February 23, 20131st2ndFinal
Eastern Kentucky293160
Stats at a GlanceEKUVALPO
FG Percentage.328 (20-61) .682 (30-44)
3P FG Percentage.269 (7-26) .412 (7-17)
FT Percentage1.000 (13-13) .833 (15-18)
Offensive Rebounds83
Defensive Rebounds1433
Total Rebounds2236
Bench Points734
PointsWALDEN - 20
BOGAN - 13
ReboundsJOHNSON - 5
AssistsDiNUNNO - 3
StealsDiNUNNO - 3
Valpo Hosts Eastern Kentucky in BracketBusters Action
Friday, February 22, 2013
Valpo Hosts Eastern Kentucky in BracketBusters Action
Erik Buggs and the Crusaders host Eastern Kentucky on ESPNU Saturday at noon. (Kevin Fedde)

Valparaiso (21-7, 11-3 Horizon)
Game #29: Saturday, Feb. 23 - noon
Eastern Kentucky (22-6, 11-3 Ohio Valley)
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) - Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Crusader Basketball: For the third consecutive year, the Valparaiso men’s basketball team will take part in a nationally televised game as part of the ESPN Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event, hosting Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at noon, live on ESPNU.

Last Time Out: The Crusaders led Loyola by 15 points at the halftime Tuesday night in Chicago, Ill., and after the Ramblers had rallied to tie the game in the second half, Valpo scored on 11 straight possessions to down Loyola by a final score of 85-76. With the win, the Crusaders clinched at least the third seed and a first-round bye in the Horizon League Championship.

Following the Crusaders: Radio - Valpo Sports Radio Network - WAKE (1500 AM, Valparaiso), WEFM (95.9 FM, Michigan City), WJOB (1230 AM, Hammond) - Todd Ickow (PxP) and Paul Oren (Color)
Television - ESPNU - Jim Barbar (PxP) and Brooke Weisbrod (Color)
Links for the live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available through ValpoAthletics.com. ValpoGameday.com will also be active, featuring a live interactive chat for the duration of the game.

Head Coach Bryce Drew: Bryce Drew (43-19) is in his second season at the helm of the Valparaiso men’s basketball program in 2012-2013 after leading the Crusaders to the Horizon League regular season title in his first year as head coach. Drew was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year after guiding Valpo to a 22-win campaign, including a 14-4 mark within the league to capture the title by two games. Drew ascended to the head coaching position on May 17, 2011 after spending six seasons as an assistant and associate head coach with the Crusaders.

Series Notes: The Crusaders and Colonels have a series which dates back almost 90 years, but the two squads have met just four times on the hardwood. Valpo took the first meeting in the series, but EKU has won each of the last three, most recently a 73-48 win in Richmond, Ky. on Dec. 2, 1985. In their only previous meeting at Valpo, the Colonels edged the Crusaders by a final score of 60-55.

...and the @HorizonLeague
- @ValpoBasketball has been picked to win the @HorizonLeague regular season title.
- The Crusaders received 40 of the 44 first-place votes in the #HLMBB preseason poll.
- This marks the first season since 2002-03 (Mid-Con) that @ValpoBasketball has been preseason league favorites.
- The Crusaders were the only team to place two players on the #HLMBB preseason First Team All-League as well.

- @ValpoBasketball was tabbed the preseason @HorizonLeague favorite by @CBSSports and @AthlonSports, among others.
- The Crusaders were ranked seventh in the preseason Mid-Major Power Rankings by NBC Sports College Basketball Talk (@CBTonNBC).
- @ValpoBasketball is currently ranked 12th in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll, voted on by mid-major coaches and produced by @CollegeInsider.
- @ValpoBasketball earned 3 points in the preseason @AP_Top25 poll.
- The Crusaders had not received votes in a national poll since a 4-week stretch near the end of the 2010-11 season in the coaches poll.

...looking back at last year
- @ValpoBasketball claimed its first @HorizonLeague regular season title in 2011-12, winning the crown by two games.
- The Crusaders earned the right to host the #HLMBB postseason tournament by winning the regular season and advanced to the championship game.
- @ValpoBasketball played at Miami in the first round of the postseason NIT, the Crusaders’ 11th postseason trip in the last 17 years.
- The Crusaders won 22 games overall in 2011-12, their 12th 20-win season in the last 19 years.
- @ValpoBasketball boasted the #HLMBB Coach of the Year (Drew), Player of the Year (Broekhoff) and a second First Team selection (Van Wijk).

