Saturday, July 14, 2018

News On The Horizon 7/14/2018

5 Question Friday: A-10 Stars, two-bid leagues, and more.--Mid-Major Madness

Save for the aforementioned Horizon League run, Cleveland State was not great last year. The Horizon League, in general, was not great. However, Cleveland State should be better in theory.

They’ll bring back a solid sophomore duo in Tyree Appleby and Stefan Kenic, who should carry the bulk of the scoring load. Kasheem Thomas also showed flashes last year and should be able to solidify the backcourt with Appleby. Are they going to dominate the Horizon League? Unlikely, but they can definitely build upon last season’s run and continue moving forward in Dennis Felton’s second year there.
Sam Ferry Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at
Previewing the Horizon: Detroit Mercy--The Norse Report

Allie LeClaire Inks Contract to Play for Liffey Celtics in
5 under-the-radar tournaments for mid-major fans to watch this November and December--Mid-Major Madness
Belfast Classic

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Field: San Francisco vs. Stephen F. Austin, Milwaukee vs. Buffalo | Marist vs. Dartmouth, LIU Brooklyn vs. Albany

Taking a bunch of mid-majors and sending them to Ireland for a few days is cool enough on its own. Like, to the point that maybe I should start begging one of these teams to take me (hmu LIU I go to a lot of your games). Add to it that these teams are, for the most part, really interesting, and you have a pair of mini-tournaments that I can’t wait to see. Start with San Francisco — a solid team overshadowed by the titans of the West Coast Conference. The Dons impressed friend of the site Jon Rothstein when he visited practice last month and you’ll want to scroll back in his timelines a bit for a few things he saw. 5’11 Frankie Ferrari seems to be the guy to watch there, and this blog loves the literal little guys, so we’re on board. The Dons will face Stephen F. Austin, which has found its footing in the Kyle Keller era and is again the class of the Southland. That won’t change with Shannon Bogues and TJ Holyfield headed into their senior years.

Milwaukee lost everyone and their mother (presumably) to transfer, so they shouldn’t be much of a match for Buffalo, a team that could flirt with the Top 25 this year. That’s OK — the Bulls should get a solid challenge against either the Dons or the Lumberjacks in the final. The other bracket doesn’t look nearly as exciting, but keep an eye on the New York matchup between LIU Brooklyn and Albany. The reigning NEC champs and the America East second place team will both look drastically different next year and this will be a fun opportunity to see what each can bring to the table.
Panthers Welcome Boys & Girls Club To
Milwaukee Basketball Adds Will Sessoms To

Golf Outing Spots Filling Up For Women’s
#117 Northern Kentucky Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview--College Sports Madness
Northern Kentucky Set to Host a Multi-Team Event in November--College Court Report
NKU's Drew McDonald on Team USA at FISU America Games later this month--Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU men’s basketball to host three-day tournament in November, will feature NCAA Tourney squads--Northern Kentucky Tribune
NKU standout McDonald to play for Team USA at upcoming FISU America Games in Brazil--Northern Kentucky Tribune
NKU Men's Basketball Team will Host a Multi-Team Event in November--River City News
NKU’s McDonald will represent the United States at FISU America Games--River City News
@NKUNorseMBB to host multi-team event in
NKU’s McDonald will represent the United States at FISU America
NABC honors @NKUNorseMBB with Team Academic Excellence
Wright State newcomer to represent Team USA in Brazil--Dayton Daily News
Men's Basketball Honored by
Wampler to Travel to
Three #HLMBB Programs Earn NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards--The Horizon League

Green Bay's Allie LeClaire Inks Contract to Play for Liffey Celtics in Ireland--The Horizon League

Saturday, July 7, 2018

News On The Horizon 7/7/2018

DePaul offers 2020 power forward Terrance Thompson--Big East Coast Bias
Per 247Sports, Thompson is currently an unranked recruit. There is, however, plenty of time for that to change. According to Verbal Commits, DePaul is the third program to offer him at this point. The Blue Demons join a short list that includes the Milwaukee Panthers and the Green Bay Phoenix. He’s the fourth power forward that DePaul has offered in the 2020 cycle. That list includes Allen Udemadu, three-star recruit Shon Robinson and four-star recruit Richard Springs.
Cleveland State hires Sam Ferry as assistant coach--Cleveland State Hoops
Sam Ferry Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at

