Catching Up With…..Nicholas Severado
The Florida A&M men’s basketball team is in rebuilding mode and Nicholas Severado is one of the people helping to construct change. Head coach Byron Samuels was hired after coaching for University of Georgia in June 2014. In his first year with the FAMU program his team posted a 2-27 record. In May 2015, Samuels inked Severado to a basketball scholarship to play for the Rattlers as one of his rebuilding pieces. Thus far, the coach has been pleased with Severado.
“Nic is getting better. He has gained 18 pounds since he has been here. I like him because of his versatility. He can play the one (point guard), three (small forward) or four (power forward),” states Samuels.
Severado’s progress was slowed by a injury, earlier in the season but the coach sees good things down the road for the former Jenkins High School standout.. “He was hampered by a high ankle sprain earlier in the season but he is going to be a good player for us. He is a good kid who is responsible and a competitor.”
The 6-foot-8 freshmen is happy about his playing time and is enjoying himself at the Tallahassee, Florida based school.
“I like the school,” he said. He went on to add, “My playing time is increasing. I was hurt and missed nine or ten games.”
When asked about his best memory so far he said that it was the contest FAMU played against Maryland-Eastern Shore on January 22.
“We had a double overtime game against UMES. It was my first intense game of my college career but we were able to come out with a win.”
That contest also turned out to be Severado’s best game this season as he finished with eight points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
On March 3, Florida A&M traveled to Savannah to take on Savannah State in the final regular season game for both teams.
Severado started the game. He missed his first two shots but made a layup with 5:20 remaining in the contest. He finished the game with two points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Although FAMU lost the game, they ended the season with a better record (8-21) than last year.
He ended his freshman season starting four of the 19 games he played in. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He also had 10 assists, nine steals and eight blocks.
Severado, who said he had a 2.8 grade point average during the fall semester, is the son of Alexis Severado and is majoring in physical therapy.
Elliott Makes All-MEAC Team
University of Maryland-Eastern Shore senior forward/center Dominique Elliott was recently named to the 2015-16 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball all conference team. After earning third team honors a year ago, the Savannah native made the first team this year. Elliot (6-8, 265) averaged 14.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and shot 54 percent from the field this season.
During the regular season, the Groves High School product put up some career-high numbers. He scored a career-high 23 points against Hampton and South Carolina State, had a career-high 13 rebounds against Delaware State and had a career-high three blocks against North Carolina Central.
SSU Names Pierces Interim Head Football Coach
With the departure of Earnest Wilson III, Savannah State officials have tabbed Tony Pierce as the Tigers interim head football coach.
Pierce is currently the Tigers linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Much like Wilson, Pierce can be labeled a journeyman in the college coaching circles.
The Newark, New Jersey native has been coaching on the college level since 1991 when he worked as an assistant at Bucknell. Other coaching stops include Warner (2013), Gardner Webb (2012), Valparaiso (2010-11), Tennessee State (2009), Alabama State (2003 -08), Georgia (2001- 02), Wake Forest (2000), West Virginia (1997-99), Pittsburgh (1995-96), Delaware State (1995) and Oberlin (1993-94). Pierce was the head coach at Oberlin for two seasons and had a record of 1-19.
WBB Enters MEAC Tournament As Eighth Seed
The Savannah State University women’s basketball team (10-17, 7-9 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) enters postseason play with the MEAC Championship as the eighth seed.
The tournament started this past Monday, and the Lady Tigers’ first game was this past Tuesday against the No. 9 seed South Carolina State (11-15, 7-9 MEAC) at noon.
This season, the two teams have meet twice on the court with each team winning on their court.
If the Lady Tigers win, SSU will face Bethune-Cookman (18-11, 12-4 MEAC), who received the No. 1 seed after winning the tiebreaker with North Carolina A&T State. SSU fell to B-CU 50-44 on Feb. 2 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Last season, the Lady Tigers won the MEAC Tournament Championship as the No. 2 seed by defeating No. 8 seed Maryland Eastern Shore 65-47 in the championship game.