Nunez has Monster Game Against Brewster Academy

HIGHLIGHTS: Adrien Nunez drops 24 against Brewster Academy

Watch highlights from 2018 Michigan signee Adrien Nunez’s 24 point performance against Brewster Academy.

Adrien Nunez
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Don’t sleep on Adrien Nunez.

One of the more unheralded recruits of Michigan’s five-man 2018 class, shooting guard Adrien Nunez can certainly fill up a stat sheet, which is one of the major reasons why he caught the eye of U-M assistant coach Saddi Washington.

That ability to shoot the ball continued Dec. 2 as Nunez dropped 24 points against Brewster Academy.

You can watch the highlights from his performance embedded below.


Marquise Moore Drafted 8th Overall in the NBA G-League

NBA G League Draft Selections | Iowa Wolves Site

FAIRFAX, Va. – Former George Mason University men’s basketball standout Marquise Moore will suit up for the Iowa Wolves in 2017-18 after being selected eighth overall by the franchise in the 2017 NBA G League Draft Saturday.

Moore, the 2017 Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player, heads to Des Moines this week and will play in his first game Nov. 4 when the Wolves take on the Lakeland Magic. The Wolves are the G League affiliate of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

“It’s been a long process to get to this point, with a lot of working out and waiting to see where I’d be playing,” Moore said. “After not getting drafted, I knew the G League was the route I wanted to take. I’m grateful to receive this opportunity. I’m ready to start my professional career and prove what I’m capable of doing as a player.”

This past season in 2016-17, Moore put together one of the best all-around seasons by a guard in NCAA history. The NABC District 4 First Team pick led the Patriots in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (10.9 rpg) and assists (3.5 apg) while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor.

His 20 double-doubles were tied for the most by a guard since the stat has been kept (2009-10), while his 10.9 rebounds/game and 9.1 defensive rebounds/contest were tops by all Div. I guards since the 1993-94 campaign. The 6-foot-2-inch guard ranked third in the nation in 2016-17 in defensive rebounding and was eighth in the nation in overall rebounding.

In addition to leading the conference in rebounding, Moore ranked ninth in the A-10 in scoring, eighth in minutes played, 11th in assists and 12th in field goal percentage. He posted 10+ points in 28 of 34 contests and 20+ points in 11 games. Moore also registered the first triple-double in George Mason history after a 17-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance at Penn on Dec. 10.












Moore led the Green & Gold to the first Atlantic 10 Tournament win in program history on March 9 vs. Fordham, tallying 25 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and five assists in the game. His 18.0 rebounds/game over the course of the tournament set an Atlantic 10 record and helped the senior garner A-10 All-Tournament accolades for the first time in his career.

Moore set a new Mason single-season rebounding record with 367 boards on the year. He ended his career seventh all-time at Mason in assists (363), seventh in free throws made (373), 12th in rebounding (694) and 21st in scoring (1270 points). He is the only player in Patriot history to post 1200+ points, 600+ rebounds and 300+ assists in a career.

Behind Moore’s efforts, the Patriots put together a turnaround season in 2016-17. Mason set a new program record for Atlantic 10 victories (9) and its 20 overall wins were the most by the program since 2012-13. After winning 11 games total and five A-10 contests in 2015-16, Mason ranked as one of the nation’s 20 most improved teams this past season.


Stephenson’s Stellar Play Contributing to Pacers Success

INDIANAPOLIS – As Lance Stephenson strutted over to the scorer’s table, ready to re-enter Friday’s 107-104 win over the Toronto Raptors, an Indiana Pacers fan in the front row shouted to him:

“They can’t stop you, Lance! Take this game over!”

Stephenson didn’t look up. He just nodded his head in approval, as if to say, “Funny you should mention that, because that’s exactly what I’m about to do.”

With less than five minutes to go in Friday night’s game, the Pacers owned a slim five-point lead over their foes from the north. Time and time again, Indiana had tried and failed to put away Toronto in a game that saw momentum swing wildly from one side to the other throughout.

The Pacers have been in games like this before, and more than once failed to put them away.

But that wasn’t going to happen Friday. The Pacers’ peacock and his frenzied Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd weren’t going to let it happen.

It really is Stephenson’s crowd. They respond to him like no else. Every shot he hits, every rebound he rips down, the crowd cheers just a little bit louder. They dig his dancing and scream their heads off when he pounds his chest.

