Georgia Southern Eagles News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
The George-Anne: Tookie Brown becomes free agent after NBA Draft
With the end of the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday night, former Georgia Southern guard Tookie Brown went undrafted.
As the most decorated player in GS men's basketball history, Brown finished with many honors including Sun Belt Player of the Year, four First-Team All-Sun Belt honors, multiple NABC All-District honors and becoming the first player in the Sun Belt to reach over 2,000 points and 500 assists.
After declaring for the draft at the end of the 2018 season, Brown eventually withdrew his name in order to return to Statesboro for another opportunity at the Sun Belt Championship.
The George-Anne: Ike Smith granted medical hardship waiver and set to play this upcoming season
The redshirt senior is listed on the roster to play this upcoming season.Photo by: Jaren Stephens
According to the 2019-20 online roster, Georgia Southern rising redshirt senior Ike Smith will play for the men's basketball team after being granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA.
After a season ending injury during just the tenth contest last December, Smith was unable to play alongside Montae Glenn and Tookie Brown in the journey to the Sun Belt Tournament.
The 6-4 guard was greatly missed by his fans, coaches, and teammates alike. He averaged about 15 points and 6 rebounds before his injury.
Official Site of the Eagles: Keith Chesley Named Men's Basketball Director of Operations
STATESBORO - Georgia Southern men's basketball coach Mark Byington announced today that he has named Keith Chesley director of operations.
Chesley arrives in Statesboro after spending last season at Stetson, where he was responsible for all aspects of team travel and equipment while also assisting with video, scouting, and the day-to-day operations of the program. Chesley will have many of the same duties at Georgia Southern, including supervising the managers, assisting the coaching staff in limited on-court activities during practice, on-campus recruiting and coordinating all of the team's video needs.
"Even though Keith is fairly new to the business, he has very good experience performing the requirements for the director of the basketball operations," said Byington.
ESPN.com: Warriors rule Durant (calf) out for Game 3 and 4
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will miss Games 3 and 4 of Western Conference final series against the Portland Trail Blazers, coach Steve Kerr told ESPN's Doris Burke, in addition to tonight's Game 2.
Durant, who injured his calf in the third quarter of the Warriors' Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets in the conference semifinals series, missed Game 6 of that series and Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, both wins for the Warriors.
Durant was at the Warriors practice facility on Wednesday getting some rehab work in, but he has not done any on-court work to this point and is still walking with a little bit of a limp.
Official Site of the Eagles: Hannah Farrell Earns Second-Team NFCA All-South Region Honors
STATESBORO - Georgia Southern senior Hannah Farrell has been named the NFCA All-South Region second team third baseman, announced today by the organization.
Farrell earns second-team honors after being named to the third team in 2018. She is just the third Georgia Southern softball player in school history to earn multiple NFCA All-Region honors, joining Breanna Streetman (2009-10) and Sarah Purvis (2012-14).
The Jesup, Ga., native hit .401 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBI in 2019. She slugged .586 and drew 21 walks for a .473 on-base percentage. Farrell ranked third in the Sun Belt Conference in batting average and sixth in on-base percentage.
Official Site of the Eagles: This Week In GS Athletics: May 6-12
The Week: April 29-May 5, 2019
Who's In Action: Baseball, Softball
Wednesday, May 8 - Saturday, May 11
Event: Sun Belt Conference Tournament
Location: San Marcos, Texas. || Bobcat Softball Stadium
Time: 11 AM (Wed) First Round Game
Video (ESPN+ - Game One)
Quickly: Georgia Southern opens up action in the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the seventh seed on Wednesday morning, taking on sixth-seeded Coastal Carolina at 11 am .
Official Site of the Eagles: GS Softball Blasts Past Panthers, 10-1, To Claim Sun Belt Series And Tourney Berth
STATESBORO - Georgia Southern scored nine runs in the fifth inning to blast past Georgia State and claim not only a Sun Belt Series win over the Panthers, but a berth in the upcoming 2019 Sun Belt Conference Tournament with a 10-1 win Friday night at Eagle Field.
The Eagles (22-27, 8-17 SBC) will finish ahead of Georgia State (8-45, 5-21 SBC) and South Alabama in the standings after tomorrow's final day of league play. Georgia Southern will either be the seventh or eighth seed, depending on what happens in the final game of the Eagles' series with Georgia State, a doubleheader between ULM and Louisiana as well as South Alabama's final game with Troy.
Official Site of the Eagles: This Week In GS Athletics: April 29-May 5
The Week: April 29-May 5, 2019
Who's In Action: Baseball, Softball
Event: The GUSPYs
Wednesday, May 1
Time: 7:00 PM
Video (True Blue TV)
Quickly: Celebrate another year of Georgia Southern Athletics as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsors The GUSPYs. For all of the awards and nominees, you can read the preview article here.
