Opponent Watch 2019-20: Cincinnati

This could all change if Cumberland decides to go pro, but for now, let’s live in a world where the defending American Athletic Conference Player of the Year decides to stick around for his senior season. Cumberland was incredible in is junior year as he took up the mantle left behind by Gary Clark, Jacob Evans and Kyle Washington. He was the team’s No. 1 scorer by a mile, averaging 18.8 points per game, including a 33-point outburst in the AAC Tournament title game. His scoring increase coincided with a huge boost in his usage rate, which ultimately led to more shots from three and at the foul line, where he connected on 38.8 percent and 77.3 percent, respectively. Then there’s the playmaking ability, the rebounding and the more than serviceable defense. As long as Cumberland is still on the roster, the Bearcats can compete with anybody.

Brannen is a Northern Kentucky native. He had been a long time assistant before NKU hired him to take the program in Division I in 2015. He’s had unprecedented success with the Norse. They are 72-30 with the two NCAA berths since becoming Division I.

“It’s truly an honor to take over such a storied program at the University of Cincinnati,” Brannen said in a statement. “The Cincinnati-northern Kentucky community is special to my family and we are happy to remain at home. I want to thank President (Neville) Pinto, Mike Bohn and the search committee for this opportunity. We are thrilled to join a world-class University and continue to build on the historic success of Bearcats basketball and the incredible lineage of former coaches.”


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Great news glad he is gone lol


Nysier Brooks put his name in the tranafer portal. Logan Johnson is transferring. Their Commit Curtis is asking for release from his NLI. The fall pf Cincinnati and rise of Houston :slight_smile:


Cumberland is listed in the Top 100 NBA Draft prospects from a couple of prominent outlets (91 on ESPN, 93 on CBS Sports) and recently received an invitation to the retooled G League Elite Camp combine that will feature roughly 40 prospects and take place in Chicago on May 12-14, just prior to the main NBA Draft Combine. Still, Cumberland is likely to go undrafted in the two-round, 60-selection draft on June 20 as things currently stand, though that doesn’t necessarily guarantee he comes back to UC.

“I don’t know that there’s a bad decision to be made there. I think it’s all personal preference at this stage,” said Sam Vecenie, The Athletic ’s resident NBA Draft expert. “If he wants to go out and make money, I think that’s a totally reasonable, rational decision. And if he wants to stay in school and potentially win another AAC Player of the Year and enjoy college life, I think that’s a totally reasonable decision as well.”

Fredericks just transferres to UAB.

Cumberland (50/50)
Xavier johnson
Nysier Brooks

Cane broome and their point guard graduated.

Only 4 or so returning rotational playera.

I guess it will be us and Memphia leading the conference now


Wait a minute. If he signed an agent, he can’t come back even if he goes undrafted, right?

Technically, he signed an advisory contract with an agent that will assist him with the process for now. There’s a date that he can cut off that contract and still come back to the NCAA.

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Gotcha. I just saw Rothstein’s tweet that said he signed with an agent.

Brooks is gone, Cumberland just got invited to the G-League Select combine…Cincy looking rough


Ouch brooks was a tough player. Wouldn’t be surprised if their win total next season looks a lot like CKS’ first year.



Cincy just lost their back up point guard from last year, a freshman named Logan Johnson.

I still think they made a good hire in John Brannen, rather than promoting Cronin’s lead assistant in the hopes of keeping the 2019-20 roster together. That might be a good 1 year decision, but I think Brannen was a good 4-5 year decision.


John Brannen is in the midst of an overhaul of sorts as the new head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats. Although we are still waiting to see how everything plays out for the roster, Brannen also had to address the coaching staff he will be surrounded by next season. In the past few days, that’s just what the Bearcats have done, bringing in a largely new staff for the program but not an entirely new one for Brannen. Here’s a look at some of the new hires on the coaching staff.



Well… cincinatti sucks.

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This sucks. They made our conference stronger and were consistently in the tourny just couldnt get over the hump. I wonder if their season tickets are taking a hit also. New coach better win fast or he’ll setting up his second year for failure.