The Daily Eastern News

Panthers move toward potential start of season

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2020

The NCAA announced last week that Nov. 25 would be the date that the 2020-21 college basketball season could potentially begin. For the Eastern women's basketball team, this starting date will be an opportunity to pick up where they left off last season when they finished fourth in the OVC. "We're ...

Panthers adjusting after return to practice

Maurice Phipps, Staff Reporter

September 15, 2020

The past five to six months have been an entirely new experience for Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour and the entirety of the men’s basketball team. Both players and coaches had to deal with the absence of practice and team meetings until even now. In Spoonhour’s ninth year at Eastern, this is...

Column: Panthers’ top returners from last season

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2020

As we head through this semester without sports at Eastern, it is fun to look back to last season for the fall sports teams. The basketball season is technically  scheduled to begin on time in November. and the Eastern men's basketball team is preparing for the season to begin. The Panthers went 17-15 last ...

Column: Top returning players for the Panthers

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

September 1, 2020

In just a few short seasons, the Eastern women's basketball team has gone from the bottom of the OVC to a legitimate threat to win the conference. The Panthers returned to practice Tuesday for the first time this semester. The players who were freshmen three years ago when Eastern went 3-26 in head...

Panthers to resume practices Tuesday

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

August 31, 2020

The Eastern women's basketball team will be back together on the court Tuesday for the first time since the OVC Tournament in March. The Panthers are coming off a season in which they went 19-12 with a conference record of 12-6, finishing fourth in the OVC and advancing to the semifinals of the OVC T...

Big games slated for basketball teams this season

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

August 25, 2020

The non-conference portions of both the Eastern men's and women's basketball schedules was posted Tuesday. Of course the status of the 2020-21 college basketball season is still up in the air, but there are several notable games scheduled for both teams. Women's Basketball The women's team is comin...

Diarra adds size, future prospect to Eastern’s roster

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Reporter

May 14, 2020

Jay Spoonhour wanted to add size to his roster, and after the addition of Sammy Friday to the roster, the Eastern head basketball coach added transfer Madani Diarra to his team. Diarra is now the tallest player on Eastern’s roster, measuring at 6-feet-10-inches. The addition of Diarra not only...

Friday brings size to men’s basketball team

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 30, 2020

It did not take long for Eastern men’s basketball head coach Jay Spoonhour to add the size he was looking for in Sammy Friday IV. Eastern announced Wednesday that Friday is joining the Panthers’ roster for next season, and he is filling a role that Spoonhour said he wanted to address with rec...

Long-time connection brings Leonard to Eastern basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

Jay Spoonhour and his staff did the majority of the work for the men’s basketball team’s recruiting, but it was somebody from Spoonhour’s father’s staff who helped with one of the recruits. Before Ryan Leonard, an incoming transfer from Santa Fe College, signed with Eastern, Spoonhour had a l...

Column: How men’s basketball won the offseason so far

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

The overall success of the offseason recruitment for Jay Spoonhour and the Eastern men’s basketball team cannot be completely graded until the team adds its final player(s), but so far, Eastern has won the offseason and can continue to do so. Here are the three reasons why Spoonhour and his staff have won ...

Meet the five incoming players for Eastern men’s basketball

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 24, 2020

Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour has announced the signing of five players for next season, which includes two transfers coming in as juniors and three freshmen. The Daily Eastern News sports editor, Dillan Schorfheide, talked with each of the incoming players to get a feeling of how the recrui...

Spoonhour announces Ryan Leonard will join Panthers next season

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

Eastern men’s basketball coach Jay Spoonhour made his first official announcement regarding incoming players, with the first player announced being junior college transfer Ryan Leonard. Leonard is transferring from Santa Fe college, where he averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, per the press...

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