Hoops, a tree and a plea

by Tony Phifer on October 29, 2010

Random ramblings on a (finally) wind-free Thursday:

I attended a men’s basketball scrimmage Wednesday night, which was sponsored by the Ram Club. The hour-long scrimmage was very entertaining and offered hope to the 200 or so fans in attendance that the Rams are due for a fun year. Seniors Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin will be a formidable combination at forward, and sophomore point guard Dorian Green really seems to be coming into his own.Men's Basketball v. CU in Moby Arena. CSU won 77-62. December 10,  2009

But the guy who REALLY got me excited was guard Wes Eikmeier, a sophomore transfer from Iowa State. Eikmeier isn’t overly large (he’s listed at 6-foot-3), but he’s a deadly outside shooter with a knack for getting to the rim off the dribble. A former AAU teammate of fellow Rams guard Jesse Carr, Eikmeier appears to have the ability to carry the offense on his back – at least in short bursts.

The Rams, by the way, officially open the season Nov. 13 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff – the first of 13 home games on the schedule.

I made a quick trip to the grassy area south of the South College Fieldhouse and found the oak tree planted in memory of CSU alum Glenn Morris, the 1936 Olympic decathlon gold medalist. The tiny oak – it can’t be more than a foot tall – replaces the tree given to Morris (and all 1936 gold medalists), which he donated to CSU. The original tree is unaccounted for, but the new tree – donated by Olympic historian Don Ross – is a direct descendant of the surviving Olympic oaks.

The area is marked by a plaque documenting Morris’s many accomplishments when he became CSU’s first and only Olympic track and field gold medalist.

And finally, if you are at all interested in joining the Ram Club, which provides scholarship dollars for CSU’s 300-plus student-athletes, the 2010 deadline is today. CSU has the fewest booster club members of any school in the Mountain West Conference, and the Rams need your help if they are going to contend for league championships and national honors. Call 491-4666 for information, and tell them I sent you.