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Coppin to open 2014-2015 season at Oregon

Posted on 16 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Coppin State men’s basketball to begin 2014-15 season at Oregon

BALTIMORE – The Michael Grant era will begin at the University of Oregon on Friday, November 14 when he leads the Coppin State men’s basketball program into Matthew Knight Arena for its 2014-15 season opening contest.

The game time has not been announced yet.

This will be the Eagles’ second trip in as many years to the state of Oregon. Coppin State defeated Oregon State, 78-73, last year. The opener against Oregon will also be the second straight season, the Eagles will start against a Pac-12 opponent.

The Eagles will be different when they hit the floor to begin the season. Coppin State hired Grant from Division II Stillman College. Coppin State, which won 12 games last season and advanced to the MEAC semifinals has 11 players returning.

Senior guard Taariq Cephas, senior forward Dallas Gary, senior guard Daquan Brickhouse, senior forward Arnold Fripp, senior forward Brandon St. Louis, and junior guard Sterling Smith are among the top returning players for the Eagles this season. Cephas, who averaged 9.4 points per game, finished third in the MEAC in assists per game (4.1). Smith is the Eagles leading returning scorer (10.9 ppg.). He also led the Eagles with 60 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, Oregon enjoyed a strong 2013-14 season, posting an overall record of 24-10 which included a 10-8 mark in league play. The Ducks advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year, which was the fourth time in Oregon men’s basketball history that occurred. The Ducks defeated BYU in the second round before falling to Wisconsin in the third round.

Oregon will be led by senior Joseph Young, who averaged 18 points per game last season. The Ducks led the Pac-12 in scoring with 81.9 points per game in 2013-14. Oregon was ninth in the conference in scoring defense. Other key returnees for the Ducks include seniors Elgin Cook and Jalil Abdul-Bassit.

Overall, Coppin State’s 13-game non-conference schedule features opponents from the Pac 12, Big 10, American, ACC, CAA, MAC, and OVC.

The remainder of the schedule along with a huge road date against one of men’s basketball’s elite programs will be released at a later date.

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Grant completes Coppin staff by adding St. Frances assistant Jones

Posted on 14 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Jones joins Coppin State men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach

BALTIMORE — The final piece of the Coppin State men’s basketball staff is now in place with the announcement of local native Kevin Jones being named as an assistant coach.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Jones worked for two seasons as an assistant coach for St. Frances Academy in Baltimore on its varsity staff. During his tenure at St. Frances, it reached heights of being ranked as high as 18th nationally, produced a top 40 nationally ranked prospect in Dwayne Morgan as well as a Baltimore Sun Player of the year in Tevon Saddler.

Before joining St. Frances Academy, Jones spent six years as an A.A.U. coach where he helped develop and mentor over 30 Division I players. Jones has worked numerous camps and is well respected within the city of Baltimore.

Prior to coaching A.A.U, Jones was a member of Bowie State University’s staff as a student team assistant in the 2004-05 season. During that season, the Division II Bulldogs won 24 games, advanced to the Sweet 16 and was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the season.

Jones is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bowie State.

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New coach Grant adds Lewis to Coppin basketball staff

Posted on 11 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Lewis added to Coppin State’s men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach

BALTIMORE — With the announcement that Doug Lewis will join Coppin State as an assistant coach, first-year head men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has added another familiar face to be part of his staff.

Lewis, who coached with Grant at Central State University as an associate head coach for five years, comes to Baltimore from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin where he worked during the 2013-14 season as the men’s basketball Director of Player and Community Development.

Lewis was a head coach at Division II institutions Central State (Ohio) and Northern Michigan where he compiled a 10-year overall coaching mark of 148-116.

Lewis experienced his greatest success as a head coach at Central State, where led his team to three 20-win seasons. The Maurauders won 22 games and participated in the NCAA Division II tournament in 2009-10. His 2008-09 and 2007-08 squads won Independent Athletic Association titles, posting marks of 19-8 and 21-4, respectively.

