2015 Mary Kline Classic: 6 Syracuse players of interest to watch

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The fifth-annual Mary Kline Classic to benefit cancer research takes place Saturday at West Orange (New Jersey) High School, and a combination of six Syracuse signees, commits and offerees will be participating.An underclassmen all-star game will be at 6 p.m., followed by a 3-point shooting contest, a dunk contest and the senior all-star game to conclude the night. Former and current Syracuse players to participate in the event include Tyler Ennis, Tyler Roberson, Chris McCullough and B.J. Johnson.Here are the players in the 2015 classic that SU fans will want to keep an eye on:Moustapha DiagneIn the past two years Syracuse’s Class of 2015 had three participants in the event with Malachi Richardson, Frank Howard and Diagne. But this year Diagne is the lone member of the class that will be in West Orange on Saturday, and will provide a glimpse of what the Orange may see at the backup power forward spot next season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe stands at 6 feet 8 inches and weighs 240 pounds according to Scout.com, and could see significant time in the low block behind Tyler Roberson if DaJuan Coleman isn’t fully healthy and if Chinonso Obokoh doesn’t materialize into a reliable option.Matthew MoyerMoyer stands as the lone verbal commit in SU’s Class of 2016, and will be participating in the underclassmen game on Saturday. He too is 6 feet 8 inches, per Scout, but is more of a lanky forward at 215 pounds.Moyer recently decided to transfer to South Kent (Connecticut) School from Ohio to play his senior season. ESPN has Moyer rated as the No. 58 prospect in his class.Sedee KeitaKeita has been offered by the Orange and is a member of the Class of 2016. Scout has him as a three-star prospect standing at 6 feet 9 inches, with offers from Iowa State, UNLV and Xavier, among others.ESPN slots Keita at No. 57 in the 2016 class and he played his junior season at 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina. He’ll be playing in the underclassmen game along with Moyer.Jordan TuckerTucker is a four-star small forward in the Class of 2017 from White Plains, New York. He’s received an offer from the Orange, and has picked up the same from Arizona, Oklahoma and Villanova, among others, per Scout.Scout has him as the No. 27 prospect in his class and he is concluding his sophomore year at Archbishop Stepinac (New York) High School.Trevon DuvalDuval, a five-star point guard in the Class of 2017, has received an offer from Syracuse and is rated the No. 17 prospect in his class by Scout. He’s from St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey and stands at 6 feet 3 inches and 170 pounds.He’s one of two five-stars, along with Mohamed Bamba, to be offered by SU in the Class of 2017 and will be in the first game with Moyer, Keita and Tucker.Nick RichardsOne of the Orange’s more recent offers went out to The Patrick School (New Jersey) center Nick Richards. The 6-foot-11, 250-pound big man from the Class of 2017 has offers from Kansas and UCLA as well, according to ESPN.He’s listed as the No. 22 prospect in the class by Scout, and will be one of four Syracuse offerees in the underclassmen game. Comments Published on May 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Baseball holds home field, wins weekend series 2-1

first_imgThe baseball team welcomed Wake Forest to Dedeaux Field this weekend, and the Trojans nabbed their first series win of the season to push their record above .500.The No. 21 Trojans took down the Demon Deacons 2-1 in the three-game series winning the first one 9-4 before dropping a 4-5 loss on Saturday. USC finished strong though with a 2-1 performance Sunday afternoon.The team still sat even with a 3-3 record  when Sunday rolled around for the series finale. Senior Brent Wheatley took the mound, and the right-hander locked horns with Wake Forest sophomore Drew Loepprich in a pitchers duel. Wheatley turned in six strong innings of work, scattering one run, three hits and two walks throughout while striking out six batters, and the Trojans and Demon Deacons remained knotted at one run apiece through the top of the eighth inning.USC finally broke the deadlock in the bottom of the eighth. Senior outfielder David Oppenheim drew a one-out walk and redshirt junior Reggie Southall was put in as a pinch-runner. He promptly swiped second base and moved to third on a ground ball from junior catcher Jeremy Martinez, and Oppenheim scored on a wild pitch to push the Trojans in front. A clean inning from senior closer Marc Huberman sealed a 2-1 USC win and the team’s first series win of the season.Head coach Dan Hubbs praised his players’ fighting spirit when facing a pitcher who was on his game.“I was proud of them for grinding out a game,” Hubbs said. “We put up some runs over the first two days, and then we showed we could win a 2-1 game.”After a tough outing to begin his season last weekend, Wheatley said he took a simplified approach into Sunday’s start, and it paid dividends.“I had a different mentality,” he said. “I was just trying to throw hard and make good pitches.”Two games led up to Sunday’s deciding contest. Senior pitcher Kyle Davis toed the rubber for the Trojans to kick off the series on Friday, and the veteran right-hander turned in seven strong innings, however, he allowed four runs in a sloppy fifth inning. Martinez and freshman centerfielder Lars Nootbaar had big nights at the plate as the USC bats backed up their ace in a 9-4 win.“We saw the fastball a lot, and we took advantage of it,” Nootbaar said.Martinez, who smashed his first home run of the season on Friday, also tipped his hat to associate head coach Matt Curtis for preparing the offense for the Demon Deacons’ pitchers.“Give a lot of credit to coach Curtis,” Martinez said. “We had a scouting report … so I was just trying to stay inside, put a good swing, and [the ball] just happened to run right into my barrel.”Junior pitcher Bernardo Flores started game two, and like Davis the night before, fought through one tough inning but was sharp otherwise, allowing four runs across six frames of work. Flores left the game with the score knotted at four thanks to a game-tying solo shot from sophomore third baseman Adalberto Carrillo— his second of the season. Redshirt junior Joe Navilhon replaced Flores and struck out the side in order in his first inning of relief.After cruising through two innings, however, Navilhon ran into trouble in the top of the ninth. The right-hander made an errant throw to first base on a leadoff bunt attempt, and freshman first baseman Dillon Paulson dropped the throw from Carrillo on the subsequent sacrifice bunt.Senior pitcher Brooks Kriske then entered the game to try to put out the fire, but Martinez fired a low throw past Carrillo trying to pick off the runner at third, scoring the go-ahead run. The Trojans committed three errors in one inning and were unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth, dropping a 4-5 contest to set up Sunday’s deciding game.Although he was disappointed with the ninth inning fiasco, Hubbs said it shouldn’t have come down to that at all.“That’s not where the game was lost,” Hubbs said. “The game was lost when we left 14 guys on base. We had all sorts of opportunities to score a lot of runs, and we didn’t.”It is still early in the season, however, and Hubbs said his squad, carrying high expectations, just needed to settle down.“A lot of guys did some good things,” Hubbs said. “We just have to have some guys be able to relax in the moment and get it done.”Next up, the Trojans hit the road on Tuesday for a tough tilt against Long Beach State before a weekend that includes hosting Oklahoma and Mississippi State as well as the annual game against UCLA at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.last_img read more

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