Dec 06 2014: 3-star prospect Nicolas Molina committed.
Nov 01 2014: 3-star prospect Jayson Lee committed.
Aug 28 2014: Promoted to conference IV.2.
Mar 09 2014: Made the division 2 tournament field.
Feb 22 2014: 2-star prospect Richard Butcher committed.
Jan 11 2014: 3-star prospect Bradley Berg committed.
Dec 07 2013: 3-star prospect Tevin Holman committed.
Oct 08 2013: Roscoe Schuster was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
Aug 29 2013: Promoted to conference V.4.
Mar 10 2013: Made the division 3 tournament field.
Pts Ave: 76.9 - 71.5 Pts Diff: +5.4 Team Power Index: 138.5
Dec 06 2014: Bison Add To Recruiting Class, Land 3* Signature - by Rdub29317 on September 16th, 2020
As the Lipscomb Bison are progressing on the court in Division I, off the court President Rdub is still hard at work preparing for the future of the program.
Just a little more than a month apart, the first two signees for this upcoming recruiting class have signed on to play for Lipscomb starting next season, both three-star recruits.
The first one was Jayson Lee who signed back on November 1st. Lee hails from Rohwer, Arkansas, which is about a 6 hour drive from Nashville. He is ranked as the 313th best prospect in this class, and scouts like what he brings in terms of size and length on the wing. He's doing a bit of everything for his school right now, averaging 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game so far in his senior year.
Lipscomb's second signee is one more local fans might be familiar with: Nicolas Molina from King High School in Memphis. Molina is well-known for his shooting ability as he has been a consistent deep threat since starting his high school career, and he has a reputation for playing hard and fighting for rebounds/loose balls. Molina is considered a high-level prospect because of his potential, as some believe that even at 6'2 now he hasn't even reached his growth spurt yet. Molina will become the 4th Bison player from Memphis to join the roster, as redshirt Tevin Holman, RS-sophomore star Gonzalo Carrasco, and walk-on Christian Kerr all have made the trek from the western corner of the state in recent years.
"Jayson and Nicolas are two guys we are really excited to have join the program," said president Rdub after the Molina commitment. "We've made great progress in the last few years to reach where we are now, and we feel adding players like these young men will help us continue to take the program to new heights."
With 4 starting seniors graduating this year for the Bison, it is likely that the recruiting class has at least a couple more signatures left to go before being completed.
Oct 18 2014: Lipscomb 2015 Season Preview: Bison Are Back In DI, But Are They Here To Stay? - by Rdub29317 on September 2nd, 2020
The resurgence of Lipscomb’s basketball program under President Rdub29317 has been fun to watch over the last few years. After taking some strides forward in 2012, getting a great group of freshmen in the door that helped contribute right away, the Bison blew the roof off of Allen Arena in their 2013 campaign, winning 35 games and a conference championship. Even after losing senior stars Kyle Gilbert and Jeffrey Spence before the 2014 season, the Bison still rose to the occasion, posting another 30 win season and a second consecutive promotion.
Now, for the first time since 2009, the Lipscomb Bison are at the Division I level. The biggest question on everyone’s mind is what do they need to do to stay there?
Starting with what is different about the roster, only one starter from last season is gone, but that does not mean there are not large shoes to fill. Stuart Harvey started the majority of his freshman season and started every game he played in his college career all the way through graduation afterwards. While Harvey was never a “star”, he was always an impact player due to his defense and ability to knock down outside shots. You can argue he had his best season of his collegiate career last season: scoring 11.4 points and pulling down almost 6 boards per game, while adding an assist, a block and a steal and a half. He also hit 41% of his shots from downtown, the best mark on the team. Finding someone to step into the starting lineup who can replicate Harvey’s production is the biggest challenge for this year’s Bison, but we will touch on his likely replacement later.
With just one starter gone, that means four of them are back, and they are well-established leaders in the program. Matt Joseph at point guard, Leo Spears at the two, Stan Wirth on the wing, and Corey Jablonksi at center have all been part of the rotation since stepping foot on campus their freshman year. These seniors have played 489 combined games, including 266 starts, and they will be reprising their roles as starters together for the second consecutive season. The Bison are happy to have that kind of experience and cohesion coming into this pivotal year, but that doesn’t leave them without questions.
