One day at a time: Adams tuning out the noise despite lofty expectations

By Jeff Uveino

The Bonnies are coming off a season in which they finished with a 20-12 record and bring back lots of experience with four returning starters. This includes the most important piece of the puzzle — senior guard Jaylen Adams.

After originally declaring for the NBA draft following his junior year, Adams later chose to stay at St. Bonaventure for one more season; a decision that will give the Bonnies a huge boost as they compete for the conference championship.

Adams has already amassed one of the most successful careers in Bonaventure history, being named First Team All-Conference in the Atlantic 10 each of the last two seasons. He finished 2nd in the A 10 last season in scoring, averaging 20.6 points per game. A lifetime 83% free throw shooter and 38% three-point shooter, Adams has already shown he has what it takes to lead Bonnies basketball to the next level.

After an ankle injury that sidelined the NBA prospect for the first several games of the season, Adams has returned with a chip on his shoulder and an undeniable focus to finally get the Bonnies over the hump.

The best example of this may have come in their last game against Syracuse, in which Adams scored 23 points and helped the Bonnies get their first win at the Carrier Dome in program history.

After being named preseason First Team All-Conference again this year, and being picked by NBC Sports as their preseason Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Adams will have to deal with additional pressure to lead the Bonnies deep into the postseason. With many analysts picking them to make an NCAA Tournament run, Adams spoke about what the team needs to do in order to deal with all of the hype.

“I think we just need to tune it out honestly,” Adams said. “The things that people say about us, we can’t let it get to us. If we let it affect us negatively or positively, it’s just weakness. We need to block it out and prepare every day.”

Head coach Mark Schmidt will once again be leaning heavily on Adams for continuous involvement, as he averaged 37.4 minutes per game last season. Adams discussed what he has to do to get ready for such a big work load.

“I just have to prepare my body, prepare for the physical beating and prepare mentally,” he said.

Adams will work with backcourt mate and fellow senior Matt Mobley to take some of the load off him. Mobley, who averaged 18.5 points per game last year, will also be a key piece for the Bonnies this season. This team is packed with talent, which is something that will help their star players prepare and succeed.

“I get to go up against Matt in practice every day and a bunch of other guys that push me, so I’m ready for it,” he said.

For all of the veterans on the roster, this could be the best chance they get to play deep into the postseason and make a run at the NCAA tournament.

“I’ve got a bunch of friends who have been there before and they tell me that it’s one of the best experiences they’ve ever had,” he said. “Coach Schmidt has been there and he tells us all the time there’s nothing like it, so it’s definitely goal number one.”

As a senior, Adams will look to make the most of his last go-around at St. Bonaventure, and expressed how much his time at the school has meant to him.

“It’s definitely a special, special place. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity Coach Schmidt gave me. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he said. “I’ve built some lasting relationships, and I just love it here.”

Adams has brought plenty of energy to the Reilly Center over his career at Bonas, but even he had to take a moment to reminisce on just how powerful the Bonnies student section, the ‘Wolf Pack’, is during home games. Last season, the Bonnies were 11-4 at home, and just 6-5 on the road and 3-3 at neutral locations.

“I don’t even know if they know it, but they give us an unreal energy. Especially when you see familiar faces that you see around campus cheering for you. They get so excited; the gym literally feels like its shaking. They give us a tremendous boost,” he said.

Although his career at Bonaventure will come to an end after this season, Adams hopes that he can continue to play professionally for years to come.

“I just want to play until the wheels fall off,” Adams said. I love the game and everything about it. Hopefully I don’t have to give it up too soon.”

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Bonnies face biggest test with Adams’ availability uncertain

By Josh Svetz 

Editor’s Note: News about Jaylen Adams being ruled out and Courtney Stockard playing came out after the initial posting of this article.

The show must go on.

Today the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team will get its first big TV exposure of the season against the undefeated Maryland Terrapins (5-0) at 9:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

While the exposure invites excitement, one question remains unanswered as game-time looms.

Star senior guard Jaylen Adams has yet to play this season due to an ankle injury he suffered in an exhibition game against Alfred.

