When the Indiana Pacers drafted Paul George tenth overall in 2010 he not only became the 21st Fresno State Bulldog selected in an NBA Draft but also the highest selected of the five Dogs to go in the first round. George joined Melvin Ely and Dominic McGuire as the only former Bulldogs currently in the NBA.
Fresno State is tied with Arkansas, Cincinnati, DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Texas A&M as schools with three former players in the NBA. Here is a look at what George, Ely and McGuire have been up to so far this season.
Paul George, a native of Palmdale, Calif., caught the eye of Indiana Pacers' general manager Larry Bird and head coach Jim O'Brien this summer during workouts.
"Everybody said he can play, and it was very apparent when I watched tape and we had him in here. He's a guy that is the type of athlete with size and scoring ability inside and outside that I think is very key in this league," O'Brien told WTHR of Indianapolis this past June.
George played in eight contests so far this season and averaged 16.5 minutes of court time. Amongst rookies, George ranks 12th in scoring (4.5 ppg), 13th in rebounds (2.5 rpg) and tenth in assists (1.6 apg). His best game came against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 5 when he scored 10 points on 4-9 from the field and 2-5 from behind the arc and grabbed three rebounds.
Paul wears the number 24 on his Pacers jersey after being nicknamed "2much4u" during his youth.
Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2002 draft, is currently in his first season with the Denver Nuggets and eighth overall in the league. The 6-10 center was a member of the championship winning San Antonio Spurs in 2007 but did not play during the finals.
Ely averaged three points and four rebounds per game in eight contests for the Nuggets. Melvin's teammates love his tough defense and hustle on the court.
This season's best performance for Ely came on Nov. 20 when he racked up nine points on 4-4 shooting and hauled in six rebounds helping the Nuggets take down the New Jersey Nets, 107-103.
Dominic McGuire, a second-round pick by the Washington Wizards in 2007, earned time in only five games so far this year for the Charlotte Bobcats because he missed six weeks due to a stress fracture of his left shin.
Bobcats' head coach Larry Brown appreciates the defense and energy McGuire brings to the team. The 6-9 small forward had a break out game against the Milwaukee Bucks last week going five for six from the field and three for four from the free-throw line for a total of 12 points. McGuire also secured a career-high 15 rebounds, four of which were offensive rebounds, and blocked two shots.
Former Bulldog Renaldo Major, a forward in the NBA Developmental League, shines for the Dakota Wizards, an affiliate of the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies. Major averages 22 points and four rebounds through five games this season.
Here is a list of former Bulldogs playing throughout the world:
Favorite part about being a Bulldog swimmer: Time spent with teammates and achieving goals together.
Something no one knows about me: I don't eat mammals! Something everyone should know about being a swimmer: It's not like any other type of sport you may have tried. What do I look forward to most about the new swimming and diving complex: Just having the pool at our convenience always!
Best thing about being a swimmer: You don't feel guilty about eating whatever, we burn it off in the pool anyways. You know you've a swimmer when...You have X and O tan lines on your back.
Best moment as a Bulldog swimmer: Competing at WAC Championship and swimming lifetime bests.
Favorite part about being a Bulldog diver: The bond between the team.
Something no one knows about me: I was born in Minnesota. Something everyone should know about being a diver: It's a great view from the 10-meter board. What do I look forward to most about the new swimming/diving complex: Getting a platform and a hot tub!
Best thing about being a diver: We get to flip around at practice. You know you're a diver when...You are tan all the time.
Best moment as a Bulldog diver: Signing with Fresno State.
The buzz around the 2011 baseball season is starting early and the talk includes a couple of Bulldogs. The College Baseball Blog began releasing its Top 100 baseball players for the 2011 and a couple of Fresno State players made the list. The 2010 home run king Jordan Ribera ranks No. 74 and Dusty Robinson comes in at No. 79.
Both have been named All-Americans in their careers at Fresno State. Each has also won numerous Western Athletic Conference titles. Ribera also has a National Title and WAC MVP trophy to add to his resume.
The 2011 season opens in late Feb. Look for complete schedule and roster details soon on GoBulldogs.com.
With an early 1-1 record, seven newcomers and only three returners expected to play in tonight's game oceanside at UC Santa Barbara, the waters could get choppy really quick or the Bulldogs could find some calm waters to make a statement during the first past of this season.