Kielsmeier Announces 2018-19 Coaching
Gradwell & DeGraffenreid Set To Join Women’s Basketball For 2018-19
Top Ten Transfers Still on the Board--CBB Central
Other names to watch: Jonah Antonio (Mount St Mary’s), Josh Ayeni (St Bonaventure), Pedro Bradshaw (Eastern Kentucky), Jeremy Combs (LSU), John Dewey III (Sam Houston State), Tyrik Dixon (MTSU), Greg Eboigbodin (Illinois), Troy Holston Jr (South Florida), Jermaine Jackson Jr (Detroit), Antwain Johnson (MTSU), Mustafa Lawrence (Missouri State), Tyler Maye (VCU), Jalyn Patterson (LSU), Marcell Pettway (Nevada), Isaiah Ross (UMKC), Matz Stockman (Minnesota), Quatarrius Wilson (McNeese State).
NCAA Tournament-Tested Mike Davis Named Detroit Mercy Head Men’s Basketball
Titans To Play At California, Temple In 2018 Legends
Registration Now Open for 2018 Titan Golf
Juwan Howard Jr. To Play For New York Knicks Summer League
Golden State Warriors thoroughly vetted Kendrick Nunn before signing--Detroit Free Press

Taylor Gleason continues professional basketball career--Oakland Post
UIC forward Tai Odiase to join Suns for summer league--Chicago Tribune
Suns Sign Odiase to Summer League
Blount Helps Ireland Win Bronze at FIBA

Flames Place 75 on Horizon League Honor

Booker and Lillard Join @UICWBB
Former UWGB, SNC coach Mike Heideman dies--Green Bay Press Gazette
Former Green Bay Men's Basketball Coach Mike Heideman Passes

One Hundred and Two Student-Athletes Named to League's Spring Academic Honor

Green Bay Adds Gallasov√° to 2018 Recruiting
Head Coach Pat Baldwin Enters Year No. 2 At
Milwaukee Men’s Basketball Opens Summer
Milwaukee Basketball Program Adds Harrison
VIDEO: Checking In With Men's Basketball Summer

Milwaukee Places 113 Student-Athletes On Spring Academic Honor

Video: Women's Basketball Kicks Off Summer Practice
Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season--College Court Report
Zaynah Robinson – Northern Kentucky Norse

2017-18 Program: Norfolk State Spartans
2016-17 Stats: 13.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.6 spg; 37.9% FG (DNP in 2017-18)

Zaynah Robinson didn’t suit up for Norfolk State this past season, but he was one of the top guards in the country in 2016-17 that nobody talked about. Robinson enjoyed a breakout season in 2016-17, finishing second on the Spartans in scoring behind Jonathan Wade. Now, Robinson has transferred from the perennial powerhouse in the MEAC, and is off to the Horizon League as a member of the Northern Kentucky Norse.

Robinson averaged 13.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game in 2016-17, all of which were career high marks for the 5’11” guard from Atlanta. With all that the Norse have lost from last season, Robinson should be the feature guard on offense, and he will form a nice one-two punch with returning forward Drew McDonald. The Horizon League is home to some of the nation’s most underrated guards, and Robinson is one of them. Robinson will look to build off his 2016-17 numbers and close out his collegiate career with another impressive campaign.
John Brannen and NKU look to keep Norse’s momentum going--The Athletic
John Brannen signs four-year NKU contract extension through 2021-22 season--Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Bearcats, NKU Norse to play home-and-home men's basketball series--Cincinnati Enquirer
Brannen inks new four-year contract with NKU, will remain Norse head coach through 2021-22--Northern Kentucky Tribune
After 30-year series hiatus, NKU to battle Cincinnati in men’s basketball this season--Northern Kentucky Tribune
NKU, Coach John Brannen Agree to Contract Extension--River City News
Brannen to lead Norse through 2022--The Northerner
@NKUNorseMBB Summer
NKU, Brannen agree to contract to lead @NKUNorseMBB through
Northern Kentucky hosts Miami (Ohio) in men’s basketball as part of 2018-19
Know Your Norse: Silas

NKU lands 96 student-athletes on 2018 Horizon League Spring Academic Honor

Spots available for Camryn Whitaker Basketball Day
#141 Wright State Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview--College Sports Madness
Fairmont grad who scored 52 points in game last season joins Wright State basketball team--Dayton Daily News
99 Raiders Honored by

