Thursday, August 11, 2016

News On The Horizon 8/11/2016


Detroit announces non-conference slate--The Catch and Shoot
UDM to open Bacari Alexander era vs. Wayne State--The Detroit Free Press
Seven Home Games Featured In @DetroitMBB Non-Conference Schedule--detroittitans.com
Horizon League Joins Collegiate Officiating Consortium--detroittitans.com
Titans at the Olympics: Taking a Look at the History--detroittitans.com
Exhibition Game Vs. Wayne State To Benefit Detroit Public Schools--detroittitans.com
Catching Up With Eli Holman--detroittitans.com

Road Games Highlight Women's Basketball Non-Conference Slate--detroittitans.com

Former Oakland guard Kay Felder lands multi-year deal with Cleveland Cavs--Press Row Sports
OAKLAND MEN’S BASKETBALL PROFESSIONAL PLAYER UPDATE--ougrizzlies.com
FELDER SIGNS CONTRACT WITH CLEVELAND CAVALIERS--ougrizzlies.com

POPKEY AND NASH SIGN PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS--ougrizzlies.com

UIC releases 2016-17 non-conference schedule--The Catch and Shoot

Men's Basketball Enjoys Successful Golf Outing--GreenBayPhoenix.com

Women's Basketball Ranks 13th on WBCA Honor Roll--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Megan Lukan Claims Bronze in Olympic Games--GreenBayPhoenix.com

With a Winning Record and Resulting Roster Attrition, Was Firing Jeter the Right Move for Milwaukee?--HLeagueHoops.com
Milwaukee Men’s Basketball Volunteers At Boys And Girls Club--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Athletics Set To Celebrate State Fair--uwmpanthers.com
Limited Spots Available For Milwaukee Men’s Basketball Golf Outing--uwmpanthers.com

Gluesing Joins Women’s Basketball Staff--uwmpanthers.com
Johnson Added To Women’s Basketball Roster--uwmpanthers.com

Matthew Dellavedova’s high hopes for unknown roommate Ryan Broekhoff--FOX Sports
Inside Alec Peters’ decision to return to Valparaiso--CollegeBasketballTalk
10. Men Who Speak Up Main Event--Bleacher Report
Valparaiso to Play in “Men Who Speak Up Main Event”--valpoathletics.com
Tre Cobbs signs with @NKUNorseMBB--nkunorse.com

No restrictions, no excuses for Division I Norse--The Northerner
NCAA Board approves NKU’s Division I membership status--nkunorse.com
Northern Kentucky University Athletics, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers announce partnership--nkunorse.com

Wright State nonconference foes revealed; Raiders to open on road--Dayton Daily News
Raiders Announce Nonleague Schedule--wsuraiders.com

Buckeyes, Spartans Highlight 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Non-League Slate--ysusports.com

YSU's Women's Basketball Team Posts Nation's Third-Best GPA in 2015-16--ysusports.com

Sunday, July 31, 2016

News On The Horizon 7/30/2016


FSU men's basketball announces Detroit, Winthrop games--Noles 24/7
Former Titans Bass, Wilson to play basketball overseas--The Detroit News
Pair Of Titans Sign Professional Contracts--detroittitans.com
Men’s Basketball To Play At Illinois, Florida State In NIT Season Tip-Off--detroittitans.com

Trevian Bell commits to Green Bay--Phear The Phoenix

10 things learned from the Nike Skills Academy--HoopSeen
6: HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR IS LOCKED DOWN

Last year, it was a battle between Kay Felder and Alec Peters for the Horizon League Player of the Year. While Felder is now suiting up for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Peters has returned back to college for one more year and it would seem that Peters is the best mid-major player in America. He had an okay first day in Los Angeles but he made sure to end the event in strong form. The 6-foot-7 forward hit on three 3-pointers during one spurt mixed in with an out of area putback. He showed off improved athleticism at the basket, a much stronger physique, and a go-getter mentality that should enable for ginormous numbers on any given night during his senior campaign.

New look WSU women’s team eager for new start--Dayton Daily News

Thursday, July 28, 2016

News On The Horizon 7/28/2016

The Best Mid-Major Rivalry: A Debate--Mid-Major Madness
Oakland vs. Detroit

When discussing rivalries in the Horizon League, one clearly stands above the rest. In what has been dubbed the Metro Series, the rivalry between the conference's two Detroit-area schools, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies and the Detroit Titans, is filled with passion and intensity. Much of the intrigue involved in this series stems from the frustration Oakland felt for the years leading up to their addition to the Horizon League. Prior to Oakland joining the conference, these two teams only met 12 times on the hardwood and had not played each other since 2003.