In 2008 and 2009, Lewis was named the Independent Athletic Association Coach of the Year. In 2006-07, Central went 22-5 and was the runner-up in the NCAA Division II National Independent Tournament.

Lewis became head men’s basketball coach at Central State in May of 2003 after a five-year stint as an associate head coach. He joined the Marauder coaching staff in July of 1998. As an associate head coach, he helped the Marauders to an 81-59 record in five seasons under Grant.

Prior to joining Central State, Lewis served as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from 1993-1998. He played an important role that landed the best recruiting class for Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference for the 1996-97 season.

Lewis also served as an assistant coach for Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin under legendary coach James Gordon, who coached NBA player Latrell Sprewell. That year Washington High School won the 1993 Division I – Wisconsin High School State Basketball Championship. He was also a player on the King High School state championship teams in the 1980s.

Lewis played for Missouri State University where he helped it win consecutive Mid-Continent Conference championships and participate in the NCAA Division I tournament in 1988 and 1989. He was named Mid-Continent Conference newcomer of the year in 1987 and honorable mention all-conference in 1989.

During his playing days at Mesa Community College from 1985-87, Lewis was ranked as one of the five best point guards in the nation among junior college players. He also helped Mesa win the Arizona Conference championship and finish third in the National Junior College Division I tournament.  In each of his two years at Mesa, Lewis was an all-conference & all-region player both years.

Born in South Bend, Indiana and raised in Milwaukee, Lewis is married to Cheryl Lewis and has two daughters (Danielle 20, & Chelsea 12).

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McRoy joins new coach Grant’s staff at Coppin State

Posted on 10 July 2014 by WNST Staff

McRoy named Coppin State assistant men’s basketball coach

BALTIMORE – Coppin State University head men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has named 17-year coaching veteran Elwyn McRoy as one of his assistant coaches for the Eagles. They previously worked together at Stillman College during the 2012-13 season.

At the NCAA Division I level, McRoy has been an assistant coach at Iowa State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Southern University and Texas-Pan American where he coached during the 2013-14 season. McRoy is a seasoned, dedicated and passionate coach that has empowered student-athletes to reach new heights with high principles on and off the court.

McRoy has received national recognition for his work, as CollegeInsider.com named him the No. 23 mid-major assistant coach in 2009, and Basketball Times Magazine selected him as one of the top 10 junior college recruiters in the country in 2008. He was also profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2013. In addition at UTPA, McRoy was voted as the No. 2 recruiting coach in the Western Athletic Conference by Next Up Recruits.

McRoy has a great degree of familiarity with the junior college ranks, as he started his career with two years as an assistant coach at Butler Community College from 1997-99. He also worked with Coppin’s current coach Grant at Stillman College as an assistant coach during the 2012-13 season.

After one year as an assistant coach at Independence Community College, McRoy assisted with the boys’ basketball team at Wichita Southeast High School before returning to the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at Redlands Community College, where he helped the team to a program-best 30-5 record and a national championship.

He then spent the 2002-03 season as the head coach at Frank Phillips College, where his team had the third-highest GPA in the nation, before joining the Division I ranks as an assistant coach at Southern. After two seasons there, McRoy went to Northwood University and spent an entire year recruiting and helping the program to get ready for its first season of competition before moving on the Georgia Southern. There, McRoy helped turn a sub-.500 team into a 20-win team in one year.

He moved on to Arkansas State from 2008-10, where he not only helped the Red Wolves go from 13 wins to 17 wins in his second season, but he also helped them go from five Sun Belt Conference wins to 11.

McRoy next became an assistant coach at Iowa State in 2010-11, where he recruited Tyrus McGee, who drilled 96 3-pointers in 2012-13, the third most in a season in program history, to become the first Cyclone individual to lead the nation in a statistical category by connecting on 46.4 percent (96-for-207) of his shots from downtown. McGee ended his career by making 43.7 percent of his three-point attempts, the second-best clip in program history.