Thursday, May 2 - Saturday May 4
Opponent: Georgia State | Southern vs.
The George-Anne: Georgia Southern men's basketball working to improve and prepare for next season
After just falling short of being the Sun Belt regular season champions, the Georgia Southern men's basketball team is already putting in the work to prepare for next season and achieve their goals.
The Eagles found much success in their 2018-19 season, finishing 21-12 overall and 12-6 in the conference. GS also saw two players receive All-Sun Belt honors last season, those being former senior guard Tookie Brown and rising redshirt-junior guard Quan Jackson.
Brown is not an unfamiliar name to anyone who follows Eagle basketball as the former guard broke school records when it came to total collegiate points scored as well as collecting many honors such as being named Men's Basketball Sun Belt Player of the Year, All-American Honorable Mention and Georgia College Men's Player of the Year.
The George-Anne: Tookie Brown figuring out what's next in life after graduation from Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern standout point guard Tookie Brown officially declared for the NBA draft on April 12 on his Twitter page with a highlight video captioned "#4 OUT!" Since then, the tweet has received hundreds of likes and he has received national recognition.
Leaving GS with four first-team All-Sun Belt honors, an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention, 2019 Men's Basketball Sun Belt Player of the Year, and as the all time leader in GS points and assists among other honors, Brown has definitely left his mark in Hanner Fieldhouse and the record books.
Brown was recently invited to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia, where he was one of 64 seniors chosen nationwide to showcase their talents in front of NBA team representatives.
The George-Anne: Tookie Brown invited to compete in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
Georgia Southern men's basketball guard Tookie Brown was invited to play in the 2019 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, announced Monday.
The P.I.T. is an annual tournament where 64 of the top senior collegiate men's basketball players are selected to play in a 4-day tournament, performing in from of all NBA teams, coaches. The tournament consists of 12 games played from this Wednesday through Saturday.
"It is a big honor to be invited to the Portsmouth invitational," Head Coach Mark Byington said. "It's the first step in Tookie's professional career and I know he will do great."
Brown made milestones during his time of eligibility at GS, logging over 2,000 career points and 500 assists.
The George-Anne: Byington nullifies Elon head coaching rumors
Georgia Southern men's basketball coach Mark Byington took to Twitter Thursday night to shut down rumors of him being a candidate for Elon University's head coaching vacancy.
"Eagle Fans... with news spreading about other jobs, I just wanted to clear something up. I'm staying at Georgia Southern," Byington said in a tweet. "#UnfinishedBusiness"
Elon fired their coach of 10 years Matt Matheny at the conclusion of the regular season.
Rumors of Byington being a candidate for the CAA school were first reported by WJCL's Frank Sulkowski Thursday afternoon.
"Multiple sources telling @WJCLNews that Georgia Southern Men's Basketball coach Mark Byington is a candidate for the @ElonMBasketball head coaching position," Sulkowski said in a tweet.
The George-Anne: Five Facts about Tookie Brown and his career at Georgia Southern
Tookie Brown; a name that every student at Georgia Southern University has heard. The senior guard from Madison, Georgia has made his mark at GS as a star player on the Men's Basketball team and there's a few fun facts fans might want to know about the incredible athlete.
2015 GHSAA Triple-A Player of the Year.
Brown attended Morgan County High School and ended his senior year as a four-star recruit for ESPN. Brown scored over 3,000 points during his high school career and that helped him skyrocket into a collegiate career at GS. What people might not know is that Brown actually committed to play basketball at Mississippi State, but ended up calling GS home when he committed to play for the Eagles on May 14, 2015.
The George-Anne: Tookie Brown named All-American Honorable Mention
Georgia Southern senior guard Tookie Brown was named All-American Honorable Mention by the Associated Press, announced Tuesday.
Brown has racked up an enormous amount of awards this season as the impressive senior has been named Sun Belt Player of the Year, first-team All-Sun Belt, first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches all-district and the Georgia College Men's Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Brown averaged 17.3 points on the season as well as collecting a total of 572 points on the 2018-19 season.
The Eagles is also the first player for GS to earn first-team All-Sun Belt honors all four years as well as being the first Eagle named conference Player of the Year since 2006.
Official Site of the Eagles: Georgia Southern Names Anita Howard Head Women's Basketball Coach
STATESBORO - Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein announced today the hiring of Anita Howard as the head women's basketball coach for the Eagles. Howard comes to Statesboro from Columbus State University, where she has served as head coach of the Cougars for the past three seasons.
A press conference introducing Howard to the Georgia Southern University community will take place on Monday, April 1 at 11 a.m. in Bishop Field House at Paulson Stadium. The public is invited to the event as well.
Howard becomes the eighth head coach in Georgia Southern women's basketball history and the first African American female head coach.