...looking ahead
- @ValpoBasketball closes out the regular season home slate with Senior Night against Youngstown State Tuesday evening.
- The regular season concludes for the Crusaders on Saturday afternoon at Green Bay, live on ESPNU.

The Sun Sets on BracketBusters
- This year marks the final season for the ESPN BracketBusters event, in the ninth season of Valpo’s participation.
- Saturday marks the fourth national TV appearance for @ValpoBasketball as part of BracketBusters.
- The Crusaders are 2-1 in TV games, winning at home vs. Miami (Ohio) [2008, ESPN Classic] and Missouri State [2011, ESPN2].
- Valpo’s only TV loss as part of the event came last season at Loyola Marymount on ESPNU.
- Overall, the Crusaders are 4-4 in games arranged as part of the BracketBusters pool, including a perfect 4-0 in home games.
- In BracketBuster return games, Valpo owns a 4-3 record.

Offense Clicking on All Cylinders
- @ValpoBasketball scored 85 points in its win over Loyola last time out, the most points the Ramblers have given up all season.
- The Crusaders shot 54.7% from the floor in the win, including 50% (10-of-20) from 3-point range.
- It marked the fifth time this year that Valpo has hit at least half its 3-pointers while making at least 10 from downtown.
- Valpo has scored at least 1.25 points per possession 3 times in the last 5 games, a mark they reached just twice in the first 23 games.
- The Crusaders currently rank among the top-20 nationally in field goal percentage (.478, 19th) and 2-point percentage (.546, 9th).

Battle For the Horizon League
- The win for @ValpoBasketball last time out over Loyola put the Crusaders a game up over Detroit in the standings (11-3/10-4).
- The Crusaders have two league games remaining - with a pair of wins, they would earn the outright regular season title (13-3).
- With one win in the last two games, the worst Valpo could do is a tie for the regular season crown.
- A Valpo win over Youngstown State on Tuesday would secure the #1 seed and hosting rights for the Horizon League Championship.

Reaching a Milestone
- @ValpoBasketball once again reached the 20-win milestone with its victory over Wright State Feb. 12.
- The Crusaders have now won at least 20 games 13 times in the last 20 years.
- Valpo is also the first Horizon League team this season to reach the 20-win mark.

Long Stretch of Ws
- Prior to the loss against Detroit, @ValpoBasketball had won 10 of its last 11 games, all within league play.
- The Crusaders’ only loss during that span was an 80-68 defeat at Youngstown State on Jan. 30.
- The last time Valpo had put together a stretch of wins of that magnitude was Jan. 11-Feb. 27, 2003, winning 13 of 14 games.

Home Sweet Home
- The Crusaders are now 12-2 at the ARC this year following the loss to Detroit last Saturday.
- 11 of the Crusaders’ 12 home wins this season have come by double figures, including eight wins by at least 20 points.
- Valpo is averaging 73.6 ppg and shooting 48.4% from the floor (40.8% 3-point) at home this year.
- @ValpoBasketball went 14-3 at home last season and is 219-50 (.814) over the last 18 years at the ARC.
- The Crusaders lost their first home game of 2013 (Loyola) after going 15-1 at home in 2012 - the only loss coming in the HL title game.

- Valpo lost for the first time this year against Detroit when leading at halftime (17-1) and when scoring at least 70 points (14-1).
- This marks the third straight year that Valpo has held at least a share of the Horizon League lead at any point past the halfway mark.
- Valpo had a six-game winning streak solely within league play earlier this year, its first since Jan. 15-31, 2004.
- The Crusaders have hit at least 10 3-pointers and shot >50% from beyond the arc in consecutive games twice this year.
- The 15 triples against UIC matched the most in a single game by the Crusaders since they hit 16 against Chicago State on Dec. 15, 2007.
- Valpo earned its largest league win since joining the Horizon League with a 31-point win (71-40) over Milwaukee.
- It marked Valpo’s largest win within league play since defeating Oakland 95-64 on Jan. 2, 2006 when both were members of the Mid-Con.
- Valpo posted one of its top defensive efforts in a long time in the victory over Milwaukee, surrendering just 40 points.
- The 40 points also was the fewest given up by Valpo to a D-I opponent since a 35-33 win over Green Bay on Jan. 21, 1984.
- The 24-point margin at UWM was the largest by a Valpo team in a road league game since a 74-42 win at Chicago State on Jan. 21, 1999.
- The Crusaders have not lost two straight games this season and haven’t dropped back-to-back league games since Feb. 21/24, 2011.
- @ValpoBasketball tallied 16 steals in the win over Purdue Calumet, its most in a single game in over 10 years.
- The Crusaders’ 52 points in the paint vs. IUPUI are the most they’ve had in a single Division I game since at least 2005.
- With the win over Kent State, Valpo has now won three straight OT games and is 6-2 in extra time since the start of the 2010-2011 season.
- The Crusaders went 34-for-41 from the free throw line in the win over Kent State.
- Valpo had not hit 34 free throws in a single game since a Feb. 8, 1997 win over Northeastern Illinois.
- Valpo allowed 50 points or less in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 2003 (NIU 46, Nebraska 50).
- The 50 points scored by Nebraska was the fewest @ValpoBasketball has given up in a loss since Jan. 16, 1984 vs. Western Illinois (41-40).
- Valpo defeated Georgia Southern by 31 points in its opener, its largest season-opening win over a D-I school since moving to D-I.