While originally expected to be ready for the Emerald Coast Classic, Adams’ lack of practice time over the week has his status tonight in question.

Its no secret that not having Adams changes the game plan for both teams.

But, the show must go on.

If Adams sits, the Bonnies will look to deploy a three-guard lineup with junior Nelson Kaputo sliding into the point guard spot aside seniors Matt Mobley and Idris Taqqee.

Projected next to the three is junior forward LaDarien Griffin and sophomore big Josh Ayeni, who didn’t start last game due to disciplinary reasons.

If Adams is out, the Bonnies will be relying heavily on Mobley’s slashing and three point shooting ability to carry them.

The Preseason All-Conference First Team selection hasn’t missed a beat, averaging 25.0 points per game (ppg), tied for 10th in the NCAA.

Along with Mobley, the Bonnies will need scoring from a combination Kaputo, Griffin and Ayeni.

Kaputo has stepped in for Adams and seems to be getting into a rhythm, improving his stats and efficiency each game.

Against Maryland Eastern-Shore, Kaputo made the most of his 21 minutes scoring 15 points off 50% from the field, notching 5 steals and finishing with no turnovers in a blowout.

Griffin’s been one of the most consistent Bonnies sliding into the Dion Wright role nicely, averaging 8.7 ppg, 7 rebounds and averaging an assist,block and steal per game.

Ayeni’s had an up-and-down campaign so far, scoring 16 points against Jackson State, only to follow that up with no points, and four fouls in nine minutes against Maryland Eastern-Shore. In fact, there’s a chance the Bonnies start fellow sophomore Amadi Ikpeze instead.

In three games, Ikpeze is averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds with a block a game. Against Maryland Eastern-Shore, Ikpeze made the most of his first start of the season scoring 4 points on 2-4 shooting with 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and an assist.

With questions about who’s going to start in the Bonnies lineup, the bench depth could also take a hit as reports say junior forward Courtney Stockard has been limited in practice all week.

On the plus side, the Bonnies may have found a new contributor in freshman forward Tshiefu Ngalakulondi. “Chef” put himself on the radar in style. Against Maryland Eastern-Shore, the Chef scored 21 points off 73% shooting including four threes and three steals and a block.

Of course, that was against Maryland Eastern-Shore, this is against Maryland, the level of competition couldn’t be more different.

Still, it’ll be interesting to see if Head Coach Mark Schmidt decides to give the freshman some added minutes.

While the Bonnies have many question marks, the Terrapins look like a sure thing.

Through five games, the Terrapins have proved to possibly be better than last season with wins over both Bonnies opponents Jackson State and Maryland Eastern-Shore, along with a convincing victory over previously undefeated Butler.

The lead man for the Terrapins is sophomore Anthony Cowan, averaging 14.0 ppg, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

NBA draft hopeful and fellow sophomore Justin Jackson has improved on every number from last season except for scoring at 8.0 ppg.

Along with Cowan, the Terrapins have two players scoring in double-figures, including 6-10 freshman forward Bruno Fernando.

The Terrapins bring pressure and use both their bigs to create turnovers on defense, while also sporting a top-20 scoring defense, holding opponents to 58.4 ppg.

With Adams, the Bonnies will have a better three point scoring team, but rust could affect the star.

Without Adams, the Bonnies will need Kaputo to pick up the slack.

Regardless of who plays, the Bonnies will need to force the Terrapins to shoot from behind the arc, as they shoot just over 37% from the triple, compared to their 52% from the field.

Turnovers could also dictate the game.

In the Terrapins closest win, the Bucknell Bison punished their bigs and set the tempo, limiting the turnovers in the first half, getting out to a 15-point lead. But in the second half, the Terrapins switched to handle the bigs and sped up the Bison’s guards, resulting in a 80-78 win over the Bison.

For Bonas, early in the year they struggled with turnovers against Niagara. To combat the Terrapins’ pressure, they’ll need to slow down the tempo and establish an inside game early to open three pointers for the guards, especially Mobley.

Opening as a nine-point underdog, its hard to tell which Bonnies team will show up tonight.

