Marty Gross Basketball | Texas A&M Corpus Christi University Basketball Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:53:50 -0500 en-US hourly 1 World Class On Campus Apartment Living Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:53:50 +0000

Our players have the advantage of world class living arrangements on campus.

Freshmen are required to live on campus their first year.  That being said, once you take a look and see the amenities you won’t want to live anywhere else.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi offers two distinct communities for Islander students: Camden Miramar and Momentum Village.

Camden Miramar is the perfect option for first year students and those who want a more traditional on-campus housing experience.  There are 7 floor plans to choose from, 9 month academic year leases (with the option to sign a summer lease) and it’s just a quick walk to everything on the Island.

Momentum Village is designed with the established student in mind.  It’s about a mile from campus, offers 12 month leases, and has the feel of living off-campus but with on-campus support.

Momentum Village Video Tour:

Our beautifully landscaped apartment community offers students a superior alternative with efficiency, one, two and four-bedroom floor plans located directly on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus.

Boasting an all-inclusive scholarship package, these attractive accommodations are equipped to help student athletes feel right at home. Best of all, Camden Miramar is located next to Moody Fieldhouse, home of Islander practice facility, where our players can work out 24/7.

Our student athletes can easily access the Dugan Wellness Center and all that surrounds them, including local hotspots and shopping venues, as well as recreational sites like Cole Park and JP Luby Surf Park.

Residence Features:

All Residence Halls & Apartments are furnished & non-smoking

Built-in computer desk (Residence Halls)

Also included are expanded cable and high-speed Internet

Residence Halls & Apartments include full complement of furniture


Electricity, water, local phone, voice mail included

Residence Halls with card access to buildings Scenic water views (select floor plans)

Top 5 Reasons to Live on Campus

  1. The Ultimate Value

All utilities plus laundry are included in room rates.  Scholarship pays for housing.

  1. Location

Both communities make it easy to quickly get to class!

  1. Get Connected

Live close to your professors, tutors, advisors, university services, campus event venues, and shopping areas are nearby .

  1. Security

Safety is a priority.  The University Police Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  1. Outperform your peers



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Islanders 2017-2018 Men’s Basketball Schedule Highlighted By Power 5 Contests Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:17:00 +0000

Islanders Basketball Releases 2017-18 Schedule
Blue and Green schedule highlighted by trio of power-five contests

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball will host 14 games in 2017-18 and face a trio of power-five foes as the Islanders unveiled their 2017-18 slate Thursday. Corpus Christi aims to build off the most successful three-year stint in program history as Islanders have captured 69 victories since 2014.

RELATED | Full Schedule

The Islanders open play in less than 50 days with a home exhibition against nearby Texas A&M-Kingsville on November 2nd as they christen the Corpus Christi Athletic Club Court in the American Bank Center. The Blue and Green will play 11 of their 14 home games in the American Bank Center this coming season, with a trifecta of Dugan Wellness Center matchups.

The home schedule features Southland Conference tilts with rivals Sam Houston State on January 10 and Stephen F. Austin on February 14. Homecoming 2018 will feature a rematch of the 2017 Southland Championship Game as the Islanders host New Orleans in the American Bank Center.

Corpus Christi’s non-conference schedule is highlighted by three power-five competitions, starting with a trip to Baylor on November 13th. The Islanders head to Athens, Ga., later in the month to face SEC-foe Georgia, followed by a contest at Ole Miss in mid-December. The Blue and Green is 1-0 against the Bulldogs all-time and hold four victories against the Big 12 since the team’s inaugural 1999-2000 season.

The Islanders’ challenging non-conference schedule includes a pair of back-to-back road matchups to close out the month of November, competing against Conference-USA’s UTSA and Sun Belt-foe Texas State. Corpus Christi is on a streak of back-to-back wins against the Roadrunners and Bobcats, holding a 12-10 and 10-6 record against the two programs respectively.

The Blue and Green open the South Texas Showdown, presented by NavyArmy Community Credit Union, against UTRGV on November 15th in Corpus Christi. The Islanders have never lost to the Vaqueros, beating the side in all three of their contests played.

