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The transition of a basketball player

Clayton Hughes, junior forward, drives to the basket against Bellarmine University Jan. 11 at the Screaming Eagles Arena. The Eagles lost 65-79.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

February 18, 2020

Clayton Hughes started playing basketball seriously in high school and in one summer was able to gain 17 inches in his jump as a result. “I was born athletic,” Hughes said. “One summer I just put in a lot of work and gained like 17 inches on my vertical in like eight weeks and became known as ...

High hopes for men’s basketball season

Head coach Rodney Watson lays out the game plan to members of the 2014-15 men’s basketball team during a game agaisnt Davis Elkins College. Watson is the ninth head coach for the men’s team and 2015-16 will be his seventh coaching season.

Rachel Lowhorn, Sports Editor

September 17, 2018

As the Men’s Basketball team is preparing for the season, Rodney Watson begins his 9th year as head basketball coach. Coach Watson is 203-65 overall in his eight years with the team. Watson and the team constructed a 20 game winning streak making them 20-11 in the 2017 season. The Shield sits down ...

Watson’s radio show gives fans chance to meet student athletes

Photo by Sarah Loesch/The Shield Radio sportscaster Dan Egierski and assistant men's basketball coach Brent Owen talk about future games in front of a crowded audience Monday night at Turoni's Pizzery & Brewery on Main Street.

Sarah Loesch

December 9, 2014

At 7 p.m. every Monday night, men's head basketball coach Rodney Watson goes live from Turoni's Pizzery and Brewery for an hour long radio show. He and radio sportscaster Dan Egierski discuss USI basketball and other topics that come up throughout the show, which airs on WYFX 106.7FM. The cro...

Rodney Watson goes live: Radio show gives fans opportunity to interact

Bradie Gray

October 27, 2014

USI Basketball has had its own radio show since 1992, but now fans have the opportunity to call in and ask Men's Head Basketball Coach Rodney Watson questions live. “We haven’t been able to take phone calls in the past and I think that will be a great addition to the show,” Watson said. “I...

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