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#WNSTSweet16 list highlights Baltimore’s best ever college hoopsters

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#WNSTSweet16 list highlights Baltimore’s best ever college hoopsters

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

In taking a sneak peek at the rest of the lists I owe for 2014, none of them — none, I tell you — will be harder to compile than the one you’re about to read.

And this one, supposedly, was given to me on purpose because of my love for local college basketball.

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together, but it was a real exercise in juggling and re-arranging and sorting through so many outstanding names and accomplishments.

One thing for sure — Baltimore has enjoyed the presence of more outstanding college basketball players than any of us knew.

In compiling this list, I did my best to check in with people around town who have followed the local basketball scene as much if not more than I have over the last 15-20 years.

I’ll admit I don’t go back much more than the 70′s, although there’s a notable name or two in there who were so good and so well known locally they couldn’t be by-passed.

It’s difficult to rank these sixteen, honestly, because most of the “evidence” available is statistical in nature.  You won’t be seeing a whole lot of YouTube clips in here, but trust me when I tell you these sixteen guys did Baltimore proud.

All the fun starts on the next page –

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UMBC hosts Hartford for Hall of Fame Day Saturday

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: The UMBC Retrievers (5-14, 1-5) try to salvage the final game of a three-game homestand when they face the Hartford Hawks (10-11, 4-2) on Hall of Fame Day at the RAC Arena. The Saturday, Jan. 25 nightcap of a hoops doubleheader gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Gary Stein and Troy Green have the call, live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC played the two undefeated teams in America East, Vermont and Stony Brook, in a span of three days, and dropped both decisions. The Retrievers are mired in a shooting slump – the squad has not surpassed 40 percent shooting from the floor in the last five games. FR G Rodney Elliott (13.8 ppg) has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, while SR F Chase Plummer coming off a 21-point effort versus Stony Brook.

HAWK UPDATE: Taylor Dyson’s short baseline jumper as he fell to the floor with 2.3 seconds left boosted Hartford to a 56-54 victory over Binghamton on Thursday night. Wes Cole led the Hawks (10-11, 4-2 America East) with 24 points, and the junior guard has buried 18 treys in his last two outings. JR F Mark Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (6.0). Hartford has won three straight, two of which have been on the road and the Hawks are 5-6 in road games in 2013-14.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC hits the road next week for contests at Binghamton (Jan. 29) and at Maine (Feb .1).

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Jay Greene — a UMBC Hall of Famer and “Life Hall of Famer”

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Jay Greene — a UMBC Hall of Famer and “Life Hall of Famer”

Posted on 24 January 2014 by Drew Forrester

Occasionally in these parts, a college athlete comes along that I consider “ultra special”.

I give him or her that sort of identification for both their work on and off the playing field.

Reggie Holmes of Morgan State was that kind of player a few years back when he starred for Morgan State’s basketball team.  I watched him play about a dozen or so home games at Hill Field House and had the pleasure of meeting him personally and later interviewing him several times on the show.  He was as good at being a young man as he was at playing basketball.

That’s also why I’m so fond of UMBC assistant basketball coach Jay Greene.

I’m not bashful or ashamed to admit when someone is my favorite player of a certain team.  Anyone who has listened to the radio show over the last decade knows my favorite Raven ever is tight end Dan Wilcox.  Holmes would be my favorite Morgan State player, for sure.

Jay Greene is my all-time favorite at UMBC, and I’ve seen hundreds of games at the RAC in my lifetime.

This might be hard to believe if you ever had the pleasure of seeing Greene play for the Retrievers, but he’s a better guy than basketball player.

He’s ultra special.

I’ve played golf with Jay in the UMBC tournament, sat in the stands with him and watched Phil Stern’s Lady Retrievers and interviewed him on the show several times.

They don’t make ‘em like Jay Greene anymore.

Please take a minute to read this piece written about him back in 2008 when he was helping the Retrievers win the America East title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.  THIS SUMS UP THE SPIRIT OF JAY GREENE.

Tomorrow, Jay gets inducted into the UMBC Hall of Fame.  I’ll be there for both games at the RAC, as the Women (1pm) and Men (3:30) take on Hartford prior to Jay’s ceremony on Saturday evening.

I had Jay on the show with me this past Wednesday, along with his high school coach Jerry Radoka and former UMBC teammate Matt Spadafora.  GIVE IT A LISTEN HERE.

If you can’t “ultra special” in his voice, I can’t help ya.

Congrats to my favorite UMBC player of all time and a Hall of Fame person.

 

 

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Former hoops star Greene to be inducted to UMBC Hall of Fame

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC Athletics is pleased to announce that seven former student-athletes and one current beloved staff member will comprise its 2014 UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame class.

The inductees will be; Justin Bronson, ’09 (men’s swimming & diving), Cindy Kubiet (Director of Sports Medicine, 1978-present), Kelly Fiorani, ’06 (women’s lacrosse), Jay Greene, ’09 (men’s basketball), Ray Ignacio, ’87 (men’s lacrosse), Alessandra Pedergnana, ’06 (women’s tennis),Kristie Pickeral, ’06 (softball) and Brian Rowland, ’03 (men’s soccer).

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and inductions will take place on Saturday evening, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Southeast Club Level of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The inductees will also be honored at halftime of the UMBC men’s basketball game versus Hartford that afternoon. Ticket information will be announced later this month.

Justin Bronson earned five gold medals in America East Championship competition in individual races and three golds in relay events, in addition to numerous silver and bronze medals. He was selected as the America East Conference Swimmer of the Week once as a freshman, twice as a junior and three times in his senior year. The native of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada still holds the school record in 500-yard freestyle.