Monday, June 25, 2018

News On The Horizon 6/25/2018

IndyStar basketball recruiting rankings for Indiana's 2019 class--The Indy Star
5. Brandon Newman, Valparaiso: The 6-4 Newman was dominant as a junior, averaging 24.8 points and 9.5 rebounds to lead Valpo to a Class 4A sectional title. Newman has continued to play well on the grassroots travel circuit and has high-major offers from Purdue, Creighton, DePaul, Kansas State and Xavier, in addition to Loyola of Chicago, Milwaukee, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Toledo and Valparaiso.

Castle's Alex Hemenway (Photo: Mike Lawrence/Courier & Press)
7. Alex Hemenway, Castle: The 6-4 guard had an outstanding sophomore season for a Class 4A semistate team and followed it up with a junior season that saw him average 20.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Hemenway, who is ranked No. 224 nationally in the class by 247sports, has offers from Belmont, Bradley, Butler, Clemson, Creighton, Evansville, IUPUI, Nebraska, Northern Kentucky, Valparaiso and Xavier.

Floyd Central's Cobie Barnes (right) (Photo: David Lee Hartlage/Courier Journal)
9. Cobie Barnes, Floyd Central: The 6-6 Barnes averaged 16.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for a 24-2 team as a junior. He earned a spot on the Junior All-Star team and put up 30 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to the Kentucky All-Stars in June. Barnes was offered last year by IUPUI, Evansville, Indiana State and Miami of Ohio.

HSE guard Aaron Etherington (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)
11. Aaron Etherington, Hamilton Southeastern: The 6-6 Etherington averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and shot 34 percent from the 3-point line as a junior at HSE. Etherington picked up offers this spring from Buffalo, Evansville and Toledo, adding to a list of previous offers from Ball State, IUPUI, Jacksonville and Ohio.

Ben Davis guard Jalen Windham (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)
12. Jalen Windham, Ben Davis: The 6-4 Windham has developed a reputation as a 3-point shooter. He averaged 14.0 points per game as a junior and shot 46 percent from the 3-point line for a team that played in a Class 4A regional. On the Nike EYBL circuit this spring, Windham shot 46 percent from the arc for the Spiece Indy Heat and averaged 8.5 points per game. He picked up offers from Miami of Ohio and Ohio, adding to a list that includes IUPUI, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Manual forward Jalen Johnson (Photo: Doug McSchooler/for IndyStar)
14. Jalen Johnson, Manual: The 6-8 Manual forward has showed plenty of potential, averaging 22.0 points and 10.9 rebounds as a junior. Johnson played this spring for Team Rose on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. He currently has offers from Illinois-Chicago and Southern Illinois.

New Castle's Luke Bumbalough (3) (Photo: Jordan Kartholl/Star Press)
15. Luke Bumbalough, New Castle: The 6-foot guard, also a standout receiver on the football team, averaged 20.0 points, 5.9 assists and shot 47 percent from the 3-point line as a junior for the Trojans. Bumbalough committed to Ball State in late June over offers from IUPUI, Miami of Ohio and Purdue-Fort Wayne. He also had a football offer from Ball State.

Brownsburg's Cameron Alford (Photo: Matt Kryger/IndyStar)
17. Cameron Alford, Brownsburg: The 6-foot Alford had another strong season, averaging 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game to lead Brownsburg to a 20-5 season. He is over 1,000 career points and was named a Junior All-Star. Alford has Division I interest from programs like Ball State, Cleveland State and Morehead State.

Manuel Brown (right) transferred from Scecina to Warren Central. (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)
19. Manuel Brown, Warren Central: The 6-1 guard averaged 13.7 points per game last season as a junior at Scecina, helping the Crusaders to a Class 2A semistate appearance. Brown, who has previous offers from IUPUI and Texas Southern, was selected to the Junior All-Star team.

Richmond's Lucas Kroft (Photo: Courtesy photo)
20. Lucas Kroft, Richmond: The 6-5 Kroft will transfer to Richmond for his senior season after attending Fort Wayne North Side. He averaged 12.5 points per game as a junior. Kroft selected Ball State in late June over offers from several other Division I programs, including Indiana State and Milwaukee.