But one thing is for sure; with or without Adams, the Bonnies are in for a grind.

 

 

 

 

Summer grind seeing early returns for Griffin

By Nicholas Gallo

Junior forward LaDarien Griffin entered the 2017-18 season looking to be a key contributor for St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team.

So far, he’s arguably one of the top three players night-in night-out on the court.

As a sophomore, The 6-foot-6 forward played 29 games and averaged 2.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 12.3 minutes per game.

Over the summer, Griffin said he stayed up at St. Bonaventure and worked on his game. When he went home, he played with a bunch of different guys, improving his shooting and developing more of an offensive game.

That extra work has paid off thus far.

Not only has Griffin been elevated to a starting role, but he’s been one of the most consistent Bonnies on both ends of the floor.

In three games, Griffin is doing it all, averaging 8.7 points, 7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1 steal and 1.3 blocks, to go along with his 50% shooting mark.

Griffin expressed his desire to help out Bonas’ three-guard attack.

“I’m looking to take some pressure off Idris Taqqee, Matt Mobley, and Jaylen Adams,” Griffin said. “Over two years you witness an enormous number of different situations and I need to do my part.”

Griffin said he wants to contribute more on scoring, playing defense, and being a leader. He believes for the team to have a great season, it will involve defensive play and togetherness.

“For us as a team, we need to commit and play defense, learn what each other’s strengths are, and stay connected as one,” Griffin said. “I believe once we fully are connected as one then we can be a hard team to stop.”

Griffin and some of the veteran players, have helped the freshman transition onto the team. He said he’s tried to help them through “the learning process.”

Griffin knows the hype surrounding the team this season and said he’s not worried about other teams in the Atlantic-10. He said the team needs to worry about what they can control and take care of it.

“If we start watching other teams, that is when we’ll lose sight of what our main goals are,” Griffin said. “I believe we can play with any team in the country and win.”

Kaputo “I’m the best I’ve ever been”

For Junior guard Nelson Kaputo, not getting lost in the hype is high on his priorities.

Because of the Bonnies’ NCAA Tournament snubs the past two seasons, the team is motivated to finally get over the hump this season, especially with the tournament-level hype surrounding the team. In fact, CBS Sports ranked the Bonnies the #1 college basketball team in New York on Wednesday.

Kaputo, a 6-foot guard from Toronto, Ontario, shared his thoughts about how the team doesn’t want to get lost in the hype.

“We’ve done a great job blocking it out,” Kaputo said. “We’re focusing on what we have to do.”

The Bonnies put up good numbers on the record sheet, finishing 20-12 on the season and 11-7 in conference play; however, Kaputo expects them to perform better this season due to a new emphasis on work ethic.

“It was a great off-season for all of us,” he said. “Individually, we all have gotten better, and personally, I think I’m the best I’ve been in my life.”

He felt the biggest improvement he made during the off-season was his strength.

“I’ve put on a lot of muscle this summer, and I think that’s going to allow me to be more effective on the court, being able to come off ball screens cleaner and taking bumps better,” he said.”My all-around game is going to improve this year.”

Kaputo said living with the team helped improve their bond.

“Most of the guys lived with one another over the summer and we’ve been around each other every single day,” he said. “The only time we’re not with each other is when we go to sleep.  Most of us live in the townhouses as well, so off that strength alone, the chemistry on the team is going to keep building throughout the season.  It’s like a brotherhood being on this team, and you’re going to see that carry onto the court when we’re out there balling and having fun with each other.”

This brotherhood the team has with each other carries over into Kaputo’s relationships with some of his fellow guards and forwards. He told me about how him, Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley have been in that position of learning from the veterans and how they taught him some things as well.

He is glad that, as a junior this season, he is able to follow in the footsteps as a mentor for some of the younger guys.

“As upperclassmen on this team, that’s the position that Matt, Jaylen and I are in with the younger guys,” Kaputo said.  “We are able to teach them how to understand the system and how to compete at this level, just like the veteran guys, who were in our shoes at one point before, taught us. We understood what it took to be good before and what it takes for us to get where we want to be.”

