Ryan Badowski is expected to transfer somewhere closer to home. (Photo: Matthew Alexander)

Ryan Badowski is expected to transfer somewhere closer to home. (Photo: Matthew Alexander)

According to multiple sources Longwood freshman Ryan Badowski is expected to transfer.

The Cleveland, Ohio native earned a place on the Big South All-Freshman team this past year after averaging 7.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Badowski appeared in 34 games for Longwood and started 17 of them.

Badowski had a strong start to the season but struggled in conference play where his production dropped to 6.6 points per game. Over the last five games of the season he fell out of Coach Gee’ primary rotation and averaged just 8 minutes per game and 1 point per game.

The soon-to-be sophomore is expected to end up somewhere closer to home. We can’t say enough about Ryan’s effort this past year. He was a true Lancer and always gave 100% on the court.

Baseball (10-12, 2-4): The Lancers are clawing their way back to .500 after a very solid week in which they went 4-1, including a Big South series victory over Charleston Southern. Aaron Myers set the tone Friday night against Charleston Southern going 8 innings and striking out 10 Bucs. Travis Burnette was then a nice bookend to the Lancers’ week also going 8 innings with 6 strikeouts in a 1-0 Longwood win. Longwood will play at the Diamond in Richmond on Wednesday before kicking up Big South play again.

Last Week: W 13-7 vs Norfolk State, W 10-5 at North Carolina A&T, W 4-1, L 5-2, W 1-0 vs Charleston Southern
This Week: 3/25 at VCU, 3/27-29 vs High Point

Softball (10-15, 4-2): The Lancers continue to surge since their Hawaii trip going 7-3 since returning to the mainland. Longwood claimed series victories this week against Big South contenders Coastal Carolina and Winthrop and look like the team to beat in the conference now that we’re into the meat of the schedule. Longwood gets an ACC doubleheader on the road this week before hosting PC for a weekend Big South series.

Last Week: L 11-2, W 13-5, W 9-8 vs Coastal Carolina, L 4-2, W 4-2, W 8-3 at Winthrop
This Week: 3/25 at Virginia Tech (DH), 3/28-29 vs Presbyterian

Lacrosse (2-7): Lacrosse continues to struggle in the midst of a seven game homestand. This week started with a bad loss to Colgate and ended with an overtime defeat to George Mason. The Lancers get an ACC squad visiting Farmville this week though.

Last Week: L 18-7 vs Colgate, L 16-13 (OT) vs George Mason
This Week: 3/25 vs Louisville

Baseball (6-11, 0-3): Longwood scored a win at Norfolk State but then got swept by Campbell to kick off Big South play down in Buies Creek. The Lancers remain competitive in a lot of these early series but are not churning out wins. Ryan Mau’s squad will take on a pair of MEAC schools this week, withe the Lancers finally playing at home, before hosting Charleston Southern for a weekend set.

Last Week: W 9-2 at Norfolk State, L 3-2, L 7-1, L 8-6 at Campbell
This Week: 3/17 vs Norfolk State, 3/18 at North Carolina A&T, 3/20-22 vs Charleston Southern

Softball (6-13): Getting back on the mainland did the Lancers good as they won 3 of 4 games at the North Carolina State Tournament, including a 5-1 win over the twenty-fifth ranked Wolfpack. The only loss came to Missouri, who is ranked twenty-first nationally. Megan Baltzell homered twice against Fordham on Sunday to give her the school record for home runs (56). Longwood has a challenging week ahead against a pair of Big South contenders.

Last Week: W 8-4 vs Binghamton, W 5-1 at #25 NC State, L 12-4 vs #21 Missouri, W 10-7 vs Fordham
This Week: 3/17-18 vs Coastal Carolina, 3/20-21 at Winthrop

Lacrosse (2-5): Longwood got their second victory of the year 15-5 over Mercer on Friday. The Lancers will play games three and four of their seven game homestand this week against Colgate and George Mason. Hopefully they can claw back to .500 before conference play.

Last Week: L 20-9 vs William & Mary, W 15-5 vs Mercer
This Week: 3/18 vs Colgate, 3/22 vs George Mason

Former Lousiville/Missouri big man Zac Price will have an impact on the Big South next season.

