Sunday, July 30, 2006

SoCon preview on

Cremins is back, and C of C could be, too

Here's the Davidson portion:

Davidson loses seven seniors and 76 percent of its scoring from last season -- this after two consecutive 20-win campaigns (including a perfect conference record in 2004-05) and a valiant effort as a 15-seed in an eight-point loss to Ohio State in the NCAAs. So, it's fair to assume it's a rebuilding year.

"We lose leadership, chemistry, incredible work ethic, superb basketball IQs," coach Bob McKillop said. "We lose a lot, no doubt about it. I'm sure a lot of people are going to suspect that we're in a process of rebuilding ... when you look at us on paper, that's certainly the sense. But I think the mantle has been passed, and it's up to our returning players to carry it forward, to keep up the winning ways that have been part of the program since 1994."

Three players who averaged more than 15 minutes per game as sophomores in 2005-06 will step to the forefront: 6-1 Jason Richards (4.5 ppg/3.0 apg), Boris Meno and Thomas Sander.

"Richards will pick up the point guard position quite well," McKillop said. "He's ready to step into a leadership role, and I'm confident that he will. Meno can make plays with his size, length and athleticism. Thomas Sander is the the heart and soul of this team with his great work ethic. We'll build our team around those three juniors."

Given McKillop's run of success, it's within the realm of possibility that the large incoming class could jell and contribute quickly, but the real safe bet is that Davidson will re-emerge as a conference favorite in 2007-08.

Davidson: The most recognizable name in coach McKillop's large incoming class is 6-1 guard Stephen Curry, son of former Charlotte Hornets sharpshooter Dell, whose 40 percent mark from 3 range ranks him in the NBA's all-time top 10. But you know what they say about apples not falling far from the 3-point line. Curry the younger averaged better than 48 percent shooting from behind the arc in his senior season for Charlotte Christian.

(Thanks to wildcat12546 on for posting this article.)

In the realm of the ridiculous, Joe Lunardi has already put together his 2007 NCAA Bracketology:

(Surely this is a joke!!)

Bracketology: Can Cremins be the difference? Joe Lunardi thinks so. In his very early look at the 2007 NCAA Tournament, our resident Bracketologist has the College of Charleston winning the SoCon's auto bid and landing a 14-seed.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Retrospective: 1967...from the days of Lefty

Victories over Wake Forest, Virginia, St. Joseph's and West Virginia highlight this season. A loss in the SoCon finals (I think it was the finals) ended the season. If I'm not mistaken, during this era, only the conference tournament champion went to the NCAA tournament.....regular season was meaningless to the NCAA tournament committee. (Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this.)

Those are some sweet short-shorts they wore back then, weren't they? Also, did they actually have cheerleaders in 1967? There were no women admitted at that time. Were they Queens College students or am I just way off base thinking that the picture above is of Davidson cheerleaders?

On a sidenote, the 1967 Quips & Cranks is certainly the strangest yearbook I've seen, but probably not surprising coming from 1967. If you ever get to see this yearbook, you'll understand what I mean.

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Retrospective: 1986

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Retrospective: 1994

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Kosmalski Gone to Europe; Sweeney Hired as Asst. Coach

Tim Sweeney Hired as Men's Assistant Basketball Coach

From Davidson Official Website

DAVIDSON, N.C.. -- Davidson men's basketball head coach Bob McKillop announced the hiring of Tim Sweeney as assistant coach to replace Landry Kosmalski, who accepted a coaching position in Sweden.


Click here to get a little more info about Sweeney from an old article from the University of Rochester website. The web page will look a little strange. That's because it's been deleted, but Google has this as a cached version in memory.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Davidson grad & former McKillop aid joins Clemson staff

Lee Grad Returns to College Work

(From The News Leader in Staunton, VA)

William Roberson's basketball talents may have been limited, but his thirst for teaching the game he loves knows no bounds.

The Robert E. Lee (High School) and Davidson College graduate has joined Oliver Purnell's Clemson University coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

Coaching in the college ranks is nothing new to Roberson. He spent three years after his 2002 graduation from Davidson as the Wildcats' director of basketball operations under head coach Bob McKillop.

Click here to read entire article.

NBA Summer League finishes up

Brendan's full stats for the 4 games he played in are listed on his summer league page.

Click here to see all Brendan's Summer League stats.


Paul Shirley, currently of the Minnesota Timberwolves, writes a good column for Click here to get his insight into what the NBA Summer League is all about.

Brendan plays in game #5 against Raptors

Brendan played 6 minutes (40 minute game), scored 2 points (0-1 from 3 point range, 2-2 from the free throw line), had 1 rebound and one turnover.

Click here for box score.

Click here for game recap.

Also, Brendan briefly appears in the video highlights of the Warriors' game against Cleveland. Click here to go to the page featuring the video highlights, then click on the "video highlights" link under the Cleveland game listed in the gold box.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Brendan not on list for game #4 against Denver

Brendan was not in the box score for this game. I don't know if he just didn't get in the game for some reason or if he was hurt or what.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Brendan featured in the Warriors' Summer League blog

Click here to read the whole blog.

