Friday, May 27, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/27/2016

Keeping Up with the Horizon League--Mid-Major Madness

The End Could be Near for the Wolstein Center--Campus Pressbox
Cleveland State University may demolish Wolstein Center for smaller arena, housing--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Detroit Mercy hopes to play Michigan in 2017 at Little Caesars Arena--The Detroit Free Press
New Detroit coach Alexander shooting for pride--The Detroit News
Former Titan Doug Anderson In The Finals Of TNT’s “The Dunk King”--detroittitans.com

Alec Peters withdraws from NBA Draft, will he transfer?--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valparaiso's Alec Peters has withdrawn from the NBA Draft--Mid-Major Madness
NBA Draft Deadline 2016: Key returnees throughout the mid-major landscape--Mid-Major Madness
Alec Peters, Valparaiso

Peters is coming back to college, but it's not clear exactly where that will be in 2016-17. The forward is eligible for a graduate transfer, meaning the can leave for another school -- possibly a high major with a spot still open -- and play immediately. Peters averaged double figures in scoring all three seasons at Valparaiso and scored 20.8 per game in the NIT last season as he led the Crusaders to the title game. If he returns to Valpo, the Crusaders would have a shot at returning to the NCAA Tournament after some feel they were snubbed a year ago.
Clemson announces addition of Valpo transfer David Skara--Today's U Sports
Valparaiso’s Alec Peters withdraws from NBA Draft--Today's U Sports
Alec Peters withdraws from NBA Draft, but will he return to Valparaiso?--The Post-Tribune
VU's Peters withdraws from NBA draft, future undecided--The NWI Times
Alec Peters shares thoughts on NBA, Valparaiso--Inside VU Sports
Reynolds: Why Alec Peters pulled out of NBA draft. Now, will he transfer from Valpo?--Peoria Journal Star
Peters Withdraws From NBA Draft--valpoathletics.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/17/2016


NBA Draft prospects big fans of new rule giving them more time to test waters--CBS Sports
Someone like Kay Felder had plenty of reason to stay in school. He wanted badly to play in an NCAA Tournament, and he had a shot at history this as he was within striking distance of Bobby Hurley's all-time NCAA career assist record. But in the end, he went full-steam ahead with his professional choice.

"It was just a lot of thinking," Felder said. "Coming back, being a senior, getting your degree, that definitely played into my decision when I first made it and was thinking about testing the waters. But once I really sat down and thought about how to approach this, I sat down and hired an agent because now is the right time for me to make the jump. It's not everyday someone from my neighborhood, from my family, gets to experience this."

UWGB's Kevin Borseth honored by WBCA--Green Bay Press Gazette
Kevin Borseth Named WBCA Coach of the Year--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/16/2016


Nick Wilson Named Director of Strength and Conditioning--detroittitans.com

Six Takeaways from the 2016 NBA Draft Combine--CollegeBasketballTalk
6. Small guards are still finding a way

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas has become a popular man among players. Not only was the point guard the last pick in the NBA Draft in 2011, but he’s also 5-foot-9.

The rise of Thomas into All-Star has given new motivation to smaller guards like Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis and Oakland’s Kay Felder.

Ulis just opted to through testing and didn’t play in the combine, but he is still a likely first-round pick after being one of college basketball’s best players this past season. Felder played very well at the combine and has a lot of confidence going into the draft.

With the NBA game going smaller and putting a focus on perimeter shooting and ball handlers, there is still plenty of room for smaller guards who can still make plays. Ulis and Felder are both elite playmakers who should be able to make a roster if given the right tools to work with.
Stock Watch: Winners and losers of the 2016 NBA Draft Combine--USA Today
Kay Felder | PG | Oakland

Felder tied the record for max vertical leap at the combine this week at 44 inches, despite skepticism about the veracity of those marks this year. Still, being anywhere near that mark shows what kind of explosive athlete we'll see in Felder.

"I just looked up at the thing and said 'go get it,'" Felder said of his leap. "I just thought if I'm going to be here, why not leave with your name on the tip of people's mouths."

That athleticism showed up on both ends in the 5-on-5 session, where the biggest revelation was his ability to defend. Felder harassed guys like Melo Trimble and Cat Barber into turnovers. Occasionally at Oakland -- because of his role offensively -- Felder didn't play with a ton of effort on defense, and it's his biggest hurdle in carving out an NBA role. His size will always be a hindrance in switching onto larger players, but he's powerfully built and he showed he can be a weapon on that end.

Offensively, Felder also played well, showing burst to get to the rim whenever he wanted and a terrific mid-range pull-up game -- essential at his size. His pick-and-roll instincts are great too, and he should be able to create for teammates at the next level. I don't believe he'll necessarily be a first-round pick, but Felder definitely helped himself.

UIC targets rim protector with final scholarship--The Catch and Shoot

Women's Basketball Golf Outing Set For July 29--uwmpanthers.com

Vanderbilt's Bryce Drew keeps promise at Valparaiso graduation--The Tennessean
Thirty-two NKU student-athletes earn degrees--nkunorse.com