- Eastern Kentucky enters Saturday’s game at 22-6 overall on the season, including an 11-3 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
- The Colonels have won six consecutive games, most recently downing Austin Peay by a final of 91-53.
- EKU ranks among the top-15 in the nation in field goal percentage (.481, 14th) and is tied for the national lead in 2-pt. pct. (.571).
- Glenn Cosey and Mike DiNunno both average better than 15 ppg and each hit at 39.7% or better clip from 3-point range.

Bryce Drew
- Bryce Drew is in his second season as head coach of @ValpoBasketball and is in his eighth season overall on the coaching staff.
- Drew was named #HLMBB Coach of the Year in 2011-12 in his first season as head coach.
- Drew was the first Crusader men’s basketball Coach of the Year since 2001-02, when dad Homer won the honor in the Mid-Con.
- Drew led the Crusaders to 22 wins and the @HorizonLeague regular season title in his first year at the helm.
- Prior to coaching, Drew spent seven seasons playing professionally, including six seasons in the NBA.
- Drew was a two-time Mid-Con MVP in his playing days with @ValpoBasketball, helping the team to three NCAA tournament appearances.
- Drew hit “The Shot”, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the first round of the 1998 NCAA tournament, to lift the Crusaders over @OleMissMBB.
- “The Shot” was just named one of the top-35 All-Time Madness Moments by the NCAA as part of the celebration of 75 Years of March Madness.

- Bryce is the third member of the Drew family to serve as head coach of @ValpoBasketball.
- Father Homer was head coach from 1988-2002, and then returned to lead Valpo from 2003-11.
- Brother Scott (current head coach of @BaylorMBB) led the Crusaders during the 2002-03 season after nine seasons as an assistant under Homer.
- A Drew has been at the helm of the Crusaders for the last 24+ years. #DrewFamilyDynasty
- The Drew family has combined to lead @ValpoBasketball to 434 victories and 11 postseason appearances. #DrewFamilyDynasty
- Overall, the trio of Drews owns 874 collegiate victories over a combined 43+ seasons of head coaching. #DrewFamilyDynasty

Ryan Broekhoff
- Ryan Broekhoff was named the #HLMBB Player of the Year in 2011-12 after helping guide @ValpoBasketball to the regular season title.
- Broekhoff was also named an Honorable Mention All-American by the @AP.
- Broekhoff has been picked as a Preseason First Team All-@HorizonLeague member entering his senior season.
- Broekhoff earned Lou Henson Award mid-season award honors from College Insider.
- Broekhoff was chosen as a preseason Third Team Mid Major All-American by NBC Sports College Basketball Talk (@CBTonNBC).
- Broekhoff appeared on @CBSSports lists by @jeffborzello of the nation’s top-30 under-the-radar players (#6) and top-50 wings (#43).
- Broekhoff also was picked as the nation’s #28 shooter by @goodman_CBS on his list of top-50 shooters.

Playing Overseas
- Broekhoff was selected to the Australian Boomers squad, Australia’s senior national team, in the summer of 2012.
- Broekhoff was one of 25 players called into the 2012 @aussieboomers squad to try out for the Olympic team.
- Broekhoff was on the 12-man roster for the @aussieboomers YouYi Games series against China, making his senior international debut.
- Broekhoff saw 23 minutes of action for @aussieboomers in the three-game series, scoring four points and grabbing a pair of rebounds.
- Broekhoff was one of 15 finalists for Australia’s 12-man Olympic squad.
- Broekhoff previously represented Australia in the World University Games (2011) and the @FIBA U19 World Championships (2009).

