OCTOBER 11, 2018

Takeaways from Tulane Basketball Media Day

By Sam Vancini

Going into the 2018/19 season, the Tulane Green Wave Men’s basketball team will be without Cameron Reynolds and Melvin Frazier, whom averaged 31 points per game combined last season for the Wave.

This undoubtedly left many questions for Tulane hoops fans heading into the 2018/19 season as there has been great uncertainty as to how the team will look. At Tulane basketball media day, Coach Mike Dunleavy, was able to answer those questions and more. Here’s some key takeaways from Media Day:

Tulane will try to replace Reynolds and Frazier’s impact “by committee”

In his opening statement at Tulane Media Day, Coach Dunleavy said “obviously we’ve got a lot of filling in to do… People ask the question, how are you going to do that? And, it’s really going to be by committee”.

Dunleavy then went on to note that in his past couple years at Tulane, we have seen players increase their scoring greatly from year to year (Cam Reynolds between 2016 and 2017 and Melvin Frazier between 2017 and 2018) and that he expects us to see something similar this year.

These huge increases in scoring for Reynolds and Frazier led to them each respectively winning AAC Most Improved Player of the Year.

I was able to speak with sophomore Caleb Daniels, who agreed with me that he thinks the AAC Most Improved Player of the Year should rightfully go to another Tulane player this year; however, he’s not so concerned about it being himself: “my main concern, honestly, is just to have a winning season and just to make everyone better”.

Dunleavy noted that this year’s team is likely the deepest team the Green Wave have had in his tenure at Tulane and that we will likely see the absence of Frazier and Reynolds in scoring filled in “across the board”. Caleb Daniels reiterated Dunleavy’s sentiment, “we have more depth this year. The points will be distributed more evenly this year, as opposed to us depending on Cam and Melvin last year”.

It is safe to say we can expect this years team to be not as star-driven and more so a deep team in which each player is able to play a key role.

Optimism surrounding new players

Dunleavy was extremely optimistic about how all of the new players (including redshirt freshmen Buay Koka and Shakwon Barrett) the Green Wave will have this year. Early on in his press conference Dunleavy noted that Shakwon Barrett was likely Tulane’s most creative playmaker.

What was particularly interesting, however, was how highly Coach Dunleavy seems to think of redshirt freshman, Buy Koka. Dunleavy stated that Koka ran a 5:38 mile last year and “runs the floor like a deer”. Dunleavy later went on to say the following about Koka, “7 feet, 7’7 wingspan, you’re going to love his effort... From the standpoint of shot blocking, offensive rebounding, everything he does running the floor, you’re going to see something great there.”

Dunleavy also seems to be pleased with how the true freshmen look, as he said “I have no qualms about those guys being able to play minutes, or even big minutes in a game.” He further stated that their particular strength resides in their shot making ability, as they are all able to excellently spread the floor.

Expect these five players to be the X-factor for the Green Wave this season. Pondering what the potential for this season is, Dunleavy said “honestly will be dependent on how these new guys blend in and assimilate” and that he is “excited for the direction of the program”.

Returning players look to be more consistent

The bulk of the media day was spent talking about the five newcomers, however, there were a few things said about returners.

First, Dunleavy raved about the physical condition of Samir Sehic, saying that Sehic is likely the most agile big man on Tulane’s team this year. Dunleavy also further stated that he expects Sehic to make big strides defensively this year.

Dunleavy expects to see more consistency in shooting from both Jordan Cornish and Ray Ona Embo. Dunleavy expects that the manner Tulane will help to do this is to get them “the best shots for [them]”.

Overall, expect the Green Wave to be a deep team this year, centered around a high-paced, primarily 3 point shooting offense. There should be plenty of new faces making big contributions this year, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out early on.

SEPTEMBER 07, 2018

Tulane Recruit Visitor List: Nicholls State Game

Recruits who will be on hand at Yulman for Game Two

By JP Gooderham

Folks, we're 24 hours from another showdown at Yulman Stadium. Here is the list of recruits that Tulane Football expects to be on hand.

Freddie Mango - DB - Delta Charter, LA

Tulane commit since early August.

Dante Wright - WR - Navarre, FL

Speedy receiver and Tulane commit.

Tyjae Spears - RB - Ponchatoula

Tulane commit since May

Colby Orgeron - OL - J. Curtis

Tulane commit.

Marcus Harris - DE - Park Crossing, AL

Offers from FAU, Toledo, and Tulane, among others.

Jordan Jefferson - DL - Navarre, FL

Offers from FAU, FIU, and Ga Southern.

Tyrone Lewis - DB - Hammond

High 3-star DB with P5 interest from Utah and Arkansas, among others.

Devonta Lee - Amite

Blue chip recruit with offers from Alabama, TAMU, LSU, and more.

Kyle Maxwell - WR - Amite

Uncommitted 3-star WR but has offers from Kentucky, Arkansas, and Lousiana Tech, in addition to Tulane.

Kiland Harrison - ATH - St Joseph, MS

Kash Foley - WR - Riverside

Another 3-star WR with an offer list that includes Kentucky, Kansas, and Arkansas State.

Jack Mashburn - ATH - St Paul

Jack Stanton - DE - Alpharetta GA

Khris Simmons - WR - Zachary

Darius Hodges - LB - Park Crossing, AL

3-star LB, offers from Arkansas, CMU, and others.

