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Fri, Sep. 23, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

By RANDY PAYTON
Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - An early season road trip to the West Coast, the return of one of the nation's top events for NAIA Division II programs and an exhibition contest against a neighboring NCAA Division I opponent highlight the University of Rio Grande's 2016-17 men's basketball schedule released Thursday by head coach Ken French.
    The RedStorm will also play a 13-game home slate which once again features the annual Bevo Francis Tournament, as well as a pair of familiar events – the Newt Oliver Coaches Classic and the Champions of Character Classic.
    "Our schedule is going to be a great test for a young team," French said. "We're talented, but we're very young and inexperienced. The early part of the schedule will definitely challenge us prior to conference play. We've got an exhibition game at Ohio University, three games against schools from the Crossroads League - all on the road - and a trip to California where we'll be playing an NAIA DI school. And that doesn't even take into account the DII Showcase, the Bevo, the Newt and the Champions of Character Classic."

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Mon, Aug. 22, 2016 - [Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
     RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Registration is currently underway for the Rio Fall Basketball Academy, which will run for four consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 11 and concluding on Oct. 2 at the Newt Oliver Arena.
     The league features two divisions — a senior division (10-foot goals) for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and a junior division (9-foot goals) for third, fourth and fifth grade students — for both boys and girls. The league will also offer instruction in team concepts and fundamentals in a controlled game atmosphere. Each team will receive coaching instruction from the University of Rio Grande men's and women's basketball players.

Former Rio Grande standout Dwayne Bazemore has signed a deal to play professionally in Italy
Fri, Aug. 19, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
     RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Former University of Rio Grande men's basketball standout Dwayne Bazemore is getting an opportunity to live out a dream.
     Bazemore, a 6-foot-10 center, has signed a contract with Polisportiva Battipagliese (PB63) of Italy's C-League.
     The Columbus, Ohio native earned First Team All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors last season after averaged 15.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for the RedStorm.
     Bazemore, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career in just two seasons at Rio, had a career-high 22 rebounds in a loss at Asbury on Feb. 9. He also led the KIAC with 13 "double-double" performances in 2015-16.

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Wed, May. 25, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande men's basketball program has announced its 2016 summer camp schedule.
    The RedStorm will host a Shooting Camp for boys and girls, age 8-18, on Wednesday, June 8, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $40.
    A Point Guard Camp for boys and girls age 12-18 is set for Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $40.
    The Little Storm Day Camp is scheduled for June 14-16, from 10 a.m.-noon p.m. each day, at the Lyne Center on the URG campus. The camp is open to boys and girls, ages 6-9, and the cost is $60.
    The camp will focus on the fundamentals of the game and will be conducted by Rio Grande head coach Ken French, his staff and current players.
    The highlight of the camp schedule is the annual Hard Work Camp, which is scheduled for Sunday, June 19-Friday, June 24. The individual camp is for boys only, age 10-16.
    Cost is $200 for commuters and $285 for overnight campers. Fees include lodging, meals, awards, a reversible camp jersey and a camp t-shirt.

Rio Grande senior D.D. Joiner was named an honorable mention NAIA Division II All-American on Thursday
Thu, Mar. 17, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

Rio Grande/NAIA Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - University of Rio Grande senior guard D.D. Joiner was among the Honorable Mention selections to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2015-16 Division II Men's Basketball All-America team.
    Joiner, a 6-foot-4 guard from Columbus, Ohio, averaged 18.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the RedStorm, who finished 17-14 after a one-point loss at Alice Lloyd in the quarterfinal round of the KIAC Tournament.
    Joiner ranked fifth in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in scoring, eight in rebounding and ninth in field goal percentage. He finished his career at Rio Grande with 1,833 points and 695 rebounds.

Rio Grande senior Travis Elliott was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete on Monday
Mon, Mar. 14, 2016 - [Men's Basketball]

NAIA/Rio Grande Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - University of Rio Grande senior Travis Elliott is among the 163 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II Men's Basketball student-athletes named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

 
 
 
 
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