Fresno State men’s basketball staff and players hosting three skills camps this summer

The Fresno State men’s basketball coaching staff and Bulldogs’ players are offering three skills camps this summer, from June 10-13, June 24-27 and July 29-Aug. 1.

All three sessions are open to kids in the second through 11th grades (6 to 17). The cost is $125 per camper if paid in full one week prior to the camp session and $150 per camper after that deadline. A $25 discount per camper is available when the application is received as a group of four or more.

Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Pizza, water, soda and other snacks will be available for purchase, or campers may bring a lunch.

Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt and a basketball, as well as instruction on fundamental skills. There also will be competitions between age groups and camp awards presented at the end of each session.

For more information contact Nick Matson, director of basketball operations, at 559-278-5683 or nmatson@csufresno.edu

Fresno State has received letter of intent from Emmanuel Owootoah

Fresno State has received a signed national letter of intent from Emmanuel Owootoah, the 5-foot-10 point guard from Cordia High in Hazard, Ky.

Owootoah is the fourth player in another strong recruiting class signed by Coach Rodney Terry and his staff, joining forward Paul Watson from Paradise Valley High in Phoenix, forward Alex Davis from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., and forward Soma Edo from Berkner High in Richardson, Tex.

He will give the Bulldogs two true point guards along with Oklahoma State transfer Cezar Guerrero, which they did not have a year ago.

The ‘Dogs 2013 recruiting class also gives them Mountain West Conference-level players with length at the three in the 6-7 Watson and perhaps the 6-9 Davis, who said when he made an oral commitment to Fresno State that he was working to develop his skills on the perimeter. He also can play the four.

 

Tyler Johnson honored as Bulldogs’ most valuable player

Tyler Johnson was named team MVP at Fresno State’s postseason awards banquet on April 15, 2013.

Fresno State guard Tyler Johnson, who scored a team-high 12.1 points per game and 58 assists, was honored as the Bulldogs’ most valuable player on Monday at the men’s basketball team’s annual banquet.

The other Bulldogs honored:

Outstanding defender: Jerry Brown III.

Outstanding rebounder: Kevin Foster.

Four-year Achievement and Commitment Award: Garrett Johnson.

Bulldog Award: Brad Ely.

Top free-throw shooter: Kevin Olekaibe.

Outstanding student-athlete: Braeden Anderson.

Outstanding service: Allen Huddleston.

Playmaker Award: Marvelle Harris.

Most improved: Tanner Giddings.

VIDEO: Fresno State point guard commit Emmanuel Owootoah

Fresno State has received an oral commitment from 2013 point guard Emmanuel Owootoah from Cordia High in Hazard, Ky.

”He’s a natural point guard, a pass-first point guard with the ability to score the basketball,” said Cordia coach Roderick Rhodes, who played three seasons at Kentucky, one at USC and was the Houston Rockets first-round selection in the 1997 NBA Draft.

”I’m looking forward to seeing him play around better players and I think his game will show that much more when he’s around more talented, stronger and better players because as a passer he’s unbelievable. His vision on the court is unbelievable and I’m really looking forward to seeing him play with guys who are able to read plays and get up and down the court.”

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Bulldogs’ point guard Aaron Anderson finalizes transfer to Central Oklahoma

Fresno State point guard Aaron Anderson has finalized a transfer to Central Oklahoma, a move made to be closer to his family.

The 6-foot-3 freshman played in 27 games for the Bulldogs, with 12 starts. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds in 15 minutes per game and had 32 assists with 29 turnovers. His fiance is a student at Central Oklahoma, which is in his hometown of Edmond, Okla., and the couple has a young son.

Bulldogs’ game plan didn’t count on a second Colorado State big playing that way

The game plan against Colorado State and, more specifically, its 6-foot-10 center Colton Iverson, was the same as it was the first two times Fresno State came up against them.

When he had the ball in the post, trap, and see if they could force him to pass out of the doubles or get him into foul trouble and off the floor for stretches. The Bulldogs did not have much success with that during the regular season — Iverson had double-doubles in both games, with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the game at the Save Mart Center and 12 and 12 when they played in Fort Collins, Colo.

It was different, but didn’t make a difference in the end result for Fresno State in a 67-61 loss to the Rams in the quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Tournament, Iverson scoring only seven points with five rebounds while spending extended periods on the bench in foul trouble. He played only 23 minutes, after averaging 31.4 in conference play.

“He’s a load to slow down, to begin with,” coach Rodney Terry said. “We pretty much had the same type of defensive set that we wanted to work with. We work with the baseline trap coming mostly from out guards, perimeter players, hoping to pick up a charge and get him off the floor. We know they’re a different team with him not being on the floor.

