“I have the green light to shoot, my teammates are looking for me to shoot so I’m really enjoying it and having a blast here," said Anderson of the 17th-ranked Buccaneers.
Drake's Tank Hemphill knew it was the right decision to come back to play his sixth season of college basketball. The Gary native and Michigan City product is looking for a breakout year.
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When the Missouri Valley Conference released its annual preseason poll on Wednesday morning, there were very few surprises.
Roman Penn (Bishop Noll) and ShanQuan Hemphill (Michigan City) are returning to form while DJ Wilkins (Merrillville) is a vocal part of Drake’…
“Tank is a little further along," Drake coach Darian DeVries said. " Roman had a little bit of a setback, but he just got cleared this past week."
D.J. Wilkins and Tremell Murphy impacted both ends of the court. ShanQuan Hemphill returned to the lineup against old Missouri Valley Conference foe Wichita State in the First Four on Thursday.
“It was everything; just to see Drake pop up there,” Wilkins said. “It’s a dream come true. We’ve been watching every year since we were kids, being able to do it with this group of guys at Drake, how it all came together, it’s just everything.”
“We did everything that we could this year,” Drake junior D.J. Wilkins said. “We fought and wherever the chips may fall, we’ll have to deal with the result."
Roman Penn and ShanQuan Hemphill were a part of a historic season at Drake while Valparaiso's youth continues to build. Several were recognized by a panel of voters for all-conference awards.
Drake's win over Loyola aids a possible at-large bid conversation for the NCAA Tournament. The importance of the win extends to the Region, too.
The Crusaders have now won two of their last five games against ranked opponents after going 18 years and 40 games without a victory against a ranked team.
Brice Calip scored her final three of a game-high 23 points at the free throw line with 0.8 seconds left to end Valparaiso's upset bid on Sunday.
“Rob’s a team guy and a hard worker. He’s a guy who really worked hard to get back."
“I know my role is a 3-point specialist, but it doesn’t matter if I’m playing 40 minutes a game or not (playing) at all,” Jackson said.
Valparaiso is set to open Missouri Valley Conference play with a limited roster against Missouri State. Bishop Noll product Roman Penn leads an unbeaten Drake team, which garners national attention.
Kirby Dach could be an early loss for the Blackhawks. Indiana's Outback Bowl opponent, Ole Miss, is "really struggling" with COVID-19, injuries and opt outs, though the game is expected to be played.
The Crusaders have had their first four games postponed and the Valley will announce makeup dates at a later time.
Shanquan "Tank" Hemphill was recently named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.
“We are at a point where the culture here recruits players who really want to be here,” Tonagel said.
"My message to the kids that may be overlooked is that rankings and statistics don't matter. Only you know the potential you have as a player, and that's all you need."
Inside sports digest, Dana Evans earns another accolade, Valpo's Javon Freeman-Liberty and Bishop Noll product Roman Penn earn honors and a host of prep honors.
The Mount Carmel graduate and St. John native was the 2019 ACC Player of the Year — just the seventh in Wake Forest program history.