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Wright State men’s basketball adds final piece for 2012-13: 6’6 Forward Jerran Young


The Wright State Raiders had waited for awhile for the final piece for 2012-13 to become official.

This past Friday, it all came together with the signing of 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward Jerran Young. Young is from McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.

Young had verbally committed to Wright State back in April, but he had to finish summer classes before enrolling at the Fairborn, Ohio school.

(courtesy of Wright State athletics)

Wright State was not the first choice of Young, a graduate of Cedar Hill High School in Texas. He played two seasons at McLennan. He originally committed to the University of Nebraska of the Big Ten, but when the Huskers changed coach’s, Young was released from his commitment.

Young is a winner having played on a state championship runner-up team in 2009 at Cedar Hill and was selected district defensive player of the year. He averaged 10 points, with 8 rebounds and 10 assists during his senior year in high school.

At McLennan as a freshman, his totals included 10.5 points, with 1.5 steals a game. In 2011-12, his totals improved to 16 points and 8 rebounds.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & Recruiting news


Two guards miss Detroit game; 69-53 loss by Raiders


Julius Mays ( photo)

Vance Hall (courtesy of Wright State athletics)

The Wright State Raiders traveled to Detroit to play the Titans in a Horizon League without two of their key guards.

Head coach Billy Donlon, with a young team, says that there are plenty of games left in the season and the team needs Julius Mays and Vance Hall back to near 100 percent as quick as they can.

Wright State did lose at Detroit, 69-53 to fall to 9-12, 4-5 on the season.

Mays, the team’s leading scorer and junior, is the only player to average double figures in scoring at 13.4 points per game, suffered a strain to his left Achilles tendon and calf muscle on January 8 against Valparaiso. He played in two games last week, but left the game against Wisconsin-Green Bay briefly after aggravating the injury in the second half. Mays did not practice all week.

Hall sustained a concussion during practice last Thursday when he fell to the ground after grabbing a rebound. He averages 4.5 points and 20. 4 minutes per game with nine starts.


Info compiled from staff, Radio, internet & TV news

Wright State Raiders rebound from OSU loss with win over Division III Kenyon



The Wright State Raiders men’s basketball team open the home portion of its schedule with a win Sunday afternoon as the Raiders defeated Kenyon 80-56 at WSU’s Nutter Center.

The Lords scored the first five points of the contest before WSU answered with a 10-0 run, half of those coming from Armond Battle.  The margin was still five until an 11-1 burst over a three-minute span, including five by John Balwigaire, put Wright State up 25-10 with 7:26 remaining in the first half.  Another 10-0 run extended the lead to 19 before the Raiders went into the half up 42-24.

Tavares Sledge (courtesy of WSU athletics)

Both teams shot the ball well in the first half as WSU was at 41 percent compared to 40 percent for Kenyon, but the Raiders also made 12 of 16 foul shots while the Lords were just three of 10 from the stripe.

Wright State eventually pushed the lead to as much as 71-41 with 6:53 remaining before coasting to the victory.

The Raiders shot 44 percent for the game, 46 percent in the second half, and were 23 of 29 at the free throw line, 11 of 13 the final 20 minutes.  Kenyon, meanwhile, shot 41 percent on the night, including 11 of 22 from three-point range, but was just nine of 19 at the line.

Wright State led 32-12 in points in the paint and 29-3 in points off of turnovers as the Raiders forced 22 turnovers while committing only 11.

Tavares Sledge paced WSU with 16 points off the bench, 12 in the second half, and had eight rebounds while Balwigaire had 14 and Kendall Griffin and Battle 11 each.  Overall, the Raider reserves outscored the Kenyon bench 50-37.


Info courtesy of Wright State athletics

WRIGHT STATE visits OHIO STATE: WSU’s Donlon ready to use own recruits in second season


Billy Donlon (courtesy of Wright State athletics)

The Wright State Raiders will try to upset the Ohio State Buckeyes when they travel to Columbus tonight for a Big Ten Network game at Value City Arena at 9 p.m.

The Raiders head coach Billy Donlon looks just as young as his players.

Only 34 years old, Donlon is a coach on the rise in just his second-year. He took over last season, when his mentor, Brad Brownell bolted for Clemson as soon as Oliver Purnell left to take the job at DePaul.

Donlon earned a 19-14 mark, 10-8 in the tough Horizon League, good for 5th-place.

This year, armed with many of his own recruits, he is looking to improve on those records of a year ago.

Some experts who cover the Horizon League feel that this is a rebuilding job for Donlon and his staff. The only returning starter is 6’8, 245-pound center Johann Mpondo, who takes up space in the middle, plays good defense and rebounds.

There are seven newcomers on the roster and one of those is North Carolina State transfer Julius Mays, who is a shooting guard with two years of eligibility left. He is much better than the 4.7 points per game he earned with the Wolfpack.

Junior college transfer John Balwigaire shot 44.o percent from three-point land last year.

The other two players who have experience under Donlon is Cole Darling and Matt Vest.

The Raiders usually are good for 15-20 wins a season. And with Donlon at the helm, he won’t settle for rebuilding.

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WRIGHT STATE AT OHIO STATE: men’s basketball kicks off regular season against in-state rival


Julius Mays talks with media at Monday's Wright State basketball media day (

The Wright State Raiders will be taking that short drive of 60 miles from Fairborn, Ohio to Columbus where they’ll take on the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight at 9:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Yearly, the Raiders are one of the top teams in the mid-major Horizon League along with Butler, Detroit, Cleveland State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. But after losing four seniors who led them over the years, N’Gai Evans, Vaughn Duggins, Cooper Land and Troy Tabler, the Raiders are picked seventh this season.

Wright State spent part of the summer touring Italy and are hoping that trip bonded all of the new players they’ll have on the roster. The newcomers include: Brooklyn Bradley, Reggie Arceneaux, John Balwigaire, Jason Cuffee, Kendall Griffin, Ulysses Thomas, Vance Hall, Stephen Gossard, Alex Pritchett, Julius Mays and Tavares Sledge.

The Raiders non-conference schedule will include Kenyon, Jackson State, Florida, North Florida, Charlotte, Air Force, Miami, Cincinnati, Ohio, Idaho, Central Michigan and the annual BracketBusters game.


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