 13, 2013
Bulldog Guard Ashton Moore

Bulldog Guard Ashton Moore

Ashton Moore Leads Four Bulldogs in Double Figures in 82-68 Citadel Win

From Citadelsports.com

Charleston, S.C. – Junior guard Ashton Moore scored 19 points to lead four Citadel players in double figures as the Bulldogs earned an 82-68 victory over Presbyterian on Tuesday night at McAlister Field House.

Accompanying Moore in double figures was Matt Van Scyoc (16 points), Marshall Harris III (14) and Dylen Setzekorn (12). Collectively the Bulldogs hit 29-of-56 (51.8%) from the field and 11-of-24 (45.8%) from beyond the arc. The offensive production came in large part from 16 assists, including six each from the backcourt duo of Moore and Harris. The Cadets (1-2) also controlled the glass, 39-34, keyed by 29 defensive rebounds.

Among the top individual shooters for The Citadel was Moore, who finished 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-5 from long distance. Van Scyoc closed out the game by knocking down 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free throw line. He also made his presence felt on the glass with a team-high eight rebounds (three offensive).

Setzekorn proved to be a valuable reserve in head coach Chuck Driesell’s attack by hitting 5-of-11 from the floor, including a pair of timely 3-pointers. Harris put together a solid outing by hitting 4-of-6 from the field with all four conversions coming from 3-point range.

Presbyterian (0-2) was led by the trio of William Truss (20 points), Jordan Downing (16) and Reggie Dillard (16). The Blue Hose rebounded from a tough first half, in which they hit 12-of-32 from the field, to finish 29-of-68 (42.6%) for the game. The biggest struggles came from long range as PC converted just 3-of-16 from 3-point range.

Starting the second half with an 11-point advantage The Citadel quickly pushed the lead to 47-31 behind four points from Van Scyoc in just over three minutes. A quick timeout allowed Presbyterian to regroup as they put together a 6-0 run keyed by a pair of buckets from Markus Terry.

The Bulldogs pushed their lead back to double figures with a Setzekorn jumper, 52-41, before a pair of scores by Downing and Dillard narrowed the gap to seven. That sparked an eventual 16-7 run by the Blue Hose that included four points each by Truss and Dillard.

Setzekorn again came through in the clutch for the Bulldogs, slicing past the PC defense where he drew a foul by Danny Herrera. After closing the door defensively, Van Scyoc knocked down a jumper from the elbow to make for a 63-57 Citadel advantage.

Timely baskets by Van Scyoc, White and Brian White kept The Citadel in front by six, 69-63, with 4:53 remaining. Truss followed with an old-fashioned three-point play of his own, allowing Presbyterian to make one final charge for the lead.

The Bulldogs, behind three points each from Van Scyoc and Setzekorn, closed out the contest on an 11-2 run and earned their first victory of the season.

Highlighted by an 11-point, four-assist effort from Moore, The Citadel finished 14-of-26 (53.8%) from the floor in the first half to take a 41-31 lead into the intermission. Moore connected on 4-of-5 from the floor, draining all three attempts from beyond the arc, to lead the Bulldogs to an 8-of-14 (57.1%) performance from the 3-point line. He was joined in scoring by Harris, who tallied six points on 2-of-3 shooting.

PC countered with a 12-of-32 (37.5%) first half outing behind the offensive efforts of Downing, who tallied 12 points. Downing reached double figures by virtue of a 5-for-9 performance from the field that included two treys. He received support in the paint from Reggie Dillard who scored eight points, hitting 4-of-6 from the charity stripe.

The Citadel grabbed a 12-9 lead in the early going behind five points from Moore and four from Van Scyoc. That difference was stretched to seven following a series of treys by Setzekorn and Quinton Marshall as the Bulldogs moved out in front 18-11 at the 11:50 mark.

Presbyterian got the Bulldogs in early foul trouble and capitalized on free throw shots by Herrera and Dillard to eventually cut the lead to six, 24-18. It was there that The Citadel got a lift offensively from Marshall who drove through the lane and drew contact from Herrera for a three-point play.

The energized Bulldogs put together an eventual 17-5 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Harris and Moore, to move in front 41-23 with just under four minutes left in the frame.

Presbyterian closed out the half on an 8-0 run to close out the half, trimming the deficit to 41-31, highlighted by a Downing trey at the buzzer as the two teams headed to the locker rooms.