The Southland Conference season begins at Central Arkansas on December 28th, followed by a home contest with Lamar on the 30th. Coach Wilson’s squad is on a streak of four straight winning season’s in the Southland, and have reached the conference tournament semifinal for four consecutive years with back-to-back finals appearances.

The Blue and Green is coming off one of their most successful year’s in program history, after losing by a single point in last season’s Tournament final. The squad’s 24 wins the previous year fell just two short of tying the all-time record of 26 the school set in 2006-07.

The Islanders return 11 players from the 2016-17 squad, led by Mid-Major All-American Ehab Amin and senior guard Joseph Kilgore. Seniors Emmanuel Toney and David Bloom also return to guide the Islanders in the 2017-18 campaign.

To stay in touch with the Islanders throughout the offseason, follow the Islanders on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

– #GoDers –
Copyright ©2017 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
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The Islanders’s Playbook Special Featuring Utah Jazz, Villanova, and Davidson Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:31:08 +0000

Islander Playbook Special:

Davidson’s 4 Man Iso


Free Throw Lane Back Tip (Click On To Play)

Click on for Article on Grizzlies Back Tipping

Chandler Finds New Way to Grab Rebounds: He Doesn’t



NBA Play of the Day:

Utah Jazz Step Up Flare (Click On To Play)


Book of the Day:

Based on the life and legacy of Moses, Hans presents ten scriptural principles that can revolutionize your business, your ministry, even your life.
The life of Moses provides a master study on what it means to be an effective leader. Consider his pedigree: Answered the call to do something beyond his means; stood his ground before kings; led millions of people on a journey across rivers and through deserts. Moses did this all with a dogged persistence that would not give up. You will discover a dynamic, effective tool for developing leadership skills, all built on the solid foundation of God’s word.




Article of the Day:

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The U.S. Naval Academy’s football team has found that some of the team’s foot injuries last year may have been caused by the dress shoes students must wear every day. According to The Washington Post, the Midshipmen football players are not allowed to wear flip-flops or sneakers unless they are in their dorm rooms or are taking part in sports, and must wear hard-soled Oxfords.

After three consecutive losses last year, including against Army, the team discussed the source of the problem.

“We had a huge summit among the training staff, the weight room staff, equipment people,” Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “What could it be? Somebody brought that up, and I thought it was a pretty valid point. Guys are walking around in hard-soled shoes all day. I have a hard enough time wearing tennis shoes.”

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Islanders Welcome Three to Basketball Staff Featuring 2 Former Players and NBA Staffer Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:56:35 +0000

A pair of former Islanders players and a former NBA staffer complete staff

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball and head coach Willis Wilson rounded out the Islanders staff with a trio of additions in Josh Ervin, Cole Martinez and Kevin Yeiser.

Ervin will serve as the Director of Basketball Operations, Martinez as the Video Coordinator and Yeiser as the Director of Student-Athlete Development.

“These three individuals have an incredible wealth of basketball experience at every level,” said head coach Willis Wilson. “Both Josh and Cole brought an immense amount of success to Corpus Christi during their time as Islanders and we’re excited to have them as part of our family. Kevin spent over a decade working with the Memphis Grizzlies and will bring great insight on what it takes to be successful for our players.”

The first two names are familiar to Islanders fans as Ervin and Martinez both spent their playing days in the Blue and Green. Ervin was a member of the 2007 Southland Conference Championship squad while Martinez was part of the 2016-17 Islanders who made the deepest postseason run in program and conference history.

Ervin returns to the Island after spending the past year and a half as the associate head men’s basketball coach at Texas A&M-Commerce. Prior to his stint with the Lions, Ervin spent nearly five years as the head coach at Southeastern Illinois College. Since graduating from the Island University in 2007, Ervin has also served as a graduate assistant at South Alabama and an assistant coach at Southeastern Illinois.

Martinez continues with the Islanders after spending the past five years on the court for the Blue and Green. A co-captain in 2017, Martinez was an integral part of an Islanders squad that went 24-12 in 2016-17 to eclipse the 20-win plateau for a third straight season. While with the Islanders, Martinez helped lead a program turnaround from six wins his freshman year to 69 victories over the past three seasons.

