Thursday, April 15, 2010

News On The Horizon 4/15/2010

Kentucky Cleans Up To Open Spring Signing Period--Rush The Court

In a class top-heavy with excellent point guards, two mid-majors scored fine floor-leaders this afternoon. 6′1 PG Ray McCallum (17) decided to stay home and play for his father at Detroit, and 6′5 SG Trey Zeigler (33) — sporting the greatest full windsor knot we’ve ever seen, with apologies to ESPN-U workhorse Lowell Galindo — continued the father-son trend in the state of Michigan by donning a Central Michigan cap. Zeigler’s father Ernie is the coach for the Chippewas. Zeigler specifically cited Butler’s run to the championship game this past season as one of the reasons he was comfortable in playing for a mid-major program. There’s no question that the chance to play for their respective fathers was an incentive for these gentlemen to commit where they did, but it will be an interesting thing to watch over the next couple of years as to whether or not other top-flight recruits pull the trigger on staying close to home at other mid-major schools, especially if another small program can equal or even surpass Butler’s achievements from 2009-2010.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, we should note here that Gordon Hayward has decided to submit his name for consideration in this year’s NBA Draft, but he won’t be hiring an agent anytime soon. Butler supporters — and there are definitely legions more, after this past season — will be sweating out Hayward’s decision-making process this summer; the Bulldogs will lose Willie Veasley and Avery Jukes to graduation, which is substantial. Hayward’s departure would make a trip to Houston next April all but impossible. If he comes back, though, that means the Hayward/Shelvin Mack/Matt Howard/Ronald Nored nucleus would all be returning, and we’re confident that coach Brad Stevens can groom players to fill the spaces left by Veasley and Jukes. Butler has no commitments within the top 100, but we doubt Stevens is sweating.

Butler’s Hayward to test NBA
2010 Mock
Butler's Hayward to declare for NBA
Butler's Gordon Hayward Declares For NBA Draft, Will Not Hire
Butler's lofty goals may require jump to bigger conference--Indianapolis Business Journal
Comings & Goings: Hayward, Purdue Stars Test Waters; Oregon Whiffs Again--Rush The Court
Scout's Views: How the NCAA Tournament will shape the draft--Sporting News
A bad game for WP--KenPom Blog
Butler's title run doesn't signal greater college hoops parity--Sporting News
Butler's Gordon Hayward enters draft but will he stay in?
Butler's Hayward puts name into NBA draft, still could return--USA Today
Award for Butler's McGrath--The Indy Star
Hayward, Moore declare for NBA draft--The Indy Star
Good-bye, Gordon--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler's Gordon Hayward To Enter NBA

Couture, Edwards Named Butler Women of

Akron, Kent State announce new basketball recruits--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State athletic director Lee Reed leaving for Georgetown--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Athletic Director Lee Reed Departing for Georgetown Job--Let's Go Vikes!
Lee Reed Appointed As Athletic Director at Georgetown; Watch Press Conference LIVE at 10:00
CSU Coaches Thoughts & Comments on Lee

College Hoops Signing Day Is All In The Family--Sporting News
Fathers who coached their sons--Beyond The Arc
UCLA loses out on two basketball recruits: Ray McCallum and Trey Zeigler--LA Times
Birmingham Detroit Country Day's Ray McCallum signs with father at Detroit Mercy--The Detroit Free Press
Ray McCallum Jr. will play for dad at Detroit Mercy--The Detroit News
Another good day for the mid-majors--The Detroit News
Titans Sign A Pair Of Junior College
All-American Ray McCallum Jr. Signs With

There's a first time for everything--Loyola Phoenix

Recruit debutes in Gentile Center--Loyola Phoenix
Loyola Men's Basketball Signs Local Standout John

Men's basketball: Can UWGB attract top coaching candidates with lagging salary?--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB close to selecting finalists--Green Bay Press Gazette
Moser withdraws name from list of coaching candidates--UWGB Basketball
Wardle hired as new men's basketball coach, sources say--UWGB Basketball
UWGB confirms Wardle hiring--UWGB Basketball
UW-Green Bay hires new men's basketball coach--UWGB Fourth Estate
Green Bay to Announce Wardle as Head Men's Basketball Coach Today at

Phoenix women's basketball receives congressional award--UWGB Fourth Estate
Tetschlag and Hoewisch Named to Scholar-Athlete

Top ranked JUCO freshman opens up
Hayward declares, McCallum commits, Keeling leaves--Off The Mark

Donlon gets 5-year deal to lead Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Donlon already working on Raiders' future--Dayton Daily News
Players applaud new WSU hoop coach’s promotion--Dayton Daily News
Pacher, other basketball recruits to stay with Wright State--Dayton Daily News
New WSU coach Donlon heeds his dad’s advice--Dayton Daily News
Donlon officially named Wright State basketball coach--Mark Katz's Blog
Donlon has basketball blood, passion for Wright State--Mark Katz's Blog
Donlon will get five-year contract at Wright State--Mark Katz's Blog
Billy Donlon: “Ready to take on all comers.”--Through the Arch
Wright State elevates Donlon to head coach--Fairborn Daily Herald
Wright State Tabs Donlon as Next Head Basketball
Brad Brownell leaves Wright State, accepts Head Coaching position at Clemson--The Guardian
Wright State Tabs Donlon as Next Head Basketball

Players anxious to start anew--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU women’s program starts a new chapter--Youngstown Vinidicator
No looking back--The Jambar
Men’s Basketball Signs AP First-Team All-State Selection Josh

Men’s Basketball Signs AP First-Team All-State Selection Josh

Billy Donlon named head men's basketball coach at Wright State--The Horizon League
McCallum Jr. Commitment Shakes up the Horizon League--Horizon League Network

Bob Boldon named head women's basketball coach at Youngstown State--The Horizon League

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