Sunday, May 30, 2010

News On The Horizon 5/30/2010

Hayward undervalued on NBA mock drafts--The Sporting News
The NBA story of Hayward, Butler's NCAA hero, just
Television show on Stevens--The Indy Star
Second look at Butler?--The Indy Star

Nationally ranked point guard Trey Burke III, who looked at Butler before committing to Penn State, has re-opened the process, his father told the Patriot-News of central Pennsylvania.

"Butler just e-mailed me and said they would love to get him back down there," his father, Alfonso "Benji" Burke, told the newspaper.

Burke is a 6-1 senior-to-be at Columbus (Ohio) Northland High School. He is ranked No. 117 by Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Arizona and Wake Forest also are interested.

Butler’s Brad Stevens Featured On Fox Sports

Ten freshmen who must contribute right

Detroit: G Ray McCallum. As with Zeigler, McCallum is a touted recruit who decided to stay home and play for his dad at a mid-major school. McCallum is a four-star recruit from Detroit Country Day who is the No. 43 player in the class nationally. Ray Sr. was an accomplished college point guard at Ball State, and the younger McCallum has a chance to do the same with the Titans. He is the most touted player to sign with a Horizon League school in a long time, maybe ever, as he was higher-ranked coming out of high school than former Butler star Gordon Hayward. His presence should boost Detroit's offense and put them in the mix for a second-place finish in the league behind Butler.

Men's Basketball Releases Elite Camp

Adam DeMong Promoted To Assistant Men's Basketball Coach At

Women's basketball: UWGB's Golden sustains another knee injury--Green Bay Press Gazette

Haarsma, Allen on board as '10-'11 season and foreseeable future begin to shape up nicely--Milwaukee Panther Tracks

Class Of 2011 Lockport Star Karrington Ward Of The Illinois T-Wolves Is Enjoying A Strong Spring, And Seeing His Recruiting Stock Continue To
Beas Hamga makes his choice--Region Sports Extra
Valparaiso to play at Kansas--Region Sports Extra

WSU employee Grant out of hospital--Dayton Daily News
Butler coach Stevens looking forward to facing Donlon--Mark Katz's Blog

Saturday, May 22, 2010

News On The Horizon 5/22/2010

Seen and heard--The Indy Star

Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell is playing "up" by a year this spring and summer with the 17-and-under Indiana Elite. Though his team was upset in the quarterfinals of the Adidas May Classic, he said playing with prospects such as Washington's Cody Zeller and Muncie Central's Jeremiah Davis has been worthwhile.

"I can focus more on passing the ball," the 5-11 Ferrell said. "That's a little different mentality than my high school team, where I have to do more scoring."

Ferrell, whose current scholarship offer list includes Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia and Washington, said his offseason goal is to improve his ballhandling and his ability to catch and shoot. He works with his high school coach, Ed Schilling, two hours a day at Champions Academy, a basketball training facility.

• Princeton junior Jalen Packer suffered a setback when he tore ligaments in his right thumb March 2 when the Tigers defeated Evansville Bosse 62-58 in a first-round sectional game.

Packer stayed in shape by running track, but with a cast on his thumb, his basketball activities were limited. He was finally back on the court last weekend.

The 6-1 Packer has offers from Chattanooga, Evansville and Southern Illinois. He said Butler, Iowa and Purdue have continued to recruit him and he plans to visit Butler, Purdue and Southern Illinois next month.

Butler's Hayward would like to play for Pacers--The Indy Star
Butler's Hayward calls leap to NBA 'surreal'--The Indy Star
Blog on hiatus--Indy Star Butler Insider

Beas Hamga to UAB--Off The Mark

Thursday, May 20, 2010

News On The Horizon 5/20/2010

NBA Mock Draft, featuring Scott Klatzkin--Ballin' is a Habit

The rest of the 1st Round:

15. Milwaukee Bucks – Gordon Hayward – Butler – 20 yrs old – SF

Look who's moving up the NBA draft board--The Indy Star
Hayward a hot draft item--Indy Star Butler Insider
Basketball Jones--Indy Star Butler Insider

Cleveland State finalizes one basketball recruit, while three announce transfer--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Nearly a Titan--The Detroit News

Watch Jimmy Collins On Monsters & Money In The

Loyola and the case of too many
LU men's hoops uses last scholarship on backcourt help--Loyola Phoenix

Women's basketball: Phoenix to play in Cancun--Green Bay Press Gazette
Kathi Bennett gets head coaching job--UWGB Basketball
Women's Basketball to Play in Caribbean

VU's Ryan Allen headed to UW-Milwaukee to continue his collegiate hoops career--NJCAA

VU women's team signs 3-point specialist--The NWI Times
Valpo Women’s Basketball Program to Host 16th Annual Fall Coaches
Timmerman Inks NLI to Play Hoops at

Agonis Club names area award winners--Dayton Daily News
WSU transfer Mays has history of winning--Mark Katz's Blog
Mpondo Makes it
Mays Transfers to WSU from NC

New WSU coach fills 2 spots on staff--Dayton Daily News
WSU adds two assistant women’s basketball coaches--Mark Katz's Blog
Bradbury Hires Two

YSU women add assistant--Youngstown Vindicator
Former FGCU Star Kate Schrader Completes Boldon's Coaching

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

News On The Horizon 5/12/2010

Chicago Hales Franciscan And Illinois Old School Stars Aaron And Aaric Armstead Both Pick Up Scholarship Offers From Valparaiso
Source: Gordon Hayward picks an
NCAA title game run brightened ex-Freeport star Veasley’s future--Rockford Register Star
Brad Stevens can do it
The Indiana Recruiting
2010 NBA Draft: Gordon Hayward in the Top 10?--The Big Lead
Post-Deadline 2010-11 Top 25--Rush The Court