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo banged up his right knee in the team’s win against the Raptors on Friday. Jim Ayello / IndyStar

When he drained a step-back 3 to put Indiana ahead 100-92 with just under five minutes to go, they went berserk.

They adore the man who dubbed himself Born Ready. They are enchanted by his swashbuckling bravado, and their love fuels him.

Less than 30 seconds after he ignited the crowd with his first 3, he sent them into a full-scale frenzy with another. Bankers Life Fieldhouse hasn’t been louder this season than when he came off a Myles Turner screen and stepped into another trifecta, giving Indiana a 103-92 lead.

Stephenson is the modern day Samson — except he doesn’t extract his power from long locks of hair like the Biblical strongman. He draws his strength from the fans’ love. He feeds off of it.

“I get my energy from the crowd,” Stephenson said not for the first time. “When the crowd tells me, ‘Let’s go! Get it going! I just feel like this power is in me.”

Despite hitting what were probably his two biggest shots of the season, the Pacers, the fans needed him one more time.

The Raptors had rallied to score eight straight points and close within three of Indiana. It was a time for a hero to step up, and this time Victor Oladipo wasn’t there to save the day. Indiana’s leading scorer and All-Star candidate was on the bench with a knee injury.

Bryshon Bryant and Denzil Haynes Jr are both primed to Lead Northern Oklahoma Collage Back to the National Tournament


The Jets qualified for the National Tournament in the 2016-2017 season with a 21-10 overall record. The Jets beat College of Southern Idaho by a score of 95-90 behind 40 points from Ty Lazenby; who is at the University of Oklahoma now and also 22 points from Cade Upshaw; who is at Mid-America Christian University for his Junior Year. The Jets advanced to play Junior College power, Vincennes University in the Second Round of the NJCAA National Tournament. While stuggling to shoot the ball with high efficiency, the Jets took a 82-76 loss to Vincennes. When asked what the best memory of the 2016-2017 season was, Dyaire and Bryshon responded with “The celebration of advancing to the National Tournament as well as the atmosphere playing in Hutchinson.” The Jets ended the 2016-2017 campaign on a tremendous ride.

The 2017-2018 season is a new year, a new look, with a new mission; “Get Back To Hutch” not only to get back there, but do something far greater than the previous year. With Sophomore leaders Dyaire HoltSebastian GrayDenzil Haynes and Bryshon Bryantleading the charge; the Jets are poised to make another run to the National Tournament.

This group of guys will have a different look to them from the previous years here in Enid, Oklahoma. When asked how this year’s group is different than last years, the four Sophomores collectively stated “We are a lot less selfish as a group, we are committed to defend, and we are much more athletic than last year”, they said. Making the run to the National Tournament had to have sparked the guys confidence as Freshmen last season coming into their Sophomore campaign. When asked how confident they would be as a group knowing what it actually takes to get to the National Tournament and what motivates them this year, they responded with “We are very confident, We have a much more serious approach every day”, they said. “We have unfinished business”.

Dyaire Holt is the returning leading scorer on the team now that Ty Lazenby and Cade Upshaw are gone because of graduation. He averaged 13.0 PPG, 3.5 RBG, 4.4 APG, and also shot 48.8% from the floor. When Dyaire was asked on how he will lead the team this season, here was his response: “I will be the leader on the floor every day; making sure the game flows how we want it to, holding everyone accountable each day, and never take a day off.” Dyaire is looking for a big year from the Jets this season.

Sebastian Gray is the second leading scorer returning for the Jets in the 2017-2018 season. He was a very big key in how the Jets finished the year on an unforgettable run. Sebastian averaged 11.9 PPG, 8.1 RBG, 2.2 APG, and shot 43.3% from the floor.  The summer was very big for Sebastian, as he went to the Top 100 Junior College Camp in Dallas, Texas. When asked about what the Top 100 Camp made him realize and what he sees coming out of this season, here was his response: “The Top 100 Camp was a blessing for me, it made me realize where I was at against the best players in JUCO around the country,” Gray said. “I want to see a family being developed here, a Confernce Championship, a Region Championship, and getting back to Hutch.” The Jets are looking forward to a great year from Sebastian.

