Thursday, May 5, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/4/2016

Michigan hires assistant hoops coaches Donlon and Washington--USA Today
Mid-Majors Well Represented On 2016 NBA Draft Early Entry List--Mid-Major Madness
Hired Agent:
Kay Felder (Oakland)
Testing NBA Waters:
Alec Peters (Valparaiso)
Beilein adds Donlon, Washington to UM staff--The Detroit News

Men’s Basketball To Host A Pair Of Camps In

Titans Give Back To The City Of

Seven Titans Tabbed Winter All-Academic By The Horizon

Reunited: Sebastien Bellin sees daughters for first time since Brussels attacks--Oakland Post
Saddi Washington goes to U of M: Associate head basketball coach now a Wolverine--Oakland Post

Metro & state: Oakland women’s hoops adds two junior college transfers--The Detroit Free Press

David Skara to appeal Valparaiso decision to block him from Vanderbilt--The Post-Tribune
Eight Crusaders Earn Winter Academic All-League
Christine Roush named to #HLWBB All-Academic

Report: Michigan Wolverines expected to hire Billy Donlon--Dayton Daily News
Former Wright State coach Billy Donlon lands at Michigan--Dayton Daily News

Men’s Basketball Adds Three Recruits During Late Signing

Horizon League Announces 2015-16 Winter Academic All-League Teams--Horizon League Network

Saturday, April 30, 2016

News On The Horizon 4/30/2016

We’re Still Talking About Ronald Berkman’s House--Campus Pressbox

The 2016 Effy Awards: Michigan State, Villanova win offensive honors--Sports Illustrated
6. Workhorse: Kay Felder, 5'9" junior PG, Oakland

Felder played 91.5% of available minutes for the Golden Grizzlies, who were the 10th-fastest team in the country. That means he was running their offense for an estimated 2,392 possessions—the most of any point guard in the nation—and taking on an insanely heavy workload: He was the only D-I player who, while he was on the floor, took at least 30% of his team’s shots (for Felder, it was 30.6%) and assisted on at least 50% of his teammates’ field goals (he was at exactly 50.0%).
11. The Ultimate Specialist: Max Hooper, 6'6" senior SG, Oakland

Hooper attempted 257 field goals as a senior and every one of them was a three. As he told SI during this season, his role for Oakland was "not a circus act"—he was a vital weapon in one of the best mid-major offenses and a 45.5% shooter from deep. According, among players who attempted at least 20 field goals in a season since 2002, there have only been six who took 100% of their shots as threes. The next-closest to Hooper’s 257 is Iowa’s Devan Bakwinkel, who attempted ... 84 in ‘09–10.
Oakland gets commitment from North Farmington guard Billy Thomas--The Detroit Free Press

Male Athlete of the Year: Alec Peters--The Torch

Women's basketball notes: Walker on the move--The Torch
Brannen announces Tim Morris as @NKUNorseMBB

Women’s program gaining in popularity--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU Women’s Basketball Adds Graduate Transfer Tamira

Friday, April 29, 2016

News On The Horizon 4/29/2016

Cleveland State reportedly in running for Ohio State transfer A.J. Harris--Cleveland State Hoops

Detroit Mercy coach Bacari Alexander gathering staff, outlining goals--The Detroit Free Press
Inside Coach Alexander’s Press

Dixson Tabbed UIC Rookie of the

With several spots to fill, 2017 recruiting is full steam ahead--Phear The Phoenix

Green Bay Southwest hires Templin as coach--Green Bay Press Gazette

UWM's Jordan signs first recruit--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM hires Chinedu Nwachukwu as director of basketball operations--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nwachukwu Named Milwaukee Director Of Basketball

Lottich rounds out Valparaiso coaching staff--The NWI Times
Matt Lottich Announces Coaching
Valpo Basketball

Former Penguin Hain working his way back from injury--Youngstown Vindicator
Youngstown State Struggles to Break Through Ceiling of

News On The Horizon 4/26/2016

Chat with new UDM basketball coach Bacari Alexander Live--The Detroit Free Press

Darner's extension doesn't include pay raise--Green Bay Press Gazette

LaVall Jordan Adds Bryce Barnes As First NLI

The 2016 Effy Awards: West Virginia, Syracuse win defensive honors--Sports Illustrated
All-Effy For Interior Defensive Impact: The Elite Eight Power Forwards/Centers

• Vashil Fernandez, 6'10" senior C, Valparaiso: He was the nation’s highest-impact interior defender, and not just because he ranked No. 1 in block percentage, swatting 14.3% of opponents’ two-point attempts. The Crusaders held opponents to just 36.1% shooting on the interior (and 0.86 PPP overall) when Fernandez was on the floor, as opposed to 48.6% (and 0.96 PPP overall) when he was on the bench, according to data. Fernandez also helped Valpo have the nation’s stingiest post defense, allowing just 0.61 PPP, according to Synergy.
Valparaiso makes bad move blocking David Skara's transfer to Vanderbilt--The Post-Tribune
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Friday, April 22, 2016

News On The Horizon 4/22/2016

2016 NBA DRAFT EARLY ENTRY LIST: A complete list of who’s in, who’s out and who has an agent--CollegeBasketballTalk
Kay Felder, Oakland, Jr: Felder was one of the most productive players in the country this past season, averaging 24.4 points and 9.3 assists. He’s only 5-foot-9 and played in a system that was conducive to massive numbers, but he’s talented enough that he’ll likely get picked somewhere in the second round.
Alec Peters, Valparaiso, Jr

Bryn Forbes, Matt Costello make their case to NBA teams--The Detroit Free Press

Detroit hires Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander--Sports Illustrated
Why Alexander Should be the Next Head Coach at Detroit
Detroit to give Bacari Alexander 7-year deal as new basketball coach--The Detroit Free Press
UDM coach Bacari Alexander: 'On the court, we’ll be exciting'--The Detroit Free Press
New UDM coach Bacari Alexander's preparedness among best traits--The Detroit Free Press
Perry Watson: Bacari Alexander hiring is a 'home run' for Detroit--The Detroit Free Press
Report: Bacari Alexander, Detroit close to deal--The Detroit News
Bacari Alexander known as ‘great motivator, players’ coach’--The Detroit News
Alexander pledges an 'exciting brand of ball' at UD--The Detroit News
Titan Teams Well Above The Bar In Latest APR
Titans To Announce New Head MBB Coach On
Former Titan Bacari Alexander Named Head Men’s Basketball

A night of legacy and courage: the second annual Black and Gold Awards--Oakland Post

Former women's basketball player Mellios located, had been missing since April 16--Oakland Post

A look at UIC’s 2017 frontcourt targets--The Catch and Shoot

Horizon League shake-up leaves UWGB in good shape--Green Bay Press Gazette

The Servant of Two Masters--Inside VU Sports
Skara's departure produces questions--The Torch
NKU women's hoops coach leaves for South Dakota--Cincinnati Enquirer
Plitzuweit leaves NKU for South Dakota--The Northerner
Plitzuweit announced as South Dakota head

WSU’s Nagy announces coaching staff--Dayton Daily News
Nagy Names

Men's Basketball Camp Registration Now

Looking Forward: YSU Women’s Basketball Class of 2020 Fall Signees