Kaputo shows a lot of praise for the system Coach Schmidt imparts to his players, but he went over with me how the team could have done better with the system.

“Our struggle last year was figuring out how to play with each other within the system, not the system itself,” said Kaputo.  “I love the system. It’s just a matter of getting to know the guys better and know how we play.  Having a lot of returners from last year should help us with that. Coming into this year, everyone knows their role, and everyone is ready to play.”

While Kaputo shows his admiration for the system, he also shows it towards his head coach.  He told me that Mark Schmidt is a great guy and coach, who is adept to the “open door policy” with his players, knows how to “install the winning mentality into his players” so they win games and gets him playing his best.

“He’s put me in a position to be successful time and time again,” he said.  “There have been times in my career where I haven’t followed through in that position, but he tells me what I need to do to get back on the court. As a player, you want a coach that brings out the best in you, and that’s what he does.”

According to Kaputo, it sounds like Coach Mark Schmidt has command of the locker room and the support of his players to be able to lead his team to new heights this season.

“The whole team has that same picture in mind: the NCAA Tournament, and we’ve been working like it,” said Kaputo.  “I think you guys are in for quite a season.”

 

 

Men’s basketball: A look at Bona’s past Media Day rankings

(Mark Schmidt Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com)

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

When the Atlantic 10 converges on Pittsburgh on Tuesday for its men’s basketball Media Day, the most discussed topics will be the preseason poll and All-A-10 teams, per usual. Nothing gets the season kicked off quite like debates about where teams are ranked, who the preseason favorites are and what players got left off a team.

For years, St. Bonaventure hasn’t really had much to look forward to on Media Day. The Bonnies have been ranked consistently low in the vote, conducted by select media members. More often than not, the team has outdone its preseason ranking and proven the pundits wrong.

This year, SBU has received more media attention and respect than it has in past Octobers- that’s what a share of the league’s regular season title and NCAA snub will do to team visibility. But as coach Mark Schmidt has said more than a few times over the years, “We didn’t believe (the media) when they said we were bad. Why should we listen to them now when they say we’re good?”

Here’s a season-by-season look at the A-10 preseason polls during the Schmidt era, and how the team has ended up:

D'Lancy Carter photo credit: chimesquare.com
D’Lancy Carter photo credit: chimesquare.com

2007-08 season: 

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked last of 14 teams. Xavier voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies finish last after finishing 2-14 in the A-10 and 8-22 overall. Xavier won the regular season title with a 14-2 conference record.

Jonathan Hall Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com
Jonathan Hall Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com

2008-09 season:

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked last of 14 teams. Xavier voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies finish 11th with a 6-10 A-10 record (15-15 overall). Xavier won the regular season title with a 12-4 conference record.

Chris Matthews Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com
Chris Matthews Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com

2009-10 season:

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked 11th of 14. Dayton voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies finished eighth with a 7-9 A-10 record (15-16 overall). Temple and Xavier shared the regular season title with 14-2 conference records. Dayton finished seventh, going 8-8.

Ogo Adegboye Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com
Ogo Adegboye Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com

2010-11 season:

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked 13th of 14. Temple voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies tied for eighth with Duquesne with an 8-8 A-10 record (16-15 overall). Xavier won the regular season title with a 15-1 conference record. Temple was second at 14-2.

Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com
Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com

2011-12 season:

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked fourth of 14. Xavier voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies tied for third with Xavier at 10-6 (Bonnies defeated Xavier in A-10 Tournament final). Temple won the regular season title with a 13-3 conference record.

Jordan Gathers Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com
Jordan Gathers Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com

2012-13 season:

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked 11th of 16. St. Joe’s voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies tied for 11th with Dayton and George Washington at 7-9. Saint Louis won the regular season title with a 13-3 conference record. St. Joe’s tied for eighth with an 8-8 record.

Matthew Wright Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com
Matthew Wright Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com

2013-14 season:

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked 12th of 13. VCU voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies finished ninth at 6-10 (18-15 overall). Saint Louis won the regular season title with a 13-3 conference record. VCU finished second at 12-4.

