Bluenotes Short Riff – 04 Aug 2019

Summertime…and the living is easy.




Australia:  The Jays are in Australia.    Dates:  1-13 August 2019.  Blog posts for the Aussie trip and videos, etc at

All East Coast Tour: Start off in Sydney, then fly up to Cairns in the north, finally back to the middle to Brisbane.
A bit odd…like going from Charleston, SC  to Boston to DC? A whole lotta flying for the fellas.

3 Aug 2019-There is evidently a branch of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Sydney as well as Melbourne.  The Jays are spending their time in the Sydney area.


August 5 6 p.m. Sydney area…

(3 a.m. CST) [b]B’Ball Australia Centre of Excellence Shore School Live stats likely.
No video.[/b]

August 8 8:30 p.m. Cairns area…

(5:30 a.m. CST) Cairns Taipans Cairns Convention Centre Live stats likely.
No video.

August 12 7 p.m. Brisbane area…

Brisbane Bullets Invitational team up against the Creighton Bluejays (NCAA Division 1)
About this Event
It’s the Bluejays against the Bullets at Auchenflower Stadium, with the visitors from Creighton University to take on a Brisbane Bullets Invitational side.The Invitational team will be coached by CJ Bruton and feature players from the Bullets NBL roster and development squad, plus invited players including the best from the QBL and South East Queensland’s most promising up and coming talent.The Omaha based university is on an Australian tour and will be keen to show off their talents against their Australian opponents. Secure your seat fast, as there won’t be tickets sold on the door (online sales only)!

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Team USA:  As stated previously, graduate Geoff Grosselle and Ty-Shon Alexander will represent the USA in the 2019 Panam Games (Basketball) in Lima, Peru, from July 26 to August 04, 2019.  Ty-Shon will catch up with the Jays team in Australia afterwards.  Team USA (Basketball) won their first 2 games vs USVI and Venezuela, but lost a close game to Puerto Rico.  Finished 2nd in their group.  On to the medal rounds.

Team USA/Panam Games

Pool play is vs Puerto Rico, Venezuela, & US Virgin Islands.

7/31, 10:30 am CT vs Virgin Islands, no TV      Won                                                                            8/1, 10 pm CT vs Venezuela, ESPN Deportes    Won                                                                            8/2, 10 pm CT vs Puerto Rico, ESPNU           Loss                                                                                   Medal rounds Aug 3-4.



Local News

Our latest commit, 7 footer Kelvin Jones (grad transfer) is on campus.  Practicing. Needs conditioning work, but servicable.  He’s on the Aussie trip.

Courtesy – UTEP


Denzel’s Back!  Reports are he’s on campus, but will have to sit out 1st semester. Probably see him on the court by the Arizona St. Game.

Courtesy – SEMO


Recruiting –  from

2019 Division III transfer Austin Hutcherson was in Omaha for an official visit  last weekend. The 6-foot-6 guard from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, averaged 20.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and shot 39.2% from three last season as a sophomore.  Was NESCAC FoY in 2017/18, 1st Team All-NESCAC in 2018/19.

Chose Illinois…

Courtesy – Wesleyan University

No word yet on any 2020 Kiyron Powell visit reschedule.

No 2020 Commits as of now.


Men’s Basketball Earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

Martin Krampelj Named to 2018-19 NABC Honors Court


My 2019-20 Predictions are due up on 15Aug2019.  There was a concern by a few folks that since I have voiced my opinion irt getting a new HC, that perhaps there would be no annual ridiculous prognosis for the Jays.  That notion, in and of itself is preposterous.  Separating dissatisfaction with a coach and his results from the high hopes and expectations for the team is not difficult.  Wishing major success for the team is paramount and would prompt forgiveness for the coaches former shortcomings.

My predictions have become a part of the fabric of Jays Hoops.  There is no season over the last 11 without my predictions…and this 12th season is no different.  The annual ritual of my ridiculously predictable predictions continues…