Trev Queen was cleared for takeoff on Wednesday night in the NBA Summer League. Courtesy NMSU Athletics.

Queen Cleared for Takeoff, Cougar Assistants, Coach Banter and More

The NBA Summer League has been fun to watch but probably more fun to play in if you asked former New Mexico State guard Trev Queen. Highlight reel dunks that go viral like the one we shared a week ago have become the norm for Queen. And is anyone really surprised? Remember that span of 40 seconds on Senior Day in 2020 when Queen had an alley-oop and then a dunk off a steal? It’s what he does. And on Wednesday night, Queen was clear for takeoff at the Thomas and Mack Center against the Knicks.

Queen finished with 13 points in 22 minutes off the bench on Wednesday night.

Chicago State Men’s Basketball Adds Assistants

Chicago State’s new head coach Gerald Gillion announced the hiring of two assistants on Wednesday. Baronton Terry is the new associate head coach and Tramaine Stevens is the other assistant hired. It was big news when Stevens was announced as he was the former head coach of Team Breakdown.

“Baronton brings over 30 years of experience to the Cougars program,” Gillion said. “He’s going to be tremendous for the university both on and off the court. He is well respected throughout the basketball community and he’s well-rounded, a teacher of the game, a teacher of life and a tremendous recruiter.”

Both Terry and Stevens have been successful high schools coaches with work ethics second to none according to Gillion.

“Tramaine’s work ethic is unprecedented,” Gillion said. “He’s one of those, first in the gym, last to leave type of guys. He’s great on the recruiting trail, he’s able to connect with student-athletes and I expect him to have an impact recruiting the Chicagoland area.”

Coach Banter While on the Recruiting Trail

I met with Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball head coach Kyle Keller on Wednesday. It was an interesting discussion about Keller’s bond with his three seniors, having a bit of an edge in summer practices, and some banter from another coach in the WAC while on the recruiting trail. I will let you see for yourself what that banter was about.

There is some sarcasm within this video clip as you can tell. But, it was still pretty interesting to hear this banter between two good friends on the recruiting trail. For what it is worth, these two coaches have the preseason top-2 teams in the WAC so, that is saying a lot.

Chicago State Guard Earns Valuable International Experience

Chicago State women’s basketball guard Ana Hacklicka returns as the leading scorer for the Cougars from 2020-21. And over the summer, Hacklicka got a valuable experience playing on the the Croatian U20 National Team in the FIBA European Challengers. She talked with Cougars play-by-play man Sam Brief on the Chi State Pod so give it a listen. Good stuff.



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