Friday, May 15, 2015

News On The Horizon 5/15/2015

Morning News: Rasheed Sulaimon To Maryland, Michael White To Florida, Anton Grady To Wichita State, Caleb Swanigan Decommit, And More--Basketball Predictions
Antony Grady To Wichita State Wichita State has perhaps the best backcourt in the country in Ron Baker and Fred Van Vleet. And while they have a lot of good young front court prospects, they didn't have a single front court player with significant proven Division I success. That changes with the addition of Anton Grady, an all-around tremendous player for Cleveland State this past season. He will plug right into Wichita State's starting lineup and, barring any offseason injuries or transfers, will make Wichita State a certain Top 25 team preseason. They could even sneak into the Top Ten.
Horizon League Adds Northern Kentucky The Horizon League was looking for a tenth team, and they got it in Northern Kentucky, just that latest team to bolt from the Atlantic Sun. Northern Kentucky began the transition from Division II to Division I in 2012, and this coming season will be their last where they are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament. This move won't matter much for postseason implications for a while, as Northern Kentucky is a long way as a program away from contending for a Horizon League title, but it could presage additional Horizon League expansion down the road.

Horizon League adds Northern Kentucky to ranks--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Horizon League changes all for the better, says Cleveland State coach Gary Waters--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Merrillville's BJ Jenkins makes journey worthwhile, commits to Detroit--The Post-Tribune
Inaugural Season Ticket Holder “Thank You Wednesday” Set For Wednesday, May

Women’s Basketball To Host Elite Camp, Team Shootouts In
Women’s Basketball Adds Kids Camp To June

Northern Kentucky to become Horizon League’s 10th school in 2015-16--Press Row Sports


Northern Kentucky to become official Horizon League member for 2015-16 season--The Catch and Shoot
Coach McClain at Wrigley Field on

2014-15 WBB Highlights: Ruvanna

Jamar Hurdle commits to Green Bay--Phear The Phoenix
News and notes: Fletcher's fantastic--Phear The Phoenix
Darner Announces Men's Basketball Coaching
Keifer Sykes Set for NBA Draft

Milwaukee Men’s Basketball Golf Outing Set For July
Milwaukee Adds Jeremy Johnson To Men’s Basketball

Green Leaves Big Mark at Milwaukee--UWM Post

Rule changes coming to NCAA Men's Basketball--Inside VU Sports
2013 Crusaders vs the 2015 Crusaders--The Valparaiso Crusaders Fan Zone

Report: Horizon League tournament moving to Detroit?--Dayton Daily News
WSU applauds addition of NKU to Horizon League--Dayton Daily News

NKU becomes Horizon League’s 10th member--Youngstown Vindicator
Northern Kentucky gives Horizon League even 10--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU adds Frantz as late signee--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU likes new site of HL tournament--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Monday, May 11, 2015

News On The Horizon 5/11/2015

Report: Horizon League tournament headed to Detroit--CollegeBasketballTalk
Reports: Northern Kentucky to move to the Horizon League--CollegeBasketballTalk
Northern Kentucky set for move to Horizon League--The Sporting News
Reports: Northern Kentucky to accept bid to Horizon League--Eye On College Basketball
Northern Kentucky Voting on Monday to move to Horizon League--Mid-Major Madness
Report: Horizon League to add Northern Kentucky--Dairyland Express

Former Cleveland State forward commits to Wichita State--CollegeBasketballTalk
Wichita State adds Cleveland State transfer Anton Grady--Sports Illustrated
Anton Grady transferring from Cleveland State to Wichita State--USA Today

Cleveland State assistant Bernard Scott named head women's coach at Detroit--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Rashad Phillips Inaugural Boys Overnight College Regimen Camp at
Olympia Entertainment, Horizon League Reach Agreement on Men’s Basketball

Bernard Scott Named UDM's 11th Head Women's Basketball
Coach Scott Formally Introduced As Head Coach On

Oakland head coach Greg Kampe’s cancer fundraiser brings in $161,000--CollegeBasketballTalk
Kampe's VIP 'Beat Cancer' fundraiser raises $162K--The Detroit Free Press
UDM, OU coaches happy Horizon League tourney in Detroit--The Detroit Free Press
Kampe earns highest bid of $30,000 in 'Beat Cancer' auction--The Detroit News
Moving Horizon League tourney to Detroit is all about branding--The Detroit News
Horizon League, Olympia Entertainment reach agreement to host men’s basketball tournament in Detroit--The Oakland Press

