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Written by Tom Mieskoski

Tom Mieskoski


Cleveland State will participate in the 2011 TicketCity Legends Classic in November.

All four opponents that CSU will face in the Legends Classic participated in the postseason last season.

CSU opens up play in the Legends Classic on Nov. 13 at Vanderbilt in a game televised nationally on ESPNU.

The Commodores return all five starters from a team that went 23-11 last season and lost to Richmond in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Then CSU will play the rest of the tournament during Thanksgiving weekend in the Kingston subregional at Rhode Island.

CSU will play Boston University on Nov. 25, Hofstra on Nov. 26 and Rhode Island on Nov. 27.

The BU Terriers, the defending America East champions, return four starters from a team that went 21-14 and lost to Kansas in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

The HU Pride return two starters from a 21-12 team that advanced to the first round of the CBI.

The URI Rams return three starters from a 20-14 team that advanced to the first round of the CBI.

The rest of CSU's schedule is expected to be released in early September.

Here is what is known about CSU's non-conference schedule.

The Vikings will host Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Lafayette, St. Bonaventure, Akron and a BracketBusters game. And they will be on the road against Robert Morris (Dec. 8), Kent State (Nov. 23), South Florida (Dec. 19) and Toledo.

Recruiting update: CSU has received two verbal commitments for the upcoming class of 2012.

They are 2-star center Malik London (6’8”) from Chillicothe, Ohio and 2-star shooting guard Bryn Forbes (6’3”) from Lansing, Michigan.

London is ranked the 74th-best power forward in the class of 2012 by ESPN and the 12th-best prospect in the state of Ohio. He averaged 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots a game last season.

He also received interest from numerous schools in the Mid-American Conference as well as Xavier, Cincinnati, Dayton and others.

Forbes is ranked the 81st-best shooting guard in the class of 2012 by ESPN and the 14th-best prospect in Michigan. He averaged 13.6 points per game and made 41 three-pointers as a junior.

He chose the Vikings over offers from Oakland (MI), Eastern Michigan, Holy Cross and Hofstra. Forbes also had a preferred walk-on offer from Michigan State.

CSU has four scholarships to offer in 2012.

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