Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Generals Assist East Seals & Goodwill Fundraiser

The Sheridan College Men’s & Women’s basketball teams participated in the local Easter Seals & Goodwill national fundraising competition to help awareness of disabilities. The fundraiser supports exceptional programs like autism services, pediatric therapy for children with disabilities, and workforce development for adults with and without disabilities. The athletes were paired with an individual and participated in a grocery-bagging competition. 

Last year, Safeway stores in the mid-west region raised over $55,000 to help children and adults in the community. Safeway’s roughly 1,700 stores across the United States (operating under various brand names) will devote the month of April to raising money for Easter Seals in this coordinated company-wide effort.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pac 12 Transfer Joins Generals

Sheridan College head coach Steve Smiley is pleased to announce the addition of Kaileb Rodriguez to the 2013 men’s basketball recruiting class.  Rodriguez, a 6’9 225 pound forward, spent this past season red-shirting at the University of California.  A Denver native, Rodriguez played his high-school career at Thunder Ride High School under Coach Joe Ortiz.  In his senior season the Grizzlies post a 20-6 record, finished as the 5th ranked team in the state of Colorado.  Rodriguez averaged 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 assists per game.  The two-time All 5A player was selected to play in “The Show” Colorado All-Star game his senior year. 

"Kaileb is another crucial piece of our recruiting puzzle, and we are really happy that he chose to become a member of the Generals family," exclaimed Coach Smiley. "He comes from one of the top programs in the state of Colorado under Coach Ortiz, and he's been well coached and knows how to win. Kaileb has truly transformed his body, and will have a chance to be a special player in our program before moving back to the D1 level in the near future. Kaileb is another player that has the athleticism, size and strength to play multiple positions in our program if needed, and will give us great flexibility next year."

Sheridan College Sharpshooter Chooses Texas State

Sheridan College sophomore guard Victor Bermudez has committed to Texas State University to play for Coach Danny Kaspar.  The All-Region IX performer, Bermudez averaged 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists this season for the Generals while starting in all 31 games.  One of the nations top three-point sharp shooters, Bermudez finished 7th in the nation in three-point field goals made at 98 on the season. In two seasons at Sheridan College, Bermudez saw action in all 63 games, made 147 three-point baskets, and scored 682 points. 

"It's a blessing and a great opportunity for me to continue my career at the Division 1 level and play for the mid-major coach of the year, Coach Kasper, and take what I have learned here to Texas State due to the fact that its similar systems," stated Bermudez.  "It's very exciting. It has been a great two year experience here at Sheridan College.  Being able to become a better basketball player, a better student, and better person. I enjoyed playing for Coach Smiley and Coach Magrino; they taught to be a sponge and soak up as much as I can, which helped me to become a better player."

Coach Smiley commented on Victor's commitment: "We're really excited that Victor has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Texas State and Coach Kaspar. I know this was a tough decision for Victor as there were a couple of schools that did a tremendous job recruiting him, but ultimately he felt comfortable at Texas State and confident that he could compete and make an impact on their program next year. Victor has a very unique skill set because of his elite ability to shoot the ball, and we're excited to see how he progresses in the future. He made a huge impact on our program for the past two seasons, and he will be missed!"

Bermudez joins Coach Kaspar in his inaugural class as he takes the helm for the Bobcats.  Kaspar takes over the Sun Belt’s newest addition after leading Stephen F. Austin to five 20 win seasons in the past six years.  This past season Kaspar lead SFA to a 27-5 record, including an NIT berth, and the Hugh Durham Award as the nation's top Mid-Major head coach.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Canadian Wing Joins Generals

The Generals will look to add more size to their perimeter players next year with the addition of 6'7, 230 lb Canadian wing Abednego Lufile.   Lufile, the 16th ranked national player in the 2013 class, led REDA Academy in scoring with 27 points per game, and pulled down 12 rebounds per game this past season while playing for Coach Tarry Upshaw.  A highly touted Canadian player, Lufile received All-Star honors in the Sun Youth, Canadian Christmas Showcase, Planet Athlete, Halloween Havoc, Pound The Rock, and CPA National Championship tournaments.  The brother of Wichita State standout Chadrack Lufile, Abednego will join RaVonn Posey (6’8, 290, Milwaukee Riverside), Rudolphe Joly (6’10, 260, Alma Academy), Kyi Thomas (6’4, 185, Sheldon High School),  and Xavier Webb (6’0, 175, Riverton High School) for the 2013-2014 season.