Denzil Haynes didn’t get the playing time he wanted to get simply becasue of the fact that he was playing behind Sophomore at the time, Ty Lazenby. Denzil worked very hard on his game in the off-season and is ready to make a big impact for the Jets this season. Only starting in 5 games for the Jets last year, Denzil really came on late in the year help sparking a glorious run. He averaged 5.3 PPG, 4.6 RBG, and shot 51.8% from the floor. When asked about how much more of a role he was looking for this year, here’s his response: “I want to make a very big impact this year; I’m going to be more assertive and much more aggressive on the offensive end as well as doing whatever the team needs me to do.” Denzil will be a huge key for the Jets success this season.

Byrshon Bryant started in 13 games last season but played more of a defensive role for the Jets. Bryshon has spent the off-season really working on his offensive game and his outside shot. He averaged 3.1 PPG, 2.8 RBG, and shot 45% from the floor. While not playing very many minutes early in the season, Bryshon came on strong towards the end of the year helping the Jets make their run. When asked how Bryshon will impact this year’s team, here was his response: “I am the anchor of the defense so I will use my voice to help out the guys”, Bryant said. “I also will bring energy and hustle to every game and hit the glass to get more offensive possessions for our team.” Bryshon is looking for a much improved role this season for the Jets.

Coach Shamburg enters his 17th season at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid and is very excited to see what this year’s team can accomplish. Here is his thoughts on the four Sophomores: “Our four Sophomores; Dyaire, Sebastian, Denzil, and Bryshon should bring our team great leadership and experience. Playing in the National Tournament extended our season for two weeks and gave us confidence for the upcoming year. The first month of pre-season has been very productive in the classroom, weight room and on the floor. These four guys are physically and mentally prepared for a new season.”


Nunez Commits to Big Ten School

Michigan landed its fourth commitment of the 2018 class when

committed to the Wolverines. A 6-foot-5 small forward and one of the top shooters in America, Nunez seems to be the type of shooting wing that has flourished recently in Ann Arbor.

A relative unknown until July, a number of Ivy League programs, along with Penn State, St. Joe’s, and VCU remained in the hunt. However, the chance to play for the Big Ten program was too much to decline.

“Michigan has the complete package as a school,” he said. “They are a top academic school in the country and they just won the Big Ten last year.”

Taking a prep year this fall at St. Thomas More, Nunez first emerged as a high-major college prospect during the final days of July on the travel circuit. Running with the Born Ready Elite program, Nunez caught Michigan coaches’ eyes, along with many others, after a 39-point performance, one that included nine three-pointers.

Nunez joins tough facilitating lead guard

, along with four-star wing

and four-star forward


Nunez Gearing Up for his Official Visit to Michigan


It was July, and Adrien Nunez was about to enter his senior year of high school without any Division 1 offers.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Brooklyn, though, changed that quickly.

“I did a camp down in Auburn, I played pretty well,” Nunez told UM Hoops. “… The buzz had started there, and then a couple coaches just started to follow me throughout a tournament I was playing in the middle of July, and then I got my first offer and it was like a domino effect.”

Two months later, and Nunez is staring at a dozen or so offers — and another, from Michigan, could be in the cards.

According to Nunez, assistant coach Saddi Washington watched him play in Las Vegas in late July — just around when his recruitment took off — and liked what he say.

Last Tuesday, Washington and John Beilein paid Nunez a visit at his school.

“Had a conversation with Beilein in the coach’s office, and everything checked out,” Nunez said. “He liked the way I played, and (he said) that he would like to set up a visit.”

Like his overall recruitment, things with Michigan accelerated quickly. Nunez is scheduled to take an official visit to Ann Arbor next weekend. He says Beilein has told him they’ll discuss a potential offer once he arrives on campus.

“I’m super excited,” Nunez said. “Going to be good to see (Michigan) in person.”

Familiarizing himself with the school appears to be a big item on Nunez’s checklist. He also says he’s looking for a high academic school, a description which he believes fits Michigan.

“It’s kind of a feel thing,” Nunez said. “When you go on campus, you can feel how the coaches are teaching you and how the place feels and if I can see myself there for the next four years.”

Though Nunez’s recruitment has progressed at a breakneck pace, he’s still fairly certain of when he would like to have things figured out. Penn State, Boston College and VCU are the “main recruiters” in addition to Michigan. He’ll have three official visits left after next week, but Nunez says he’ll only take one more, at most. A decision should follow shortly.

“I’m probably going to make a decision,” Nunez said, “by early-October, mid-October time range.”

