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Men’s basketball looks to improve, team adds three new players

By Jim Berdysz

May 3, 2012

It may be spring, but the warm weather hasn’t stopped Vikings men’s basketball head coach Gary Waters and his staff from looking at ways to improve and bolster their team.

Unlike professional sports teams, WatersTrey Lewis and other college teams across the country must adapt with potentially losing players after every season, either to graduation, transfers to other schools or to the NBA.

In CSU’s case, four key starters from this past season in D’Aundray Brown, Trey Harmon, Jeremy Montgomery, and Aaron Pogue, will all be graduating this spring.

While replacing the four cornerstones of the team will not be easy, three new young players are set to dawn CSU jerseys next basketball season, to go along with an already standout young group of core players.

One of the new Viking faces will be former Penn State freshman guard, Trey Lewis.

A native of Garfield Heights, Ohio, Lewis was recruited by Waters and his staff before choosing to play with the Nittany Lions this past season.

“I am excited to come home,” Lewis said, in a recent interview on cleveland.com.

“When I made my decision to go to Penn State, Coach Waters told me our paths would cross again, and he was right.”

Due to his transfer to CSU, the six-foot-one Lewis will need to sit out next basketball season before regaining eligibility. With a year absent from the team, he plans on using his time off to rehab and get back to 100 percent.

“I’ll still get acquainted with the system and get to know the guys in the program,” Lewis said. “I am looking forward to being a part of Coach Waters’ vision and helping Cleveland State as best I can.”

Playing in 20 games with the Nittany Lions as a freshman this past season, Lewis averaged 5.6 points per game and shot 35 percent from behind the three-point arc.

Even with first year success in the Big Ten Conference at Penn State, the onetime Garfield Heights High School star wanted more.

“I learned that I could come in and compete at that level, but the situation wasn’t right,” Lewis said. “I found out that it’s not about playing in the Big Ten, but about playing where you are waAaron Scalesnted.”

Two other players that will be joining Lewis next season at Cleveland State are former American Basketball Institute center Aaron Scales and Peabody Magnet High School guard Josh Ivory.
Scales, a six-foot-nine, 260 pound center averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game at the North Carolina prep-school.

“Not only do we feel that he will add great depth to our post play, but he brings with him the type of energy that we need from the center position,” Waters said. “I believe he has the potential to be one of the better big men in our league.”

Ivory, a senior this past season with Louisiana’s Peabody Magnet High School has been highly regarded as an elite defender, averaging 15 points, five assists and three steals with the team this year.

“He is a strong defender, and fierce competitor and knows how to win,” Waters said. “Josh is an all-around quality guard who can shoot the three, penetrate and find the open player. I’m looking forward to watching him develop as both a player and person at Cleveland State.”

Only time will tell if these three new Vikings can make names for themselves around both the school and Horizon League Conference, and potentially lead CSU back to the NCAA Tournament.