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  VINCENNES, Ind. – How do Vincennes University’s defending NJCAA Division I men’s basketball champions move forward into a new season? According to ninth-year Vincennes University coach Todd Franklin, who welcomes a host of players back from a team that finished 36-2 and decked Ranger, Texas, 87-77 in the national title game in March, a key is to take pride in it, and carry on. “We...

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VINCENNES, Ind. - Three double-figure scorers return for a Vincennes University women’s basketball team that finished with a sparkling 23-8 mark last season, but it’s a lack of depth that’s giving veteran coach Harry Meeks the most concern as a new season approaches. Sophomores Fess Hawkins (Bartonville, Ala.), Jaynice Stovall (Covington, Ky.) and Jhala Henry (Jeffersonville, Ind.) are...

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VINCENNES, Ind. - Smith and Street released its men’s college basketball preview magazine this week and defending Division I national champion Vincennes University is No. 1 in the NJCAA preseason poll. Along with the preseason poll Smith and Street released their preseason All-American watch list for the 2019-20 season which includes sophomore Kevin Osawe (Third Team) and Craig Porter...

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Vincennes, Ind. – The Vincennes University men’s basketball program is hosting their annual “Scramble for Hoops” Golf Outing on Tuesday September 24th at the Country Club of Old Vincennes.   The net proceeds from the golf outing will benefit the men’s basketball program. Over the years, thousands of students have been able to attend VU through scholarships. We continue to increase our ...

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    VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Franklin has signed 6-foot-1, 165-pound combo guard Antonio Watson from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. He averaged 15 points and 4 assists for Fork Union. Watson is from Columbus, Ohio. He led Team Ohio to an international championship at the 2019 Junior International Tournament Lissone championship in Italy. He...

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VU Lady Trailblazers 2019-20 basketball schedule is out now. VU is going for a 7th straight 20-win season, with a 79-7 record at the P.E. Complex the past 6 seasons. Be sure to mark your calendars and come support your Lady Trailblazers!!! https://www.vinu.edu/…/athletics/women-s-basketball/schedule  

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VINCENNES, Ind. - The 2019 NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Champion Trailblazers have officially announced their schedule for the 2019-20 season. Be sure to follow the link, mark your calendars and above all else, show your support for the defending national champions. https://www.vinu.edu/web/athletics/basketball/mens/schedule  

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VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Franklin has announced the signing of Milo Sigmund-Gordon, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound left-handed forward from Nottingham, England. “He was the 11th ranked 19-and-under player in England this year by Hoops Rank in Europe,” Franklin notes. Sigmund-Gordon averaged 17.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.3...

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VINCENNES, Ind. – Matija Ilic is transferring to Vincennes University from NCAA Division I Idaho State. VU Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Franklin has added the 6-foot-7, 230-pound power forward and center to the 2019-20 roster. Ilic will be a freshman in eligibility. At Idaho State, he redshirted with a foot injury during the 2018-19 season. Ilic is originally from Belgrade, Serbia. He came...

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VINCENNES, Ind. – The three international players on the 2018-19 Vincennes University women’s basketball team have committed to four-year programs. Cristina de la Cruz and Ivanda Hudjakova have signed with NCAA Division II University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Sofia Besedina is headed to NAIA University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Oklahoma. De...

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Todd Franklin and Lony Francis Jr. represented Vincennes University in the 2019 NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches All-Star Game presented by the NABC on Saturday at the Orleans Arena. Franklin coached an all-star team made up of Division I players to a 126-98 win against an all-star team made up of Division II and Division III players. Francis, an Arkansas State recruit,...

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VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University sophomores George Dixon and Kevin Kangu signed with NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs on Tuesday. Dixon inked a letter of intent with Eastern Illinois University. Kangu signed a letter of intent to play for Oakland University. Dixon chose Eastern Illinois, which is coached by Jay Spoonhour, for many reasons. “They’ve been telling me they...

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  VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University sophomore men’s basketball player Keith Clemons is going from one winning program to another. The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard has signed a letter of intent to play for Loyola University Chicago, which reached the NCAA Division I Final Four in 2018. The Ramblers won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title the past two seasons. “They’ve...

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VINCENNES, Ind. – The Trailblazers are still basking in winning the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball national title, but Vincennes University Coach Todd Franklin is working on solidifying the roster for next season and has signed Roseville (Michigan) High School’s John Ukomadu. “He is a long combo forward,” Franklin said. “He can play a wing and a stretch forward. He’ll basically be a...

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VINCENNES, Ind. – Sophomore forward Lony Francis Jr. and Trailblazers Coach Todd Franklin have been invited to participate in the 2019 NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches All-Star Game presented by the NABC on May 18 in Las Vegas. Francis is one of 12 Division I players selected to compete at The Orleans Arena against a team made up of 12 players from Division II and Division III. Franklin...

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VINCENNES, Ind. - Todd Franklin has received another national honor and is the recipient of the 2018-19 Spalding NJCAA Men’s Basketball Division I Coach of the Year award. The NJCAA announced the news on April 12. Franklin coached the Vincennes University Trailblazers to the NJCAA Division I national championship and was named Coach of the Tournament in March. VU defeated Ranger...

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VINCENNES, Ind.  – Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Franklin is the recipient of the 2019 National Association of Basketball Coaches NJCAA Coach of the Year Award presented by Wilson. Franklin coached the Trailblazers to the NJCAA Division I national title. VU defeated Ranger (Texas) 87-77 in the championship game in Hutchinson, Kansas. It was first national title for...

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Vincennes University Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Franklin will be on air with Dan Dakich of The Dan Dakich Show on WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy’s SportsCenter today, March 26, at 2 p.m. ET. Listen to Franklin’s interview on FM 107.5 & 1070 The Fan stream Franklin coached the Trailblazers to their first NJCAA Division I national title since 1972 and was named Coach...

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Vincennes University men’s basketball team flexed some muscle and reminded everyone of its status as a national powerhouse on Saturday. The Trailblazers handled Ranger 87-77 to win the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The Blazers won their fourth national championship and first since 1972. In their first national title game appearance since...

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Vincennes University men’s basketball team is one victory away from finishing the 2018-19 season as the national champion and the Trailblazers will attempt to win the program’s fourth title in program history in front of a national television audience. The Trailblazers will play in the title game of the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship against Ranger...

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Play4Kay

The Vincennes University Athletic Department hosts Play4Kay and raises donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund annually. VU Women’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Harry Meeks has a special connection to the late Yow, who was the longtime coach at North Carolina State. He had the pleasure of meeting her while he was an assistant coach at Western Carolina University. This left a lasting impression on him and made this cause important to him and the Trailblazers.

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