The two teams did not meet again for over a decade. Oakland's program continued to improve, but the Golden Grizzlies were denied the chance to prove they should be held in a similar regard to Detroit. Oakland finally got their chance at redemption when they joined the Horizon League in 2013-14. Since joining the conference, Oakland has turned the tables on Detroit and won five of the six meetings between the two as conference foes.

-- Andrew Evans

Report: Pistons signing former Detroit Mercy star Ray McCallum to one-year deal--WXYZ Detroit
Detroit Pistons sign former UDM star Ray McCallum--The Detroit Free Press
Pistons sign ex-Detroit Mercy star Ray McCallum--The Detroit News
AP Source says Pistons agree to 1-year deal with former Country Day standout Ray McCallum--The Oakland Press
Ray McCallum Inks Contract With Hometown Pistons--detroittitans.com

Kimberly's Chevalier commits to UWGB--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay lands local product Will Chevalier--Phear The Phoenix

Four Panthers Named To NABC Honors Court--uwmpanthers.com
More NABC Honors For Milwaukee Basketball

Milwaukee Signs Kyle Rechlicz To Contract Extension--uwmpanthers.com

Breaking down the top college players at the Nike Skills Academy--Sports Illustrated
• Nike didn't keep stats on the scrimmages, but if they had, I'm fairly certain the lone mid-major representative, Valparaiso's Alec Peters, would have come out as the academy's most efficient scorer. The 6'9" forward made his pick-and-pop threes at a ridiculous clip—it seemed like well over 50%—and ran the floor in transition for plenty more points. When he was paired in ballscreen actions with Morris, their teams were unstoppable.

It’s not as if Peters came out of nowhere: He’s been one of the nation's most efficient offensive players for the past two seasons. As a junior in 2015-16, he made 43.8% of his treys, and had a 127.1 offensive rating while using 22.9% of Valpo's possessions. Still, seeing Peters thrive in this Nike setting, surrounded by major-conference competition and playing before a large audience of NBA scouts, led me to believe he'll be one of the nation's best perimeter forwards for '16-17 and a potential draftee next June. He declared for the 2016 draft but pulled his name out, and also turned down the opportunity to leave Valpo for another school as a graduate transfer after the Crusaders’ coach, Bryce Drew, took the Vanderbilt job this off-season. Peters could have chosen any number of national-title contenders and been immediately eligible, but, he said, "I couldn't see myself playing anywhere other than Valpo." Peters could see himself improving after the Nike experience, though: He headed back to Valpo with four pages of handwritten notes on everything from LeBron James's speech to the campers, a film session with Anthony Davis and hands-on instruction from Rasheed Wallace.

• Nike didn't keep stats on the scrimmages, but if they had, I'm fairly certain the lone mid-major representative, Valparaiso's Alec Peters, would have come out as the academy's most efficient scorer. The 6'9" forward made his pick-and-pop threes at a ridiculous clip—it seemed like well over 50%—and ran the floor in transition for plenty more points. When he was paired in ballscreen actions with Morris, their teams were unstoppable.

It’s not as if Peters came out of nowhere: He’s been one of the nation's most efficient offensive players for the past two seasons. As a junior in 2015-16, he made 43.8% of his treys, and had a 127.1 offensive rating while using 22.9% of Valpo's possessions. Still, seeing Peters thrive in this Nike setting, surrounded by major-conference competition and playing before a large audience of NBA scouts, led me to believe he'll be one of the nation's best perimeter forwards for '16-17 and a potential draftee next June. He declared for the 2016 draft but pulled his name out, and also turned down the opportunity to leave Valpo for another school as a graduate transfer after the Crusaders’ coach, Bryce Drew, took the Vanderbilt job this off-season. Peters could have chosen any number of national-title contenders and been immediately eligible, but, he said, "I couldn't see myself playing anywhere other than Valpo." Peters could see himself improving after the Nike experience, though: He headed back to Valpo with four pages of handwritten notes on everything from LeBron James's speech to the campers, a film session with Anthony Davis and hands-on instruction from Rasheed Wallace.
Crusaders Place Pair on NABC Honors Court--valpoathletics.com
Inside MBB Summer Workouts Part Three--nkunorse.com

Chloe Smith joins @NKUNorse athletic communications--nkunorse.com

Three Men's Basketball Players Named to NABC Honors Court--ysusports.com