A trip to the Final Four might prove significantly lucrative to Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser.
The Ramblers announced Wednesday that they reached a new contract agreement with Moser that will extend his deal through 2026 with what the Chicago Tribune called a “hefty raise” on his $420,000 per year salary, citing an anonymous source.
“As I have said many times before, I am a Catholic kid from Chicago who played in the Missouri Valley Conference,” Moser said in a statement released by the school. “This is the trifecta for me. We have invested so much time and energy in this program and I’m beyond excited to continue the journey. Watching Chicago as well as Loyola students, alumni and fans get excited for this team was exactly the vision we had when we took over the program.
“I will continue to challenge our fans to fill Gentile Arena as we did for the final home game to make it one of the best college basketball atmospheres in the country.”
The Ramblers went 32-6 last year, winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles ahead of their magical run to the Final Four for the first time winning the NCAA tournament in 1963. They return three starters from the Final Four squad, including MVC player of the year Clayton Custer.
“We are excited to be able to announce a new contract for Porter that will keep him at Loyola a long time,” athletic director Steve Watson said. “He is the perfect fit for Loyola and operates his program the right way, with student-athletes who achieve excellence on the court and in the classroom and are also excellent representatives of the institution.
“We are fortunate to work at a university like Loyola, that values and has made a commitment to athletics. It is nice to reward Porter not just for an outstanding season, but also for the job he has done during his time here.”
With three seniors in its perimeter rotation, adding a guard in the Class of 2016 was something Loyola (IL) likely wanted to do. Sunday Porter Moser’s program managed to do just that, as 6-foot-4 shooting guard Cameron Satterwhite announced that he’d committed to the Missouri Valley Conference program.
Satterwhite is Loyola’s first verbal commitment in the Class of 2016, and he’s a talented one at that. Satterwhite, who attends Gilbert Christian HS in Gilbert, Arizona and played for the Arizona Power program this summer, was originally a Colorado verbal commit. However things changed in the aftermath of Satterwhite suffering a torn ACL while playing in Las Vegas in July.
Satterwhite reopened his recruitment last month after reportedly being asked by Colorado to reclassify to 2017 to ensure that his knee would be back to full strength upon his arrival.
“Cam didn’t want to do that,” Ortega said to Gershon of reclassifying to 2017. “Talking to Cam and his family, they didn’t want to figure out what to do for a year as a post grad or something else. Even if it means he has to go to a lower conference.”
Of Loyola’s three seniors on the perimeter Earl Peterson and Devon Turk were the most productive last season, with Peterson averaging 8.7 points per game and Turk not far behind at 8.5 ppg. Jeff White averaged 2.9 ppg but was second on the team in assists with 82.
Satterwhite and Iowa State transfer Clayton Custer (sitting out this season) will join the perimeter rotation next season, with Milton Doyle, Donte Ingram and Ben Richardson among those who will have eligibility remaining.
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In his first season at Loyola (Chicago) after transferring in from Kansas, guard Milton Doyle accounted for 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest for head coach Porter Moser. As a result Doyle won Missouri Valley Freshman and Newcomer of the Year honors, and even more was expected of the Chicago native in 2014-15.
Unfortunately for the Ramblers they’re going to be without their best player, as the program announced Friday that Doyle is out indefinitely after suffering a torn labrum in his right (shooting) shoulder. How much time Doyle misses remains to be seen, but this is a big loss for a team that won ten games and finished last (4-14) in its MVC debut last season.
According to the school release Doyle will go through a rehabilitation program for five to six weeks, with a decision to be made then as to whether or not he’ll ned to undergo surgery. If Doyle does need surgery at that point, the school stated that it could take between seven and nine months for him to return to the court.
Doyle was one of four starters to return for the Ramblers, with guards Joe Crisman and Jeff White and forward Christian Thomas being the others. In addition to those returning starters, Loyola added seven newcomers with four being perimeter players. Among those additions is Coffeyville CC guard Earl Peterson, who averaged 16.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last year.
With Doyle out of the lineup, Peterson is one player who will have to step forward if Loyola is to improve its standing within the Missouri Valley.
Loyola (IL) landed a nationally-ranked guard into its Class of 2015 as three-star Roosevelt Smart of Sunrise Christian Academy (Kansas) announced that he had committed to the Ramblers.
I am blessed to announce that I’ve decided to commit to Loyola University,” he tweeted. “Proud to be a Rambler!!”
The 6-foot-2 guard, who previously attended St. Viator in suburban Chicago, joins JuCo power forward Maurice Kirby in Loyola’s Class of 2015. Smart, who is ranked No. 146 overall in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals, held offers from Creighton, Northern Illinois and Wright State.
During the summer he played with the Illinois Wolves in the Under Armour Association. For the 11-4 Wolves, Smart was the team’s leading scorer at 12.9 points per game. He also shot 44 percent (17-of-39) from beyond the 3-point line.
Given all of Wichita State’s success over the past two years it isn’t a surprise that recruits are giving the Missouri Valley Conference some consideration. However, it isn’t just the Shockers who have been able to land highly-regarded commits. In April, Bradley landed a commitment from four-star small forward Josh Cunningham.
Loyola (IL) announced on Tuesday that the star of their 2014 recruiting class, Marlon Jones, would not be enrolling at the school.
“Unfortunately, Marlon did not meet his academic expectations this summer,” said head coach Porter Moser. “We are still very committed to Marlon’s best interests but at this time he will be enrolling at South Plains Community College.”
Jones is a 6-foot-8, three-star recruit that had plenty of high-major interest coming out of Chicago’s Orr HS. He played for the Meanstreets AAU program.
Loyola still returns their top five scorers from last season, including the Missouri Valley’s reigning Freshman of the Year, Milton Doyle.
It’s been a rough weekend for the Loyola Ramblers as it was reported by the Indianapolis Star‘s Kyle Neddenriep on Saturday afternoon that sophomore forward Nick Osborne intends to transfer.
The news of Osborne’s release comes a day after Loyola forward Matt O’Leary also received his release from the school. Both forwards are sophomores and Indiana natives and it leaves Loyola with a hole in their frontcourt for next season.
The 6-foot-8 Osborne averaged 5.4 points and four rebounds on 50 percent shooting in 28 games last season for the Ramblers, who finished 10-22 (4-14) during their first season in the Valley.
Sophomore center Cody Johnson will now be asked to carry more minutes for the Ramblers next season unless some new pieces emerge.