Thursday, May 19, 2011

News On The Horizon 5/19/2011

Updated Transfer List--Yard Barker

Nolan Dennis, 6-6, G, Soph., Baylor – DETROIT
Hayden Humes, 6-8, F, Fr., Toledo – ILLINOIS CHICAGO
Cully Payne, 6-1, G, Soph., Iowa – LOYOLA
Brandon Wood, 6-3, G, Jr., Valparaiso – MICHIGAN STATE

2011-12 Men’s Basketball: Non-Conference Schedule Analysis--Hammer and Rails

Ultimately, you want a schedule with some chest hair, and that is exactly what we have. There are plenty of solid teams on this slate that will prepare us for the Big Ten schedule. It is also challenging enough that we should have a good idea of our NCAA chances well before we play a Big Ten game. These are the wins that build our profile and provide that schedule strength needed for seeding. For example, our trip to Valparaiso last season ended up being a solid road win that bordered on the top 50 for most of the year.
Depending on the draw for the Puerto Rico Tournament, we could have as many as six wins over teams that could make the NCAA Tournament as an at large team. Xavier is a fixture in March and a solid road game. I like having at least one true road game against a potential NCAA team in the non-conference. Miami is definitely a team that can make the tournament if they figure things out in the ACC. Butler has played in the last two national title games and even though they lose a lot, they are still going to be a damn good team. It's almost not a neutral court game since we're playing them at Conseco Fieldhouse.

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Ten things I can't wait to see in 2011-12--ESPN

5. Whither Butler?: The Bulldogs backed up an incredible 2010 march to the national title game by doing it again in 2011 -- defying both logic and historical precedent. It's one of the great feats in college basketball history.

But now what?

Butler has now lost two players to NBA draft early entry in two years, with Shelvin Mack following Gordon Hayward. Its most inspirational player, Matt Howard, has graduated. It's time for a new nucleus to form and see whether it can keep the program on an elite plane.

Having the brilliant Brad Stevens as coach certainly helps.

A corporate logo will soon grace the floor at Hinkle Fieldhouse--The Dagger
2011-2012 College Basketball Preseason Top 25--The Big Lead

20. Butler – Shelvin Mack’s loss to the NBA is a damaging one, but I’ll never leave a Brad Stevens-coached team out of the preseason Top 25 again.

2011 NBA Mock Draft 2.0--The Big Lead

26 Dallas Mavericks – Shelvin Mack, G, Butler

Butler lone NCAA finalist with top APR--ESPN
Butler Basketball – Shelvin Mack Goes Pro; Ronald Nored Talks About His Teammate, Matt Howard, and Next Season--Kent Sterling
Our Favorite Games of the 2011 Tournament--Every Month Should be March
Utah Jazz hoping this year they will get lucky--Deseret News

A team can leapfrog from 14th — where Houston has a 0.5 percent chance — to first, second or third. But teams cannot fall more than three places, and that would only happen if three teams behind them win the first three spots.

That burned the Jazz in 2005. However, last year Utah remained in the No. 9 spot with New York's pick, which the Jazz used to pick up Gordon Hayward.

Utah Jazz jump up to grab No. 3 pick in June 23 NBA draft--Deseret News

The Jazz had a lottery pick last year, and they selected Gordon Hayward with that No. 9 selection that came from the New York Knicks.

But this will be the highest the team has picked since O'Connor pulled off a trade with Portland to move up from sixth to third, where the Jazz grabbed Williams over Chris Paul in 2005.

Kragthorpe: 2011 lottery results ‘a true blessing’ for Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune

Kris Humphries, Williams and Ronnie Brewer have moved on, leaving only Gordon Hayward as a previous Jazz lottery pick. Jazz fans also have to sit and watch former first-rounders DeShawn Stevenson, Eric Maynor and Brewer compete in the conference finals this month.

Jazz get No. 3 pick in NBA Draft--Salt Lake Tribune

Now, the rebuilding Jazz hold the Nos. 3 and 12 picks in the draft, and have the opportunity to pair the selections with young stars Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors. O’Connor dealt Williams with an eye on the future. After rocketing from sixth to third and defying the odds, the GM can suddenly see it.

After getting lucky in lottery, Jazz try to not screw it up--Salt Lake Tribune

Six years later, the stakes have significantly changed for Utah. The Jazz are at a crossroads with no clear direction and no star to build around. Former lottery picks Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors provide hope, but both have much to prove before they approach All-Star consideration. Utah is front-loaded in the frontcourt, yet Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Favors have no guarantee they will be starting together next season. Meanwhile, the Jazz lack consistent perimeter shooters, as point guard Devin Harris struggles to finish at the basket and is injury-prone, and weak team defense defined 2010-2011.
“Those guys usually come out and continue to compete because they have something to prove,” said Corbin, who references Hayward’s work ethic as an ideal.