Andell Cumberbatch Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com
Andell Cumberbatch Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com

2014-15 season:

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked 10th of 14. VCU voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies tied for sixth at 10-8 (18-13). Davidson won the regular season title with a 14-4 conference record. VCU tied for fourth at 12-6.

Marcus Posley Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com
Marcus Posley Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com

2015-16 season:

Preseason poll: Bonnies picked eighth of 14. Dayton voted preseason favorite.

Season: Bonnies shared the regular season title with Dayton and VCU with a 14-4 conference record.

 

As the summaries show, Bona has either matched or exceeded its preseason ranking in each season since Schmidt was hired in 2007. More often than not, the team can be described as “overachievers” when you look at the projections.

The SBU program isn’t going to lose sleep over where its picked on Tuesday, mainly because of how much evidence there is that media members haven’t (collectively) pinpointed the brown and white correctly over the years.

Basketball: Notes from Big 4 Media Day

(Photo Credit: @BonniesMBB Twitter account)

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

Some news and notes from Big 4 Basketball Media Day on Wednesday:

Throwing it back: Fans participated in a vote over the summer to determine which throwback uniforms Bonaventure, Buffalo, Canisius and Niagara would wear in the Big 4 Classic doubleheader on December 17.

The 1969-70 Final Four jerseys were the presumptive favorites, leading for much of the poll, so consider this one an upset: SBU is wearing the uniforms from its 1976-77 NIT championship year. Since this is the 40th anniversary of that season, it’s fitting that these are the threads the team is going with.

Five Bonnies make All-Big 4 teams: Media members voted junior point guard Jaylen Adams player of the year on the men’s side, while senior forward Denzel Gregg and junior guard Idris Taqqee were picked for the second team. Junior guard Mariah Ruff was selected to the women’s first team and redshirt senior forward Gabby Richmond made the second squad.

Schmidt to play nine: Coach Mark Schmidt called depth “so overrated” in a Bona Blog Q&A earlier this week, and he stated on Wednesday that he was going to have a nine-man rotation. He thinks one of the benefits will be competitive practices.

“We’re gonna play nine guys, so they’ll be three or four guys that don’t play,” he said. “The more the competition, the better the players. If you come to practice knowing you have a spot, it’s human nature (that) you won’t work as hard. I think competition drives you, and that’ll be a positive for our team.”

Moving on up front: Schmidt didn’t mention outgoing transfers Jordan Tyson and Derrick Woods by name when he was asked about replacing them. He did, however, seem confident in newcomers like David Andoh, Josh Ayeni, Amadi Ikpeze and Chinonso Obokoh.

“We lost like six points and three rebounds on the two kids that left,” he said. “So hopefully the guys that we’ve brought in can do that and do more. But it’s yet to be determined; we’ve just done individual (workouts).”

Andoh injury update: Andoh, a senior forward, underwent foot surgery in August, but is expected to be ready for the season.

“He started running,” Schmidt noted. “He’s out of the boot and his whole thing’s gonna be getting in shape. I think his foot is now healthy… but as (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick says, I’m not a doctor, I’m a coach.”

Adams after Adidas Nations: After Adams participated in the Adidas Nations Showcase in July, Schmidt said he has more confidence and the program has some more prestige.

“I think he was (picked) the eighth best player out there; I don’t know who votes,” Schmidt said. “But it gives him added confidence and I think it does a lot for a program too… It gives us credibility, it shows that we can get that caliber of a player and it shows our players that Jay wasn’t heavily recruited, but if you have a great work ethic you can be really successful at Bonaventure.”

Obokoh expectations: Obokoh, a grad transfer from Syracuse, is projected to start at center for SBU. Schmidt thinks he could play 25 minutes a game.

“It’s still a process for him, but we’ve got a veteran guy with some strength that can rebound and play defense,” Schmidt said. “You have to be determined, and he’s doing well so far but we haven’t started practice yet. He’s a fourth-year senior, so he’s been through it even though he didn’t play a lot at Syracuse. He’s practiced against really good players, so we’re hoping he’s gonna be a big part of our success this year.

