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

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