McRoy returned to the junior college ranks in 2011-12 as an assistant coach at Hutchinson Community College, where he helped the Blue Dragons to a 25-7 record, a No. 20 ranking and the Region VI Quarterfinals, before spending last season an assistant at Stillman College, where the Tigers went 18-10.

McRoy was influential in the development of Lee Nailon, who played in the NBA for nine seasons, most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2005-06 and 2004-05 Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Taj Gray (Oklahoma). In addition, McRoy recruits Al Fisher (Mid-American Conference Player of the Year at Kent State), Brandon Polk (Horizon League Player of the Year at Butler), JeJuan Brown (Preseason Newcomer of the Year at Arkansas State) and Deforest Riley Smith (SWAC Player of the Year) all achieved success during their collegiate careers.

McRoy enjoyed a solid player career, competing for one season at Butler Community College before transferring to Hutchinson Community College for his sophomore year, where he helped the Blue Dragons win the 1994 NJCAA National Championship. He finished his collegiate career at Cleveland State, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1995.

In the summer of 2010, McRoy was selected by the Black Coaches Association to take part in the ACE (Achieving Coaching Excellence) program in Indianapolis, Ind., where he participated in a three-day professional development program.

McRoy and his wife, Carmen, are parents of four daughters, Kenya, Kyliah, Kyndall and Kamdyn.

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Coppin State inks two man basketball recruiting class

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Coppin State men’s basketball inks pair of recruits for 2014-15 season

BALTIMORE – In ushering in a new era, first-year Coppin State head men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has gone big with the signings of Lawrence Fejokwu and Blake Simpson, the first recruits for the 2014-15 season.

Both players come from winning programs and have the size and athleticism needed to thrive in Grant’s high-tempo system. Simpson is a 6 foot, 7 inch forward from LaSalle High in Cincinnati while Fejokwu is a 6-9 center from Lagos, Nigeria, who played last year at Northwest Junior College in Powell, Wyoming.

“I am really looking forward to having an opportunity to coach those guys,” Grant said. “Blake has a lot to learn being at the college level, but he has the body and size to be competitive. We’re looking for some good things from him. Lawrence would be able to balance out the two other centers we have as well. We wanted to make sure that we were able to bring in some size this year.”

In helping LaSalle win 18 games and advance to the Cincinnati District 1 Final last year, Simpson averaged 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game. Playing for an athletic LaSalle team featuring quick guards, Simpson earned a reputation as an eraser at the back end of the defense. During his career at LaSalle, Simpson was a member of a state title and district championship team.

Meanwhile, Fejokwu averaged 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in leading Northwest to 19 victories and the quarterfinals of the NJCAA the Region IX Tournament. He scored in double figures 17 times and scored a season-high 24 points against Little Big Horn College on Feb. 19. Fejokwu also recorded one double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) against Bismarck College.

“Lawrence is strictly an inside player, he’s not going to drift to the outside,” Grant said. “He’s going to play his role, which is rebound and block shots. He can score around the basket and that’s what we have to have in our system. Blake is more of a versatile player. You can look for him to get to the basket and finish. He’s a very athletic, strong and competitive kid.”

Simpson and Fejokwu join an experienced Coppin State team returning 11 players and three starters from last year’s squad that advanced to the semifinals of the MEAC tournament and beat Oregon State. The Eagles will begin the season in November. The complete 2014-15 schedule and additional signings will be released at a later date.

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New coach Grant says recruiting Baltimore will be key at Coppin

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New coach Grant says recruiting Baltimore will be key at Coppin

Posted on 06 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Coppin State University has named Michael Grant as its new head men’s basketball coach. He is Coppin State’s sixth head men’s basketball coach since 1964.

A fifteen-year veteran, who has won 56 percent of his games, Grant comes to Coppin State from Division II Stillman College, where he was the head coach for the last six years., Grant was also the head coach from 2003-05 at Southern University (La.) where he replaced the legendary Ben Jobe.

