Saturday, July 30, 2011

News On The Horizon 7/30/2011

Study: Butler Basketball Generates Over $1 Billion in Publicity For School--Rush The Court
Morning Five: 07.27.11 Edition--Rush The Court

Most college players spend their summers trying to improve their games in one way or another. Some kids shoot 500 jumpers a day, while others work on improving their lateral quickness or positioning and footwork. Butler’s rising senior point guard Ronald Nored, the Bulldogs’ defensive dynamo who has lived in the shorts of the opposing team’s best perimeter players for the better of three seasons, spent some of his offseason prepping for what he figures will be his ultimate destiny: Coaching. His AAU team, called The Truth, attempts to bring The Butler Way to amateur prep basketball, and to hear one of his players tell it, the difference Nored provides as the head man is music to our ears: Greg Gardner says, “He’s not like most AAU coaches. We run offense, we play tough defense. Most AAU coaches let the kids run up and down. We don’t do that – we actually play real basketball.” Can we clone a thousand of these Noreds to start teaching basketball at the amateur level all around the country — please?

Morning Five: 07.28.11 Edition--Rush The Court

It’s roughly 16 months away, but when is discussing the tropical paradise of Maui a bad thing? The Maui Invitational released its roster of invited teams for its November 2012 island tournament, and one of its attendees, Butler, is still basking in the glow of a report stating its last two NCAA Tournament championship game runs were worth over a billion dollars in media publicity. Well, the publicity train continues to roll, as Brad Stevens’ Bulldogs will join North Carolina, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, Southern California, Texas, and host Chaminade in what promises to be another strong field. It’s difficult to project any team two seasons out these days, but you can more than likely expect that, at a minimum, UNC, Butler, Texas and Marquette will all have strong squads in 2012.

Morning Five: 07.29.11 Edition--Rush The Court

The big winner out of the Oklahoma scandal? It might be Butler, who is the other reported finalist for the services of Arkansas transfer Rotnei Clarke. With just one year of eligibility remaining the Oklahoma native and all-time leading scorer in Oklahoma high school basketball history may have to think twice about transferring to a program that has asked the NCAA to put it on probation for two years. Clarke was supposed to make his decision by the end of the week and many expected him to select Oklahoma, but with the new report he may wind up at Butler or at the very least will spend some more time before deciding where to transfer.

Zak Irvin Down to Two--UM Hoops
Butler guard Ronald Nored trades his hightops for a
Butler's Nored already prepping for second career--Sporting News
Who needs Don Draper when Butler’s in Final Fours?--Beyond the Arc
Clarke decision expected this week--The Slophouse
POSTERIZED: Chrishawn Hopkins rises up at the Indy Pro-Am--Ballin' is a Habit
2 Butler players sign deals to play in Europe--YardBarker
Final Four runs earn Butler $500 million--Eye On College Basketball
Maui 2012 field officially released--Eye On College Basketball
Matt Howard, Media Darling, Will Play In Euroleague Next Season--Ridiculous Upside
Study: Butler basketball team made more than $500M in PR--The Indy Star
Butler's wins pay huge PR dividends--The Indy Star
Butler to play in 2012 Maui Invitational--The Indy Star
Butler to play in 2012 Maui Invitational--The Indy Star
Former Butler star Matt Howard to play in Greece--The Indy Star
Ex-Butler star Howard to play in Greece--The Indy Star
Butler Basketball Brings Significant Media
Bulldogs Join Strong Tournament Field In
Shawn Vanzant To Play In
Matt Howard Heading To

Bulldogs Ready 'Fore' Hoops N Hope Golf

Montgomery To Take Part in Global Sports Academy Summer

Keane Selected to Tryout for Canadian National

D-I's Top 100 Players--Basketball Prospectus

Preseason Mid-Major POYs
A-10: Tu Holloway
Colonial: Kent Bazemore
C-USA: Arsalan Kazemi
Horizon: Ray McCallum
Missouri Valley: Kyle Weems
Mountain West: Drew Gordon
West Coast: Kevin Foster
WAC: Deonte Burton

Doug McDermott, Ray McCallum and special cases--Big Apple Buckets
Games vs. St. John's, Mississippi State on UDM home schedule--The Detroit News
Ray McCallum's game gets boost--The Detroit News
UDM's Ray McCallum, MSU's Draymond Green aim to join Team USA--The Detroit News
Men's Basketball Announces Home Non-Conference
McCallum Headed to USA Basketball World University Training

Knowing the Newcomers: Freshman Greg
Knowing the Newcomers: Freshman Sammy

Women's basketball: UW-Green Bay's run to NCAA Sweet 16 captured on documentary--Green Bay Press Gazette
SummerTimeOut Featuring Stephanie
SummerTimeOut Featuring Jenny
Fans Encouraged to Cheer on Phoenix in San Juan Nov.

Still Plenty Of Time To Become A Panther Basketball Season Ticket

Milwaukee Announces 2011-12 Women's Basketball
Schell Named Assistant At Hillsdale

SectionEE's Horizon League Picks--SectionEE

Valpo Women's Hoops Launches Blog for China
Valpo Announces 2011-2012 Women's Hoops
China Preparation--Women's Basketball China Trip
Gearing Up for China--Women's Basketball China Trip

WSU basketball player Evans to play for Macedonia pro team--Dayton Daily News
Wright State continues facilities projects as fall sports seasons approach--Wright State University Sports
Wright State’s Evans signs first professional contact overseas--Wright State University Sports
Wright State updates athletic website with new look--Wright State University Sports
Talking Compliance with the Horizon League’s Stephanie
Out with the Old

Butler to Headline 2012 Maui Invitational Field--Horizon League Network
McCallum Invited to USA Basketball World University Games Training Camp--Horizon League Network
Evans, Howard, Vanzant to Embark on Professional Careers in Europe--Horizon League Network

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