This Season
- Broekhoff has been named @HorizonLeague Player of the Week 4x this season, the second-most of any HL player in the last decade.
- Broekhoff paced the Crusaders with 15 points and also tallied four steals in the win at Cleveland State.
- Broekhoff hit five first-half 3-pointers and scored 19 of his game-high 22 in the opening period against UIC.
- Broekhoff hit a career-best 14-15 from the free throw line, going for 19 points and nine rebounds in the win over Green Bay.
- Broekhoff scored 12 points in the final 2:17 of Valpo’s come-from-behind win over Wright State, ending with 18 pts/10 reb.
- Broekhoff hit the go-ahead free throws with 17 seconds left at Detroit, finishing a line of 18 pts/9 reb/5 ast/3 stl/2 blk.
- Broekhoff posted double-doubles in Valpo’s first two HL road games - 21 pts/10 reb at UIC, 26 pts/10 reb (career-high 7 3’s) at Milwaukee.
- Broekhoff DNP for the first time in his career Dec. 22 vs. Purdue Calumet, snapping streaks of 113 straight games and 50 straight starts.
- Broekhoff matched his career high in the first half alone in the win over Bethune-Cookman, scoring 26 points (7-8 FG, 3-3 3PT, 9-9 FT).
- Broekhoff ended the win over the Wildcats with 30 points and seven rebounds.
- Broekhoff scored 16 of Valpo’s 23 first-half points in the win over Northern Illinois, ending the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
- Broekhoff leads the league in rebounding (7.7 rpg), FT% (.882) and 3PTM (2.6/gm), and also ranks in the top-3 in scoring and 3PT%.
- Broekhoff is the only player ranked among the top-15 in the nation in both free throw percentage and 3-point percentage.
- Broekhoff moved into @ValpoBasketball’s all-time top-20 in career points at Saint Louis and now ranks eighth with 1,510 career points.
- Broekhoff also ranks 3rd in rebounds (809), 4th in blocks (95), 3rd in 3-pointers (240), 7th in 3PT% (.412) and 7th in FT% (.814).

Last Season
- Broekhoff led @ValpoBasketball, averaging 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in 2011-12.
- Broekhoff led the @HorizonLeague in rebounding and finished fourth in the league in scoring.
- Broekhoff’s total of 290 rebounds on the year was sixth-highest in a single season in program history.
- Broekhoff became the 31st player in @ValpoBasketball history to score 1,000 career points, surpassing the milestone Feb. 17 at @LMULions.

Kevin Van Wijk
- Van Wijk was named a Preseason First Team All @HorizonLeague choice entering the 2012-13 season.
- Van Wijk was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor for 10 points and nine rebounds last Saturday against Detroit.
- Van Wijk went 8-of-10 from the field en route to a team-high 20 points and nine rebounds in the win at Wright State.
- Van Wijk was named HL Player of the Week after scoring 49 points on 79.2% shooting in Valpo’s earlier wins against WSU and Detroit.
- Van Wijk tied for team-high honors with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the win over WSU, also tallying seven rebounds and four assists.
- Van Wijk had a career game in the comeback win at Detroit, going 13-of-15 from the floor for a career-high 31 points.
- Van Wijk currently leads the Horizon League with a .639 field goal percentage and is up at .702 in league-only play.
- Van Wijk now tops Valpo’s career FG% chart, connecting at a .609 clip for his career.
- Van Wijk set a then-career high with 25 points (6-8 FG, 13-14 FT) in the OT win over Kent State, including the game-tying putback.
- Van Wijk’s 13 free throw makes against the Flashes also were a new career high.
- Van Wijk is coming off a junior season where he was named a First Team All-League selection.
- Van Wijk ranked second on @ValpoBasketball in scoring (14.1 ppg) in 2011-12 and also averaged 5.2 rebounds per game.
- Van Wijk led all #HLMBB players with a 61.7% FG pct, good for fifth in the nation and third-best in a single season in Crusader history.
- Van Wijk was twice named @HorizonLeague Player of the Week (Jan. 16 and Nov. 21).

