After spending one year at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, Class of 2014 Former Tiger Robert Shaw has decided to forgo the final three years of his collegiate career and enter his name in the 2015 NBA Draft to be held on June 25th in New York.
After much deliberation with family, friends, and coaches, Shaw made the decision to become a “one and done” collegiate player and move on to the next level. He believes his draft stock will never be higher than it is now, and according to NBA scouts, he has a legitimate shot to crack the top ten.
“I considered all my options, and I have arrived at the conclusion that I need to capitalize on this opportunity and see where it takes me,” Shaw explained. “I sincerely thank Coach [Kevin] Klein at St. X and Coach [Clark] Sheehy at SBU for all the time and effort they put in to improving me both as a player and a person. Without them, as well my assistant coaches and teammates throughout the years, I would not be in this position today.”
Shaw arrived on campus at SBU, which competes in NCAA Division II athletics, last fall after a sterling career at St. X. He was a four-year varsity player (three-year starter) and became the first 1,000-point scorer at St. X since 1992. He will always be remembered for his wizardry with the ball, possessing any dribble move you could think of and elite agility and athleticism. One of his biggest highlights as a Tiger was against DeSales during his senior season, when he poured in a career-high 38 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, to lead St. X to a 77-73 overtime win.
Southwest Baptist’s season recently came to an end after a 90-74 defeat at the hands of the University of Nebraska-Kearney in the first round of the MIAA Tournament. The Bearcats finished the season with a record of 11-18, with Shaw playing a big role as a freshman. He came off the bench in all 29 games and averaged 5.4 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game in just under 20 minutes a game. Although the stats don’t jump off of the page, scouts and coaches who saw Shaw in person were left salivating over his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and score from anywhere on the court. Although he will certainly need to work judiciously to fill out his 6′, 160-pound frame, people around the NBA believe his elite physical tools will yield a high ceiling for what Shaw could become in the future.
Scouts generally see Shaw as the second best left-handed point guard of all potential prospects, behind Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell. It’s a tad too early to project a concrete range where Shaw could be taken with many prominent players yet to make a decision, but ESPN’s Chad Ford says he should be right in the thick of the lottery.
“It’s tough to say at this point, but Shaw definitely projects well in this draft,” Ford explained. “I see him most likely fighting with Louisville’s Terry Rozier for the second guard taken off the board. They’re both ultra-athletic players with a propensity for scoring, so it will be interesting to see where the draft process takes them.”
The 2015 NBA Draft Combine, which begins May 12th in Chicago, will be a huge opportunity for Shaw to showcase his athletic ability in front of NBA executives. If he tests well, it will only be a matter of time before he starts climbing up boards around the Association.
From all of us here at WSTX Sports, Good Luck Robert!
Former Tiger Cross Country and Track Star Bobby Curtis finishes 9th overall at Chicago Marathon; Top American
Former Tiger Cross Country and Track star Bobby Curtis, Class of 2003, finished 9th at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:11:20 and was the top American finisher. The Chicago Marathon is a world famous event and is one of the biggest marathons of the year.
When Curtis was a Tiger, he set the 3200m run state record which still holds to this day. He won the 5000m run NCAA Division 1 National Championship in track at Villanova and also became the 1st Kentuckian to break 4 minutes in the mile with a 3:57.20.
Way to represent the Green and Gold, Bobby! We Are!
|Pos.||Name (CTZ)||City, State||BIB||Division||Age||Overall Pace||Est.Finish||Est.Finish Daytime||Diff||Time|
|1||Kipchoge, Eliud (KEN)||2||25-29||29||04:45||–||–||+00:00||02:04:11|
|2||Kitwara, Sammy (KEN)||6||25-29||27||04:45||–||–||+00:17||02:04:28|
|3||Chumba, Dickson (KEN)||7||25-29||27||04:45||–||–||+00:21||02:04:32|
|4||Bekele, Kenenisa (ETH)||1||30-34||32||04:48||–||–||+01:40||02:05:51|
|5||Koech, Bernard (KEN)||5||25-29||26||04:54||–||–||+04:19||02:08:30|
|6||Ghebreslassie, Ghirmay (ERI)||51||16-19||18||04:56||–||–||+04:57||02:09:08|
|7||Rutto, Lani (KEN)||43||25-29||25||05:00||–||–||+06:31||02:10:42|
|8||Korir, Wesley (KEN)||8||30-34||31||05:01||–||–||+06:58||02:11:09|
|9||Curtis, Bobby (USA)||17||25-29||29||05:01||–||–||+07:09||02:11:20|
|10||Kobayashi, Koji (JPN)||Ota, GUNMA||9||25-29||25||05:02||–||–||+07:32||02:11:43|
Scott Padgett, who is 38 and a St. X class of 1994 graduate, is taking over the head coaching job at Samford University. Samford is located in Birmingham, AL and is in the Southern Conference. He will replace Bennie Seltzer who has spent the last two seasons as the head coach. Padgett has been an assistant at Samford since 2012.