Here's the portion pertaining to Brendan from the July 9th entry:

Another player hoping to earn a job in the summer league is 6'5" swingman Brendan Winters. Winters is the son of former NBA sharpshooter - and former Warriors Head Coach - Brian Winters. The younger Winters was a four-year starter at Davidson, where he did a good job of emulating his father by establishing a school record with 268 three-pointers. He concluded his career at Davidson last year ranked fourth on the school's all-time scoring list (1,892 points) and was named Davidson's Male Athlete of the Year in 2005-06. His father, who is now the head coach of the WNBA's Indiana Fever, was one of the great shooters in NBA history. He tooled 12 years in the NBA, most notably with the Milwaukee Bucks, and was part of one of the biggest trades in NBA history (when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was traded from Milwaukee to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1976).

Brendan hopes he has the opportunity to be traded from one NBA team to another during his career. However, if hard work, dedication and a family-inherited shooting stroke are necessary prerequisites, he certainly has the chance. In two games thus far in the Vegas summer league, he has logged a total of 29 minutes and has converted 1-of-3 field goals. He will, most likely, see additional playing time today when the Warriors face the Detroit Pistons in a scrimmage at UNLV (not an official summer league game). But, in the interim, it's fun to imagine what those H.O.R.S.E. games must be like at a Winters' family reunion.

Brendan plays against Cleveland in game #3

Brendan was scoreless in 12 minutes of playing time (40 minute game). He was 0-3 from the field, including 0-2 from 3 point range, had 1 rebound and had 2 turnovers.

Click here for the box score.

Click here for the game recap.

Brendan plays against Clippers in game #2

Brendan played 13 minutes (40 minute game), and was 0-1 from the field, with 2 rebounds.

Click here for the box score.

Click here for the game recap.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Brendan plays against Portland in game #1

Brendan scored 4 points in 16 minutes (games are 40 minutes long). He was 1-2 from 3 point range and 1-2 from the free throw line. He also had 2 rebounds and 1 assist.

Click here for the box score.

Here are a couple of pictures from the game (courtesy of's photo wire). Brendan is not featured in either picture.

Golden State Warriors' Patrick O'Bryant catches his breath during an NBA Vegas Summer League basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas on Friday, July 7, 2006.

Golden State Warriors' Jose Juan Barea shoots against the Portland Trail Blazers during an NBA Vegas Summer League basketball game at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas on Friday, July 7, 2006.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Vegas Summer League website

Follow Brendan's play in the summer league.

This is the official website of the summer league in which the Warriors (with Brendan) are playing. You can get box scores, recaps, etc. here for all the games. You can get video, too, but it appears that you have to pay for video. The box scores, etc. are free.

Here's the page for Brendan Winters.

Warriors Summer League Media Guide

Brendan Winters is featured along with all the other players.

Click here to read it (PDF format).

Warriors Summer League Schedule

July 7, 6 p.m.
vs. Portland No TV

July 8, 4 p.m.
vs. L.A. Clippers No TV

July 10, 12 p.m.
vs. Cleveland NBA TV: July 13 (4 p.m.); July 14 (9 p.m.)

July 11, 2 p.m.
vs. Denver NBA TV: July 15 (8 p.m.); July 16 (1 p.m.)

July 13, 7 p.m.
vs. Toronto NBA TV: July 21 (2 p.m. & 11 p.m.); July 22 (9 a.m.)

Warriors summer league info

Click here to listen to interview with Mario Elie, summer league coach. Nothing about Brendan in this interview, though.

Click here to read the Warriors Summer League blog.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Brendan Winters in NBA summer league

From Davidson official website:
Brendan Winters Joins Golden State Warriors' Summer League Squad

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Former Davidson College men’s basketball standout Brendan Winters has signed to play with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors’ summer squad in the Toshiba Vegas Summer League (TVSL) as announced by the club’s front office Monday, July 3.

From around the web:

Most Valuable Network: Summer League Rosters Finalized

From Warriors Announce 2006 Summer League Roster

From Summer Leage Rosters

The Warriors' summer league team will play five games in seven days at Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV, beginning Friday, July 7.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Reaction in Charleston

The Bushido, an avid supporter of the C of C, is very happy about having Cremins in charge of the Cougars.

Click here to read his post on his blog, "The Bushido Way". He has a number of excellent links to other stories on this hiring.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Cremins Taking Over In Charleston

From WLTX:

"After spending six years away from the bench, Bobby Cremins is apparently about to rejoin the coaching ranks. The 59-year-old Cremins has reportedly accepted an offer from the College of Charleston to become that school's new basketball coach. Cremins has not coached since leaving Georgia Tech following the 1999-2000 season."

Click here for entire article from WLTX out of Columbia, SC.

Cremins, Cougars close deal
from Charleston Post & Courier

Saturday, July 01, 2006

College of Charleston coaching saga

First, Herrion's fired as head coach at C of C.

Then Gregg Marshall is hired away from Winthrop.

Then Gregg Marshall quits C of C to go back to Winthrop, saying he just couldn't leave Winthrop. This is known in the Palmetto State as "pulling a Cremins" (remember Bobby Cremins did the same thing to the Gamecocks in 1993, taking the USC job, then backing out and returning to Ga Tech the next day).

Two additional candiates are in the running for the C of C job: Buzz Peterson and, ironically, BOBBY CREMINS????. Bobby interviewed on Friday.

Buzz Peterson withdraws his name from consideration, leaving Bobby Cremins as the only candidate.

How's that for irony? Cremins apparently gets back into coaching when another coach "pulls a Cremins".