Denzil Haynes Jr. Looking to Lead North Oklahoma College-Enid to JUCO National Championship





ENID, Okla. — Denzil Haynes isn’t content just being on the first Northern Oklahoma College Enid men’s basketball team to reach the national tournament.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., freshman says he and his teammates, who will face the College of Southern Idaho at 4:30 p.m. in Hutchinson, Kan., Monday, have raised their goals to winning it all.

“My goal was to make nationals and win nationals,” Haynes said. “We got to win it.”

Haynes and his teammates will be prepared if they do win it. They had a ceremonial cutting down of the nets Tuesday to celebrate. NOC Enid — as the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference runner-up — qualified for nationals Saturday when regular-season champion Connors State beat NOC Tonkawa.

“That was pretty fun,” Haynes said. “I’m really happy for the sophomores.”

Haynes found it easier playing than watching as he followed the Connors-NOC Tonkawa game.

“I was pretty nervous because it was going back and forth,” he said. “We would have rather been playing in the finals and won it ourselves, but I was happy when Connors won.”

Haynes promises he won’t have those nerves against the Golden Eagles Monday in the biggest game of his life.

“We have worked hard for this,” he said. “We know we’re fine. We should do our job. Just being there and playing is pretty fun.”

Haynes, who has averaged 5.7 points and 4.8 rebounds coming off the bench, says he thrives under pressure.

“I play up to the level of competition, not down to the lower level,” he said. “The harder the competition, the better and harder I play. I’m going to give it my best.”

Haynes immediately looked up Southern Idaho after the bracket was announced Monday. He agreed with head coach Greg Shamburg that it was a good draw for the Jets.

“It will be a tough match-up this week, but we’re getting ready to go to war against those guys,” Haynes said. “They are not that big. They are like us — pretty small. I think we have the edge on them in heart.”

Haynes has shown a lot of heart in his work ethic to improve. He has put on 12 pounds of muscle in the weight room. Haynes has transitioned from center to forward with the Jets.

“It (junior college) was tougher than I expected,” Haynes said. “The athletes here are very strong and they’re tougher than they were in high school. I have to adjust to it. As freshman, I know I’m not as big or skilled or faster so I have to work to get better at it.”

Haynes is beginning to feel “more confident” as he sees more playing time.

“My role is to come off the bench and bring some defensive energy,” he said. “I help with the post guy. I just try to bring energy on offense and defense.”

Haynes 53.2 percent from the field this season and had 44 offensive and 96 defensive rebounds.

“I try to physically attack the rim,” he said. “I’m there to get rebounds and second-chance points.”

Haynes was discovered by the NOC Enid coach at a showcase in New York. Shamburg and Hasani Stewart, Haynes’ AAU coach, were acquainted. Stewart told Haynes Shamburg was “a good coach” who could help him.

“He told me Coach Shamburg would make me better,” he said. “I’m happy I came here. Everybody back home is excited for us to have made nationals.”

He has friends on three teams that made the national field and is looking forward to seeing them in Hutchinson.

Enid was “a very big change” for him culturally — a change he says was good for him.

“It’s more like a rural area,” he said. “It was different seeing a lot of land compared to buildings and cars everywhere. It’s been nice and I’m settling in pretty good. There’s a lot more quiet and calm. I can get away from the commotion and concentrate on school and basketball. The change helped me focus more on the books, my education and basketball.”

Shamburg is impressed with how Haynes has adjusted both athletically and culturally.

“It’s a big transition lifestyle for him,” Shamburg said. “He’s done a good job coming into a small town and making the adjustment. He’s having fun and learning how to play and all those things.”

“Denzil is a good kid,” said Jets assistant coach Connor Brooks. “We have enjoyed having him around. He plays hard and when you play hard, good things will happen.”

Haynes gladly gave up a chance to spend spring break at home to be practicing basketball.

“You can concentrate a lot more on basketball this week,” he said.

Haynes has had some breakout games this season — 15 points against Rhema Bible College, 20 against Sunrise Christian, 18 against Oklahoma City Metro Prep and 14 against Eastern Oklahoma for the 20-9 Jets.

“All of them are memorable,” he said about his freshman season. I remember all of them very well. This has been a good learning experience. This is when I get better for next year and try to come back to the nationals again. I’ve improved a whole lot since last summer shooting-wise, athletic-wise and strength-wise …. everything has improved a whole lot.”