► Cardinals will replace gridiron turf
► Area player inks with Falcons
► Miami inks forward
► Buffalo named to tip-off tournament field
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MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State’s Scheumann Stadium, the home of the Cardinals’ football team, is undergoing a turf replacement project expected to be done in June. In addition, the new surface will have a new design for the upcoming seasons.
“It was a pleasure for me to be a part of the group that went through the design and bidding process for our new turf field,” Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said. “We had excellent cooperation and support on campus from President Ferguson on down. The teamwork was excellent and it is exciting to see the project moving forward.”
The work is being done by Sprinturf out of Atlanta, Ga., and the surface being installed is Sprinturf Ultrablade Plus.
“The field itself will provide our student-athletes with a great surface both in terms of safety and performance,” Lembo said. “We practice in Scheumann Stadium each day as well as compete there on game days. You could argue that our football field is among the most visible pieces of real estate at the university, so the fact it will have an attractive look is an added bonus.”
The Cardinals will open the 2015 season Thursday, Sept. 3, in Scheumann Stadium vs. VMI.
(Courtesy of Ball State Athletics)
Area player inks with Falcons
Bowling Green State University head men's basketball coach Michael Huger has announced the signing of Demajeo Wiggins (Toledo, Ohio/Springfield H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to continue both his academic and athletic career at BGSU starting in the Fall of 2015.
"Demajeo Wiggins is an excellent addition to our program both on and off the court. He will help us in the low post with his size, rebounding and his scoring," Huger said.
The first signee for Huger and his staff, Wiggins is a local product of Springfield High School in Holland, Ohio where he was coached by former University of Toledo head coach Stan Joplin. Last year as a senior, the 6-8 forward led the Blue Devils to a 17-5 overall record, a sectional title win, and a third-place finish in the Northern Lakes League with a 10-4 conference mark.
Wiggins averaged 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils to earn All-Northern Lakes League First-Team honors. He was named to the Division I All-District Second-Team and All-Ohio Honorable Mention accolades. Wiggins was also tabbed the Blue Devils' Defensive Player of the Year.
On the year he totaled 299 points, 208 rebounds, 22 blocks, 20 steals and 17 assists for Springfield High.
A member of the Ohio Basketball Club AAU program, coached by Michael Duncan, Barry Egan and Dennis Barba, Wiggins played with Carlton Bragg (Kansas signee), Devon Andrews (Kent State signee) and Peter Barba (Columbia University signee).
Wiggins chose Bowling Green over Toledo, IPFW, Tennessee State, Bethune-Cookman, Oakland and Illinois State.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics)
Buffalo named to tip-off tournament field
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and brackets for the 2015 Tip-Off Tournament. The annual NCAA men's exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets with campus round games taking place around the Mohegan Sun Arena schedule.
The Buffalo Bulls will be part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The annual NCAA men's exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets with campus round games taking place around the Mohegan Sun Arena schedule.
Joining Buffalo in this year's Tip-Off tournament are: University of Florida (SEC), Niagara University (MAAC), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), Old Dominion University (CUSA), Purdue University (BIG 10), Saint Joseph's University (Atlantic 10) and University of Vermont (Am. East).
UB will begin the tournament on November 16 at Old Dominion and then will travel to Philadelphia two days later to play at St. Joseph's University on November 18. The Bulls will then travel up to Mohegan Sun for a pair of games beginning with North Carolina A&T on November 21. UB will conclude play the following day by playing either Vermont or Niagara.
"The Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun has become one of the most acclaimed collegiate tournaments in the month of November" said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "Of the teams who participated in 2014, four of them made it to the NCAA Tournament. We hope this competitive atmosphere will serve as a stepping-stone for the teams contending this year as well.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual event.
Miami inks forward
OXFORD, Ohio—Abdoulaye Harouna (Niamey, Niger/South Kent High School (Conn.)/Southern Idaho) has signed a national letter-of-intent with the Miami University men’s basketball program.
Harouna is a 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard who spent the last year at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He will not have to sit out a season as a transfer from a junior college.
“We are really excited to sign Abdoulaye Harouna, who comes to us from Southern Idaho, which is one of the leading junior college programs in the country,” said Miami head coach John Cooper. “Originally from Niger in Africa, not to be confused with Nigeria, he’s terrific kid who we feel will really be able to help us. I think he will bring multiple facets to our program. Abdoulaye brings terrific size at the wing position and has the ability to really shoot the ball. He also has the ability to move his feet and guard.”
While at CSI, Harouna earned honorable mention all-region honors. Following a 21-point performance that included six 3-pointers in the region title game and six treys in the previous game, Harouna was tabbed the MVP of the Region 18 Tournament. Playing and starting all 34 games, he spearheaded the Golden Eagles to a 31-3 mark and a No. 3 seed in the NJCAA Tournament. As a freshman, Harouna averaged 9.6 ppg and led the Golden Eagles with 65 triples on the season.
Hailing from Naimey, Niger, Harouna graduated from South Kent High School in Connecticut. He was a two-time MVP of the all-star game in Niger and also participated in adidas Nations in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
(Courtesy of Miami Athletics)