Padgett is the only graduate of St. X who has been drafted in the NBA Draft. The Utah Jazz drafted him in the 1999 Draft, and Padgett stayed in the NBA for the next seven years, where he averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per year.
Before his professional career, he played for the University of Kentucky, winning the 1998 National Championship with them his junior season. In his last year at UK, he was a John Wooden All American.
With the overwhelming amount of Tiger Sports taking place in the past couple of weeks, many former St. X grads have been seen in attendance at various Tiger Sporting events. With the Lacrosse, Rugby, Tennis, and Track State Championships all going down in a matter of days, there has been no shortage of Former Tigers on hand to watch St. X do what it does best–win. We’ve managed to gather a few to try and keep Tiger Nation as up-to-date as possible!
We begin with one of our very own! WSTX Sports Founder Clay Bollinger was spotted at one of Tiger Football’s spring practices. Clay is finishing up a sterling freshman year at the University of Kentucky, where he has become a staple on the football field as a quarterbacks manager. After all, he was a quarterback under the tutelage of the great Mike Glaser during his time at Tiger Tech recently, Clay has also become a recruiting assistant for the Wildcats as well. Drew Barker and Co. are very lucky to have him at the helm! Congratulations on your recent success and good luck going forward Mr. Bollinger!
Another current Kentucky Wildcat was seen at the Rugby State Championship. Former Tiger Football safety Hunter Senn was seen catching the Tigers win their third straight State Title. Hunter is also coming to the end of his freshman year at UK. We wish you the best Hunter!
Coach J was also at the Rugby State Championship. It’s always great to see Coach J, but it’s even better when he brings Former Tigers with him! Former Tiger Baseball pitcher and third baseman Sam Melchior was in attendance as well! Sam is putting the finishing touches on a promising freshman campaign at Western Kentucky University. Although he has received little playing time, he has shown the potential to be a great arm in the Hilltoppers’ rotation for years to come. In his final year at St. X, Sam went 7-1 with a 1.58 ERA and 37 strikeouts while being an anchor on the St. X teams that won three consecutive seventh region titles. We here at WSTX Sports know you have an outstanding future ahead of you at WKU. Good luck Sam!
We still aren’t ready to leave the Rugby State Championship yet! With his brother Joey playing a key role in St. X’s bid for a third straight title, former Tiger Soccer standout Alex McSweeney was in attendance to witness the Tigers take home the hardware once again. Alex is almost finished with his freshman year at Hanover College, and he figures to be a big piece in the equation for Panther Soccer pretty soon. Keep doing your thing Alex!
The Lacrosse State Championship was filled with more than a fair share of former Tigers, but none stood out more than former St. X wide receiver Lincoln Bisig! Few people ever get more rowdy than Lincoln in the rage cage, and Tiger Lacrosse was glad to have another driving force to help them on their Road to Redemption! Lincoln will take his talents to Kentucky in the fall, and will no doubt have major success in his time as a Wildcat. The only thing we can hope is that Lincoln makes an impact at UK comparable to his illustrious time at Tiger Tech!
Two recent graduates fresh out of Tiger Tech were having fun at the Tiger Football Spring Game! Former St. X tight end Sam Gray and wide receiver Trey Dornfeld enjoyed the scene inside Brother Thomas More Stadium as Tiger Football went through its first tune-up for the regular season. Sam will play tight end in Danville this coming fall as a Centre College Colonel, while Trey will join Bollinger and Senn at the University of Kentucky in the fall. Best wishes to both of them as they begin life after St. X!