We noted in our piece Saturday that we would begin to look ahead to next season this week. Thanks to an extremely promising Big South Tournament and solid foundation laid by the likes of Quincy Taylor, the Lancers are well positioned for the 2015-16. As a matter of fact 2015-16 should be THE year for Longwood basketball barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The Big South is not going to be as much of a grind next year and when you look at the 1st team, 2nd team, and honorable mention honors for the conference there could be 14 of the 15 players leaving if some transfer rumors pan out. Here is a look at where each team stands at this point:

Campbell: It was a rough year two for Kevin McGeehan in Buies Creek and you have to wonder if he’ll be around for long if his Richmond-style offense doesn’t start clicking in year three? Two of Campbell’s three top scorers, Andrew Ryan and Reco McCarter, are moving on and there have been rumors that DJ Mason may not be back either. Curtis Phillips and Troy Harper seem like solid building blocks and the Camels will add Lehigh transfer Shane Whitfield to the fray next year, but will it be enough to start competing in the Big South?

Charleston Southern: The Bucs will be decimated after this season and there have even been rumors of Barclay Radebaugh heading elsewhere after another successful season in North Charleston. Saah Nimley, Arlon Harper, Will Saunders, Paul Gombwer, and Cedrick Bowen all will be moving on which means 80% of the Bucs scoring is gone. Aaron Wheeler will be the only key contributor back after averaging 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists this past year. CSU is supposed to depend on a slew of JUCO transfers which is always a gamble.

Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers should be the favorite for a three-peat next season even though they lose a lot of talent in guards Josh Cameron and Warren Gillis. Badou Diagne, Marcus Freeman, and Tristian Curtis for a solid frontcourt rotation and Shavaughn Wiggins, Elijah Wilson and South Carolina transfer Jaylen Shaw should hold down the backcourt. Also, expect Colton Ray-St. Cyr to have an expanded role in Cliff Ellis’ offense moving forward.

Gardner-Webb: The Bulldogs have been rumor central for the past few weeks and there is a thought that there might be a mass exodus under head coach Tim Craft. Tyler Strange and Jarvis Davis move on at the very least and if Jerome Hill and Tyrell Nelson move on then it’s a total rebuild for the Running Bulldogs. Keep an eye on Boiling Springs this offseason.

High Point: John Brown announced this summer that this would be his last season at High Point and so far nothing has changed. Scott Cherry’s name has already been tossed around as a replacement for Paul Hewitt at George Mason and the Panthers will also lose Brian Richardson and Devante Wallace to graduation. HPU looks like a team with no interior presence whatsoever a year from now unless signees Alonzo Tyson and Ricky Madison can contributre right away.

Liberty: Who knows which way the Flames will go in their coaching search but it’s highly doubtful it’s a one year fix in Lynchburg. James Johnson and Andrew Smith will graduate this year and it will be interesting to see if Tomasz Gielo will stick around or if he’ll graduate and spend his one remaining year of eligibility elsewhere. There is usually roster upheaval when a bad team gets a new coach, which I fully expect for Liberty.

UNC Asheville: If Andrew Rowsey sticks around in Asheville then the Bulldogs can be a contender with the solid core of David Robertson, Sam Hughes, Kevin Vannatta, Giacomo Zilli, and Kem Ubaru but the question is will Rowsey look elsewhere and take the Kyle Hornsby route to a Power 5 school? The other question is would the Bulldogs be better off with a true point guard who spreads the ball around rather than a guy who takes 15 shots per game? I think either way UNCA is in good shape moving forward despite this year’s struggles down the stretch.

Presbyterian: PC was the surprise regular season team in the Big South this year and it will be interesting to see what they can carry over into next season. They’ll lose essentially 27 points and 12 rebounds of production with Jordan Downing and William Truss moving on. The good news is Big South Freshman of the Year DeSean Murray should be back along with the rest of the Hose’s core. Reggie Dillard, who sat out this year due to injury, will also be back after averaging 12.1 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.7 rebounds as a freshman. The biggest question mark for PC is do they have anyone who can compete in the post?

Radford: Despite winning 20+ games for the second year in a row the 2014-15 season had to be incredibly deflating for Mike Jones and the Radford Highlanders. Everything was building to this season with the core of Javonte Green, R.J. Price, Kyle Noreen, and Jalen Carethers. Radford will still have a solid squad lead by Ya Ya Anderson, Cam Jones, and Rashun Davis but they’ll be a lot less deep and should take a step back. If Kion Brown and Brandon Holcomb can step up and show they can be a formidable frontcourt then that could give the Highlanders a bit of a boost.

