Friday, June 3, 2011

News On The Horizon 6/3/2011

NBA Draft Combine: Athleticism Testing


If prospects were to be given movie names for this weekend after their combine performance, than Iman Shumpert would be “The Hangover II”. Shumpert not only appeared much taller than other point guards, and with his build and athleticism, should truly become a combo. At 6’5.5 and 222 lbs of solid frame, he jumped out the building with verticals of 36.5 standing and 42 max. He had great running numbers and lifted 185 a monstrous 18 times. While his shooting and decision making still have a lot to be desired, Shumpert’s freakish athleticism could easily give teams in the first round some intrigue.

Josh Selby equaled Shumpert’s vert numbers, and is quickly growing in popularity. Selby may have had a mediocre freshman year at Kansas, but he seems to be showing why he was viewed as such a top-flight prospect. Isaiah Thomas also showed some big time hops and speed, not to mention 13 reps, strength in which Thomas uses to play much bigger than his size. Butler star Shelvin Mack really proved that he is not only strong, with his 17 reps, but posted some major league vertical numbers and solid speed. He definitely was known as being an incredibly strong guard, but his other athletic numbers were incredibly surprising in a very good way for this natural born leader.

A number of combo guards made some noise during the combine as well, trying to show which small school star is the next Kevin Martin or Rodney Stuckey. They do not have the size, but Norris Cole, Charles Jenkins and Andrew Goudelock are all making some noise as legit NBA prospects. Cole, well known for playing much bigger than his size, posted very impressive vert numbers and a combine high 10.07 lane agility. Word is that he is moving up draft boards after these results. Jenkins is the biggest of these prospects, and while he showed nice strength, his athleticism was fairly below average. Goudelock meanwhile has the best shooting stroke of these players, and showed very solidly in the testing. He posted the second fastest lane agility, a very fast ¾ court sprint and an above average vert. All of these players should be drafted and should all get some first round sniffs.

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 4.0--The Hoop Doctors

Butler Shelvin Mack SG 6’2 215 lbs Junior
As the big shot taker on the nation’s runner up squad two years running, Mack has finally become a household name because of all the exposure that comes with deep Tourney runs. His shooting range and physical strength are two attributes that translate nicely for NBA play. Shelvin compares favorably to that of Ben Gordon as an instant offense type of shooter/scorer at the lead guard position. Has good handles and plays excellent defense and is one of those long range shooters that has range anywhere inside the gym.
Cleveland St Norris Cole PG 6’3 180 lbs Senior
Norris is the perfect example of a player making the right decision to stay in school. By returning for his senior season, he has steadily increased his all-around numbers to being the lone Division I player to average 20+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists. He burst upon the national scene with his 41 point, 20 rebound, 9 assist effort against an opponent in February but his biggest improvement has been his PG skills, where he was a finalist or the Bob Cousy Award given to the nation’s best PG. He’s a solid PG prospect with above average offensive abilities and is at his best in pick and roll situations. His only concern is having only average athleticism and must improve his range on his jumper as he doesn’t connect on a ton of shots from three. Norris is a 4 star PG prospect, better served as a facillitator on a team with an already in place superstar.

Local celebrity: Matt
2011 NBA Draft: Spurs Working Out Andrew Goudelock, Bobcats Welcome Shelvin Mack--Mid-Major Madness
2011 NBA Draft: Jimmer Fredette Working Out For Pacers, Shelvin Mack For Spurs--Mid-Major Madness
Kragthorpe: NBA Finals a reminder that Jazz need a star--Salt Lake Tribune

The response to Gordon Hayward’s strong finish of his rookie season was equally refreshing and mind-boggling to me. Hayward’s 34-point night against Denver in the season finale created hope for his future, but that version of the Nuggets did not provide any reasonable gauge.

Butler wins Horizon all-sports trophy--The Indy Star
All-sports trophy and Aussie recruit--Indy Star Butler Insider

2011 NBA Mock Draft: With the 42nd Pick, the Indiana Pacers Select...--Bleacher Report
Vikings hire former player--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland State announced that Brittany Korth, a former guard at CSU who helped the Vikings to their first NCAA Tournament in 2008, is returning to the school as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.

Korth, a Clinton, Wis., native, earned four letters with CSU and graduated in 2008.

Brittany Korth Named Assistant Coach at

Former Loyola assistant headed to
Brian McIntyre To Receive Basketball Hall Of Fame

Women's basketball: Phoenix adds Oak Creek's Luke--Green Bay Press Gazette
Ashley Luke Added to Class of

UWGB men's basketball: Fletcher works out for Bucks--Green Bay Press Gazette
Fletcher works out for the Bucks--UWGB Basketball
Perine works out for the Bucks, too--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay's Fletcher Works Out for the Milwaukee Bucks--UWGB Basketball

Report: Rob Jeter Staying At Milwaukee, Pat Chambers To Penn State Next?--Mid-Major Madness
Penn State shows interest in UWM's Jeter--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UWM's Jeter is still in the mix with Penn State--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jeter will stay at UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Valparaiso Historical Bracket (Game 2)--Region Sports Extra
Valparaiso Historical Bracket (Game 3)--Region Sports Extra
Valparaiso Historical Bracket (Game 4)--Region Sports Extra
Valparaiso Historical Bracket (Game 5)--Region Sports Extra
Valparaiso Historical Bracket (Game 6)--Region Sports Extra
Still to come....--Section EE
Crusaders to Hold Summer

Wright State finishes fourth in Horizon League all-sports standings--Wright State University Sports

Butler Claims Record-Setting Eighth McCafferty Trophy--Horizon League Network

Detroit To Join Nationally Ranked Teams In Baylor, Notre Dame, UCLA In Preseason WNIT--Horizon League Network

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