By: Brian Dickmann
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Head coach Brian Wardle and the Green Bay Phoenix have landed their first commitment for the class of 2015. Joel Okafor, a 5' 11" point guard from Richmond, Indiana gave a verbal commitment to GB over the weekend.
Okafor is rated a 3-star prospect according to ESPN with a 77 grade and a top 10 player in the basketball crazed state of Indiana. He would be the first 3-star recruit the Phoenix have signed since Alec Brown in 2010, though not all prospects have been graded.
He is considered a pass-first point guard and an excellent defender. His shooting is improving, with his high school coach Joe Luce recently saying, "offensively, that’s something he needs to work on, not necessarily the skill, but the mindset, and he’s done that. He’s shot the basketball and scored the basketball well throughout the summer.”
Starting for Richmond ever since his freshman year, Okafor is coming off a stellar junior season in which he earned all-North Central Conference accolades as well as IBCA / Subway Underclass All-State First Team after scoring 8.5 points per game and leading his team with 6 assists and over 2 steals per contest.
He helped lead the Red Devils to 22-3 season last year, finishing with their first conference title in 12 years and the school's first sectional title since 1996.
Okafor chose Green Bay over offers from Western Michigan, Middle Tennessee State, and Horizon League rival Wright State.
The Phoenix will have to replace 4 seniors following this season: Keifer Sykes, Josh Humphrey, Alfonzo McKinnie, and Greg Mays, along with an open scholarship from Lamin Fulton leaving the team this season. With the commitment of Okafor, Green Bay still has 4 scholarships available for the class of 2015.
Here's a running tally of what we know so far for Green Bay's regular season schedule for the 2014-2015 season:
By: Brian Dickmann
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Former Green Bay star and recent Phoenix Suns draft pick Alec Brown suffered a dislocated shoulder injury in the Suns 88-62 loss to Dallas in the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas on July 18th. Brown dislocated his left should early in the contest vs the Mavericks after making his first start of the tournament.
The left shoulder is the same shoulder that he hurt while at Green Bay. Brown sprained the shoulder in a win against Detroit on January 26th and it caused him to miss the only game of his career three days later, a loss at Valparaiso.
Brown's surgery will happen Thursday, July 24, just a day after his 22nd birthday. Reports indicate he could miss anywhere from 2-4 months rehabbing after the surgery but he is expected to make a full recovery. The Phoenix Suns training camp begins at the end of September.
Sources tell WBAY-TV's Chris Roth: "the Suns' plan is for Brown to get some experience and seasoning playing overseas this year." Another option would be the Phoenix Suns' NBA D-League affiliate Bakersfield Jam.
By: Brian Dickmann
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The Green Bay Phoenix have offered a scholarship to top Canadian prospect Joseph Chartouny, a 6' 3", 205 lb point guard from Montreal. The class of 2015 star is considered the 2nd best point guard prospect and a top five prospect overall in Canada by NorthPoleHoops.com.
The website Future150.com lists Chartouny as a 4-star, high major prospect. His scouting report says: "he is a big point guard with decent speed and great vision. He takes care of the ball and gets a part of the lane more often than not. Chartouny must improve his shooting ability to keep defenders honest."
He took part in the Canadian Junior National Team training camp prior to the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Brazil, but was ultimately not selected for the team that also consisted of NBA Draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Tyler Ennis.
Chartouny has seen his recruiting stock rise this summer. He currently holds scholarship offers from Green Bay, Princeton, Binghamton, Vermont, Appalachian State, American University, and South Dakota State.
The Phoenix will have a busy recruiting season ahead, with 4 open scholarships available for the class of 2015.
By: Brian Dickmann
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The Green Bay Phoenix mens basketball team not only had success on the court this past season, but also at the Resch Center box office.
The NCAA recently released its annual basketball attendance report and the Phoenix had the 18th largest increase in average attendance with 3,979 fans per contest, an increase of 895 per game over last season. That average was good for 2nd in the Horizon League behind only Wright State, who again led the conference in attendance with 4,117 fans per game. Conference newcomer Oakland finished last with 2,142 fans per game.
Not only has Green Bay's win total gone up in all 4 of head coach Brian Wardle's seasons leading the Phoenix, but attendance has gone up all 4 years as well. Since bottoming out at 3,007 during a 14-18 season in 2010-2011, attendance rose to its highest level since the 2008-2009 this season.
2013-2014 Horizon League attendance
The Green Bay Phoenix had plenty of high flying dunks this season. To be exact, the Phoenix dunked the ball 97 times, according to GB's SID Andrew Gavin. That's over 3 dunks per game! In our first video of the off-season, we countdown our five favorite, plus a few a others.
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