Yeiser joins the Islanders as the Director of Student-Athlete Development for men’s basketball after spending the past year as a Coordinator for Championship Logistics with the NCAA. Prior to his time with the NCAA, Yeiser spent a decade in Memphis serving as the Coordinator of Basketball Operations for the Grizzlies. While with the NBA squad, Yeiser oversaw a variety of activities from travel to practice plans to volunteer activities. A Texas A&M graduate, Yeiser worked in game operations and event management while earning his degree.

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Lee Scott: Corpus Christi Strength Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:50:08 +0000

Lee Scott joined the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Athletics in December 2014 as the program’s Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. He was elevated to Head Strength and Conditioning Coach in May of 2016.

Scott served as the Texas A&M-Kingsville Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for just over a year, overseeing strength and conditioning for the school’s 12 intercollegiate athletics teams, before coming to the Island. He designed and implemented programs for every team at TAMUK in his time there, and helped the Javelinas pick up conference championships in baseball and men’s track in 2014. The TAMUK men’s track team finished fourth in the nation last year.

Prior to joining the staff at TAMUK, he worked at Houston’s Downtown Club at the Met as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. In addition to his duties with the Downtown Club, he designed a plyometric and strength program for the John Lucas Camp in Houston. He also spent a year working at the YMCA in Victoria, Texas, for a year in the same position he held at the Downtown Club.
His career working in strength and conditioning began at Midwestern State, where he earned his master’s degree in physiology. As a strength and conditioning graduate assistant, he designed and implemented an offseason conditioning program for the women’s basketball team at MSU. He also designed and implemented the walk-on/redshirt football program for Midwestern and assisted in the strength and conditioning for football, men’s basketball and softball.

Scott began his career in college athletics as a student-athlete, serving as a kicker for the football team at Northwestern State before concluding his career at Midwestern State. He won conference championships in 2004 with the Demons and in 2009 with the Mustangs. He led the Lone Star Conference in kickoff coverage in both 2008 and 2009 for MSU.
Following his collegiate career, he was one of four kickers chosen to participate in the national combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. He also played semiprofessionally in the arena league for the Houston Stallions and Corpus Christi Fury, and is currently a sponsored racquetball player.

A longtime member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Scott resides in Corpus Christi.

Check out our guys in weight room.



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Islanders Playbook Special Featuring Slovenia, Golden State Warriors, and Detroit Pistons Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:25:20 +0000

Islander Playbook Special:

Slovenia Transition Quick:

Pistols to Backscreen Curl Action

NBA Play of the Day:

Golden State Hammer Open






Detroit Pistons Baseline Double

Book of the Day:

In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting first-hand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this book is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas. Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit from the war in Iraq. Their efforts contributed to the historic triumph for U.S. forces in Ramadi. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership–at every level–is the most important thing on the battlefield. They started Echelon Front to teach these same leadership principles to companies across industries throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams.

This book explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the reader with Jocko and Leif’s formula for success: the mindset and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory.


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Article of the Day:

The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports developed the following position statement at its December 2013 meeting regarding soft headgear products in non-helmeted sports to address misperceptions regarding their performance in preventing concussions among student-athletes:

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The Good Thing Harvey Washed Away By Angelia Griffin And Other Ways To Help Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:26:19 +0000

The Good Thing Harvey Washed Away

By Angelia Griffin

There’s not much in the world I can truly say I hate. But I hate Harvey.

We have been sitting here for more hours than I can begin to count being brutally lashed by his seemingly never ending fury. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t scary…terrifying…at times, but we are among the lucky ones. We are safe and dry.

Harvey has taken so much from so many. Homes, lives, hopes, jobs–all washed into the Gulf of Mexico by his relentless anger. As the horrifying images and desperate needs flash across my screen in endless and quick succession, I sit here with tears in my eyes. Where do you begin? I have never felt so helpless. My neighbors are in dire straits and I can’t do anything but pray. It’s a terrible feeling.

Pregnant women and their toddlers stuck on roofs waiting hours upon hours for help. A friend with seven feet of water in her home swimming for her life to a rescue boat. An elderly couple trapped in their attic with rising water. A man drowned as he clung desperately to a shoping cart return in a parking lot.  Thousands stranded. Thousands homeless. Hundreds in need of rescue. No water. No food. No end in sight.