Erik Buggs
- Buggs will tie the Crusaders’ all-time record for career games played against EKU, suiting up for the 133rd time (Howard Little).
- Buggs is currently ranked fifth in the league in steals and eighth in assists, and is sixth in HL-only play in field goal pct.
- Buggs matched a career best with six made baskets for 12 points while also handing out eight assists last Saturday against Detroit.
- Buggs posted 11 points and eight assists in the Crusaders’ win last Saturday at Cleveland State.
- Buggs went 2-2 from the floor and 6-6 from the foul line for 10 points in the win over UIC.
- Buggs set a new career high with six steals and also tallied nine points and five assists in the win over Green Bay.
- Buggs posted eight points, five rebounds and six assists in the win at Detroit, including a pair of assists in the game-closing run.
- Buggs came off the bench in the win over IUPUI Dec. 20, snapping a streak of 70 consecutive starts.
- Buggs opened the season with a career-high nine assists to go with six points in the Crusaders’ win over Georgia Southern.
- Buggs came up just one point shy of his career high with 15 points in the OT win at Kent State.
- Buggs currently ranks fifth in @ValpoBasketball history with 402 career assists, as well as tied for eighth in steals (145).
- Buggs led the Crusaders last year with 103 assists, ranking tenth in the @HorizonLeague.

Matt Kenney
- Kenney continued his strong play with a 14-point, five-assist effort last time out in the win at Loyola.
- Kenney went 6-of-8 from the floor, including four 3-pointers, for a team and season-high 18 points last Saturday against Detroit.
- Kenney scored 13 of his 15 points off the bench in the second half in the win at Wright State.
- Kenney became just the second Crusader in program history (Lubos Barton) to reach 400 reb/300 ast against UIC.
- Kenney came up one rebound shy of a double-double, going for 10 points and nine rebounds in the win over Green Bay.
- Kenney posted near-season highs across the board with 15 points, four rebounds and six assists in the win over WSU.
- Kenney hit a pair of 3-pointers in the game-closing run at Detroit and ended the night scoring 12 points on four triples.
- Kenney responded with 15 points and six assists in his first start in nearly a year Dec. 20 against IUPUI.
- Kenney scored all 16 of his points in the win over Northern Illinois in the second half.
- Kenney was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor (3-for-3 from 3-point range) over a span of 9:31 against the Huskies.
- Kenney filled up the stat sheet in the OT win at Kent State, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.
- Kenney matched his career high with seven assists while not committing a turnover in the Crusaders’ win vs. Chicago State.
- Kenney currently ranks 13th in @ValpoBasketball history with 314 career assists.
- Kenney averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior for the Crusaders in 2011-12.

Will Bogan
- Bogan currently ranks fourth overall in the Horizon League and third within league-only play in 3-point percentage.
- Bogan has moved back into Valpo’s career top-ten in 3-point percentage, where he currently ranks eighth (41.1%).
- Bogan knocked down three 3-pointers in a season-best 16-point effort last time out in a win at Loyola.
- Bogan hit a season-best five 3-pointers in a 15-point performance against Detroit last Saturday.
- Bogan scored 11 points, including a perfect 3-of-3 effort from behind the arc, in Valpo’s win at Cleveland State.
- Bogan connected on four triples and tied for team-high honors with 12 points in the victory over Milwaukee.
- Bogan returned to the starting lineup Jan. 4 against CSU, scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, including three 3’s.
- Bogan started 32 games in his first season with @ValpoBasketball in 2011-12, averaging 7.2 points per game.
- Bogan ranked second among Crusaders with 61 3-pointers and hit from downtown at a 40.9% clip.
- Bogan’s 3-point percentage ranked seventh in the Horizon League and is tied for ninth-best in a single season in @ValpoBasketball history.

Ben Boggs
- Boggs returned to the starting lineup against Milwaukee, tying for team-high honors with 12 points.
- Boggs missed the Cleveland State game, snapping streaks of 35 straight starts and 39 straight games played.
- Boggs scored five straight points to give Valpo the lead for good late in the win at Murray State Dec. 29.
- Boggs scored a season-best 12 points in both of Valpo’s pre-Christmas wins over IUPUI and Purdue Calumet.
- Boggs posted nine points and tied a career high with eight rebounds in the Crusaders’ win over Chicago State.
- Boggs became eligible after the end of the first semester last year for @ValpoBasketball and appeared in 24 games, starting 20.
- Boggs averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for the Crusaders, who were 14-6 in his starts.
- Boggs shot better than 80% from the free throw line in his first season with Valpo, second-best on the team.

