April 18th: Five days after Purdue assistant coach Mike Jackson resigned, stemming from a drinking and driving incident in February, Matt Painter hired Micah Shrewsberry away from Butler.
May 6th: To replace Shrewsberry, Brad Stevens hired Michael Lewis away from Loyola-Chicago, whose new head coach Porter Moser had hired to recruit Indiana.
April 21st: Rob Murphy, who was an assistant with Syracuse, replaced Ramsey as the head coach at EMU. Murphy spent six years as a coach in the Detroit Public School League.
June 1st: Kevin Mondro was Murphy's second hire. Mondro lost his job at Loyola-Chicago when Jim Whitesell was fired.
UIC, Loyola competing with DePaul for offseason attention--ChicagoNow.com
Morning Five: Fourth of July Edition--Rush The Court
Since it is “Independence Day” (debatable depending on the depth of your knowledge of US history), we are going to start of with the US National team specifically the Under-19 team competing in Latvia. The team is off to a 3-0 start after its 82-66 win over China on Saturday. The team was led by two players that you would expect to be effective–Jeremy Lamb and Tim Hardaway Jr.–as well two players–Doug McDermott and Khyle Marshall–that the casual college fan may be less familiar with. The US was the only team to make it through round-robin play undefeated, but narrowly survived an upset bid by Serbia earlier this week. Their next game, which will take place on Tuesday, should be significantly tougher as they will be going up against Jonas Valanciunas, the 5th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, and a Lithuanian team that knocked them off in pre-tournament play.
Butler, Gonzaga agree to an intriguing non-conference series--Rivals.com
Utah Jazz 2010-2011 Season Review Part 6: Gordon Hayward’s Apotheosis--SLC Dunk
Gonzaga and Butler agree to two-year series--Eye On College Basketball
USA beats Lithuania in overtime--The Indy Star
Butler agrees to home-and-home series with Gonzaga--The Indy Star
Butler to meet Gonzaga in home-and-home series--The Indy Star
Butler's Howard wins Horizon League honor--The Indy Star
Butler recruit Jackson Aldridge scores 21 points in under-19 World Basketball Championship--The Indy Star
Gonzaga adds to schedule difficulty--Indy Star Butler Insider
USA Remains Unbeaten At FIBA World Championship--ButlerSports.com
USA Edges Lithuania In Overtime--ButlerSports.com
Croatia Edges U19 Team, 87-85--ButlerSports.com
Matt Howard Earns Coleman Medal Of Honor--ButlerSports.com
Detroit Mercy's Ray McCallum taking part in LeBron James academy--The Detroit Free Press
McCallum Continues Summer Tour--detroittitans.com
Knowing the Newcomers: Freshman Ahman Fells--uicflames.com
SummerTimeOut Featuring Lydia Bauer--Green Bay Press Gazette
Incoming freshman Panoske seeks rotation spot with UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers Playing In Milwaukee Summer Pro-Am--Panther Blog Zone
Still A Few Spots Left In July 18 Milwaukee Basketball Golf Classic--uwmpanthers.com
Could increased athleticism lead to a bolder offense for Tom Izzo and Michigan State?--The Only Colors
Draymond Green, Point Forward
There's no Mateen Cleaves, Drew Neitzel or Kalin Lucas-style, ball-dominating point guard on this roster. The solution could be as simple, yet out of the box, as making Green a full-time point-forward.
His rebounding ability suggests he's a post player, but his incredible passing makes him one of the most versatile players in the country. Green was the best passer on the team last season, but with a senior point guard of Kalin Lucas's pedigree still in the fold, it was hard to commit to running the offense through Green as a point forward. With Lucas graduated, Green is now the clear leader of the team and there's also no clear cut replacement for Lucas. Keith Appling was a fantastic defensive player who played both guard spots last season, but is a scorer by trade. Recruit Travis Trice is a pure point guard, but scouting reports suggest his defense needs work, and as we've seen in the past, young players who struggle defensively sometimes have a rough go of it early on playing for Izzo. Valpo transfer Brandon Wood is also a combo guard who will help at the point but also will be looked at to replace the scoring MSU lost to graduation last year.
That uncertain point guard spot, along with Green's already proven court vision and passing ability, will give Izzo the chance to use his best returning player in a variety of ways to better take advantage of Green's diverse arsenal.
Morning Five: 07.06.11 Edition--Rush The Court
Indiana transfer Bobby Capobiano announced that he was transferring to Valparaiso yesterday. Capobiano, who averaged 2.3 PPG and 2.6 RPG as a freshman before seeing his playing time drop last season, cited the success of recent transfers Brandon Wood and Cory Johnson as a major factor in his decision. If new coach Bryce Drew can find a way to integrate Capobianco into the Valparaiso offense after Capobianco’s mandatory one-year hiatus, he could be a major factor inside for them to help develop a low-post game that they have lacked for years.
Bobby Capobianco transfers to Valparaiso--The Hoosier Scoop
Hoops Housekeeping--Ballin' is a Habit
Valpo makes a high-major pick-up: Bobby Capobianco, who left Indiana amid a loss of playing time and a scholarship crunch, had finally settled on a school. The 6'10" forward is headed to Valpo to play for Bryce Drew.
Former IU forward chooses Valpo over UE--Evansville Courier & Press
59ers’ Davidson picks Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
IU transfer Capobianco picks Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
Andrean's Nick Davidson commits to Crusaders--The NWI Times
Bryce the visionary--Section EE
Former WSU basketball star enjoying Germany--Dayton Daily News
Illinois guard commits to Wright State, takes only available 2012 scholarship--Wright State University Sports
Matt Howard, Kayla Tetschlag Named 2010-11 Cecil N. Coleman Award Winners--Horizon League Network