October 13, 2016

Basketball unites team with alumni

Former basketball players from Cleveland State University came back to play in an alumni versus alumni basketball game as a part of the homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 1.


Alumni unable to compete in the game came back to cheer the rest on and see old friends.


According to the head coach of the current basketball team, Gary Waters, 18 former players committed to play in the game out of a total of 24 former players who came back, as some were physically unable to compete.


This game marks the second time an alumni game has occurred at Cleveland State since Gary Waters took his position as head coach 11 years ago. Waters now has a goal to have one every year.


“We’ve done it once before since I’ve been here,” Waters said. “As many of the alumni that were possible came back and played in it and enjoyed themselves. So my goal is to try to have it every year.”


For Waters, it is nice to see past players come back to the school and enjoy themselves while reliving some memories.


“I think it’s outstanding [to see past players],” Waters said. “I’ve got about eight of them coming back that I have coached, so it’s gonna be a fun time to see them again.”


This year’s basketball team was part of the crowd during the game. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules prohibited them from being involved, according to Waters.


This year’s team began practice on Monday, Oct. 3. It will be competing in scrimmages right after morning practices for the next four Saturdays (see info box). All students are invited to attend the scrimmages.


The scrimmages will take place at the Wolstein Center, either in the main gym or in the practice gym on the first floor.


The official Green & White scrimmages for both the men and women’s basketball teams will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Wolstein and will run from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Waters encouraged all students to attend the scrimmages and connect with their school’s basketball teams to start the season on a positive note.


“This year, I want this team to really connect with the student body and be a part of them,” Waters said. “And [have the student body] come out and support [the basketball team] and really enjoy what’s about to happen with this team.”




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