Winthrop: The Eagles might have the highest ceiling out of anyone next season. Sure, Keon Moore moves on but the Eagles have a solid foundation and some gems hiding on their bench. We all know what Keon Johnson and Derrick Henry can do but next year Division II transfer Roderick Perkins joins the fray. Perkins is an interesting prospect as he averaged 25 points per game at Erskine, which was second in the nation. Also the frontcourt should be one of the toughest, if not the toughest, in the Big South with not only the continued development of Xavier Cooks, Duby Okeke, and Joseph Lopez but also the addition of former Louisville and Missorui big man Zach Price.

Baseball (5-8): The men’s basketball team wasn’t the only team making history on Friday afternoon as first year skipper Ryan Mau got a signature win early in the season beating Georgia 7-3 behind a solid 7+ inning performance from ace Aaron Myers. The Lancers did drop the series to the Bulldogs falling 8-7 on Saturday and 15-4 on Sunday, but this was just Longwood’s second win over a SEC school in program history. The Lancers may finally play in front of a home crowd this week, weather permitting, and have a big series against Campbell to kickoff Big South play this weekend.

Last Week: W 7-3, L 8-7, L 15-4 at Georgia
This Week: 3/10 vs Norfolk State, 3/13-15 at Campbell

Softball (3-12): It was a rough couple weeks in Hawaii for the softball team dropping nine out of their ten games in paradise. Longwood played some stiff competition, including three Pac 12 schools and lost four the games by two runs or less. The Lancers are now battle tested and return from Hawaii hungry to get some wins at a tournament at North Carolina State this weekend.

Last Week: 3/4 vs Oregon St L 7-3, 3/6 vs Utah L 10-1, 3/5 at Hawaii L 8-7 (8), 3/6 vs Utah L 3-2, 3/7 vs East Carolina W 3-0
This Week: 3/13 vs Binghamton, 3/13 at NC State, 3/14 vs Lipscomb, 3/14 vs Fordham, 3/15 vs Missouri

Lacrosse (1-4): It’s been a slow go for Longwood Lax and the Lancers lost their first game in quite awhile 15-7 at St. Joe’s this past weekend. The Lancers now have seven straight games at home starting this week with William & Mary.

Last Week: L 15-7 at St. Josephs
This Week: 3/11 vs William & Mary, 3/13 vs Mercer

Longwood has developed into a family a team to watch out for in the Big South. (Photo: Matthew Alexander)

Longwood has developed into a family a team to watch out for in the Big South. (Photo: Matthew Alexander)

Longwood’s season ended today in a 71-58 loss to Winthrop in the Big South Semifinals. We’re not going to do our normal KneeJerk Reactions piece tonight for obvious reasons. Longwood and Lancer Nation has A LOT to be proud of this year and at first glance an 11 win season may not look phenomenal but it was the next step in building a very solid foundation.

When Jayson Gee was hired we talked a lot about Radford and how Mike Jones built a program in year three that was geared to be a .500 club. This team is farther down the road than Radford and it would be hard to believe that if this squad had Lotanna Nwogbo all season then we likely would’ve been closer to .500 in conference and for the year. We’ll dive into next year next week but tonight is for the guys that played their heart out this week in Myrtle Beach.

I usually don’t sit behind the Longwood bench and in Willett I sit behind the opposing coach just because I like to listen in on what other coaches do. Today I had the opportunity to sit directly behind the Lancers and my level of pride grew even more. ¬†Being just a few feet away from Quincy Taylor as he walked off the court for the last time as a Lancer is a moment that will stick with me the rest of my life. It’s definitely the most emotional moment I’ve come across in my 12 years of watching Longwood hoops.

First of all, we have to thank Quincy for all he did. This is a guy that took a chance on Longwood and was unselfish during his redshirt year paying his own way. This program is set up for success and the future and there is not a single player that has fortified a stronger foundation for the program than Quincy Taylor. Q was phenomenal on and off the court and Lancer Nation should be forever grateful for what he did here.