The three-sport star was also present at the Tiger Football Spring Game! Although he is still enjoying his last few weeks as a Tiger on the baseball team, former St. X linebacker and recent graduate Andrew McCormick was there to give some advice to the guys that will be replacing him in the middle of the defense this coming fall. When his time at Tiger Tech expires, Andrew will head to the University of Dayton to play linebacker. He can still bring back one more state championship trophy to St. X before it’s all over, but regardless, Andrew will without doubt go down as a legend in Tiger Sports lore. Good luck Andrew!
Joining Sam and Trey were a host of other just-turned recent Tigers. Among them, former St. X offensive lineman John Kurtz, Austin Askin, and Ryan Karrer, who will all go on to play in college for the University of Cincinnati, Eastern Illinois University, and Lindsey Wilson College, respectively. Also pictured are former safety Blake Isaacs, who recently finished his career at Tiger Tech by finishing fourth in the state in the Long Jump at the Track State Championship in Lexington, former wide receiver Ryan Gahafer, and former lineman Will Leffert and Colin Whelan. The Saint Xavier Class of 2013 has some special athletes, and here’s hoping for the best when they go their seperate ways in the fall!
The old and new faces seen at all the St. X sporting events simply shows that “Tradition Unequaled” doesn’t stop after four years. As is common around here, Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!
We Are! St. X!
The Alabama tennis team came back from its loss yesterday to blank Princeton with a 4-0 victory on Saturday at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 5-5 on the season, while the loss drops the Tigers to 6-3 overall.
Alabama gained the momentum early after winning a close doubles point against Princeton. On court two, sophomore Becker O’Shaughnessey and Former Tiger standout Sean Donohue were first to finish, beating the Princeton seniors Augie Bloom and Dan Davies, 6-4.
All four of the remaining matches saw Alabama players one game away from ending the match, but it would be Donohue providing the clincher with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over freshman Joshua Yablon on court four.
Alabama will play its final match at the Blue Gray on Sunday and will take on the winner of the match between Auburn and Mississippi State in the consolation finals.
Get all the latest information on the Alabama tennis team by following @AlabamaMTN on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
We told you about Former Tiger Reid Wesley scoring the first goal of Bellarmine’s lacrosse season and now another Former Tiger has done the same thing for Tranyslvania.
A Class of 2013 graduate and 2-time state champion as a member of the Tiger Lacrosse program, Cooper Sohm scored the first goal of the Transylvania Pioneers’ 2014 season on Saturday against Piedmont College. Sohm’s goal capitalized on a violation by Piedmont on the game’s first face-off at the 14:07 mark of the first quarter.
Later in the game, another Former Tiger, Zack Riggs, also scored for the Pioneers! Transylvania lost 12-13 and will return home to Lexington for their home opener at the newly constructed Transylvania University Athletics Complex to face Wittenberg University, Saturday, March 1.
Make sure to keep up with Cooper and Zack all season long at transysports.com and also right here on wstxsports.com!
Former Tigers Zayne ‘13 and Chance Smith ‘11, who are members of the University of Tampa Men’s Lacrosse Team, are ranked No. 13 in the first USILA poll, which was release earlier this month. This is the first time in Tampa’s program history, now in its third season of competition, that the Spartans are ranked.
The Spartans are 2-0 after defeating Queens 15-11 and New York Tech 15-6 to begin the season.
Tiger Fans can follow the Smith brothers and University of Tampa athletics on Twitter (www.twitter.com/utspartans), Facebook (www.facebook.com/tampaspartans), YouTube (youtube.com/utathletics) and Instagram (tampaspartans).
The Bellarmine Lacrosse team opened their season with a win last weekend, and Former Tiger Reid Wesley put the Knights on the scoreboard with the first goal of the season in their opening day battle with visiting Robert Morris. Wesley received the pass from none other than his former Tiger teammate Bobby Schmitt.
Both Wesley and Schmitt are juniors for Bellarmine and were a part of the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Tiger Lacrosse state championship teams. Their next home game is March 1st against Furman University at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.