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Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« on: May 20, 2022, 06:01:08 AM »
From today’s Tribune/Vindy:

Youngstown State’s Garrett Covington to return for 6th season

LOCAL SPORTS
MAY 19, 2022

JOEL WHETZEL
Staff writer
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Correspondent photo / Robert Hayes YSU's Garrett Covington shoots a three-pointer. After entering the transfer portal, Covington is returning to YSU for a sixth season according to head coach Jerrod Calhoun.

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington will return to Youngstown State for his sixth season with the program, head coach Jerrod Calhoun said Thursday.


Covington was part of Calhoun’s original recruiting cla$$, and began with the Penguins in the 2017-18 season.

He had entered the transfer portal after this past season concluded, but after some time decided to return, Calhoun said. Covington played in just three games in the 2021-22 season before suffering a season-ending achilles injury.

“We’ve been talking the last couple days, and he really wants to be in Youngstown,” Calhoun said. “He had a chance to go home (to Indiana) and looked at other universities, and he wants to come back and finish his career at Youngstown State.”

Covington has averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his career at YSU.


The Penguins originally were planning on not having Covington and took in four transfers and a freshman recruit as part of this offseason’s recruiting cla$$. But, YSU still had one scholarship to give.

The incoming cla$$ includes transfers Bryce McBride (Eastern Michigan), Adrian Nelson (Northern Kentucky), Malek Green (Canisius), Brandon Rush (Fairleigh Dickinson) and freshman John Lovelace Jr., a native of Milwaukee.

“Our recruiting cla$$ was terrific, and Garrett and I talked about that,” Calhoun said. “He’s willing to accept any role he has. We built this team thinking he wouldn’t be back, but he provides us one of the best on-ball defenders in our conference, if not the country. He’s played a lot of basketball, understands our system and wants to go out a winner. He gives us that veteran presence.”

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2022, 08:34:17 AM »
Love that Garrett is back.  This team is veteran with a lot of fire power.

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2022, 08:43:58 AM »
This is outstanding news for both YSU & Garrett!

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2022, 12:16:27 PM »
We will be a team to beat in Horizon for sure now.

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2022, 05:38:51 PM »
Still need some inside presence!

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2022, 06:22:21 PM »
We have some inside presence through the transfer portal

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2022, 08:14:57 PM »
Hill and Jacori?

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2022, 10:14:19 PM »
Still need some inside presence!

Malek green & Adrian Nelson.

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2022, 03:03:18 PM »
will that be enough?

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2022, 02:36:49 PM »
will that be enough?

Will Dunn 6-8
Jacori Owens 6-9
Josh Irwin 6-7
Mattia Ucunzo 6-8

Not saying they're all post players but a little more beef than we have seen.

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2022, 07:03:41 PM »
So, we did get Acunzo!  Cool!  I didn't see him included with the other five recruits!  I was wondering about that because I didn't know if we lost him with Omari Bodarick and the other 6-6 wing!  Can't remember the name!  They were true freshmen1

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2022, 09:05:43 PM »
Adrian Nelson  6-8  portal    NKU
Malik Green     6-8 portal    Canisius

Don't forget these players as well

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2022, 05:11:15 PM »
Plus Covington!  This could be a very special season!

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2022, 03:15:23 PM »
This is tremendous news.  I know during last season there was talk it was a possibility Garrett would return.  I was a little surprised he entered the transfer portal , but figured he wanted to do what Naz did and held out hope maybe he'd reconsider. 

I still wonder how many more wins YSU would have had this past season if he hadn't gotten hurt.  I feel like all those close losses could have swung the other way.

Have to wonder now if anyone else transfers out?

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Re: Covington returns to YSU for the 6th season
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2022, 04:19:15 PM »
The only one I could imagine would be Shelton!  But I hope not!