“There are two things that we were looking for in our men’s basketball coach,” Coppin State president Mortimer Neufville said. “The graduation rate and an ability to build programs. He’s graduated over 80 percent of his student-athletes and everywhere he has been, he has won.”

At the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign, Grant amassed a six-year school record of 100-73. In 2012-13, the Tigers finished the season with an 18-10 overall mark and a 12-5 SIAC record. Center Torrean Walker ranked first in the SIAC and seventh in Division II in blocked shots per game while guard Jeffrey Wherry finished first in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio. The Tigers led the SIAC in assists, blocked shots, scoring offense and three-pointers made per game.

“This was another opportunity for me to build a program,” Grant said. “I am excited to be here and looking forward to playing an exciting brand of basketball. The way we play. There will be nobody in this conference that will be able to play the way I play. We’re going to get up and down the floor. We’re going to run and press. Every team that I’ve coached over the last 15 years, we’ve led the conference in scoring. Our goals are to make sure we’re scoring over 80 points per game and leading the conference in rebounding and steals.”

During the 2010-11 season, he guided Stillman to a 24-8 overall mark, a 19-5 conference record, second place in the SIAC and to the regional final of the Division II South Regional. The Tigers finished the season eighth in the NCAA with three-pointers made (9.4 per game) and blocked shots (4.2 per outing).

“We believe he’s the best fit for our program,” Coppin State Director of Athletics Derrick Ramsey said. “He has experience replacing a legendary coach, which is important. We’re excited to have coach Grant join the Coppin State family.”

Credited by former players as a “disciplinarian,” Grant’s coaching genius was first established at NAIA-turned-Division II member Central State (Ohio) University. In seven seasons, Grant led the Marauders to three 20-win campaigns and only one losing season—his first in 1996-97. During the 1999-00 season, Grant led Central State to the program’s first victory in the NAIA National Tournament since 1979. By the end of his seven-year tenure at the school, Grant had become only the fourth Central State coach to have won more than 100 games in his career with the school.

Grant began his coaching career at his alma mater, Malone College in Ohio, where he first studied under Hal Smith as a student assistant. Grant then served on Smith’s staff in 1985 as a full-time assistant before heading to the University of Michigan as a graduate assistant where he helped coach and develop his younger brother Gary Grant, who eventually became the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1988. Gary Grant was the 14th overall player chosen in the 1988 NBA draft.

Grant also coached at Kentucky State University, Alleghany College, Cleveland State University, and the University of Toledo.

The Eagles will begin their season in November. A complete 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule will be released at a later date. One of Grant’s biggest goals is to recruit from Baltimore and keep the talent within city limits.

“We have to show Baltimore some love,” Grant said. “We have to be able to make sure we take care of home. Once we get one recruit from here, the rest will follow. I am looking forward to having an opportunity to go out in the community and meeting all of the high school coaches and building Coppin State starting at home first.”

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Coppin names Michael Grant new basketball coach

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Coppin names Michael Grant new basketball coach

Posted on 05 May 2014 by WNST Staff

As Coppin State trimmed down their candidates over the weekend in an attempt to find their successor to Fang Mitchell as the next Eagles coach, it didn’t take long for them to make their choice.

The school named Michael Grant as its new head men’s basketball coach in an announcement.

A fifteen-year veteran, who has won 56 percent of his games, Grant comes to Coppin State from Division II Stillman College, where he was the head coach for the last six years. Grant was also the head coach from 2003-05 at Southern University (La.) where he replaced the legendary Ben Jobe. At the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign at Stillman, Grant amassed a six-year school record of 100-73.

Grant also served as the interim athletic director for the school during the 2013 season.

Other candidates for the job included Maryland assistant Bino Ranson, George Mason assistant Eric Skeeters, and former Eagles star and current Bowie State HC Larry Stewart.

Grant is scheduled to be introduced at a press conference Tuesday at 1PM at the Talon Center.

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