Bobby Capobianco
- Capobianco was honored by the Horizon League as its co-Newcomer of the Week last week.
- Capobianco set a new season high in the Crusaders’ win at Cleveland State, scoring 13 points in just 13 minutes.
- Capobianco nearly picked up a triple-double in the win over UIC, tallying 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
- Capobianco was the first Division I player to reach those marks off the bench in nearly five years.
- Capobianco approached a double-double in the win over Milwaukee, tallying eight points and nine rebounds.
- Capobianco debuted for Valpo against Chicago State after missing the Crusaders’ first four regular season games due to injury.
- Capobianco doubled up in his debut, posting 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, including six offensive, against the Cougars.
- Capobianco’s double-double was the first in a Valpo debut since Mohamed Kone vs. IPFW on Nov. 23, 2005 (15 pts, 11 reb).
- Capobianco made his first Crusader start Dec. 22 vs. Purdue Calumet.
- Capobianco scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds, including five offensive, in the win Dec. 20 against IUPUI.
- Capobianco played his first two seasons at @IndianaMBB and sat out last season after transferring to @ValpoBasketball.

LaVonte Dority
- Dority went 4-of-5 from the floor, scoring nine points and adding three assists last time out in the win at Loyola.
- Dority connected on three 3-pointers en route to 13 points in the Crusaders’ win over UIC.
- Dority came up with 13 points off the bench for the Crusaders at Youngstown State.
- Dority returned to his hometown of Chicago with an 18-point, four-assist performance in the win at UIC.
- Dority made his Crusader debut with a game-high 20 points in Valpo’s win at Missouri State.
- Dority became the first Crusader to debut with a 20+ point effort since Brandon Wood dropped 25 at Ball State in Nov. of 2009.
- Dority again led Valpo in the loss at Oakland, scoring 14 points.
- Dority led the Crusaders for the third time in his first four games with a 19-point effort versus Purdue Calumet.
- Dority transferred to Valpo from South Florida at the semester break last year., where he appeared in 35 games.

Jordan Coleman
- Coleman scored seven straight points in the second half and ended the win over UIC with nine points and a pair of blocks.
- Coleman approached a double-double with nine points and a season-best eight rebounds Jan. 4 in the win over Cleveland State.
- Coleman tallied 10 points Dec. 29 in the Crusaders’ win at Murray State.
- Coleman led the Crusaders with four steals in their win Dec. 22 against Purdue Calumet.
- Coleman made his Crusader debut against Georgia Southern, scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds off the bench.
- Coleman knocked down the first five 3-point attempts of his Crusader career before missing his only try from deep at Nebraska.
- Coleman is eligible to play for @ValpoBasketball immediately after transferring from Southwestern Illinois College.
- Coleman was an All-Conference selection for SWIC last season, finishing second on the team with 10.2 ppg.
- Coleman started his collegiate career as a freshman at @HawaiiAthletics.

Vashil Fernandez
- Fernandez set a new season high with six points, including a pair of dunks, and also blocked two shots in the home win over Milwaukee.
- Fernandez pulled down a season-high six rebounds Dec. 22 in the win verus Purdue Calumet.
- Fernandez recorded a team-high four blocked shots in the Crusaders’ win over Northern Illinois.
- Fernandez is eligible to play for @ValpoBasketball this season after sitting out the 2011-12 season and has 3 years of eligibility left.
- Fernandez made his senior international debut this past summer for Jamaica (@goteamja) at the FIBA Centrobasket tournament.
- Fernandez helped @goteamja to a 3rd place finish, its best ever at Centrobasket.
- Fernandez debuted in a win over the USVI and also played in the bronze-medal win over Panama.

Alex Rossi
- Rossi connected on the first five field goals of his Valpo career before missing his only attempt from the floor at Nebraska.
- Rossi debuted with 11 minutes of play in the season opener against Georgia Southern, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts for 9 points.
- Rossi scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in 14 minutes Dec. 22 against Purdue Calumet.
- Rossi is eligible to play for @ValpoBasketball immediately after spending his first two years at @calmensbball.

Keith Carter
- Carter enrolled in classes at Valpo for the spring semester and will have 3 seasons of eligibility at the end of the 2013 fall semester.
- Carter transferred to the Crusaders from Saint Louis at the semester break.
- Carter was the runner-up for Illinois Mr. Basketball 2012 to Duke commit Jabari Parker.
- Carter was a First Team All-State honoree as a senior, leading Proviso East to a 32-1 record and a berth in the 4A state title game.