Former Hornet sports stars generating buzz

Stingers up for two former Hornet athletes who are making news this week! Eric Stuteville became the first former Sacramento State basketball player to play in an NBA Summer League game when he suited up Sunday for the Sacramento Kings. The moment was acknowledge via Twitter by the men’s basketball program and subsequently covered by the Sacramento Bee.

The Orangeville native started all 31 games at center for Sac State last season.

Back East, a former Hornet is generating buzz on the basepaths: NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that it is “only a matter of time” before Rhys Hoskins, a first baseman who started 59 games for Sac State during his final season, is called up to the major league Philadelphia Phillies. Hopkins was the Phillies’ fourth-round draft pick in 2014, the fourth-highest drafted player in program history.

#MadeAtSacState stars to be featured during Sacramento Republic FC matches

If you take in any Sacramento Republic FC matches this summer, you may see some familiar faces on the video board during stoppages. As part of Sacramento State’s new partnership with the Republic, fans will be treated to a 30-second montage featuring a few of the individuals we’re proud to say were “Made at Sac State.”

The perfect time to check out the commercial – and the Republic – in person is this Saturday with your fellow Hornet alums. The Sac State Alumni Association is sponsoring “Sac State Alumni Night at Sacramento Republic FC,” and you can get more details about the event and purchase tickets on the Alumni Association’s Facebook page.

Check out the video above and see who you recognize. You can take a look at all of our Made at Sac State Profiles at csus.edu/made.

Twin alumni behind pickup basketball app are featured on Capital Public Radio

The day after their beloved Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals, twin brothers Dominic ’11 (Marketing) and Donte ’11 (General Management) Morris were taking a bit of a victory lap of their own. During an interview with Capital Public Radio on June 13, they said that their pickup basketball app, Hoop Maps, now has more than 50,000 users.

The app lets people find pickup basketball games anywhere in the world, and earlier this year was featured in news outlets ranging from Sacramento’s CBS 13 to ESPN. But the success of Hoop Maps has not entirely been a shock, they told Capital Public Radio, given how hard they worked before launching to get feedback from actual pickup game players.

“Once it was built out, the spike of users wasn’t a surprise to us because we went out there and tested it on the ground to see how people accepted it,” Dominic said. “Sacramento is a real bustling pickup town, but you have markets like New York where it’s actually our most successful market, where there are … so many people looking for games. So we’re learning different markets now, and how to address different markets.”

The brothers say they hope to duplicate the app’s basketball success in other sports, such as soccer, tennis, and golf.

Click here to read our original post about Donte and Dominic Morris.