McDonald's Thanksgiving Classic on Horizon for Men's Basketball

Photo by Taylor Byes
Photo by Taylor Byes


COLUMBUS, Ohio – After winning three of its first four games, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will look to match its best start in 11 seasons at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Classic at St. Joseph's this weekend.

The Panthers, are 3-1 for the first time since the 2012-13 season, and will have a chance to match the 2004-05 team at 5-1 with wins against St. Joseph's this Friday, and Illinois-Springfield on Saturday.

Ohio Dominican will tipoff against the host at 9 p.m. on Friday evening, then stay in Rensselaer, Ind. for a 7 p.m. tip on Saturday.


The Panthers are coming off a record setting performance as they posted 104 points in the win at home over Silver Lake. The offense is off to a fast start as the team is averaging 84.8 points per game, ranking sixth in the GLIAC and inside the top 75 in the country.

Rebounding has also been strong through the first four games for the Black and Gold as they have been in the plus in each game. Against Silver Lake, the Panthers grabbed a season high 50 rebounds, including 21 offensive boards. ODU ranks tied for second in the GLIAC in offensive rebounds per game at 15.3, a mark good enough for 29th in the NCAA.

Sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) averaged 19.5 points per contest last week on route to being named GLIAC South Player of the Week. Williams leads the GLIAC in 3-pt. field goals made this season with 12, and is averaging 16.0 points per game this season. He is also inside the top 20 in assists per game at 3.3.

Anchoring the post for the Panthers is senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) who is averaging team highs in points, 18.3, and rebounds, 9.3 per game. Weaver ranks eighth in school history in total rebounds with 580. He also has posted an average 4.0 offensive rebounds this season, tied for first in the conference and is also tied for 25th in the nation.

Dishing out a team best 4.0 assists per game is sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH), who ranks fourth in the GLIAC in total dimes. Waugh tied a career high with eight assists in the win over Silver Lake. He now has three or more helpers in 12 of his last 13 games.


St. Joseph's enters Tuesday with a 0-3 overall mark. In addition to their three regular season games, the Pumas have played in three exhibitions against NCAA Division I opponents, including Bradley, Butler, and Pitt. The Pumas will play host to Ohio Mid-Western on Tuesday evening prior to hosting the tournament this weekend.

Though SJC is averaging over 75 points per game, they are allowing 101.7 points per contest to their opponents. Three players are averaging 12.0 points per contest for the Pumas. Nick Jeffirs is one of the leading scorers and is the leading rebounder at 8.3 per game. Davone Daniels and Jordan Seele are the other two leading scorers for SJC.


Illinois-Springfield is 2-1 on the season, prior to facing Lindenwood on Tuesday evening. One of the wins for the Prairie Stars came over Findlay of the GLIAC. UIS is 1-1 away from home this season and will face Hillsdale on Friday evening prior to squaring off with ODU.

UIS has an average margin of victory of 12.7 this season as they are scoring 82.3 points per game, and allowing just under 70 points per contest. The Prairie Stars have a very balanced approach offensively as eight players are averaging over seven points per game.

Jamall Millison is averaging a team high 12.5 points per game, and is near the top of the team leaderboard in rebounds at 5.5 per contest. Davi Austin is scoring 11.3 points per game, while Zach Steinberg is pitching in 10.3 per contest.

Contact: Tyler Jester