“They have a chip on their shoulder, and they believe in themselves. And they don’t usually feel sorry for themselves and just say, ‘You’re holding me back,’ and they stop working. They want to prove they belong.”

Off-season Decisions for the Utah Jazz – Part 1 of 4--Salt City Hoops
Corporate Logo to Hit Hinkle Floor--Inside Indiana Business
The Stevens Way--The Indy Star
Butler men's basketball team honored for exceptional academic performance--The Indy Star
Butler team in top 10 percent in academics in Div. I--The Indy Star
Butler has top grad rate among Final Four teams--Sports Illustrated
Butler looking at another guard--Indy Star Butler Insider
Four Butler Teams Receive National APR

2011 NBA Draft: Kings Interview Kawhi Leonard, Norris Cole--Mid-Major Madness

UIC signs junior-college All-American PG--Daily Herald
Gary Talton Joins UIC Basketball
Athletics Golf Outing Just Three Weeks Away, Space Still

Loyola Men's Basketball Announces Summer Camp

Flying with the Phoenix: Meet Terry

Morning Five: 05.17.11 Edition--Rush The Court

2. Later today Valparaiso is expected to name Bryce Drew as the successor to his father Homer Drew as the next coach of the program that he helped make famous. This is not the first time that Homer has stepped aside to let his son take over the program. In 2002, Homer stepped aside to let Scott Drew take over as coach at VU, but he stayed there just one year before leaving to take over at Baylor following the Dave Bliss era. Homer stepped back into his previous position where he has remained despite failing to make the NCAA Tournament for the past seven seasons. Bryce has served as an assistant at the school since 2005, but is best known for his miraculous shot against Mississippi in the 1st round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament and leading them to the school to its only Sweet 16 appearance.

Homer Drew to retire, hand Valpo program to son Bryce--Sporting News
Bryce Drew keeps family tradition alive at Valpo--Eye On College Basketball
Bryce Drew To Replace Father Homer Drew At Valparaiso--Mid-Major Madness
Bryce Drew succeeds Homer at Valpo--ESPN
We’ll see if Bryce Drew more than an ubiquitous highlight--Beyond The Arc
Season leftovers: Valparaiso inbounds play--The Mikan Drill
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo on transfer Brandon Wood: 'He's going to help us a lot'--The Detroit Free Press
Homer Drew to retire at Valpo; Bryce will take over--The Post-Tribune
This son also rises--The Post-Tribune
Drew’s rivals react to his retirement--The Post-Tribune
Still no plans for Baylor-Valpo showdown--The Post-Tribune
Homer Drew passes the torch to his son, Bryce--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso's Homer Drew retiring, Bryce Drew taking over--Off The Mark
VU coach Homer Drew to announce retirement; his son Bryce to take over--The NWI Times
Bryce Drew has new challenge to conquer--The NWI Times
PAUL OREN: Drew's legacy goes beyond the basketball court--The NWI Times
Homer Drew hands VU coaching reins to son Bryce--The NWI Times
PAUL OREN: The time is now for Bryce Drew--The NWI Times
Incoming recruits are all on board with the coaching change for next season--The NWI Times
Longtime coach Homer Drew will remain with university as associate athletic director--The NWI Times
Former Valpo star Bryce Drew takes over for father to become program's 21st coach--The NWI Times
Homer Drew to retire, Bryce taking over--Region Sports Extra
The newest Crusader: Will Bogan--Section EE
Homer's Legacy--Section EE
Passing the torch (full post)--Section EE
Valparaiso Crusaders: Homer Drew to Retire, Bryce Drew to Take over--Bleacher Report
Passing the torch--Valpo Fan Zone
Dr. Homer Drew Steps Down as Valpo Men's Basketball
Bryce Drew Hired as Valparaiso Men's Basketball Head
Media Coverage of Bryce Drew's

Horizon League trends younger in coaching hires--Dayton Daily News
Reports: Bryce Drew to replace father Homer as Valparaiso basketball coach--Wright State University Sports
Horizon League gains fifth 30-something coach with new Valparaiso hire--Wright State University Sports

Bradbury excited about ‘very athletic group’ next season--The Guardian

Former Coach Dom Rosselli Selected For Induction Into Ohio Basketball Hall of

Bryce Drew Hired as Valparaiso's 21st Head Coach; Homer Drew Steps Down--Horizon League Network
20 Horizon League Teams Honored in NCAA APR--Horizon League Network
Perspectives: Torch Passed at Valparaiso--Horizon League Network

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