Pregnant women and their toddlers stuck on roofs waiting hours upon hours for help. A friend with seven feet of water in her home swimming for her life to a rescue boat. An elderly couple trapped in their attic with rising water. A man drowned as he clung desperately to a shoping cart return in a parking lot.

Thousands stranded. Thousands homeless. Hundreds in need of rescue. No water. No food. No end in sight.  My heart is bleeding.  Yet, in the deluge, there is also something incredibly beautiful emerging. You see, Harvey has washed away something else–hatred.  Look at these pictures! The only color in greater Houston today is red, white, and blue. The only religion on our streets is love. There is no race, no creed, no gender, no socioeconomic classes, no nationality, no sexual orientation, no religion–My own church (Church Project) has taken in tons of evacuees with even more buses on the way, and we (my family) can’t even get out to help them because of devastating flooding and road closures all around us. It’s a feeling of hopeless, helpless heartbreak that I can’t even begin to express.

There are only people helping people. There are only strangers opening their homes for strangers. There are only men and women risking their precious lives for other precious lives.

Today, no matter who you worship, the color of your skin, where you were born…we are all Texans.

For a stunning moment the world has stopped fighting against each other and started fighting for each other.

It’s breathtaking.

Take note world. You don’t need to wait for a devastating disaster to love. You don’t need to wait until your neighbors are drowning to reach across the color, religious, nationality, political boundaries. This world is suffering a different kind of storm, one far more dangerous than Harvey–a storm of hatred. Let’s refuse to let it break us.

Do it now–in honor of Texans, love your neighbor fiercely today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.

And Texans, I beg you to remember this day every time you gaze upon your neighbor. If you would go to any lengths to save them today, then let’s go to every length to love them for endless tomorrows.

Harvey, you can take a lot from us–and you have. But you can’t take our spirit. In fact, you have given us a glimmer of something beautiful–


We are Texas. 

Beautifully, heart-brokenly yours,


HELP TEXAS: Want to help our evacuees? We desperately need your help. Go HERE to give to the Harvey Relief Fund. 

One hundred percent of donations to this site go to Harvey victims.

Check out Angelia’s published books here: Champion of Destiny and Sera Oth Berinon

The profit for all book sales in the month of September will go directly to victims of Harvey!

Here are other ways you can help:

Make a donation to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.   Donate to the Houston Food Bank.

The Texas Diaper Bank  in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238 or you can donate here.

The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website and you can register here  to become a volunteer. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.

Gallery Furniture sent delivery trucks out to make rescues and are providing shelter for nearly 800 victims (and their pets) at their 6006 N. Freeway and 7227 W. Grand Parkway South locations. They are also accepting volunteers and donations for cleaning supplies.

Nick Finnegan Counseling Center will be providing counseling services and taking donations of the following items. For more information, click here.  

Mucking tools (crow bars, sledge hammers, flat shovels, utility knives, gloves, masks)

Box fans
Wet/dry vacs
Baby Formula
Diapers + Wipes

Our neighbors in Rockport, Ingleside, Port Aransas, and Refugio need fewer donations and more physical labor.

If you live near by and your home is in order, please volunteer your time and energy.

Here are places you can volunteer:

Food Bank of Corpus Christi needs food sorters indoors. More info:

Church Unlimited is working 8-5 everyday in Rockport:

Aransas Pass – Hurricane Harvey Volunteer/Donation Task Force – Everyday

Rockport-Fulton Hurricane Harvey Relief – Everyday

AGC Clean Up Day – Rockport

Solidarity>Charity Caravan to Rockport, A Pass, etc.

3CYR Rockport Clean-Up

Aggie Clean Up Crew – Port Aransas

Saturday Woodsboro Cleanup

Corpus Threads|

Recovery Labor Crew Four String Farm, Rockport GROW Local South Texas

3CYR Aransas Pass Clean-Up

Sunday Work Day – Aransas Pass

Texas Strong – Aransas Pass

Corpus Threads




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Please Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:50:13 +0000

We wanted to reach out to everyone in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Most have followed the catastrophic devastation along the Coastal Bend (Port Aransas, Ingleside, Rockport, Refugio, etc.), Houston, and along the Gulf Coast around Galveston and Beaumont, TX. Many of us have been directly affected as family, friends, and players live in these areas.  Hurricane Harvey has been the worst weather event to ever hit Houston and the Coastal Bend.  So many people have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  We have had coach’s reach out already. If you and/or your program can please help by sending really anything you can, but the items listed are certainly a great start:  If you have coaching friends around the country, please circulate the addresses below.

