/ Photo by Jim Osborn, The Post
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.
- The tallest player in Northern Kentucky University basketball
history will take the court for the Norse next season.
NKU head coach Dave
Bezold announced Thursday that he has added University of Dayton
transfer James Cripe to the roster for 2006-07. Cripe, a 7-foot,
255-pound center, will have one year of eligibility with the Norse.
Cripe averaged 2.6 points
and 2.2 rebounds in 24 games last season for Dayton. His top game
was a 14-point, six–rebound performance as the Flyers posted
an upset victory at Cincinnati last November.
“James is going
to give us a great presence inside, offensively and defensively,
and he is a great addition to our program,” Bezold said.
“With his size,
he is going to alter a lot of shots. He is also a good offensive
player in the post, and I expect him to step in and be a factor
Cripe will graduate
with a communications management major from Dayton next month. He
has one season of basketball eligibility remaining because he sat
out as a redshirt his freshman year at Dayton.
Cripe will pursue a
master’s degree in communications at NKU.
Cripe averaged 14 points,
7.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game while earning All-Fort Ancient
Valley Conference as a prep senior in 2002 at Loveland High School.
Since then, Cripe has grown two inches and will be the first 7-footer
in Norse history.
“It will be great
to have a 7-footer in the paint next season, because we were one
of the shortest teams in our conference this past year,” Bezold
At Loveland, Cripe was
a teammate of current NKU standout Kevin Schappell. This past season,
Schappell averaged 11.2 ppg and earned honorable mention All-Great
Lakes Valley Conference accolades.
Bezold also has added
University of New Mexico transfer Anthony Teague to the roster for
2006-07. A 6-5, 190-pound guard/forward, Teague played in three
games for the Lobos last season. He scored 10 points and grabbed
four rebounds during a 95-42 win against Southeastern Conference
member Mississippi as his best effort at New Mexico.
Teague transferred to
New Mexico from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, where he averaged
17.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He also shot 34.5 percent
from 3-point range and scored a career-high 35 points against Labette
County Community College.
“Anthony has been
in school at NKU this semester, and we’re looking forward
to having him on the team,” Bezold said. “He can score
from the wing or off the dribble, and he has a lot of experience.”
Teague is a 2003 graduate
of Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He averaged 20
ppg as a senior in high school.
Those players will join
an NKU team that posted a 17-11 record last season and finished
second in the GLVC East with a 12-7 mark.