Thursday, April 9, 2020

News On The Horizon 4/9/2020

Loyalty Isn’t Dead: Small-School Stars Stay Put--Watch Stadium
Loudon Love was the Player of the Year in the Horizon League. Javion Hamlet earned POY honors in Conference USA. Loren Cristian Jackson claimed the award in the MAC.
All three could have been grad transfers, being wooed by no shortage of high-major programs, some of which have been compiling a list of mid-major standouts eligible to grad transfer since before the season even began.
Instead, all three players stayed loyal.
They didn’t even peek around to see who was waiting in the wings, who was ready to pounce if they decided to go the route of what is certain to be at least 200 grad transfers from around the country.
In a day and age in which it’s common to bolt for what so many believe might be greener pastures, Love, Hamlet and Jackson turned down the glitz and glamour of high-major hoops to become the exception in today’s college basketball.

“There are no guarantees if I leave and go somewhere else,” Love said. “But I know what I have here, and I don’t see any reason to change.”
When the now 6-foot-8, 255-pound Love arrived on campus, he was overweight at 325 pounds and many figured he’d be better-served to go the football route. He got serious college football looks back in high school, but his passion was on the hardwood, and Love wound up following Scott Nagy to Wright State after initially committing to Nagy’s former school, South Dakota State.
Love was still recovering from a torn ACL his senior year of high school and agreed with Nagy that it was best for him to sit out his freshman season to get into shape. After dropping some weight, Love has been one of the best players over the past three seasons for Nagy in the Horizon and was considered the best player in the league this season after averaging 15.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
But he never really gave heading somewhere else for his final college season any thought until an elderly woman implored him not to leave Wright State at an autograph session prior to the season.
“Loyalty is a big thing and has always been a big character trait for me,” Love said. “A lot of schools told me to play football, but Coach Nagy saw my potential. I trust him and the bond I have with the staff and the players. I’m happy at Wright State and am not going anywhere.”
“He’s one of the best I’ve ever coached,” said Nagy, whose coaching career began nearly 30 years ago as an assistant at Illinois. “Super loyal. I can’t even explain the connection we’ve had, but I honestly wish he was more selfish. He’s just a great teammate, and we were never worried about him leaving as a grad transfer.”

Catching Up With Junior Emma

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

News On The Horizon 4/8/2020

March Madness immortalized: The 101 greatest NCAA Tournament games in modern college basketball history--CBS Sports


4. East first round: No. 14 Cleveland State 83, No. 3 Indiana 79

Being that this is just the second year of a 64-team bracket, Cleveland State becomes the first true Cinderella of the modern era. Behind the heroics of Ken "Mouse" McFadden, the Vikings are the first small-conference team to make the Sweet 16, and of course the lowest-seeded to do it as well. This game is also the first time a Bob Knight-coached team loses in the first round. Oh by the way, the '86 tourney had two No. 14-over-No. 3 seeds: Arkansas-Little Rock over Notre Dame was the other.
6. East Sweet 16: No. 7 Navy 71, No. 14 Cleveland State 70

Imagine if the NCAA Tournament delivered Navy vs. Cleveland State in today's age? Great as this bracket has remained for decades, that just doesn't seem possible anymore. Of course, Navy made it so far because it had a unique star: David Robinson. Here he scores 22 points -- including the winner with four seconds to go -- grabs 14 rebounds and blocks nine shots (second best in tournament history) in one of the all-time Cinderella Sweet 16 matchups, which was hosted by New Jersey's Brendan Byrne Arena. Robinson boasts tournament-bests -- 27.5 points and 11.8 rebounds on average -- but Duke's Johnny Dawkins (26.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) wins the East's MOP.

Norse MBB Pick Up Top 100 JUCO Recruit Darius Harding Amidst Roster Shakeup--Norse Report

Sunday, April 5, 2020

News On The Horizon 4/5/2020

Oakland County's top NCAA Tournament performances the last 30 years--Oakland Press
Oakland County has been able to leave a mark on the NCAA Tournament over recent years. Here’s 15 notable performances from Oakland County athletes in March Madness over the last 30 years.
March 19, 2010 – Keith Benson (Oakland University) was the lone bright spot in Oakland University’s 89-66 loss to 3-seed Pittsburgh in the first round of tourney action, notching an impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Benson took OU back to the Big Dance the next year, where they played tough in an 85-81 defeat at the hands of 4-seed Texas. A two-time Summit League MVP, Benson played a year in the NBA and is currently playing overseas.
March 15, 2005 – Brandon Cassise (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s-Walled Lake Central) came off the bench to score 14 points in Oakland University’s first NCAA Tournament contest and win, a 79-69 victory over Alabama A&M in a play-in game. OU lost 96-68 to top-seeded North Carolina.
March 11, 1999 – Rashad Phillips (Ferndale) sheeted 16 points and five assists in 12th-seeded U-D Mercy’s 56-53 dispatching of fifth-seeded UCLA and its future NBA backcourt of Baron Davis and Earl Watson. Phillips is one of the greatest point guards to ever play in the Horizon League and left UDM in 2001 as the program’s all-time leading scorer (2,319 points).

Luke Yaklich named UIC men’s basketball head coach--UIC News

Thursday, April 2, 2020

News On The Horizon 4/2/2020

Ten freshmen who exceeded their expectations to impact college basketball in the 2019-20 season--CBS Sports

Amari Davis, Green Bay

Ranked No. 389 nationally as a prospect in the 2019 class, Davis brought an unorthodox but effective style to Green Bay as a freshman. He helped lead a team that finished 11-7 in the Horizon League by averaging 15.9 points a game. But unlike most 6-3 guards, Davis relied almost solely on 2-point shots. He attempted just eight 3-pointers all season and missed all of them. But Davis hit 52.4% of his 2-pointers and surpassed 20 points eight times.

Tanner Holden, Wright State

Holden stuffed the stat sheet for a Wright State team that won the Horizon League's regular-season title with a 15-3 league record. The unranked prospect stepped in to a starting role in the season's second game and averaged 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting an incredibly efficient 61.1% from the floor, including 42.4% from 3-point range.

Final Dennis Gates Coach's Radio Show to Air Monday, April

“Celebrating the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships” To Air On Thursday, April

Pat Caputo - Wants vs. needs brought into clear perspective by coronavirus--Oakland Press


New UIC coach Luke Yaklich keeps Dee Brown on staff as an assistant--Chicago Tribune
Brock Erickson Joins UIC Men’s Basketball
@CoachYak Completes @UICFlamesMBB Coaching

UWGB junior guard Trevian Bell enters transfer portal--Green Bay Press Gazette
Trevian Bell to transfer from GB--Phear The Phoenix

NKU Norse transfer Jalen Tate has 13 schools interested, per report--Cincinnati Enquirer

2019-20 Women's Basketball Season In