It looks as if the lancers and coach Gee will be opening up the season with a scrimmage against with Hampden-Sydney once again. Lastyear marked the first time since 2005 that the two schools went head to head and while Longwood came out on top 95- 60, however that game was not about the box score.
Since the day Gee walked on campus he has tried to get a community built around the lancer basketball team and his style of play, but his goal is not just the Longwood Campus. He set his sight on the entire Prince Edward area and the scrimmage last year was a big step. It sold out Willett hall and brought in people from Longwood and Sydney, the area, and a ton of alumni. Look for the same type of crowd this year and as a person who was there last year I will advise you get your tickets early.
For this game look for Longwood try and build a rhythm and pace of place with a few new faces on the court. Guards Tra’vaughn White, Bryan Gee and Forward Kris Lane have been with the team for a year so look for them to get adjusted pretty fast. The lone real newcomer to the team for now is Al Burge who was actually Gee’s first signee last year until a Knee injury forced him play a year at a prep school in SC. Longwood Still has an open scholarship so there could be another new face by the start of the season, but for now look for this team to have a lot of good chemistry from day 1.
A quick look at Hampden-Sydney, they lost a big time scorer from last year in Greg Lewis (10.7 ppg) but look for them to be led by Senior Mike Murray who led the team in scoring and assist.
LancersBlog will do a more in depth game preview closer to the season when the ink is dry on everything.
There is no doubt that the 2016 recruiting class is crucial to Longwood’s future success. Coach Gee will have five Lancers departing in Lotanna Nwogbo, Shaq Johnson, Leron Fisher, Jason Pimentel and Tra’Vaughn White. There will be plenty of pieces remaining but 2016 may just be the most important recruiting class Gee has had during his stint in Farmville.
Eastern Kentucky has released their 2015-2016 schedule. Included in that is the @EKUHoops Classic Schedule and as previously mentioned Longwood will be playing EKU, South Carolina State, and Ball State.
Now, we have more specific dates. The Lancers will open the Classic with a match-up versus SC State on Friday, November 20. Longwood will then play Ball State Saturday, November 21. Finally, Longwood will play the hosting Colonels on Sunday, November 22.
Longwood and Ball State played last season as the Cardinals took the 69-64 victory on December 28th in Muncie, Indiana. The Cardinals ended the season 7-23 overall so this should be a winnable game.
As for SC State, in their last meeting with the Lancers, the Bulldogs lost 92-81 in Farmville during the 2011-2012 season. Last season, SCSU finished the season 11-22. It isn’t unreasonable to expect Longwood to enter the final day of the Classic with 2 wins.
Speaking of the final day, the Lancers will have a tougher opponent in host, EKU. The Colonels last played Longwood during the 2013-2014 season in Farmville (Coach Jayson Gee’s first season at the helm). The Lancers fell 76-67 in the contest. As for last season, EKU finished 21-12 and played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and made it to the quarterfinals after defeating fellow Big South member, High Point. However, there are some changes at EKU as Jeff Neubauer is now at Fordham and Minnesota assistant, Dan McHale, is leading the Colonels program.
As always, we will pass along other games and dates as we come across them.
Coach Jayson Gee has named the Adam Williams to the fill his coaching staff for the 2015-2016 season.
The son of collegiate hall of fame player and coach Tex Williams, Adam Williams comes to Longwood after a three-year stint as assistant director of basketball operations at the University of Central Florida. A 2009 graduate of Marshall, he also held coaching positions at West Virginia Tech from 2010-12 and his alma mater in 2009-10.
Williams also played at Kentucky and Marshall During his collegiate career.
Congrats Coach Williams , welcome to lancer nation
According to Mark Emmert of the Portland Press Herald, Longwood will head to Orono, Maine on November 24 to take on the University of Maine Black Bears.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools and is a bit odd of an out-of-conference match up given the proximity of the two schools. Maine will be in their second year under head coach Bob Walsh. Last year the Black Bears went 3-27 overall and 2-14 in America East play. Walsh was formerly a Division III head coach at Rhode Island College.
The match up with Longwood will be the home opener for Maine.
Maine is the ninth out-of-conference opponent that has been uncovered thus far. Longwood will hit the road to play Oklahoma State (Dec 15), George Mason (Dec 19), and Richmond. The Lancers are expected to host UMBC and James Madison as home, as well as participate in a three team tournament at Eastern Kentucky featuring the host Colonels, Ball State, and South Carolina State.
Could 4-star recruit Levi Cook round out Longwood’s 2015 class?Coach Gee hosted Longwood’s Elite Camp today to cap off a week that included a youth camp and team camps. The week of camps has certainly filled up the Lancers’ pipeline.
Class of 2015
The biggest news from this weekend came away from the camp when 4-star 2015 recruit Levi Cook was on campus. Cook is a massive 6’10, 305 lbs center who originally committed to West Virginia. The Huntington Prep product also had offers on the table from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Charlotte, Marshall, South Carolina, and others. Needless to say this would be a HUGE get for the Lancers to round out their 2015 class.
Class of 2016
Coach Gee went back to his honey hole this week to offer Cleveland product Hartfield Braun. Braun, a 6’4 shooting guard, is currently at the same high school, Garfield Heights, as Longwood freshman Al Burge.
Class of 2017
The Class of 2017 is the class where we saw the most movement this week with the following offers:
Luke Frampton, 6’4, G, Poca (WV): Frampton is teammates of guard Elijah Cuffee who was offered by the Lancers early in the season.
John Salley, 6’10, C, Benedictine
Damian Knowlin, 6’4, G, Bishop Sullivan
Jarrod West, 6’1, G, Notre Dame (WV)
Darius George, 6’6, F, Lee
Pinky Wiley, 5’10, G, LC Bird
Mario Haskett, 6’3, G, LC Bird
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Longwood alum Shane Johnson is currently on loan to the Harrisburg Islanders of the USL.
Longwood has once again put together an opportunity to support alum Shane Johnson! Johnson is currently on loan from the Richmond Kickers to the Harrisburg City Islanders and the two teams will match up in Richmond on August 1.
Come on out! For just $20 you’ll get:
– Ticket to the Game
– BBQ Dinner
– 2 Beer Tickets- Entry into Longwood’s VIP hospitality tent
This event was a lot of fun last year and is great for everyone! If you’re bring the whole family then remember kids 3 and under are free and you can purchase tickets that just include soda/water vouchers for $15.
See you at the stadium!