Coach Smiley commented on the signing “Abednego is another crucial piece of our incoming recruiting class, as he’s a very well-known player in Canada. He’s a physically impressive wing, playing the small forward position at 6’7” and 230 lb’s. Currently, there are almost 30 players in Canada in the Class of2013 that are signed to NCAA D1 schools, so Abednego’s recognition as the 16th-best player in the entire country speaks volumes about his potential. His experience playing for one of the most well-respected programs in Canada, REDA Academy with Coach Tarry Upshaw has prepared him well for his move to the States, and we’re really happy that he is joining the Generals family!”

Friday, April 19, 2013

Wyoming Shooter Chooses Generals

Xavier Webb, a 6’0 175 pound guard from Riverton, Wyoming,  has committed to play for Sheridan College next season. A Wyoming standout at Riverton High School, Xavier was a two-time All-Conference Player, and a two-time All-State player while averaging 16.7 points and 2.2 assists per game.  Xavier averaged a shooting percentage of 50% from the floor, 39% from 3-point range and 67% from the foul line. Xavier also competed in football & soccer while at Riverton High School.  Xavier boasted a 3.9 GPA in the classroom and is planning to study biology & environmental science.

“Xavier will be a nice addition to next year’s team, and helps fill the need for quality perimeter shooting, as we look to replace shooters like Victor Bermudez & Ron Mvouika from last year’s squad. Xavier has a good feel for the game, and has the physicality to compete at this level. He had a tremendous high school career, and we’re looking forward to his transition into the college game.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Generals Add Sacramento Shooter

The Sheridan College Generals Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Smiley is excited to announce the signing of 6’4 guard Kyi Thomas to a national letter of intent.  Thomas, a 6’4 185 pound guard from Sacramento, California joins the Generals after an illustrious career at Sheldon High School.  During his senior season at Sheldon, Kyi helped lead the Huskies to a 29-6 record, winning the NorCal Championship, and finished as the state runner-up in California.  As a senior, Thomas was an All-Conference selection while averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Thomas made 54 3-point field goals during his senior season while shooting 43% from beyond the arc.

Thomas spent this past season at Sacramento State University where he was a red-shirt wide-receiver for the Hornet football program.  During his senior season on the field, Thomas went for 638 yards receiving, with 5 touchdowns.

Coach Smiley had this to say about Kyi: “We’re thrilled to announce that Kyi Thomas will be a member of our team next season. Kyi is not only a talented basketball player, but he’s a really good kid that is focused and extremely mature for his age. Kyi is a big-time athlete, with great size for a shooting guard and he has the ability to score, rebound, and defend. He’s been a part of a winning program at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, and he’s the type of player that will help us immediately. His natural position is shooting guard, but he has the ability to guard positions 1-3 if needed. He will be very versatile in our program.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Generals Add Rudolphe Joly

Sheridan College Men’s Basketball adds center Rudolphe Joly to the 2013-2014 Generals roster.  Rudolphe Joly, a 6’10, 260 pound center from Quebec Canada, played at Alma Academy.  While at Alma, Rudolphe averaged 8 points, and 11 rebounds a game while shooting 60% from the field.  Alma finished the season with a 48-5 record, winning the NPSAA & Canada Prep Championship.  For his efforts, Rudolphe was selected to play in the All-Canada Classic this past May in Toronto, in which the top 24 players in the country are invited to compete.  Rudolphe joins RaVonn Posey, 6’8 290pound center from Milwaukee Riverside, to fill the void left with the departure of Brandon Pines & Isaac Oeltjen inside.

Coach Smiley had this to say about Rudolphe: “ We’re really excited about Rudolphe’s potential as a future General. One of the most common sayings in basketball is ‘you can’t teach size’ and Rudolphe not only has unique size, but also good strength & mobility in the post. He is a true back-to-the-basket post player and will give us additional size & strength inside. We believe Rudolphe will have a great two-year career and will help us to compete in Region 9.”