Press Release for Thursday, August 27, 2009
Assistant Director of Athletics Media Relations
(904) 620- 4027
of North Florida men’s basketball coach Matthew Driscoll announced
today the full 30-game schedule, including 13 home games, for the
A-Sun schedule consists of a full 20-game round robin, with the Ospreys
playing each of their 10 conference foes once at home and once on the
10 A-Sun home games include nine doubleheaders with the UNF women’s
team. The only conference home game that is a stand-alone game is the
SunTrust River City Rumble matchup with Jacksonville on Friday, Jan.
29, at 7 p.m. at UNF Arena.
10-game non-conference schedule consists of two home games, five road
games and three neutral site games. Driscoll, beginning his first year
at the Osprey helm, will test his new team early and often, with the
non-conference schedule featuring road games against four BCS
conference schools, including the season-opener at Notre Dame.
Driscoll’s UNF coaching debut in a home exhibition game vs. Ave Maria
(Ave Maria, Fla.) on Nov. 5, the Ospreys travel to Notre Dame, Ind. to
face the Fighting Irish on Saturday, Nov. 14.
North Florida returns to Jacksonville for its home opener vs. Savannah State on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at UNF Arena.
Ospreys then embark on a nine-game road trip which includes the first
two Atlantic Sun Conference games of the year at Campbell (Nov. 27) and
East Tennessee State (Nov. 29).
other seven non-conference games on the nine-game road swing are at
Illinois State (Nov. 21), Alabama (Dec. 2), Northwestern (Dec. 16),
Marquette (Dec. 19), and at the South Mississippi Christmas Classic in
Gulfport, Miss., against Canisius, New Orleans and Southern Miss.
finally returns home on Wednesday, Dec. 30, to take on Palm Beach
Atlantic at 7 p.m. at UNF Arena, before finishing off the schedule with
the remaining 18 Atlantic Sun games.
A-Sun home opener for the Ospreys is vs. Kennesaw State on Saturday,
Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. at UNF Arena. That game is followed up by a home game
two days later vs. Mercer on Monday, Jan. 4, at 7:45 p.m. The full
schedule is below.
regular season will conclude with the Atlantic Sun Championship on
March 3-6 in Macon, Ga. The top eight teams qualify for the conference
excited as we are to play a challenging non-conference, we are equally
looking forward to the A-Sun schedule,” said Driscoll. “Opening with
one of the toughest road trips of the year and battling pre-season
favorites throughout, we look forward to the games and understand that
we need to compete for 40 minutes night-in and night-out. The A-sun is
similar to all leagues in the sense that it has several schools
consistently at the top. And as an up and coming team like UNF making a
commitment to athletics provides us an opportunity to climb that
The full schedule includes seven teams who participated in post-season play last season.
season ticket for basketball is $120 and includes all men’s and women’s
home games, a total of 28 games on 19 event dates, including nine
Atlantic Sun Conference double headers. A special rate is available for
UNF Alumni ($110) and UNF Faculty and Staff ($105). A Family 4-pack is
also available for the season at $360. Select seating areas require an
Osprey Club membership (per seat donation).
pricing is $10. Children 2-and-under and any current UNF student with a
valid Osprey1 Card are admitted free. Student guest passes are $5 and
limited to one per student.
For more information or to purchase basketball season tickets call 904-620-BIRD (2473) or email email@example.com.
welcomes a 15-player roster that includes six returning players, five
freshmen, a junior college transfer, a Division I transfer and two
preferred non-scholarship freshmen.
for UNF are senior guards Eni Cuka and Germaine Sparkes, senior forward
Stan Januska, junior forward Kyle Groothuis, and sophomore forwards
Zack Riggins and Matt Sauey.
as freshmen are guards Stephen O’Reilly (5-11, St. Croix US Virgin
Islands, Country Day HS/South Kent Prep School (Ct.)) and William
Wilson (5-10, Vero Beach, Fla., Sebastian River HS), forward/guards
Andy Diaz (6-7, Miami, Fla., Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS) and Jerron
Granberry (6-4, Miami, Fla., Coral Reef HS), and forward David Jeune
(6-6, Okeechobee, Fla., Okeechobee HS).
two freshmen preferred players are forwards Logan Bridges (6-7, Mt.
Dora, Fla., Mt. Dora HS) and Etienne Effenberg (6-6, Neuwerk, Germany,
Bishop Verot HS (Fla.)
guard Brad Haugabrook (6-0, Newark, N.J.) is joining the Ospreys from
Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. He also spent one year at
Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla. The other transfer is
sophomore guard Parker Smith (6-3, Columbus, Ga.) who spent his
freshman year at Tennessee State. Smith must sit out the 2009-10 season
and will become eligible for the 2010-11 season.
The Ospreys went 8-22 last season and 6-14 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, finishing 10th out of 11 in league play.
Ospreys return six of their top seven scorers to along with the nine
newcomers. The six returners accounted for 70 percent of the team
scoring last season, 63 percent of the rebounding and 54 percent of the
the way for UNF last season was Cuka who averaged a team-high 13.2
points. Januska averaged 8.9 points and led the team in rebounding at
4.4 an outing. He was also second on the team with 61 assists. Sauey,
Groothuis, Riggins and Sparkes all averaged more than five points per
game last year.
UNF just completed the final year of the four-year reclassification period to a full-fledged member of Division I athletics. The
Ospreys began their transition from Division II athletics to Division I
at the start of the 2005-06 season and beginning this year will b
e eligible for all postseason play on the NCAA Division I level.
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