Friday, July 1, 2011

News On The Horizon 7/1/2011

NBA Draft Thoughts From a College Perspective--Rush The Court
Top 20 non-conference games in 2011-12--Eye On College Basketball

20) Butler at Indiana, Nov. 27 -- Hoosiers coach Tom Crean will have some pressure this year -- and if he doesn’t win, many feel as though the guy on the other sideline, Brad Stevens, will eventually take his job.

Morning Five: 06.29.11 Edition--Rush The Court

We wondered when this would start happening. There is a pretty prolific long-range bomber who currently finds himself free after a two-year hitch at a Big Six conference program. He’s currently considering new schools. His first visit? Butler. Listen, there are a lot of big-time, blue-chip schools who would love to have this man’s shooting ability as part of their arsenal. He knows that. Still, he’s checking out Butler. And not a single person should be surprised. With the recent success and the family atmosphere Brad Stevens brought to that program, we’ll wager that this won’t be the last time you hear of a top-tier transfer putting Butler on his list of possible landing sites right up there with the more traditional powers.

Morning Five: 06.30.11 Edition--Rush The Court

Nice writeup here by Steve Walentik of the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune about the recent group of coaches who turned down big names and big bucks to stay at their smaller programs, and how athletic directors are having (and will continue to have) a tougher time convincing these guys to stick around, what with the offered salaries getting ever larger, conferences that have TV networks attached to them, etc. We love that gentlemen like Brad Stevens, Chris Mack, Shaka Smart, et al, stayed at their respective current locales, but let us say now that if/when they leave for so-called “bigger” jobs, how unfair it would be to say they left just for the money. One of the things that makes great athletes and coaches great is their competetive drive, and if any of those fellows decides someday to move to a Big Six conference position, it will be for that reason more than it will be for the cash.

Butler's Khyle Marshall braces for doubters--ESPN
Sharpshooter Clarke to Butler? Makes a lot of sense--CBS Sports
Rotnei Clarke set to visit Butler--CBS Sports
IBCA provides one last look at Class of 2011--The Chicago Sun-Times

SOMETHING TO PROVE: If there was a player that looked as if he had something to prove, it was O'Fallon's Roosevelt Jones. The Butler-bound star, who is an absolute stat-sheet stuffer, can sometimes be the forgotten man playing in the southern part of the state. Plus, an early loss in state tournament play this past March limited his statewide exposure as a senior. But the South MVP is a brute force with his strength and improving skills. He impacts games in a different way, with his competitiveness and high-running motor playing a big part in his overall production.

IBCA 3A-4A boys: South upends D-I heavy North--Daily Pantagraph
2011 NBA Draft’s All-Undrafted Team ft. Matt Howard--Lost Letterman
Utah Jazz pick up options on C.J. Miles, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward--Deseret News
Utah Jazz pick up option on C.J. Miles, giving him one more shot--Salt Lake Tribune

The Jazz also picked up options for Gordon Hayward ($2.7 million) and Derrick Favors ($4.7 million) during the 2012-13 season. Utah holds team options on both players through 2013-14, while the duo possess player options in 2014-15.
Miles split time between the small forward and shooting guard positions, and is expected to compete with Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks for minutes and shots next season.

Wizards’ picks: Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, Shelvin Mack--Washington Post
Washington Wizards introduce Chris Singleton, Shelvin Mack as part of move toward defense, maturity--Washington Post
Update on Hamilton Southeastern’s Irvin--The Indy Star
Chesney puts Butler coach in the game--The Indy Star
Former Butler coach Todd Lickliter hired as assistant at Miami (Ohio)--The Indy Star
Sharpshooting guard considers Bulldogs--The Indy Star
Like Hayward and Mack before him, Marshall represents Bulldogs on Team USA--The Indy Star
Ex-Arkansas guard visits Butler--Indy Star Butler Insider
USA U19 Team Falls In Exhibition
USA Squad Drops Second Exhibition
USA Wins Opener At FIBA World

Projecting the Future: The 2011 Draft Class in 2016--Ballin' is a Habit

#28 Chicago Bulls: Norris Cole, Cleveland State (Traded to Minnesota, then to Miami)

By 2016, Norris Cole will have a solid role on one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Cole will make it to the NBA Finals six, seven or maybe even eight times in his career. Unfortunately Lebron James will play hide-and-seek during the fourth quarter every time.

Potential NBA lockout threatens progress of Heat first-round pick Cole--Sacramento Bee
Miami Heat welcomes draft pick Norris Cole--Miami Herald
Heat move to retain rights to Cole, Varnado, Dozier--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Norris Cole talks about the excitement of being picked in the first round--South Florida Sun Sentinel
So who is Norris Cole? This is who (video)--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Norris Cole says he's been a fan of the Miami Heat; now he'll get to play for them--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Norris Cole had no choice but to take his talents to South Beach--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Norris Cole's introduction press conference with the Miami Heat--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Lands First Recruit in 2012--Cleveland State Hoops

Detroit may be next Cinderella on the
UDM's decision to name court after Dick Vitale irks late Calihan's daughters--The Detroit News

Knowing the Newcomers: Freshman Jerome

Six Degrees of a Coaching Change: Tracking the Coaching Carousel Part IV--Ballin' is a Habit

March 14th: Three coaches got the axe on the 14th. Its started with Jim Whitesell, who was fired after seven seasons at Loyola (IL). The Ramblers started out 8-2 and nearly beat Kansas State and Butler, but finished the season just 16-15 and 7-11 in the Horizon.

April 5th: To replace Whitesell, the Ramblers stretched their arms down to St. Louis, where they hired Porter Moser, who had spent the past four seasons on Rick Majerus' staff. The last three he was the associate head coach.

April 8th: Moser's first hire with the Ramblers was Rodell Davis, who spent last season as an assistant at Providence on the staff of Keno Davis.

April 18th: Keeping with the Chicago theme, Moser hired Armon Gates, a Chicago native that spent the previous season with TCU.

Phoenix Suns Hold Free Agent Mini-Camp With Matt Howard, Sean Williams And Many Others--Bright Side Of The Sun
Men's basketball: UWGB's Brown joins elite talent at Chicago camp--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Wardle has faith in UWGB's new point guards--Green Bay Press Gazette
Alec Brown Participates at the Amar'e Stoudemire Skills
Green Bay Men's Basketball to Host Golf Outing on Aug.
Catching Up With...Kam

SummerTimeOut Featuring Adrian
Record Day at Women's Basketball Golf

Bryce Drew and the family business--ESPN
Valparaiso hires Roger Powell--ESPN
The Journey - Jon Diebler--BTN
Sky's the limit for young basketballer--Jamaica Gleaner
Mark Lazerus: No experience necessary at Valpo--The Post-Tribune
Bogan's transfer finally official--Off The Mark
Crusaders hire former U of I standout Roger Powell Jr.--The NWI Times
New Assistant Coach--Section EE
Player Productivity Score--Section EE
Big Man on Campus!--Section EE
Crusaders Hire Roger Powell Jr. as Assistant
Ole Miss Transfer Bogan Joins Valparaiso

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