“You don’t bring in a transfer to sit him on the bench. Our expectations are for him to be a productive player.”

Reilly Renovations: As work continues to finish the renovations on the roof, floor and scoreboard in the Reilly Center, the team has been doing individual workouts in the campus’s Richter Center exercise facility.

“We haven’t had the court for the first month, which you always want to practice on your own court,” Schmidt said. “But it’s something we have to deal with and the court looks great. If we had to not practice there for a month and have those renovations done, it’s more important to get those renovations.”

Schmidt on the state of Bona Nation: “It’s tremendous. I said it when I first got the job here, the great thing about Bonaventure basketball is the passion of the fans and the bad thing about St. Bonaventure is the passion of the fans… it’s a cult in a positive sense. There’s just such a love for the school and a love for the basketball program.”

 

 

Men’s basketball: A look at Bona’s recruiting targets

(Kalif Young Photo Courtesy of Canada Basketball)

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

With two roster spots open for next season, St. Bonaventure’s coaching staff is hot on the recruiting trail.

Redshirt freshman center Jordan Tyson’s transfer wasn’t officially announced until last Thursday, but it was reported a couple weeks ago by the Bona Blog and Verbal Commits. After guard Tareq Coburn committed on March 30 and gave next year’s squad its sixth guard, it was clear that going big was the objective anyway.

Here’s a look at three players Schmidt and co. are looking at to potentially sign for 2016-17:

Kalif Young- 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward, Vaughan, Canada. Young, a three-star recruit who attends Orangeville Prep in Canada, has received offers from Bona, VCU, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Marquette, Loyola Marymount, Pittsburgh and Providence. He told madehoops.com in February that he wouldn’t be making a decision until April or May, but that factors in his choice would be “fit, coaching, and who has had the most professionals that have played my position.”

With a Canadian assistant coach in Jerome Robinson and pros like Andrew Nicholson and Youssou Ndoye, the Bonnies certainly have a shot to land Young.

Ivor Baric- 6-foot-9 power forward, Cape Fear Christian Academy in Erwin, N.C. Phenom Hoop Report reported that Baric missed the start of the season due to a high ankle sprain, but MaxPreps’ stats show he averaged 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 12 games. Head coach Dwight Miller told Phenom Hoop Report that the Croatian is a “special player with a high basketball IQ” who has “adapted very well to the speed of the game in the USA.”

The site went on to say that Baric is a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions and is a mobile, face up four man.

Clint Robinson- 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward, Montego Bay, Jamaica and State Fair Community College. Schmidt was in Missouri on April 9 to watch Robinson work out, per AAU assistant coach Shawn Harmon’s Twitter. Robinson averaged 13.9 points and 8.6 rebounds a game at State Fair this past season. Verbal Commits lists Texas-San Antonio and Texas-Rio Grande Valley as schools who have offered him a scholarship.

The guard group is set, but the need for at least one more post player to join signee Amadi Ikpeze and returnees Derrick Woods, Dave Andoh, and LaDarien Griffin still looms large.

While Schmidt has been known to save a scholarship for future use, at least one more incoming freshman will be coming aboard for next season.

 

Men’s basketball: Bonaventure working on restructured contract for Schmidt

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

St. Bonaventure Director of Athletics Tim Kenney told The Intrepid Friday that he has been talking with men’s basketball coach Mark Schmidt about a restructured contract for over a month.

Schmidt’s name has been floated around as a possible candidate to fill the Pittsburgh coaching vacancy, while he reportedly interviewed for the Central Florida position before Johnny Dawkins was hired. Rumors that Mick Cronin could be hired at UNLV have led to speculation about the Cincinnati job opening as well.

Kenney and his staff are committed to making sure Schmidt, who just completed his ninth season as SBU head coach, is in Olean for years to come.

“At this time of the year, the coaching carousel causes consternation among many programs with great coaches. St. Bonaventure is no different,” Kenney said. “Mark and I have been talking for over a month on restructuring his contract to ensure that he and his family are happy and he does not need to move on to another program that may lure him with more money.”

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