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Former Zip Marshall may hit both NBA summer leagues

By George Thomas Published: June 29, 2013

Former Akron Zips center Zeke Marshall will play for the Philadelphia 76ers Orlando Summer League team, according to sources.

Marshall, who went undrafted in Thursday’s NBA draft, had hopes of being drafted Thursday but will be forced to take a more circuitous route to the league.  The 7-footer will play in the 10-team league from July 7-12.

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Zips basketball: Zeke Marshall goes undrafted, looks forward

By George Thomas Published: June 28, 2013

Former Akron Zips center Zeke Marshall went unselected in Thursdays’ NBA Draft.

The 7-foot center had hopes of going in the second round, but despite the interest of the Portland Trailblazers – a team with three picks in the second round – San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers, his name wasn’t called.

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Report: McKinley's Se'Von Pittman to Akron

By George Thomas Published: June 27, 2013

Scout.com’s Bill Greene reports that former Canton McKinley standout Se’Von Pittman, who the Ohio State University released from his scholarship earlier this year, would be attending the University of Akron.

A source with knowledge of the situation said that Pittman was close to being a member of the Akron Zips football team, a fact that would be a coup for coach Terry Bowden.

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Zips football: Schedule updated with most time

By George Thomas Published: June 18, 2013

Zips teams showing academic progress

By George Thomas Published: June 12, 2013

From a UA news release:

Ten programs in The University of Akron's Department of Athletics recorded a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1,000 for the 2011-12 academic year, with 17 of 19 teams exceeding the national multi-year average, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

Posting perfect scores were rifle, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's basketball, women's soccer, women's tennis, and women's indoor and outdoor track. In last year's report, eight UA teams posted a perfect score.

Zips programs exceeding the national multi-year average of 974 include men's basketball (990), men's cross country (986), men's golf (979), men's soccer (991), men's indoor track and field (984), men's outdoor track and field (984), women's basketball (995), women's cross country (1,000), women's golf (990), softball (990), women's soccer (995), women's swimming and diving (985), women's tennis (1,000), women's indoor track and field (978), women's outdoor track and field (978), women's volleyball (989), and rifle (981).

All 19 UA teams, including baseball (973) and football (932), posted averages above the NCAA's APR target score of 925. Additionally, 12 programs maintained or improved their four-year APR score from last year's report.

The APR rating system is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes. The most recent APRs are multi-year scores based on the last four reported academic years (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12).

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Reports: Zips football grab FSU defensive tackle

By George Thomas Published: June 10, 2013

Those Florida connections are once again paying off for the Akron Zips football team, according to multiple reports. 

The Zips apparently received a commitment from Moses McCray, a 6-foot-2 defensive tackle transfer from Florida State  to play the coming season.

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Zips basketball: Zeke Marshall working against other big men

By George Thomas Published: June 7, 2013

Former Akron Zips center Zeke Marshall is improving his chances of sneaking into the NBA Draft later this month, according to a source close to him.

Marshall has a series of workouts schedule with a number of NBA teams including the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers among others.

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