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Tag:Cal State Bakersfield
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:03 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 9:13 pm

College hoops gets its first blue court

By Matt Norlander

It's a race to see who can blog about this first, I suppose, and who really cares who's won. So much of what drives not just sports posts, but blogs in general, is aesthetics. And any time a team steps outside the box and, ironically nowadays, dips, unintended, headfirst back into it, we're going to spread the word.

Uniforms are the topic du jour, but anything that's got a glitz that flies in the face of convention is easy pickings for us lurching over our laptops, eager for anything that will feed us in the desperate, sometimes desert-dry climate of the offseason. You dolly up your court and I can almost guarantee you I'm going to give you love here in our little corner of the Interwebs.

So take a look at the new woodwork Cal State Bakersfield has gone with. Inspired by its team colors and Boise State's turf alike I'm sure, the blue court is the first of its kind in the modern era at the D-I level. It could be the first of its kind in general; I just don't have the heart to fat check that. It does sort of bring to mind the Houston Rockets' atrocious hardwood at the end of the last millennium. The creator of that design had to be catalyzed by substances not found at a CVS.

Now, does this start the next trend? Which schools can and will color code and color coat their maple in the coming few years? Cal State Bakersfield has done the right thing. I advocate this thinking, particularly at smaller levels, because any press is needed press. There are 340 teams to compete with. Most small-conference teams' subsistence is fable outside their city limits. What conference is Cal State Bakersfield in? Think about it. Right. None. They are an independent, only four years weak at the D-I level, yet to record a double-digit win season. But they'll get there. This is the first flicker of their existence on college basketball's map. It's a good idea, and  I really love the Roadrunners' court, truth be told.

The school has already gotten a major sponsorship out of this as well. Bakersfield will unveil its floor in the first regular-season game this fall on Nov. 19 against Pepperdine.
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 10:30 am

N.C. State will add transfer as backup guard

Alex Johnson will join the N.C. State Wolfpack

Posted by Eric Angevine

A couple of weeks ago, I speculated that first-year N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried might look to the handful of still-eligible, recently-graduated guards in the nation to find a backup for Lorenzo Brown. I guessed that Ole Miss grad Trevor Gaskins might be the best choice.

I had the strategy correct, but zeroed in on the wrong player. The Charlotte Observer has learned that Gottfried will bring in Alex Johnson – a transfer from DI independent Cal State Bakersfield – to plug the hole left by the departure of Ryan Harrow.

Johnson is not a well known player, but he should provide a solid second option at lead guard. He averaged 13.3 points and 2.4 assists per game last season for the Roadrunners. He also boasts another handy trait – he can shoot the lights out from deep:

A prolific shooter from 3-point range - he had 228 attempts last season, converting 79 - Johnson would have ranked second in the ACC in attempts and had 56 more than N.C. State's leader in the category (Scott Wood).

Johnson does not anticipate taking that many 3s for the Wolfpack, though.

"It all depends on what the coaches want me to do," he said. "I'll go with the flow and do what the team needs."

The addition of Johnson and Belgian power forward Thomas de Thaey likely ends Gottfried's recruiting search for the 2011 class.

The Wolfpack is bringing in four new players, with wing Tyler Harris and guard Jaqwan Raymond, who committed under former coach Sidney Lowe.

If Johnson is able to work as a complementary ballhandler and a competent shooter for one season, he will be the perfect player to help bridge the gap between Sidney Lowe’s last class of recruits and Mark Gottfried’s first full offering.

Photo: US Presswire

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