“We were able to do that early in this ball game, got him off the floor early. But I’ll give him a lot of credit. He’s one of the best big man passers, not only in our league, but in the country. He finds guys.”

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At Mountain West Tournament, key for Bulldogs could be Olekaibe’s passing, not shooting

Fresno State’s Kevin Olekaibe, left, drives in past UNLV’s Katin Reinhardt in the first half of their game at the Save Mart Center in Fresno Wednesday, February 6, 2013. (CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE)

Kevin Olekaibe gets a chance to get home for the Mountain West Conference Tournament, not only to Las Vegas, where he grew up, but on Tuesday the Fresno State Bulldogs practiced at Cimarron-Memorial High, where as a senior he led the state and was fifth in the nation in scoring.

Surprisingly, his teammates did not make him sing the alma mater or the school fight song, the words to which are painted in big letters on one wall of the gym.

Olekaibe did not miss much during practice, which should come as no surprise, given the familiar surroundings. The 6-foot-2 guard scored 1,065 points in that senior year, averaging 35.6 per game. He hit 50 percent of his shots including 37 percent at the 3-point line.

‘’I still wish I could play back in this gym,’’ he said. ‘’There’s a lot of memories in here.’’

But with the Bulldogs opening the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Wednesday against Colorado State, Olekaibe knows that he does not have to replicate that senior season for Fresno State to have success in its rapidly-evolving offense.

Down the stretch, the player movement and the ball movement have improved dramatically, the result victories at Nevada, against Air Force and at UNLV, and losses to Boise State and Colorado State in which they scored 63 and 67 points, above their average of 58.1 in conference play.

‘’It’s much-needed. We needed it a lot sooner. But it’s better late than never,’’ guard Tyler Johnson said. ‘’Coach (Byron) Jones is always the one coming at halftime reading how many assists we have to how many turnovers and he always tells us when we have more than 15 assists, we’re a very good team.’’

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Fresno State suspends center Robert Upshaw

UNLV’s Anthony Marshall, left, drives into Fresno State’s Robert Upshaw during an NCAA basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

Fresno State center Robert Upshaw has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of athletic department policy and team rules, his second suspension this season and one that puts an awkward stop to the progress he had made in a regular-season ending victory at UNLV in which he grabbed 11 rebounds and had two blocked shots in his best game of the season.

The 7-foot freshman from Memorial High will not play on Wednesday in the seventh-seeded Bulldogs’ quarterfinal game at the Mountain West Conference Tournament against Colorado State or in the next round should they beat the Rams to advance.

Coach Rodney Terry could not be immediately reached for comment –- the Bulldogs are en route to Las Vegas for the tournament, which starts with a play-in game on Tuesday.

Upshaw, regarded as the top recruit for the Bulldogs in what was considered a strong 2012 recruiting class, was suspended for three games in February for a violation of athletic department policy and sat out games against UNLV, at San Diego State and against New Mexico.

He also missed the missed the first four games of the season coming back from a knee injury suffered in practice and this season is averaging 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Terry issued public reprimand from MW after criticizing officials after loss at Wyoming

Fresno State coach Rodney Terry was reprimanded by the Mountain West on Sunday. (CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE)

Fresno State men’s basketball coach Rodney Terry was issued a public reprimand on Sunday for his comments criticizing the officials after the Bulldogs’ 55-51 overtime loss at Wyoming.

In that game, Fresno State was called for 24 fouls to only 10 against Wyoming and the Cowboys shot 33 free throws to just eight for the Bulldogs – 21 of those free throws came in the second half when they rallied from a double-digit deficit.

”There are 14 minutes to go and we get one foul the rest of the way,” Terry said, in a radio interview after the game. ”How does that happen? It blows my mind. I don’t usually come out and talk about the officiating, but the officiating was horrible. It’s easy to see. It’s on the stat sheet – it’s 24 fouls to 10. They shoot 33 free throws. We get murdered going to the basket. It’s ridiculous.”

In an interview with The Bee later, he again was highly critical of the officiating, but also pointed out the Bulldogs let the game get away.

“It had a major impact,” Terry said, of the officiating. “There were clearly fouls where we should have been at the foul line and we weren’t. You have to make those same calls. We go down at the other end and we’re clearly not fouling and we get called for a touch foul.

“I don’t want to make this all about the officiating. Was it part of the outcome of the game? Absolutely, 100 percent. No question about that. But were we part of that game in terms of not finishing the game out? Absolutely. But all that played a factor in the outcome of the game.”