Gym for GSC near completion

It’s not going to be very much longer before things are way different than they are now at Glenville State College.

GSC head men’s basketball coach Stephen Dye is just one of many who is excited about the continued progress of the Waco Center.

“It’s looking nice, real nice,” Dye said of the dynamic project, which will house various things from a healthcare facility to a new basketball arena for the Pioneers.

“They think they might be done by mid-December. We’ll be playing in that in January. They’ll probably hold us out until the first of January.”

It’s kind of fitting the Pioneers, who are also in the midst of getting a new artificial football surface, will be playing most of their basketball games in a snazzy home since they are one of the new members of the Mountain East Conference.

Like myself, coach Dye has been extremely busy as of late.

I was sitting around debating on a column idea then smacked myself upside the head and realized he had left me a voice message not too long ago and wanted me to buzz him to talk a little bit.

Although there’s plenty of things on coach Dye’s plate he’d like to discuss, NCAA rules forbid him to speak about his upcoming recruiting class until he gets all the proper paper work.

“We got a commit today (Tuesday),” Dye said. “He hasn’t signed a letter-of-intent. We’re hoping to get three or four guys, especially two big guys.

“Last year we had a lot of length and athleticism, but we didn’t have the wide body. That’s what we really focused on and we got one.”

This past winter, the Pioneers nearly doubled their win total and finished only three games below .500 at 13-16 overall.

“We have a very strong base coming back,” added the coach. “We’ve got two of the better players in the league in Jamel Morris and Lamar Mallory.”

Morris led the G-men in scoring at nearly 20 points a game while Mallory almost averaged a double-double as he scored 14.8 a contest and grabbed 9.2 boards a night.

“We’ve been able to show the guys what we got going here and the recruits have loved it,” Dye continued. “It’s going to be one of the nicer stadiums on the East Coast and especially in Division II.”

Also of note, the GSC men’s basketball team will have its annual golf outing a little more than a month from now on July 12. Former WVU standout Alex Rouff has committed to play unless something unforeseen arises. Last year, both Da’Sean and John Flowers played and coach Dye said ex-WVU star guard Darris Nichols, now an assistant at Northern Kentucky University, is interested.

  • A special congrats goes out to Parkersburg South baseball player and co-valedictorian Jacob Wilcox, who was named to the state Class AAA all-tournament team. Jacob and his dad Jeff are the only father-son duo in Patriot history to ever play in the state tournament. Jeff also earned all-tournament honors in 1979.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com