Kelly Fiorani currently ranks third on UMBC’s all-time scoring list in lacrosse with 189 points. She scored 140 goals and added 49 assists from 2003-06. Fiorani was a member of UMBC’s Northeast Conference champion and NCAA Tournament team in 2003. She was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2003 and received America East First Team honors and All-Championship Team honors in 2004 and 2006. She also received two letters in soccer and ranked second in points (10) for the 2004 squad. Fiorani was named UMBC’s Outstanding Female Senior Athlete in 2006.

Jay Greene has played the most basketball games, 122, and logged the most minutes, 4,192, in Retriever basketball history. A current assistant coach with UMBC, Greene dished out 683 assists, the most in school history, the third-most ever in America East Conference history and the third-most of any NCAA Division I player in the state of Maryland. He was named the Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player in the 2008 America East Tournament, leading the Retrievers to their first tournament title and NCAA berth. In his junior season, he was the lone player in the nation to be ranked in the top five in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game.An America East All-Rookie team member in 2005-06, Greene earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 2007-08 and Second Team honors in his senior campaign.

Face-off specialist Ray Ignacio earned Honorable Mention All-American in 1987. He is currently tenth in NCAA history in face-off winning percentage (63.4%) and his 69.6% mark led the nation in 1987. Ignacio is UMBC’s single season leader in draws and is the current leader with 450 face-offs won. He is a member of the UMBC All Time Lacrosse Team, was the 1987 UMBC Lacrosse team captain and played in the 1987 North-South All-Star Game.

Cindy Kubiet has served UMBC as its Director of Sports Medicine since 1978. She has established a training program which includes recruitment, educational forums, clinical experiences and a career development and mentor program. Her holistic approach toward working with student-athletes led to the creation of a life skills program at UMBC in 1986. Kubiet was awarded the Board of Regents’ University System of Maryland Staff Award for her outstanding service to students in an academic or residential environment in 2007.

Alessandra Pedergnana becomes the first women’s tennis player selected to the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame. As a freshman in 2003, she won 27 matches and was named All Conference in both singles and doubles in the Northeast Conference. She earned All-America East honors in 2004 and played at No. 1 singles for her final two seasons. As a senior, she won her 100th career match and finished the campaign with an impressive 13-4 record. She was named UMBC’s co-Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.

Kristie Pickeral was the 2002 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, helping UMBC reach the NCAA Championships. A year later, she earned NEC Player of the Year with a .387 batting average, 12 HR’s and 59 RBI. The third baseman is currently UMBC’s all-time hits leader with 263 and she slugged 40 home runs. She is also the all-time leader in RBI (179), games played and started (242), total bases (416) and walks and was the 2005 UMBC Most Outstanding Female Athlete.

Brian Rowland holds UMBC’s single season (11, 2002) and career shutouts record (25) as a goalkeeper in men’s soccer. He earned First Team All-Northeast Conference honors in his senior season of 2002. He is currently seventh in school history with 227 saves and has played professionally both indoors (Baltimore, Milwaukee, Orlando) and outdoors (Crystal Palace USA, Toronto Lynx). Rowland is currently an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Maryland.

The hall of fame inductions, which have been a biennial event for UMBC Athletics for more than a decade, will revert back to becoming an annual event on the athletics’ calendar.

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UMBC adds Fuller to hoops staff

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Walt Fuller has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at UMBC, head coach Randy Monroe announced today.

The veteran mentor just completed his 25th year in the coaching business, completing a two-year stint at UAB in 2011-12. He joined the UAB staff from La Salle University, where he spent the previous five seasons as the associate head coach.

“Walt is one of the most successful people I know in the profession,” Monroe said. “He has been an integral part of building programs from America East to Conference USA to the ACC. He knows how to relate to young people and get the best out of them.”

Fuller will join colleagues Aki Thomas and Jay Greene on the Retriever bench in 2012-13.

In his first full season at UAB in 2010-11, Fuller played a big role in helping the Blazers clinch the program’s first outright regular season Conference USA title in school history. As a result, UAB earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

While with La Salle, Fuller served as recruiting coordinator and worked with all facets of the program during his five-year tenure. Prior to joining La Salle, Fuller was the top assistant at the University of Virginia for former UVA head coach Pete Gillen from 1998-2005. He helped the Cavaliers to five consecutive postseason appearances from 1999-2003, including the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Fuller joined Gillen’s staff after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at the College of William & Mary. During his last season at William & Mary in 1997-98, the Tribe posted a 20-7 record and tied for the Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship.

Fuller was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, Drexel University, for six years. In his final season with the Dragons in 1993-94, the team compiled a 25-5 record, won the North Atlantic Conference Championship and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. Drexel also finished as conference runner-up twice during Fuller’s tenure and won the regular season title in 1992-93.

A two-time captain of the Drexel basketball team, Fuller helped lead the Dragons to an East Coast Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth during the 1985-86 season. He finished his collegiate career ranked first on Drexel’s list for games played (116) and was second on the school’s career free throw percentage list (80.5 percent). He was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player after the 1985-86 season and received the Dragon “D” Award as the squad’s top defensive player.

During his 25-year coaching career, he has recruited eventual NBA players Malik Rose (Drexel), Roger Mason (Virginia) and Sean Singletary (Virginia). Fuller has also been responsible for recruiting many players who now compete overseas.

Fuller earned his degree in business administration from Drexel in 1987. He is married to the former Martina Colbert of Philadelphia, Pa., and they have two sons, Walt, Jr. and Cameron.

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