Spears and Wirth are the biggest names on that list, and they are likely to be the two best scoring options again this year. While neither of them seemed to be the top option, they both seemed to be okay with that “1A, 1B” setup. They both excelled in their roles: Spears as a two-way menace who can hit a three from almost anywhere he pleases, and Wirth as more of a 3-level scorer who can rise up over most wings with his 6’9” frame, as well as drive to the rim looking to finish strong. The increased role in the offense, and the defensive attention that came with it, didn’t phase these two as juniors, and that will likely stay the same in their senior year.
The question for the returning starters comes at point guard with Matt Joseph. In his sophomore year playing behind Spence, Joseph looked as though he could step into a starting role and be able to contribute as a scorer due to his efficiency, but his junior year didn’t post the expected results. Joseph struggled to put the ball in the basket, having the worst shooting numbers of his college career so far, but he took steps forward as a playmaker and defender, dishing out 5 assists per game in conference play. If Joseph can continue to facilitate and defend at a high level, he’ll keep his starting job and help Lipscomb continue to win games, but if he can get the lid off of the basket and score the way some within the program believe he is capable, then the ceiling for this Bison team raises significantly.
The newest addition to the starting lineup is one that Bison fans have been raving about since their first glimpses of him in 2013. Not many programs were going after Gonzalo Carrasco in high school, and at the time Lipscomb was a Division III school who hadn’t had a successful season in some time, so the acquisition of Carrasco didn’t make waves. Even still, there was optimism within the Lipscomb program that they had just landed a steal of a prospect who could be a program-changer. The early returns on Carrasco have not disappointed; scoring 9 points per game on the best effective field goal percentage on the roster last season as a redshirt freshman coming off the bench. He earned the Freshman of the Year award, and now will get the keys to be in the starting lineup at the DI level in just his second full year of college basketball. Optimism is through the roof on Carrasco, and it's understandable as to why: he plays hard, sees the game at a high level, and can score effectively at all three levels. If he grows into the star many believe him to be, then it’ll be full steam ahead for the Bison in a chase for staying at the Division I level for the 2016 season.
Coming off the bench, there will be a couple of new faces, and a couple of familiar ones as well. In the backcourt, Tony Naranjo is going to be part of the bench rotation, and what he has shown in the last couple of years should make Lipscomb fans excited to see him on the floor every game. He’s had his flashes of magnificent play: the 22 point performance off the bench in the conference tournament his redshirt season, and a few impressive playmaking displays to begin last season come to mind. Having an asset like him off the bench is quite the luxury. The other familiar name could be Kelvin Walker, the 6th member of the 2011 recruiting class, and the only one to redshirt for the 2012 season. He didn’t get much action in the rotation until last season, where he struggled to get good shots off and didn’t add much on the defensive end of the floor. However, Walker is considered the best playmaker of all of the guards on the roster, and his assist/turnover ratio backs that up. If he can increase his percentages a little bit he’ll be worth keeping in the rotation, but the noise for 3-star freshman Bradley Berg to take his spot could get very loud if Walker hasn’t taken a step forward.
The new faces to the rotation are a mix of young and old (relative to college basketball at least). The young face is Tyler Ragsdale, a 6’8” Murfreesboro native who redshirted this past season. Ragsdale is a bit of a surprising addition to the rotation, as many believe Lipscomb was looking to add a Junior College prospect to play the backup frontcourt role, but the staff believes they have seen enough from Ragsdale in the last year that they trust him to play this season and contribute. The ceiling on Ragsdale is high, he has a nose for the ball and can guard multiple positions defensively, but he hasn’t played any meaningful college basketball yet. It is not a guarantee this redshirt freshman can help a Division I team.
The “old” face is Richard Butcher, a JuCo prospect from Anchorage, Alaska who is expected to play a role off the bench this season. Butcher posted solid JuCo numbers (9 points, 6.5 boards, 1 steal and one block), but mostly at the power forward position. Lipscomb is likely to ask him to move to the wing and shoot more from the outside, a place he struggled to get consistent scoring since high school. Even still, at 6’6” he adds some more size and experience to the bench unit, and should fit in fine next to Naranjo and Ragsdale as someone who can add some off the bounce scoring punch and play team defense.
