Longwood has added walk on Jacob Thibodeau to their roster. Thibodeau adds some depth to the Lancers and a much needed practice body with the suspension of Shaq Johnson and Jason Pimentel.

Thibodeau stands 6’4 and played for Westfield High School last year. At Westfield he averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 47% from the floor. He played AAU ball for the NOVA Suns.

Thibodeau has already begun practicing with the Lancers and participated in SEAL team training this week.

Longwood is set for a large recruiting class in 2016 and if Jayson Gee gets his way then Ohio native Isaiah Walton will be part of the class. Walton has received a scholarship offer according to Scout.com and is currently spending this season at Iowa Western Community College.

Walton spent last year with Division I UC Davis where he redshirted for the Aggies. The Oberlin, Ohio native played for Elyria High School and was one of the state’s best guards averaging 21.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior.  Walton is a 6’4 shooting guard touted as a scorer.

Walton also has offers from Utah Valley State and received one from Boston University before signing with UC Davis.  He’ll have three years of eligibility left if he joins a Division I team next year.

Practice has started and Longwood seems to be gaining some preseason steam with a lot of love from national media outlets:

Mid-Major Madness: Experts Pick Longwood 4th, Shaq Johnson Honored

A panel of experts at Mid-Major Madness had solid votes for Longwood and picked Shaq Johnson to be an all-conference performer.

NBC College Basketball Talk: 

Lancers Picked 4th:

Longwood could be a dangerous team, especially if the Lancers can get quality play from the back court. The Lancers have one conference’s best front courts. Shaquille Johnson is one of the league’s top athletes. Lotanna Nwogbo, the 6-foot-8 forward, is back after missing the last 17 games of conference play with a thumb ligament tear. In three full Big South contest, he was averaging 19.3 points and 12.0 boards per game

Shaq Johnson Picked All-First Team: 

The best athlete in the conference not named John Brown, Johnson averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game last season.

Coach says Longwood is the Dark Horse: 

Sleeper: “I think a lot of people would say Longwood. I think they have a talented roster and they have a player on their team (Lotanna Nwogbo) I think a lot of people would talk about having a chance to be one of the better players in the league. He got hurt the second or third game in the conference season.”

College Sports Madness: Johnson, Nwogbo Honored

Richmond big man John Salley is emerging as a prime target in the paint for the Lancers for the Class of 2017. The 6’10 Benedictine product has an offer from the Lancers and interest from Radford, James Madison, Robert Morris, Loyola, Maryland Eastern Shore, Fairfield, and Hofstra.

Salley plays his AAU ball for River City Reign and would have an opportunity to team up with fellow Benedictine product Khris Lane down low for a year in Farmville. Keep an eye on this guy over the next year as the Lancers continue to chase him.

It’s time for another recruiting update as plenty of action is happening around the Commonwealth and in the region.

Committing Elsewhere

Off the board for the Lancers this week are a pair of reach recruits and one recruit Longwood has charged at hard recently. Curtis Jones, who was never really attainable, committed to Indiana. J.J. Matthews, a power forward Longwood was in on early, committed to Towson after collecting over twenty offers from around the country. Neither of those commitments should come as a surprise in Farmville.

The one surprise that did stand out though was that of Elijah Cuffee, a 2017 guard, committing to Liberty. Cuffee and his teammate Luke Frampton have both been recruited by Longwood and it seemed as if Cuffee especially had a high early affinity for the Lancers. Perhaps the signing of Juan Munoz had Cuffee looking elsewhere.

The Lancers weren’t all in on Cuffee but it’s likely the start of a battle that will certainly heat up between Jayson Gee and Ritchie McKay over the next few years. Dale Layer’s stable of players came from Texas, Florida, and internationally while McKay will look for more local products. Both Gee and McKay will be in the same circles A LOT and both have an eye for under-the-radar talent in the region. Tubby Smith at Texas Tech also seems to be focusing on an “untapped” area of talent in West Virginia as evidenced by offers to the Lancers’ Chris Shields and Cuffee as well.

Brevard Offered

Longwood did offer 2016 6’8 forward Malik Brevard this week as associate head coach Jake Luhn stays very active in North Carolina. Brevard is another long and athletic forward from Charlotte who also has offers from Radford, Chattanooga, Stetson, and Middle Tennessee State.

Top Targets

The Class of 2016 will be a big one for Longwood after already getting the commitment of cornerstone point guard Juan Munoz this summer. Longwood is trying to add to the class this fall and continues to charge hard at Jaylen Fornes, JaShaun Smith, and Justin Kier. Jaylen McManus is also another prospect to keep an eye on in the Charlotte area. Longwood still has four scholarships available for 2016 and remember that not all will be used on freshmen.

Could this be the year that Radford take a step back? The Radford Highlanders ended last year with a 22-12 record and was towards the top of the big south. With a big win versus Virginia Tech last year it seemed like the highlanders were poised for big things last year. However they slipped a little at the beginning of conference play and dropped their first 3 games to UNC Asheville, Longwood, and Gardner Webb. Those three games cost Radford in seeding for the Big South tournament and had to play a hot Winthrop team in Round one which was a team that no one wanted to see.

On to this year where the highlanders look to replace a lot of talent from last year’s team. The graduation of Javonte Green and RJ Price leaves YAYA Anderson as the returning scoring leader. The thing that will help Radford is the fact that they have 7 seniors taking the court on opening night. It is rare to have that much experience on the court and with 5 freshman and 3 sophomores backing them up the experience will be needed.

