Manhattan Swing Press Releases

  • Swing Roster Cuts +

    New York- The Swing have made final cuts heading into 2022 season and the longest standing member of the Swing will be heading to the waiver wire. Maurice Pokrajac who has played the last 7 seasons with the Swing has been let go. “We appreciate everything Pok did for us,” Songer said. “He was a staple in helping build what we are today, and we wish him nothing but the best in the rest of his OBWL career.” Other notable cuts were veteran PG Hao Billups, recently drafted Mark Tipton, and the center acquired 2 seasons ago from the Stallions via trade in John Esposito. It’s the worst part of being an OBWL GM. Letting long time vets go and Read More
  • Manhattan Swing Free Agency Coverage +

    New York- The first signings of this Free Agency have already hit the books, and it looks as if Whitney Cherry will be re-joining his teammates back in Manhattan. We asked Cherry how he fells about inking his new deal, and what are his plans with the Swing for the forseeable future. “Man I’m just glad I’m finally getting paid what I feel I’m worth. I’ve grown leaps and bounds in this league since day one and now I want to prove that I can take my game to a whole new level. The money’s nice and now I can buy my mom that house she’s had her eye on, but this is just the beginning for me. My heart Read More
  • Shine Stanley Shine +

    New York - Half way through the season and Swingman Thomas Stanley is shining bright. Stanley was just voted to his 3rd All-star bid, and 2nd as a member of the swing. Stanley has also nabbed player of the week honors during the Swing's best winning streak since Nate Songer took over the team. While boasting 21.3 points a game, 6 boards, 2.4 assists, and just under 3 steals a game...Thomas is having his most efficient season of his career, and all the while staying under the 30 minutes a game mark. "From a health standpoint keeping my minutes down has really helped me stay fresh. Ezra has stepped up with that second unit and I don't feel like we'll give Read More
  • The Swing vs. Father Time +

    New York - After the season opener the Swing add a notch to the win column, but one question looming this franchise...The age of it's team. With 6 players above the age of 30 the future of this franchise looks to be changing pretty soon. Todd Butterfield on a contract year worth in upwards of $18,000,000, the Swing will have to make a tough decision. That decision is whether to bring it's cherished, risen from the ashes PG back to Manhattan. The back to back all-defensive first team nominee, and steals leader, could possibly be entering in his last year in the Big Apple. This could be the ending of his time with the franchise that traded away it's former super Read More
  • Swing's Trade with Stallions In the Books +

    New York - A trade talk that's been in the works for a little over a month now has finally come to fruition. The deal will send newly drafted Terrance Miner, 5 year Swingman Lyman Young, and a conditional first round 2021 1st round pick, and a 2022 2nd round pick to the Kentucky Stallions for the newly acquired services of C/PF John Esposito. We caught up with the Swing GM to see what brought this deal into light, and what it is they see in the new acquisition and how he thinks this will help the Swing take the next step. " Espo fits with our long term goals and I know he's going to be an excellent fit with what Read More
  • Full Training Camp Report - Manhattan Swing +

    New York- With a new regime in coaching comes a new style in grading players first year Coach, Fidel Pelaez, is trying a rating system to see which players are progressing vs those regressing. We got an in depth look at his new analytics and after his first training camp these are the results which were yielded for his first team activities. The rundown is simple. 16 total categories which are tested and each player is given a score which were last year’s numbers vs the completion of training camp. Above Average Performance: Johnnie Bechtel (C): Johnnie is in his 2nd year with the Swing and showed the greatest improvement of any player in camp. You can tell he has Read More
  • A New Direction +

    New York - Another off-season in the books and to be honest, we have no idea what to expect from this years team. The draft they happened to snag Fredrick Rickman the OCBL Champion and the final games MVP out of Syracuse. "We still aren't quite sure what we have in him yet. We liked what we saw in him this entire college season, but until we see him in training camp all we can do is speculate." Said Giorgio Piumarta the Swing's official scout. It's a whole different monster when jumping from the College game to the pro's, and all we can do is wait. In the second round the Swing took Terrance Miner who will more than likely spend Read More
  • Manhattan Meltdown +

    New York - Another season is in the books and the Swing have found themselves looking in from the outside. Literally one win away from a second straight playoff birth, but as we all know...Almost doesn't count. Head coach Irwin Bennett could have seen his last with the swing. The 2nd year head coach had an abysmal 106-134 record with the team in his 3 year stint. Although nothing is certain, Bennett could have coached his last with Manhattan. Also of note starting center Maurice Pokrajac's contract is up now that the season has ended and his future also doesn't look certain. "We're going to explore our options. We still have some scouting to do and we'll see if something enticing Read More
  • A January to Forget +

    New York - As if things weren't already in shambles with the Swing, we add another kink in the cog. During the 2nd quarter of the game with the Kansas City Pioneers, Ezra Ney left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. Ezra was caught by Kansas City's Marshall Gaudett during a the play, where Ney fell awkwardly. "We just can't catch a break man. We were already thin depth wise, but this is just starting to get ridiculous", Bennett said. The Swing's head coach has dealt with quite a bit of adversity this season, but it seems things aren't going to get any better. As if losing Stanley wasn't already a big enough blow. Manhattan has lost their best rebounder, Read More
  • When it rains, it pours. +

    New York - As if things weren't already in turmoil in Manhattan, the injury bug has bitten the Swing again. 10 days ago Thomas Stanley broke his foot, Stewart Askew looks to have suffered either a shoulder separation or dislocation. With an already thin Swing roster, this injury will only add to this problem. In light of the most recent injury, recent 1st round draft pick Johnnie Bechtel will be called up from the OBDL, as well as power forwrad Julius Cowart. Maurice Pokrajac will move back into the center position, and last years first round pick Whitney Cherry will be inserted into the starting lineup. The particulars of Askew's injury are still being examined by esteemed Orthopedic Surgeon Darren J. Read More
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