8. Butler

Starting Lineup: G Shelvin Mack, G Ronald Nored, G Shawn Vanzant, F Matt Howard, C Andrew Smith

I realize Gordon Hayward was their best player, but people are acting like Butler will fall off drastically in his absence. I’m not convinced; in fact, I think they’ll be a top ten team throughout the season. Shelvin Mack only gets better and better with his jump shot, improving by around 6% in both FG% and 3pt% last year. Now that Chris Kramer has left us, Ronald Nored may take on the role of best perimeter defender in the nation. Nored contained Andy Rautins, Jacob Pullen and Durrell Summers during their NCAA Tournament brigade. If he stays out of foul trouble, Matt Howard is a reliable low-post presence. Their success in March could depend on whether the role players- Vanzant, Smith, Butcher and incoming freshman Khyle Marshall- contribute in the absence of Hayward and Willie Veasley.

Draft deadline recap: Decisions of every
NBA draft early entries: Evaluating each player's decision to turn pro--Sports Illustrated

Gordon Hayward, Butler: A smart, skilled and versatile player who is not oozing with potential, it's difficult to see how much higher Hayward's stock can rise after helping his team reach the NCAA final. He likely has enough fans among NBA GMs at this point to warrant a solid spot in the first round, which is tough to pass up when considering the risks involved in returning.

NBA Draft: Early Entry deadline winners and losers--Ballin' is a Habit

Butler: Gordon Hayward stayed in the draft, and while is was probably the correct decision for Hayward to make, it really does suck for the rest of us. How cool would it be to see a player from the Horizon league be one of the player of the year favorites? How much fun would it be to follow Butler this season as they chase their second straight final four? Hell, this team would have had the talent to compete for a national title (again).

McCallums Take Father-Son Relationship to Next Level--NCAA Basketball Fanhouse
Defending champs are back at No.

20. Butler: If Gordon Hayward had returned, it would have been an easy sell to put the Bulldogs in the top 5. But Hayward's decision wasn't hard to make because he's likely a top-20 pick. It just makes sense. But to give up on this squad would not be prudent. Sure, Butler also loses Willie Veasley and Avery Jukes, but coach Brad Stevens has plenty to celebrate again with Shelvin Mack (one of the elite guards in the country), Matt Howard (a gritty post player still figuring out how to play without fouling so much), Ronald Nored (an elite defender) and Zach Hahn (a legit 3-point threat). Butler will be the class of the Horizon League again, a Top 25 team again, in the mix in March again, and on your television set quite a bit with quality games all over the schedule.

Why Gordon Hayward's decision could become a boon to Butler recruiting--The Indy Star
Hayward? Pacers need to say no--The Indy Star
Butler's Hayward picks agent used by Pacers--The Indy Star
Stevens' profile growing--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler’s Brad Stevens To Assist At USA Basketball Training

Chicago schools struggling in

Men's basketball: UWGB signs Brown, school's first 7-footer--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB lands 7-footer Alec Brown--UWGB Basketball
Three recruits commit to UWGB--UWGB Basketball
More on UWGB and 7-footers--UWGB Basketball
UWGB completes recruiting class with JUCO forward--UWGB Basketball
Wardle Lands Four to Fill First Recruiting

NCAA Honors Women's Basketball for Academic

Bleeding black and gold--UWM Post

Wright State reels in big man, transfer from New Orleans--Dayton Daily News
Sophomore forward, 6-8, plans to transfer to WSU--Mark Katz's Blog

YSU basketball signs 6-foot-2 JC transfer--Youngstown Vindicator
Men’s Basketball Signs Devonte Maymon to Letter of

Saturday, May 8, 2010

News On The Horizon 5/8/2010

Gordon Hayward Press Conference--The Indy Star
You can hate Hayward's decision, but it's the right
Re-assessing the Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline--Rush The Court
Gordon Hayward is staying in the draft--Ballin' is a Habit
Butler Bails on BracketBusters, Proves Its Interest In Staying Atop the Heap--Sporting News
Could Butler replace Hawyard with a 7-footer?--The Indy Star
Hayward confident move to NBA is right choice--The Indy Star
Hayward leaves Butler early to realize his dream--The Indy Star
The safe move, if not the prudent one--Indy Star Butler Insider
Another point of view--Indy Star Butler Insider
Gordon Hayward To Remain In NBA

Cleveland State announces John Parry as interim athletic director--Cleveland Plain Dealer

McCallums Take Father-Son Relationship to Next Level--NCAA Basketball FanHouse
Detroit Mercy signs Evan Bruinsma--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Sign Three-Time State Champion, Class D Player Of The Year Evan

Paul Carter reportedly heading to
Minnesota transfer Paul Carter among UIC recruits--The Chicago Tribune
Minnesota transfer tops crop of UIC newcomers--Whoosh!Net
Men's Basketball Adds Six To 2010

Loyola Athletics Announces Awards At Year-End

Loyola Adds Patrice King To Women's Basketball

Men's basketball: Wardle promises to take his time in recruiting--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB assistant Barone was born to coach--Green Bay Press Gazette
Good news for UWGB: Hayward to stay in NBA Draft--UWGB Basketball

Butler's Hayward staying in the NBA draft--Off The Mark
Moussa Gueye: Wait 'til next year--Off The Mark

Clayton Bates: 'Broader' resume is reason for leaving Western Michigan for Wright
WSU men's hoops coach names assistant--Dayton Daily News
Legendary WSU coach loses part of leg in battle with diabetes--Dayton Daily News
Kentucky guard officially signs with WSU--Mark Katz's Blog
A call to all WSU fans…and those from UD and Miami, too--Through the Arch
Hall averaged 24.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a

Too Soon Yo!--Horizon League Network