Before this morning's shootaround in the Thunderdome, which is outfitted with a truly unique and rustic flavor highlighted by a wood ceiling and cross beams in the rafters, the Dogs' head coach Steve Cleveland took a moment to reflect for some inspiration.
The concept is simple: when the times get tough, the steady handed show their maturity with composure to maneuver through any turbulence or adversity.
Over the past six years, Cleveland's program is one of the examples that it requires resolve to turn the corner from challenges of the past and move forward into the present and future.
To take that step, Fresno State must now find consistent success on the floor. Their academic turnaround is the nation's best, the sanctions are gone and the necessary talent is in uniform. With unquestioned passion and a surge inserted into the Bulldogs' energy level, Cleveland is back into prime form. He is the first to admit that he loves coaching day-to-day now more than he ever has in his over 30 years of winning championships at the college, junior college and high school levels. He can just feel the potential to deliver a winner for his hometown and Bulldog community.
The Dogs face a stretch of playing four of the next five games on the road. The page may not turn over the next few weeks, but each of these experiences will be critical when conference play starts Dec. 29 in the Save Mart Center when WAC rival San Jose State visits town.
But for now, the comforts of home are a distant memory. The ride will be long and there will be speed bumps along the way. However, with conviction and desire, the Bulldogs have shown they can find their way by fastening their seat belts and displaying poise under pressure.
Note: You can listen to Fresno State's men's basketball road game at UCSB on KMJ 580 AM or online at www.gobulldogs.com/allaccess (a subscription is required). Live stats are available for free through Gametracker at www.gobulldogs.com.
Three former Bulldogs, Ajirotutu (89), Mathews (24) and Volek (7), play for the San Diego Chargers
This Sunday as you flip through the channels of your NFL Sunday Ticket package, you will more than likely stumble across a player or two or eighteen who played at Fresno State during their collegiate career. Currently there are 18 former Bulldog athletes who are on 11 different NFL rosters, line-up on offense, defense or specials teams and range from rookie to 14-year veteran. Here is a look into what they have been up to this past year in the NFL.
Even though this year's former Bulldog rookie class is highlighted by running back Ryan Mathews, first-round pick by the San Diego Chargers, others have emerged like wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, a teammate of Mathew's on the Chargers, and punter Robert Malone of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mathews, the No. 12 pick of the 2010 draft, is off to a solid start for the Chargers in their backfield. Mathews has racked up 382 yards on 87 rushing attempts and 92 yards on 15 receptions. He has also punched in two rushing touchdowns. Mathews has played in all but one game which he missed due to a right ankle injury he suffered Week 2 against Jacksonville.
Ajirotutu, a native of El Dorado Hills, Calif., is coming off the best game of his young career two weeks ago in Houston. Seyi made headlines by catching four passes for 111 yards and two scores to help the Chargers edge out the Texans 29-23. Ajirotutu, who averaged 16.9 yards per reception during his career at Fresno State, is averaging 20.6 yards per reception for San Diego with a long of 55 yards.
Malone, a four-year player for the Bulldogs, was picked up by Tampa Bay right before Week 6 and started every game since. He is averaging 42.2 yards per punt with a long of 55 yards and averaged 44.3 yards per punt this last week against Carolina in a 31-16 win. Malone will travel back to his home state this week as the Buccaneers face the 49ers Sunday in San Francisco.
A former Bulldog who is on pace to have a career season is 5th year defensive back Richard Marshall of the Carolina Panthers. Marshall, a second-round pick by Carolina, already has racked up 49 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. He has recorded 12 tackles and a 66-yard interception return in his previous two games.
Tight end Bear Pascoe of the New York Giants made the switch to fullback mid-way through this season when starter Madison Hedgecock was sidelined with a strained hamstring. His blocking has helped put the Giants in the top five for rushing at this point in the season.
Mankins, the No. 32 pick in the 2005 draft by the Patriots, has only played in his guard position the last two weeks. His blocking this past Sunday opened up holes for the running backs and protected quarterback Tom Brady to propel New England to a 39-26 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sanders, a strong safety drafted in the fourth-round by the Patriots also in 2005, contributed to the win against the Steelers with a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown. He notched nine tackles in his last two games and has accumulated 30 tackles on the season.