Quincy wasn’t the only Lancer who was emotional after the game and you could really see how this team is a family and will be stronger because of that going forward. Kanayo Obi-Rapu embraced Leron Fisher as the Lancers walked off the court and it was really a moment of love and maturity. Shaq Johnson is also an extremely emotional player and we really can’t say enough about the heart he showed this week. He’ll be key player in what I expect to be a very successful and exciting 2015-16 season.

Be proud tonight, celebrate Quincy Taylor, and look forward to the places we’re going to go as one Lancer family.

Can Shaq Johnson keep the momentum going against Winthrop on Saturday? (Photo: Matthew Alexander)

Can Shaq Johnson keep the momentum going against Winthrop on Saturday? (Photo: Matthew Alexander)

Where: HTC Center (Conway, SC)
When: March 7, 12 PM
TV/Streaming: ESPN3
Radio: WVHL 92.9 (Farmville), WHAP 1340 AM (Richmond)

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Jayson Gee will face off against friend and colleague Pat Kelsey for a fourth time Saturday afternoon still looking for his first victory over the 39 year old head coach of the Winthrop Eagles. Never has Gee’s team had any more momentum though then today when they head take the floor for the Big South Semifinals in Myrtle Beach.

Round 1 of this match up went into double overtime in Rock Hill to kick off the Big South season and the second round was a rather flat effort by Longwood losing 83-59 in Farmville just a few weeks ago.

This game will feature a great individual match up in Keon Moore versus Shaq Johnson. Johnson is on his way to tournament accolades after combining for 47 points and 26 rebounds already this week. Meanwhile, Moore posted 21 points and 7 rebounds in the Eagles one point win over Radford on Friday.

If you nullify the match up between Johnson and Moore then the two biggest things to watch are Leron Fisher and Quincy Taylor staying in front of Keon Johnson and slowing down Andre Smith, along with battling on the boards with Johnson, Jason Pimentel, and Geter against Xavier Cooks, Tevin Prescott, and Duby Okeke. The good news is Pimentel had 9 points and 4 boards the last match up against the Eagles and he’s certainly in better shape now.

Tip-off is set for noon, once again, and the game can be watched on ESPN3. We’re live in Myrtle Beach and will look to provide as much coverage as possible.

News & Advance: Lancers Finding Respect

Longwood pulled off the monster upset Friday over #1 Charleston Southern! (Photo: Matthew Alexander)

Longwood pulled off the monster upset Friday over #1 Charleston Southern! (Photo: Matthew Alexander)

Longwood pulled off another upset knocking off #1 seed Charleston Southern 68-60. The Lancers are the first #9 seed in Big South history to make it to the conference semifinals. Here are our KneeJerk Reactions as the Lancers keep dancing:

– Longwood entered halftime up 9 but quickly the lead dissipated as CSU went on a 12-0 run. It looked like the same old Longwood story as the team struggled to play with a lead but the Lancers went on a 13-0 run of their own and maintained the lead down the stretch thanks to some great ball-handling and clutch shots.

– Shaq Johnson was a MONSTER once again with 22 points and 15 rebounds. His effort and heart was unmatched in this one and he was cool down the stretch. Shaq’s two handed jam in the last minute was the dagger for Longwood and he’s quickly becoming a crowd favorite in Myrtle Beach. Shaq’s rebounding alone willed Longwood to victory today.

– DJ Allen had 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists and his poise and ball-handling down the stretch to break Charleston Southern’s press cannot be understated.

– Quincy Taylor was “Big Shot Quincy” once again this afternoon and posted 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. He hit some clutch shots down the stretch and was playing with A LOT of emotion. Q did pick up a technical early in the second half that looked damning but he just looks like a guy that doesn’t want to see his career end.

– Leron Fisher also had a great day with 12 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Also the job that he did, along with Quincy, on the defensive end has to be applauded. Saah Nimley, the conference Player of the Year, was once again held in check and that’s mainly because Q and Leron are one of the few guards that can stay in front of Nimley and Arlon Harper for 40 minutes.

– Jason Pimentel had 4 points and 4 boards and was once again a key contributor in the second half. His size is really starting to make a difference and allowed Longwood to pull away we they needed to.

Longwood will now play their third noon game in Myrtle Beach against the winner of Radford and Winthrop. Saturday’s game can once again be aired on ESPN3.