Saturday, February 7, 2009

Daniel Lyght looks at Fresno State basketball

Here's a solid and informative look at Fresno State men's basketball 2008-2009 and beyond. Some Bulldog fans want Steve Cleveland gone, other are advising patience. We'll offer our un-asked-for two cents: look at the freshman class playing right now and then add in the four incoming 2009-2010 frosh. Fresno State men's basketball will soon be competitive again in the WAC plus with the benefit of a solid foundation from which to build even further. Additionally, the academic basketcase of a mess that Cleveland inherited is clearing up. There might still be a blip or two but kids are graduating...finally.

Revival a rough ride for Bulldogs hoops team
Cleveland still sees much promise in his freshman-reliant roster.
Daniel Lyght
The Fresno Bee
February 6, 2009

Steve Cleveland returned to Fresno four years ago with hopes of establishing a foundation for the Fresno State men's basketball program using high school recruits, rather than relying on college transfers.

He always said it would be a lengthy process, and this season has been a toilsome journey.

Four freshmen own starting roles and progress has been more about plains and valleys than any peaks.

Wins certainly aren't coming at the clip Cleveland would like, but intermittent improvement hints at long-term success.

The Bulldogs played Western Athletic Conference leader Utah State closely in two losses, perhaps this season's high-water marks. But then the Bulldogs traveled to Hawaii Thursday and it appeared as if they forgot how to play, scoring 10 first-half points and shooting 27% from the field for the game.

Cleveland has, at times in this transitional season, buried his face in his palms, pleaded with players to make smarter plays and patted their arms in comfort while addressing the latest freshman mistake...

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