UIC lands JUCO transfer Najeal Young--The Catch and Shoot
UIC to host Illinois State in December--The Catch and Shoot
Horizon League Tournament moving to Detroit--The Catch and Shoot
Report: Northern Kentucky joining Horizon League--The Catch and Shoot
Former St. Rita Star Dominique Matthews Joins the
Coach McClain Adds Najeal Young to the 2015-16

Dates Announced for 2015 Regina Miller Basketball

Horizon League Tournament going neutral?--PantherU
Northern Kentucky joining the Horizon League--PantherU
Olympia Entertainment, Horizon League Reach Agreement on Men’s Basketball

Farley Added To Women’s Basketball
Women’s Basketball Holds End-Of-Season

Horizon League tournament moving to Detroit--The NWI Times
Northern Kentucky set to join Horizon League--The NWI Times
Changes on the Horizon--Inside VU Sports
Motor City Madness -- A Coach's take--Inside VU Sports
Getting to know Northern Kentucky--Inside VU Sports
Powell, Adekoya, Joseph to Head on AIA Tour of
Olympia Entertainment, Horizon League Reach Agreement on Men’s Basketball

Women's Basketball Announces Adjustment to Summer
Women's Basketball Adds Two More for

Who is Rowdy Raider?--The Guardian
Olympia Entertainment, Horizon League Reach Agreement on Men’s Basketball

WSU ready for new conference rival--The Guardian

Men's Basketball Accepting Summer Camp
Olympia Entertainment, Horizon League Reach Agreement on Men's Basketball
Men's Basketball Adds Guard Brett Frantz During Late Signing

Jeter Helps Raise $1.2 Million at Coaches vs. Cancer Gala--Horizon League Network
Valpo's Powell, Adekoya, Joseph to Head on AIA Tour of Poland--Horizon League Network
Oakland's Petros Selected to BCAM College Academic Team--Horizon League Network
Olympia Entertainment, Horizon League Reach Agreement on Men's Basketball Championship--Horizon League Network

Bernard Scott Named UDM's 11th Head Women's Basketball Coach--Horizon League Network

Saturday, May 2, 2015

News On The Horizon 5/2/2015

Oakland University unveils new blacktop-esque floor--The Dagger
Detroit Western PG Brailen Neely commits to Oakland U--The Detroit Free Press

Prep guard Dominique Matthews commits to UIC--The Catch and Shoot
Men’s basketball adds No. 3-ranked center--UIC News

Hirings and firings: 2015 college basketball coaching changes--Eye On College Basketball
Green Bay

Out: Brian Wardle. Wardle left to take the job at Bradley, a school that is more near to his stomping grounds of Chicago (where he had been an excellent recruiter for the Phoenix). He led the Phoenix to back-to-back 24-win seasons in 2014 and 2015, bowing out in the first round of the NIT each time. At 35, he's one of the younger coaches in America, but he's got a good track record of success to this point and will likely continue to succeed in his new position. Green Bay might look to former IUPUI coach and current Michigan State assistant Dane Fife, as he'd be a pretty strong hire there. Also, longtime Wisconsin assistant Greg Gard was a finalist for the job when Wardle got it in 2010, and could similarly be in the same position this time.

In: Linc Darner. Darner's Florida Southern won the Division II national championship this season with a 36-1 record. He was with the Mocassins since 2006, where he accumulated a 218-73 record and transformed the program into a power on that level by reaching eight straight D-II NCAA Tournaments. He played at Purdue under Gene Keady, and will try to lead the Phoenix back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. A hire that still has some questions, but ultimately could really work out.
With 4 open scholarships, what's next?--Phear The Phoenix
Charles Cooper commits to Green Bay--Phear The Phoenix

Basketball Says Thanks to Steve and Evan--UWM Post
Horizon League should seek all challengers--PantherU
Panthers Read To Elementary School

Former VU basketball player assists in Nepal cleanup--The NWI Times

Neel joins WSU--The Guardian
Donlon Signs Cincinnati Native

Best of Wright State athletics--The Guardian
Honorable mention, MVP: Tay’ler Mingo (Women’s basketball)
Tay'ler Mingo, The Guardian's Female Athlete of the Year

Female Athlete of the Year: Tay’ler Mingo (Women’s basketball)

Senior guard Tay’ler Mingo from Akron, Ohio won the Horizon League Player of the year last season and led the conference in points, assists and steals per game.