Want to get prepped for the game? Make sure to check out this week's Fear the Wavecast. In this podcast, we interview Nicholls State beat writer Brent St. Germain abou the Colonels.

AUGUST 27, 2018

Listening Guide for The Perfect Wave - a podcast documentary on the 1998 Tulane Green Wave

A "Making Of" look at what it takes to build a perfect team

By JP Gooderham

This summer, Fear the Wave has launched a project to tell the story of the 1998 Tulane Green Wave as the team reaches the 20th anniversary of its historic season.

After 12 hours of interviews, which included:
- Coach Tommy Bowden
- Offensive Coordinator Rich Rodriguez
- QB Shaun King
- QB Jeff Curtis
- OL Jimmy Ordeneaux
- OL Jerry Godfrey
- OL Bernard Robertson
- K Brad Palazzo
- OL Corey Sewell
- Sportscaster Ed Daniels

The series is being released on all podcast apps for download. If you want to sample the show or listen without downloading anything, you can find streams of the six major episodes below (with a new Chapter coming out each week).

We are releasing each episode a week early on our new Storyboard Podcasts app in the iPhone app store for All Access subscribers. For $2.99 a month, you will get these episodes early, we'll send you a FTW sticker as a thank you, and you will unlock additional bonus content, like our weekly Practice Reports.

Chapter 1: From Buddy to Bowden

Tulane makes a coaching change when Buddy Teevens' era concludes and Tommy Bowden comes to Uptown.

Players see the bar raised, as they learn that being competitive is not enough to earn the respect of the new coaching staff.

This Chapter follows the team's progress in Coach Bowden's first year en route to a 7-4 season.

Chapter 2: Camp Covington

After being denied a bowl game despite breaking the Green Wave's streak of losing seasons, the team comes to Covington, LA eager to prove themselves.

The Green Wave faces adversity as several key players see their status up in the air due to academic issues, while newcomers are forced to fill big shoes.

The team leaves camp to play Cincinnati and open the 1998 season.

Chapter 3: There was Bad Blood with Southern Miss

Chapter 3 brings us to the first game action of 1998, as the Wave heads to Cincinnati and sees their hard work pay off.

This episode concludes with a deep dive into the monumental showdown in the Superdown with defending conference champion Southern Miss, when injured star quarterback Shaun King and backup Jeff Curtis would make an impact for the Wave to stay perfect.

AUGUST 16, 2018

THE PERFECT WAVE: Chapter Two - Camp Covington is now out for all podcast apps

Storyboard App subscribers can get next week's episode too in their app today

By JP Gooderham

Greenies and College Football fans, the Perfect Wave is back with Chapter Two: Camp Covington, now available on all podcast apps.

You can stream here from your browser:

Or, you can become a subscriber on your favorite podcast app by searching "Fear the Wavecast." You can find us in the Apple Podcasts app, Google Play, or anywhere else.

In this episode, which features interviews with Coach Tommy Bowden, Rich Rodriguez, Shaun King, and many more, the team heads to Covington to prepare for the 1998 season. With the emergence of stars like King in 1997, the team embraced the rising expectations while players fought for their jobs.

Become a Storyboard Power Listener

Remember, the Perfect Wave is the first show on the Storyboard Podcasts app (available on iPhone). For $2.99, Power Listeners get all access, including next week's episode, "There was Bad Blood with Southern Miss," available today.

To become a power listener, search for "Storyboard Podcasts" in the app store. You will get all episodes a week early, a couple of bonus episodes, and a FTW sticker as a thank you for your support.

AUGUST 10, 2018

"The Perfect Wave - Chapter 2," from our 1998 Tulane Football Documentary, is out.

Storyboard App Subscribers can get the episode today. Arrives next week for all other apps.

By JP Gooderham

Greenies and College Football fans. I'm excited to say that Chapter Two of our six-part audio documentary "The Perfect Wave" is officially out on our Storyboard Podcasts app.

If you are a premium subscriber, you can download the episode from your feed starting tonight!

This 29-minute episode looks at the team as they take the Causeway and arrive in Covington, coming off a 7-4 season that represented progress but left players with a chip on their shoulder when they did not reach bowl season.

We figure out what kind of expectations the team fostered in that camp, as well as how they came together and laid the foundation for the season to come in Chapter Two: Covington.

More Updates for Power Listeners on Storyboard

If you are already subscribing on Storyboard, an app in the Apple store, these notes are for you.

Tonight's episode -- which comes a week early -- is your first bonus perk for becoming an All Access supporter. When we tried this model to support the show, we didn't know if it would work or anyone would be interested.

Let me say how much I appreciate the response and how it will make the show better as we continue working to tell this story.

As a token of our appreciation, we are sending a Fear the Wave sticker to every premium subscriber for their help in making this project a reality.

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Not a Subscriber Yet?

If you are not a supporter yet and want to be, here's the deal. The All Access subscribers who download the Storyboard Podcasts app will get all episodes a week early, receive at least two bonus episodes only for the Storyboard supporters, and get the sticker from above -- support costs $2.99 for four weeks of access, and you can shut it off at any time.

Also, since I built the app, I want to note if you have any feedback or run into any issues, please shoot me a DM @FearTheWaveBlog on Twitter and find me by email (JP @ fearthewave dot com).

If you are not an iPhone user or this isn't for you, the six major episodes will be posted publicly, and you can listen to the first one here on Soundcloud or on the podcast app of your choosing.

I hope you enjoy the project, and Roll Wave!

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