With this many new faces Radford is a wildcard in the big south. Their recruiting class is impressive and could give a lot of good minutes, I don’t think any will break onto the scene that Desean Murray did for Presbyterian but minutes will have to come from somewhere and the freshman may get a little trial by fire if anyone gets hurt for the highlanders

To open up the year Radford Travels to Georgetown and VCU along with games versus Penn State and Virginia tech in out of conference play. That is a rough way to open the season and I look for them to be under 500 going into the bulk of conference play and I expect them to steal some games from good teams as that group of freshmen gets better.

In my opinion Radford will end up 15-15 at the end of the season and losing in the first round of the big south tourney. So don’t expect for anyone to pencil in the Highlanders as an easy win.

As the season approaches I think it will be good to take an in depth look at the Big South Team by team. To begin with let’s look at Longwood’s Closest Rival the Liberty Flames.

This will be the second year in a row that Liberty will have to work to build chemistry.  From last year, they lost 2 of their top 3 scorers, Top 3 rebounders and return only Theo Johnson who played substantial minutes for last year’s last place team.

However change could be a good thing for a team that finished 2-16 in conference play. The best hope for a new key contributor is Anthony Fields a transfer from Bradley via Wake Forest. He is a journeyman point guard much like Tra’vaugn White and Quincy Taylor have been for Longwood.  He has a lot of talent and could shine during big south play and give the flames good minutes and experience which are lacking outside of Theo Johnson.

The flames will look for contributions from a lot of guys who didn’t get to play a lot last year

Anthony Fields – Transfer From Bradley

John Dawson- Transfer from Marquette, will be eligible after fall semester

Ezra Talbert- was probably the highest rated recruit that ended up on campus as a freshman this past season, but he only played 19 total minutes before redshirting due to a back injury.

Plus 4 other freshman.


I look for Liberty to have about the same record as last year.  I don’t see them taking a huge step in either direction. I look for them to steal some wins versus the bottom of the big south teams like Campbell, Radford and maybe another team so maybe 3 or 4 wins in conference play.

They open up the season with some easy games, playing 3 DII schools out of the first 4 games, so confidence will be high for fans as they start 3-1.  I also look for them to beat Furman, St Francis (BKN) and possibly Lamar.  So 6-26 is where I will put the flames .

Team MVP- Theo Johnson

He Averaged 10 points a game and got better as the year went by. If he can build on that personal growth I am thinking he can get his number up to about 15 pt and 7 reb a game.

It’s been a busy recruiting weekend to say the least for Longwood as the Lancers continue to build their all important 2016 and 2017 class. Coach Gee and Coach Williams continue to look to their native state of West Virginia as a new pipeline for the Lancers in offering 6’6 forward Chase Johnson.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsIt’s the first Division I offer for Johnson. Longwood is also busy with visits this week bringing in some Big East caliber talent and the brother of a former Old Dominion star.



This activity comes on the heels of 2017 recruits Mastadi Pitt and Ameer Bennett both visiting recently.

MTA-LUvsLiberty-7D-0029The 2015-2016 Men’s Basketball Schedule has been Released and it in my personal opinion it may be the best schedule we have had in Recent Years

To begin with the lancers start the season with the Crosstown Classic an exhibition with Hampden-Sydney which last year packed the house with students, alumni, and families from both schools. It was a great way to start the season last year and I am happy to see it return.

Opening up the actual season the lancers have a two game home stand versus DII oppenents, which should lead to a decent chemistry and a little bit of confidence before going into the Eastern Kentucky Classic. The tournament should give the Lancers their first real benchmark to see where the team actually stands early in the season. This gives the Gee a chance to get some revenge on an EKU team that stole one from him in 2013-14 season and Ball state which bested the lancers by only 5 points last year. These would be big wins for a growing program like Longwood.

The big headline for the year is without a doubt the game on Dec 15 as Oklahoma State. This game will be nationally televised on ESPNU. The chance for a senior team to play on a national spotlight will be huge for the team. I am expecting all of the seniors to be extremely hyped up and ready to play on a national stage.

Along with the OK state game the lancers will travel to Richmond and George Mason.  These two teams are huge games for Coach Gee. These A10 schools in particular go after a lot of the same recruits as Gee and he will look to gain the upper hand in the recruiting battles on the road.

Finally we end the season with Conference play and as always every game will be close and exciting.

Good luck to the 2015-2016 Lancers team, CANT WAIT !

Link to the schedule available below


Longwood’s 2015-16 basketball schedule was released today and it’s certainly an interesting slate of games. The Lancers will open the season with an exhibition against Hampden-Sydney on November 7 in Willett Hall before hosting two non-Division I opponents to kick off the official season.

Longwood will wrap up the first of month of the season with five games in eight days, all on the road. The Lancers will head to Richmond, Kentucky for the Eastern Kentucky Tournament and then will play at Maine and at projected mid-major power Columbia.

Things won’t get any easier for Longwood in December as the Lancers host UMBC, UNC Asheville, and a non-Division I opponent in Willett. Coach Gee’s squad will kick off the month with a visit to High Point and also has a brutal four game road trip in mid-December at Richmond, Oklahoma State, George Mason, and Dartmouth.

Columbia, Maine, and Dartmouth are all expected to come to Willett Hall for the 2016-17 season.

The Big South schedule is one of the most favorable Lancer fans have seen since joining the conference. The Lancers will play Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern just once each and won’t have a road trip longer than just two games. Also rivalry games against Liberty and Radford will come when the students are in Farmville.

Check out the full schedule HERE!