She ranked sixth in the NCAA with an average of 22.8 points per game and ranked 12th in the NCAA with 3.15 steals per game. Her point per game average ranked third in WSU history. Due to her high level of play, she set WSU single season records for assists (196), senior scoring (774), free throws made (240) and attempted in a season (320) and game (31).

“A lot of the credit goes to my teammates for getting me open and being in the right spot,” said Mingo. “I’m really grateful for the recognition but without my teammates I probably wouldn’t get that recognition. They make me better.”

With 774 points, she ranked second in the WSU record books for points in a single season; 10 behind the top rank. She scored over 20 points in 23 games on the season and scored over 30 points in six games. She had five double-digit assist games and recorded five double-doubles. On Dec. 5 she recorded a career-high with 34 points at Butler.

In the first round of the Horizon League Tournament, she recorded a career high and WSU single-game record in assists with 12 against Oakland. In the tournament, she averaged 25.7 points and 9.3 assists per game with two double-doubles. After two seasons at WSU she became the 20th member of the WSU 1,000 point club with 1,303 points in 69 career games.

“She put our program on the map,” said head coach of WSU’s women’s basketball team Mike Bradbury. “She kept us in it in tough times and she gave us a chance to win. We needed her to be the best player and that’s what she does.”
Most Improved Athlete of the Year: Richelle van der Keijl (Women’s basketball)

After being redshirted for the 2013-14 season, Richelle van der Keijl made her college debut this year for the Raiders. In the first 17 games of the season, the six-foot-five center from The Netherlands averaged 7.2 minutes and 3.3 points per game.

Her effectiveness while playing in zone defense was embraced by the coaching staff and became a big part of their game plan for the season. In the final 14 games, she averaged 10.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on 18.3 minutes. With zero starts last season, she finished with an overall average of 6.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during conference play.

“She’s got a really good attitude,” said head coach of the women’s basketball team Mike Bradbury. “She continues to improve and has continued to work and get better.”

She recorded a career high with 19 points on Jan. 24 against Cleveland State on 9 of 12 shooting. On Feb. 21, she recorded her first career double-double against Oakland with 18 points, five blocks and a career-high 12 rebounds.

“It was hard in the beginning,” said van der Keijl. “Hard work and practicing against good players helps a lot.”

Van der Keijl’s most impressive stat line was her .607 field goal percentage (82/135), ranked first in WSU single season history. Her average would have ranked fourth in the NCAA if she had met the minimum requirement for field goal attempts. She recorded a perfect field goal percentage in five games on the season including 14 consecutive field goals spread between the span of five straight games (March 4 – March 15).

She ranked fifth in the Horizon League with 37 blocks and tied for 11th with 68 offensive rebounds. In conference play, she ranked first with a .595 field goal percentage, third with 1.5 blocks per game and seventh with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

News On The Horizon 4/26/2015

Morning News: Kris Dunn Returning, Christian Wood Gone, Damion Lee To Lousiville, And Much More--Basketball Predictions
Anton Grady Leaving Cleveland State It seems like Cleveland State gets hit hard by graduate transfers every year, and Anton Grady is the latest. They had already lost Trey Lewis to Louisville, and now star big man Anton Grady is gone as well, though he hasn't yet decided on a destination. Certainly these two defections will seem to end any realistic chance of Cleveland State challenging for the Horizon League title next season.
Huskers on radar for senior transfer?
Cleveland State loses another fifth-year transfer in All-Horizon forward Anton Grady--Press Row Sports
Cleveland State basketball loses Anton Grady as fifth-year transfer (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Men's Basketball Announces Summer Camp

Mariana Bautista Signs NLI To Join Women’s Basketball

UIC chasing former Green Bay commit Antoine Pittman--The Catch and Shoot
All-conference forward Anton Grady leaving Cleveland State--The Catch and Shoot
Ex-Green Bay commit Julian Torres chooses UIC--The Catch and Shoot
Men’s basketball adds staff, two players--UIC News
UIC Men's Basketball Adds 6-9 Julian

Ruvanna Campbell Featured in Final Four

Mutual interest between Green Bay and Bryson Scott--Phear The Phoenix
All three Green Bay recruits granted release from NLI--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay offers scholarship to SPASH's Trevor Anderson--Phear The Phoenix

Drake, Milwaukee to participate in 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase--The Catch and Shoot
Milwaukee To Compete In 2015 Gulf Coast

Horizon League to add 10th team--The Guardian

Schlegel Named Coach DiGregorio MVP at Women's Basketball
Looking Forward: YSU Women’s Basketball Fall Signees