Robinson and Volek are the only former Bulldogs currently in the NFL who have been playing for over 10 years but there have been others who have been playing on Sundays for a while. Former No.1 pick David Carr, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has been in the league nine years, outside linebacker Sam Williams has been in for eight, all with the Oakland Raiders, and wide receiver Bernard Berrian of the Minnesota Vikings and running back Derrick Ward of the Houston Texans have been pro for seven years.
Below is a list of the former Bulldogs currently in the NFL:
• Seyi Ajirotutu - WR, San Diego Chargers, Rookie • Bernard Berrian - WR, Minnesota Vikings, 7th year • David Carr - QB, San Francisco 49ers, 9th year • Tyrone Culver - CB, Miami Dolphins, 5th year • A.J. Jefferson - CB, Arizona Cardinals, Rookie • Robert Malone - P, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rookie • Logan Mankins - G, New England Patriots, 6th year • Richard Marshall - CB, Carolina Panthers, 5th year • Ryan Mathews - RB, San Diego Chargers, Rookie • Marlon Moore - WR, Miami Dolphins, Rookie • Bear Pascoe - TE, New York Giants, 2nd year • Bryan Robinson - NT, Arizona Cardinals, 14th year • James Sanders - SS, New England Patriots, 6th year • Stephen Spach - TE, Arizona Cardinals, 5th year • Billy Volek - QB, San Diego Chargers, 11th year • Derrick Ward - RB, Houston Texans, 7th year • Ryan Wendell - C, New England Patriots, 2nd year • Sam Williams - OLB, Oakland Raiders, 8th year
The Fresno State football team entered Bronco Stadium two
hours prior to kickoff Friday night in Boise, Idaho. The Bulldogs will be
wearing their white uniform jerseys with red pants. The Broncos will be wearing
orange jerseys and orange pants.
According to Boise State media relations, the Broncos have
never worn orange at home. Also, the last time the Broncos lost at home was in
2005, when they wore white uniforms as the designated visiting team during the
The red pants Fresno State is wearing is a common uniform
combination under Pat Hill, but marks the first time this year the Bulldogs
have worn red pants.
It is finally the best part of the fall season where
everyone is preparing for one of the largest feasting days of the year.
Family recipes will be coming out of the books and will be put to great use during
this holiday season. The Fresno State Alumni Association is putting
together an Alumni cookbook for Fresno State supporters and are interested in your
favorite recipes to help make this book a treat for all Bulldog fans.
You can submit your favorite recipes by:
*Mail to Fresno State Cookbook, Smittcamp Alumni House,
2625 East Matoian Way SH124, Fresno, California 93740. *Fax to 559-278-6790
*Online at http://bit.ly/c9fiir
*Email the recipe to email@example.com
Be sure to include your name, ingredients, recipe, and your relationship to
Senior equestrian captain Jillian Tebbe already submitted her favorite recipe
to make Sweet Rasberry Biscuits. Sweet Raspberry Biscuits
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2/3 cup milk
-Line cupcake tin with paper cups.
Mix baking mix, sugar and margarine until crumbly.
Add milk and stir until dough forms.
-Place 1 tablespoon dough in each cup.
Top with 1 teaspoon of preserves.
Drop remaining dough onto preserves.
-Bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
Immediately move from pan and spread
glaze while warm.
Beat 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon
of warm water and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla till
Don't miss out on being a part of this delicious Fresno State creation!
The Fresno State men's basketball team is looking forward to playing in the friendly confines of the Save Mart Center this Wednesday night against the NAIA's Vanguard Lions. The home opener is exactly what the Bulldogs need after last Friday's 83-56 season opening loss to BYU in front of 22,700 raucous Cougar fans all dressed in white.
Fresno State has been dominant in home openers, especially in recent years. The Bulldogs are 65-19 in the history of the program and an impressive 5-0 in head coach Steve Cleveland's era. The average margin of victory has been 12.8 points in those five games. The Dogs have not lost the first game of the season on their home court since 1999 when they came up short to Pepperdine, 70-68.
Home Opener Results: Cleveland Era
Last season the Bulldogs opened up at home against San Francisco State and held off the Gators for a 65-59 win. Center Greg Smith made his presence known in his collegiate debut by recording a double-double. Smith scored 17 points on six for six from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, four of which were offensive boards, and blocked five shots.
Six new faces saw playing time for the Bulldogs in their season opener at No. 24 BYU: junior guard Jonathan Wills, junior guard Tim Steed, junior guard Bennie Rhodes, freshman guard Tyler Johnson, freshman guard Kevin Olekaibe and freshman forward Bracken Funk. Senior forward Ned Golubovic led the team in points (12), three-point field-goals (two) and rebounds (eight).
