Friday, April 30, 2010

News On The Horizon 4/30/2010

Is Butler's run proof mid-majors are closing gap?
Decision time draws near for

None of these three is in the category of Butler's Gordon Hayward. He's a lock for the lottery if he decides to stay in the draft.

His draft position is the reason Hayward doesn't need to work out for anyone this week. If he stays in the draft, he'll probably work out for only a handful of teams in the lottery.

Butler coach Brad Stevens said Thursday that Hayward has sat down with a few agents to get a vibe of the process and see where he stands.

"He's trying to decide if he's two feet in or not," Stevens said. "From the way he played this year, it certainly made him a marketable guy."

Stevens said Hayward has final exams Friday, Saturday and Monday, so there was no thought of working out this weekend.

He said Hayward paid to work out with a trainer in Indianapolis to get his body in better shape. But that's the extent of anything extra at this point.

"He got good feedback, and his ceiling is high enough that people really like him early," Stevens said. "But he hasn't made a decision yet."

If Hayward returns, the Bulldogs are a top-5 team. Ole Miss has a shot to be the SEC West favorite if White returns. BYU will likely be the pick to win the MWC if Fredette comes back. Bledsoe could be the star guard on a reloaded Kentucky squad that expects to challenge for the SEC East title again.

Iowa prep player visits IU, Butler--The Indy Star
Illinois guard Jones commits to Butler--The Indy Star

Student-Athletes Speak & Play At St. Ann

Koonce hires attorney to settle matter with UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

FCHS' Hall commits to play basketball at Wright State--The State-Journal
Wright State’s AD Deserves High Marks--The Guardian
A Lesson For The Kids, Courtesy Of Paul Darkwa--The Guardian

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

News On The Horizon 4/27/2010

Gordon Hayward: Now Is the Time for the NBA--Bleacher Report
2010 NBA Draft Early Entrants: The biggest impact--Ballin' is a Habit

Gordon Hayward, Butler, sophomore: Butler became the feel good story of the decade in college basketball when they made their run to the national title game in their home city. The crazy part about that run was that it was made a year early. In other words, with the youth on Butler's roster, they have a chance to be even better next season, pending Hayward's NBA Draft decision. Willie Veasely and Avery Jukes both graduated, but the rest of Butler's roster will be back next season, including Matt Howard, Shelvin Mack, Ronald Nored, and even Brad Stevens.

If Hayward does return, Butler could end up being a top five team in the preseason. But he has a realistic shot at being a mid-to-late first round pick. It will be interesting to see what Hayward does.

The 2009-10 season in photos--College Hoops Journal

Butler Women's Basketball Announces Team

Men's basketball: Phoenix freshman Synder sticks with Wardle--Green Bay Press Gazette
Pearson, Smith leave UWGB for Toledo--UWGB Basketball

Thursday, April 22, 2010

News On The Horizon 4/22/2010

Hear the final “Butler Tonight” Coach’s show, 4/22 6pm – 7:30pm!--WXNT
Cubs to honor Butler coach
For Butler, George Mason, Victory Began In Green Bay--NCAA Basketball Fanhouse
PG Carson, Butler have mutual interest--The Indy Star
Jukes extends charitable reach--The Indy Star
Brad Stevens To Be Honored By Chicago

Cole and Henry Sign With CSU Women's

Butler raids NCAA money bags for Horizon League--Loyola Phoenix

Men's basketball: Wardle is no longer youngest Division I coach--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB's Wardle no longer Division I's youngest coach--UWGB Basketball

UWM AD Koonce gets put on leave--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Koonce on administrative leave--UWM Post Sports Blog

Imperiale Named To Academic All-League

Chicago Hales Franciscan And Illinois Old School Stars Aaron And Aaric Armstead Enjoy Strong Unofficial Visit To The Campus Of Valparaiso
Interest in Lowell shooter--The Indy Star

WSU to hire Morehead State coach for women's hoops--Dayton Daily News
New WSU women’s coach ready to run--Dayton Daily News
Bradbury a great fit for WSU, ex-boss says--Dayton Daily News
WSU women's basketball: A tradition of not winning--Dayton Daily News
New WSU women’s basketball coach Bradbury introduced--Mark Katz's Blog
WSU picks former Morehead State coach as women’s hoops coach--The Guardian
Raiders Select Michael Bradbury as Next Women's Basketball

Transfer from OSU to leave Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Guard to leave Wright State--Mark Katz's Blog

Raiders Select Michael Bradbury as Next Women's Basketball Coach--The Horizon League

Saturday, April 17, 2010

News On The Horizon 4/17/2010


Boise State QB Kellen Moore has been wearing a Butler University T-Shirt that he purchased when watching one of their NCAA Tournament games in person this year. He told me he's such a fan he might start wearing it to practices. Moore says he sees similarities between Butler and Boise because neither team truly came out of the blue. They're considered underdogs but really have had sustained national success. Moore told me he is in favor of a 4 or 6-team college football playoff, but if the Broncos were to go undefeated this season, he believes the program has its best opportunity ever to participate in the national championship game.

Ray McCallum Jr. and Trey Zeigler take similar paths to play for their fathers--The Oakland Press

UWGB coaching search postmortem--UWGB Basketball

Senior Salute Set For May 6 At Joey Buona'

Star recruit Harris makes it official with Crusaders--The Post-Tribune
Jay Harris officially signs his letter of intent--Off The Mark

Wright State basketball recruit following Brownell to Clemson--Dayton Daily News
WSU’s Donlon no longer league’s youngest coach--Mark Katz's Blog
Brownell: ‘There was no negative’ about Wright State--Mark Katz's Blog
WSU recruit to follow Brownell to Clemson--Mark Katz's Blog
Billy Donlon’s Losing Record--Through the Arch