Category Archive: Men’s Basketball

Mar 08

Is it You-you or Oo-oo? Video interview with Drake U’u and Chris O’Brien

When Drake U’u makes a play during a men’s basketball game in Mott Gym, public address announcer Mike Moreno lets you know it by emphatically booming out the Cal Poly senior guard’s last name: “You-youu!” But all this time, have we been mispronouncing U’u’s name (which is Samoan in origin)? According to the Hawaii broadcasters …

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Mar 01

Scrogcast: Hawaii beat writer Brian McInnis talks Big West

Tribune file photo by David Middlecamp. Cal Poly's Drake U'u drives past Isaac Fotu of Hawaii earlier this season.

Since the Cal Poly men’s basketball team remained on the road after Thursday’s blowout victory at Cal State Northridge, I went with an audio production lieu of a game preview on Saturday’s showdown at Hawaii. Honolulu Star-Advertiser basketball beat reporter Brian McInnis came on the Scrogcast to give you everything you ever wanted to know …

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Feb 13

Scrogcast: Eversley injury update and the BigWestMD

Gearing up for the Blue-Green Rivalry between the Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball teams this weekend, the Scrogcast features about 25 minutes with new media specialist Steve Chen from the Big West Conference office. Also, I’ve also tacked on my one-on-one interview with Mustangs leading scorer and rebounder Chris Eversley to the …

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Aug 25

VIDEO: Dylan Royer’s shooting roots go back to VHS

It seems like just yesterday I was watching Dylan Royer leading the Morro Bay High boys basketball team. It’s hard to believe he’s readying for his fifth-year senior season at Cal Poly. When I caught up with him and Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero to talk a little about offseason training and the upcoming …

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Mar 30

The March Madness we all know isn’t for everyone

Tribune photo by Jayson Mellom. ©

The above headline is true, and coming to that realization could open a lot of doors. Recently, I wrote a story highlighting former Morro Bay High basketball player Alexander Engel. After spending two seasons at nearby JC Cuesta College, Engel recently wrapped up a career playing for Menlo College at the NAIA level. His entire …

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Mar 22

REPORT: Cal Poly basketball an option for USC transfer guard

USC guard Alexis Moore, left, is expected to transfer to Cal Poly or USC Davis according to a media report out of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Alexis Moore, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard who started much of the season for USC, is transferring, and one report has him landing at Cal Poly. Or at UC Davis. The report does not credit any source for the statement of expectation that Moore would transfer to one of the two Big West Conference schools, but …

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Mar 17

Scrogcast: NCAA bracket gambling, Asa Jackson and the Donahue play

The NCAA Tournament is back, and so is Donovan Aird. I had the former Tribune prep sports reporter rejoin me for the latest Scrogcast before he moves on with the next project in his life, and we talked about everything from NCAA Tournament bracket contests to Asa Jackson’s prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft. We …

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Mar 14

Oregon basketball gives recruiting attention to Cuesta’s Coleman

Cuesta College's Calen Coleman, left, is fouled by Hanckcock's Taylor Pruett. Tribune photo Jayson Mellom. ©

Could we see a Cuesta College player go to the Pac-12? I caught up with Rusty Blair, the head men’s baskeball coach of the San Luis Obispo junior college, today after the Cougars made a playoff run that resulted in two of their players being named first-team all-state for the first time since 2009 and …

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Mar 12

Donahue play: Good, hard foul or unnecessary roughness?

Tribune file photo by Joe Johnston

I’ve fielded responses all over the map regarding the ugly play that marred the end of what had been a terrific game to watch Friday. In the wake of Cal Poly senior Will Donahue’s intentional foul on UC Santa Barbara’s James Nunnally in the final second of the Mustangs’ 64-52 loss in the semifinals of …

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Mar 09

My horse has a first name. It’s M-U-S-T-Y

A few members of the Cal Poly men’s basketball team loosened up for last night’s 66-54 victory over UC Riverside in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament with a shooting game that showcases a few of the more fun personalities on the team. Check out Tribune photographer Joe Johnston’s photo gallery from last …

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