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.

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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

http://longwoodlancers.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbasket

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!

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Beware of the Dark Horse!

Chris Shields, a 6’8 small forward from Hedgesville, West Virginia, originally committed to Longwood in 2012 but reversed course and chose to prep when former Lancers head coach Mike Gillian resigned in March of 2013. Shields’ long, strange journey is over as he’s committed to Longwood once again, this time to Jayson Gee.

Shields has spent the past two years prepping, first at Elev8 Academy in Florida (ironically enough where fellow West Virginia native Levi Cook is prepping) and most recently at Fishburne Military Academy. Over the course of the past two years he has obtained offers from Rhode Island, Hofstra, JMU, Marshall, Southern Miss, Appalachian State, USC Upstate, Robert Morris, East Tennessee State, and others.

The 6’8, nearly 200 pound forward has polished his offensive game from the free wheeling lanky prospect we saw three years ago. Shields averaged over 17 points per game at Fishburne and has developed his body and his game.

Shields can contribute immediately backing up the likes of Shaq Johnson and further bolsters the depth of what is set to be a talent Chris Shields re-committed to Longwood Monday night after prepping two years.ed frontcourt for the Lancers in 2015-16.

Jayson Gee got an early Class of 2016 commitment Sunday night in 5’11 point guard Juan Munoz from Morrisville, North Carolina. Munoz was a must get for the Lancers as the staff was at nearly every one of his AAU games this summer. The floor general chose Longwood over Radford, UNC Wilmington, Mount St. Mary’s, Central Connecticut State, and others.

Munoz is ranked 49th in the state of North Carolina according to Phenom Hoops Report and has been a 3-time All-Academic Conference performer for Panther Creek High School. Munoz plays his AAU ball for Garner Road, a squad Longwood has been recruiting heavily with Munoz and 6’6 forward JaShaun Smith.

Johnny Carthens of the The Hoops Column called Munoz a college coach’s dream point guard due to his quickness, basketball IQ, and court vision. He also had the following to say:

Munoz has now developed into one of the more elite level guards within the region. He’s a pass first point guard, with the ability to score the ball in bunches.

Munoz’s skill set makes him better suited for the college game than most of his peers. His game is not simply based on natural ability, (even though he has plenty of that) Munoz’s game is very much cerebral. He’s constantly playing chess on the hardwood, seeming to stay one step ahead of the opposition.

Munoz is the first commitment for the Class of 2016, a class that is expected to be comprised of six open scholarships. He’ll be the only true point guard on the Lancers roster besides current redshirt freshman Bryan Gee. He is expected to contribute right away, maybe event in a starting role alongside his old friend Kanayo Obi-Rapu.

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Jayson Gee and Jake Luhn have gotten a must have for the Class of 2016 as Juan Munoz committed to Longwood today via twitter.

More on Juan Munoz tomorrow!

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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.

Juan Munoz (#40)  would shine bright at Longwood.  The 5'10 PG from NC is a top target for 2016.

Juan Munoz (#40) would shine bright at Longwood. The 5’10 PG from NC is a top target for 2016.                          Photo Courtesy: The News & Observer

 

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.

Gee and his assistants have hit the road hard focusing on a trio from North Carolina who can be immediate impact players and solidify the Lancers future. Lancer fans have heard a lot about Garner Road AAU stars Juan Munoz and JaShaun Smith this summer and rightfully so. The staff has basically been at every game this summer because they know the impact both players can bring to the Longwood program.

Munoz, who has a great relationship with Kanayo Obi-Rapu, is the “must get” for the Lancers according to sources and would be slated to be Longwood’s starting point guard from Day 1. Longwood is in a fight with UNC Wilmington and some new contenders for the 5’10 point guard, but the Lancers can likely offer Munoz a better package, in terms of playing time, than anyone else right off the bat.

Smith is an uber-athletic forward, who we have touched on before, and would be a great addition to play alongside the likes of Khris Lane in the blue and white.

A new name has emerged though that the Lancers are charging hard after and that’s 6’2 shooting guard Jaylen Fornes from Grantsboro, North Carolina. The Longwood staff has been following the CP3 AAU team around all summer and that’s because of Fornes. Fornes currently holds offers as high up as the Big 12 but Longwood has certainly been showing him the love.

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