Thursday, April 16, 2015

News On The Horizon 4/15/2015

Horizon League passes cost-of-admission measure for men’s basketball--CollegeBasketballTalk
Ultra Early Horizon League Preview for the 2015-16 Season--The Catch and Shoot

NCAA fifth-year transfer rule needs to be fixed, quickly, say coaches--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Basketball signing day quiet at Akron, Cleveland State and Kent State: College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Six Titans Named to Horizon League Winter All-Academic

Biggest names in college coaching team up for an auction to raise money for cancer--CollegeBasketballTalk
Fundraiser offers chance to hang with a top hoops coach--USA Today
OU's Greg Kampe: We want to beat cancer--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland unveils new ‘blacktop’ basketball court--The Oakland Press
Horizon League votes unanimously to approve cost-of-attendance measure--Press Row Sports
Oakland’s Greg Kampe, fellow coaches apply full-court press to cancer with fundraiser--Press Row Sports
UWGB hires Florida Southern’s Linc Darner as new men’s basketball head coach--Press Row Sports
Horizon League Board of Directors Passes Cost of

Senior athletes say goodbye--Oakland Post

Amy Carlton played on the women’s basketball team for five years. Being a student-athlete taught her time management and teamwork skills. She graduated from Oakland in 2014 and is in her first year of the DPT program. She is returning to the team to serve as a graduate assistant next season.

To my team and coaches: “Thanks for an amazing five years. You are all the reason I come into practice every day smiling. Growing up with all brothers, it’s nice to come out of college with sisters. To my coaches: Thanks for all the incredible opportunities. I have learned so much and will never forget all the experiences along the way. Looking forward to working with you all next year.”

Horizon League passes cost-of-attendance legislation--The Catch and Shoot
UIC extends offers to several 2017 guards--The Catch and Shoot

Laura Litchfield Signs NLI with UIC Women's

Green Bay hires Linc Darner as new head coach--USA Today
Green Bay hires Linc Darner as next head coach--The Catch and Shoot
UWGB gets its man in Linc Darner--Green Bay Press Gazette
Darner has great resume, but is UWGB good fit?--Green Bay Press Gazette
Daeshon Francis to transfer from GB?--Phear The Phoenix
Linc Darner is Green Bay's new head coach--Phear The Phoenix
Linc Darner Named Green Bay's Men's Basketball Head

O26 NCAA Tourney Reflections: What Went Right & What Went Wrong--Rush The Court
Close… But Not Close Enough. Several O26 underdogs came oh-so-close to pulling off upsets only to come up empty against their higher-seeded counterparts. Harvard, a #13 seed, led North Carolina at the 1:15 mark before losing its edge and eventually falling by two. Wofford missed a game-winning three-point attempt in a narrow loss to #5 seed Arkansas. UC Irvine nearly toppled #4 seed Louisville – only to turn the ball over on its final possession – while fellow #14 seed Valparaiso was stifled by Maryland on its game-tying, buzzer-beating attempt. All told, seven low-seeded mid-majors lost by seven points or fewer in the round of 64, the majority of which had a chance to tie or win their games in the final minute. Unfortunately, ‘close’ isn’t close enough.
O26 Never-Too-Early Top Five (and More)--Rush The Court
Five More
After nearly toppling Maryland in March, Valpo should be even better next season. (Joe Raymond/Associated Press)
Valparaiso. Losing conference defensive Player of the Year Vashil Fernandez (2.9 BPG) will hurt, but nearly everyone else returns for this season’s Horizon League champions. Stretch-four Alec Peters (16.8 PPG) will likely enter 2015-16 as the preseason Player of the Year, while the Crusaders’ already-good backcourt – led by Darien Walker (10.7 PPG) and Tevonn Walker (10.3 PPG) – should be even better with the return of injured point guard Lexus Williams. To boot, Bryce Drew welcomes 7’0” freshman Derrik Smits, son of Indiana Pacers great Rik Smits, along with LSU transfer Shane Hammink (6’7”) and Portuguese import Daniel Relvao (6’9”).
Eight Crusaders Earn Winter Academic All-League

Five Student-Athletes Named Winter HL

Horizon schools vote to add stipends for hoops--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Adds Forward Matt Donlan During Late Signing

Second WNIT Berth Highlights 2014-15 Women's Basketball

College Basketball Coaches Team Up with American Cancer Society for "Beat Cancer"--Horizon League Network
Linc Darner Named Green Bay's Men's Basketball Head Coach--Horizon League Network