  1. Toiletries
  2. Shoes (Adult and Children Sizes)
  3. Socks (Adult and Children Sizes)
  4. T-Shirts (Short and Long Sleeve…Adult and Children Sizes)
  5. Sweat Pants (Adult and Children Sizes)
  6. Sweat Shirts (Adult and Children Sizes)

Please send to the addresses below.

C/O Coach Willis Wilson

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

6300 Ocean Drive

Unit 5917

Corpus Christi, TX 78412



C/O Coach Kelvin Sampson

University of Houston

Guy V. Lewis Development Center

3480 Cullen Blvd.

Houston, TX 77204

Thanks for any help you and/or your program can give.

Marty Gross

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Islander Playbook Special Featuring Boston Celtics Transition Quicks Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:21:57 +0000

Islander Playbook Special:

Here is a quick hit out of McNeese State’s playbook.  It can be run as a transition quick or a half court set. Coach Dave Simmons heads into his 11th season at McNeese.  He ranks as the second-longest tenured coach in school history, following only legendary head coach Ralph Ward who spent 19 seasons at the helm from 1953-71.  Dave and his staff have done a terrific job and is another example of just how deep the Southland Conference is with outstanding coaches.

NBA Play of the Day:


Pistols Action with Double Fade Option


Double Drag

Drag with Re-Screen Option

Push Reverse Motion

Book of the Day:

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t is a management book by Jim C. Collins that describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition. The book was published on October 16, 2001. “Greatness” is defined as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period. Collins finds the main reason certain companies become great is they narrowly focus the company’s resources on their field of key competence.





Article of the Day:

(Click on for Article)

Sports Specialization May Lead to More Lower Extremity Injuries

Research Wins AOSSM/STOP Sports Injuries Annual Award

Quote of the Day:

A ship in harbor is safe –
but that is not what ships are for.
– John A. Shedd


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The Islander Playbook Special Featuring the LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:17:07 +0000

Islander Playbook Special:

Here is a quick hit out of Southeastern Louisiana’s playbook.  Jay Ladner and his staff have done a very good job.   They have a lot of weapons including an elite point guard.

Zone Quick and Counter


NBA Play of the Day:

Hammer STS


Hammer Open

Book of the Day:

The Magnetic Leader

By Roberta Chinsky Matuson

Employees don’t work for companies; they work for people. The more irresistible you are as a leader, the more pull you have for employees to want to stay and for your customers to remain loyal. In “The Magnetic Leader,” Roberta Matuson asks us to consider that the quality of a company’s leadership is the most important factor in attracting and retaining high-quality employees. Matuson has spent 20 years helping organizations achieve both market leadership and dynamic growth by maximizing the talent they already have, in addition to creating a magnetic environment that attracts high-caliber new hires.

Many are searching for a magical formula, but the fact is that the answer lies inside businesses’ organizations. Instead of offering crazy perks, companies need to focus on the one perk they can’t get anywhere else, which is the opportunity to work with a truly magnetic leader.

“The Magnetic Leader” aids readers in transforming their leadership style from push to pull, repel to attract, dismal to good, and then good to great. They’ll become magnetic leaders who attract the cream of the crop and ultimately create legions of loyal, talented superstars eager to beat the competition.

Article of the Day:

No link seen between traumatic brain injury and cognitive decline

First study to examine whether TBI influences cognitive decline in older adults with and without Alzheimer’s disease dementia

July 5, 2017
Boston University Medical Center
Although much research has examined traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a possible risk factor for later life dementia from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), little is known regarding how TBI influences the rate of age-related cognitive change. A new study now shows that history of TBI (with loss of consciousness) does not appear to affect the rate of cognitive change over time for participants with normal cognition or even those with AD dementia.

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