This will be the first time Fresno State and Vanguard have faced each other. The Lions are 1-1 on the season with a 73-69 victory over Montana State Northern and an 85-49 loss to Westminster of Utah. Senior forward Alex Chapman, a transfer from the University of Nebraska, is the Lion's leading scorer and rebounder averaging 18 points and seven boards per game.
Former Bulldog Taylor Kelly, a sophomore guard from Bakersfield, Calif., is making his first appearance in Fresno since transferring to Vanguard this past year.
"Taylor has a great work ethic, attitude and is an outstanding student in the classroom," Coach Cleveland said of Kelly. "I enjoyed coaching him every day and know he will be successful on and off the floor."
The game will be played this Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Save Mart Center. It is the second leg of a double-header tipped off by the women's basketball team taking on Cal Poly. The slated start time is 8 p.m. but is subject to change depending on when the women finish.
Fans who bring a canned food item for the Bulldog Pantry before the end of the first half of the women's game will receive free admission to the doubleheader. After halftime of the women's game, a canned food item will get fans half off their ticket for the remainder of the night.
Name: Lauren Carr Year: Sophomore Position: Equitation on the Flat
Who's your favorite teacher on campus? Cheng Ko, he is not really my
teacher but my athletic advisor and he has helped me so much since I
have been at Fresno State. He fully supports the equestrian team and is
there for any class crisis whenever we need him.
What do want to do after you graduate from Fresno State? Hopefully continue on to get my masters and eventually become a criminal profiler.
What's your favorite thing about Fresno State? The
way the whole school and valley supports athletics. It's amazing to see
how many fans turn out for the games from all over the central valley.
How old were you when you first rode a horse and what do you remember about that experience? I
was 2 ½ at my little brother's birthday party and all I remember is the
embarrassing picture I have from that day. I was 7 when I first started
taking serious riding lessons.
What person would you most like to receive a riding lesson from? The "founding father" of equitation, George Morris.
What's your favorite TV show? Grey's
Anatomy, the drama of the characters makes my life seem so simple. I
also love Criminal Minds because it portrays exactly what I want to be
able to do in my career.
Do you own your own horse? Describe him/her I
owned a fabulous horse named Cortino who came to be on the team with me
last year but sadly passed away. He gave his heart and soul to the team
just like I have and the connection I had with him is the reason I will
always love this sport. Somehow although horses can't talk, the way
they communicate with you can touch your heart and the connection
between horse and rider is developed and unbreakable. Cortino taught me
how strong that connection can be and I will never forget it.
What do you do in your spare time? I
am addicted to Netflix, and now that I have my own apartment I spend a
lot of time cooking and being with my roommate Lanie Madrazo
Who's the funniest member of your team? Holly Elsbernd, she does imitations of animals we see while traveling that are hysterical!
Best lesson you have learned from your coach? Patience
with the horses. I think it is one of the most important contributions
to riding in this style. You have to have patience with a horse you
have never ridden before. The more patience you have the easier it is
to figure the horse out in the 4 minutes of warm up.
What's your most prized possession? I
have a ring I always wear that says, "Courage, Strength, Cortino". It
symbolizes how much my horse Cortino taught me, and the courage and
strength he had up until the end of his life. I will never forget how
amazing he was and the connection we had, and this ring symbolizes that
What's your favorite meal? Anything my mom makes! I love barbecue chicken and sweet potatoes, and of course ice cream!
What would surprise people to learn about you? I love to hike!
Describe your dream vacation? Anywhere
with my family, this summer I would love to travel out of the country
with them. I think it would be a great cultural and learning experience.
Favorite part about being a Bulldog equestrian rider? My
teammates, when I came here from Phoenix I had 40 amazing girls who
were all instant friends of mine. The friendships I have made I know
will last a lifetime.
Something everyone should know about being an equestrian rider? The
horse doesn't do all the work! People ask me all the time if I just sit
there, and that is absolutely false. Riding is hard work, and so is
taking care of the horses. Best moment in your Bulldog Equestrian Career? Winning
all 3 of my head- to- head competitions at Varsity Equestrian National
Championships last year. It was an amazing closing to the season and
such a fun trip.
You know you are an equestrian rider when.... Muddy, dirty boots can go with any outfit at the barn.