Overall, it is tough to say where this Lipscomb team will land in their first Division I campaign this decade. The necessary levels of talent and experience are there for this team to really be able to make a solid run at finishing in the top 10 of the conference, but lacking a true star and still having some questions about multiple members of the expected rotation, there is concern that this team goes from good to mediocre against their best competition yet. Even still, this is the most important season of Lipscomb basketball under President Rdub, so it’ll be fun to watch and see what happens.
Oct 14 2014: Carrasco Caps Impressive Debut Season With Award - by Rdub29317 on August 31st, 2020
Since his commitment to the Lipscomb basketball program in October of 2011, Bison fans have been very excited about the potential of Gonzalo Carrasco and what he could provide to the program on the rise. Now, after his first full season playing for Lipscomb, the 6'9" big man from Memphis is showing he is more than just hype.
Coming off the bench this past season, Carrasco averaged 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, adding almost a steal and block on the defensive end as well, which was enough to earn him the Conference V.4 Freshman of the Year Award for the 2014 season.
"It was really my first year of college ball, I didn't play much at all in my redshirt year," said Carrasco of the honor, "so to have such great team success getting promoted and winning a lot of games, it was just icing on the cake to get to add a personal trophy to a great year."
Carrasco was not only effective, but very efficient in his first season at the college level. He achieved those counting stats listed above in just 20 minutes per game, and earned 6 player of the game awards coming off the bench for the majority of the season. He also shot 54% from the field and 38% from three, earning him an effective field goal percentage of 56% on the season, the best on the team.
"Gonzalo is someone we were really excited about when we signed him," said Lipscomb basketball president Rdub29317, "we felt he was really under-the-radar as a potential star player, so it's great to see him coming into the program and making such an immediate impact."
Carrasco is only the 2nd Lipscomb player ever to win a Freshman of the Year award in the conference: Curtis Mead did it his freshman year all the way back in 2003, and in the same conference as Carrasco did this past season. Mead was inducted into the Lipscomb Basketball Hall of Fame before the 2013 season.
"To know that only one other player in program history has ever accomplished this, and to see his name up in the rafters and getting to meet him when he was inducted, it's truly humbling" Carrasco said. "It means a lot to me that I get to join that company. Curtis accomplished so much here and this place still means a lot to him, I want to work hard to continue to follow in his footsteps."
Mar 09 2014: Bison's Late Season Surge Results In Second Consecutive Promotion - by Rdub29317 on August 22nd, 2020
After starting 6-7 in conference play, the Lipscomb Bison finished the season by winning 15 of their last 17 games to storm their way up to finish 3rd.
"I am really proud of how we finished the year" said Head Coach Brady Staples, "after losing two key pieces I think there was a lot of people doubting how good we could be. We believed in ourselves and played really hard all year long. Earning a second straight promotion is a tremendous accomplishment."
The team's progress was spearheaded by the growth of juniors Leo Spears and Stan Wirth, who both improved by more than 5 points per game to share the team's scoring title.
"It's safe to say we are really proud of this group and how they have helped move the program forward," president Rdub29317 said about the team's second promotion in as many years. "When I got here our goal was to work our way up and establish ourselves as a legitimate Division I program, and we've completed the first step of that process."
Lipscomb with their great finish to the year has earned a spot in the Division II National Tournament. They will take on Adrian in the first round.
Jan 11 2014: Lipscomb Get Commitment From Local 3-Star Berg - by Rdub29317 on August 4th, 2020
The Lipscomb Basketball program's rise in recent years is only continuing to reach new heights. As the team is putting together a campaign to stay in the Division II level, they received their highest ranked commitment of the new regime in Nashville star Bradley Berg.
Berg, who graduates from Truman High School this year, is ranked the 113th best prospect in America. Berg is already one of the most well-rounded prospects in his class, and the biggest flaw to his game is probably his stature. At 5'9", he'll easily be the shortest player on Lipscomb's roster next year, but that didn't shy good programs away from pursuing Berg to play for them at the next level.
There is some belief that despite being the highest-ranked recruit in the program's recent turn around, because of the depth of the Bison's backcourt, Berg might spend a year redshirting before entering the rotation. While that remains to be seen, Lipscomb is absolutely excited about adding Berg to their program next season.