Friday, August 26, 2011

News On The Horizon 8/26/2011

Nored's summer: Mission work, coaching--ESPN
No more Fearing the Glasses--Indy Star Butler Insider
2013 prospects line up visits--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler University under Title IX review--Butler Collegian
Ready to cheer--Butler Collegian
Marshall, Hopkins stay sharp at Pro Am--Butler Collegian
OVERTIME: Butler’s clean slate draws athletes--Butler Collegian
Hinkle Fieldhouse Floor Update - Late August
Live Chat: Shelvin

Brittany Bowen Signs Pro Contract With Denmark

TicketCity Legends Classic Bracket is Complete--The Gazelle Group
Full Legends Classic Field Revealed: Plenty of Mid-Major Powers Involved--Blogging the Bracket

Team USA Finishes Fifth at World University Games: Notes On Player Performances--Rush The Court

Mid-Major Players Were Outclassed. Every team at any level, no matter how talented, has to have a few bench-warmers, and Detroit’s Ray McCallum, Jr., and Yale’s Greg Mangano were the duo on this team. We hate to pick on our mid-major representatives, but USCB’s Orlando Johnson was the only mid-major player to earn significant minutes on this team. He generally performed OK, but the tandem of McCallum and Mangano received most of their minutes in the four blowout games of the round-robin, and it’s clear that they both have work to do to reach the talent of the names above them on this roster. Mangano is heading into his senior season, but McCallum at least can take solace in the fact that he was the youngest player on the team and will substantially improve in coming seasons.

Draymond Green, Ray McCallum end China run with win, 5th-place finish for U.S.--The Detroit Free Press
Inaugural Special Needs Basketball Camp Held This

Kreps, Carter Sign Overseas Professional

Loyola’s marquee team--Loyola Phoenix

UW-Green Bay women's basketball team announces 2011-12 schedule--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay up for schedule challenge--Green Bay Press Gazette
Bollant Releases Challenging 2011-12

Broekhoff, Edwards Lead Squads in Scoring at World University

First season a mixed bag for coaches--Ballin' is a Habit

7. Brad Brownell, Wright State, 2006-07
Brownell has succeeded everywhere he has coached, but he did perhaps his finest work in his first season at Wright State. The Raiders had finished .500 or worse in each of the four seasons before his arrival. Wright State went 23-10 overall and 13-3 in the Horizon League in Brownell's first season, and earned their first NCAA bid since 1993. Their 23 wins were the most the Raiders had recorded in a single season since entering the Division I ranks in 1987.

WSU basketball lands versatile Indiana recruit--Dayton Daily News
Raiders drop Italian opener--Dayton Daily News
Raiders even record in Italy--Dayton Daily News
Wright State By the Numbers: Most returning Raiders got taste of starting--Wright State University Sports
Indiana guard becomes second Wright State recruit in Class of 2012--Wright State University Sports
J.T. Yoho’s Happy Gilmore swing, and other notes on Wright State’s newest recruit--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Focus: Breaking down the Wright State players in Italy--Wright State University Sports
Wright State drops Italian trip opener as Vest and Pacher score 15 each--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Roundup: The Indiana view of J.T. Yoho’s commitment--Wright State University Sports
Wright State evens Italy trip record at 1-1 as Vest again leads Raiders scorers--Wright State University Sports
Raiders fall in first game of Italy trip--Fairborn Daily Herald

YSU basketball Women open at WVU--Youngstown Vindicator
Boldon Releases 2011-12 YSU Women’s Basketball

Horizon League Announces Staff Updates--Horizon League Network
Butler's Bowen Signs Professional Contract in Denmark--Horizon League Network
Raiders Drop Opener of Italy Tour, 86-81, to Pallacanestro Lucca--Horizon League Network
Wright State Evens Mark on Italy Trip with 69-51 Victory--Horizon League Network

Saturday, August 20, 2011

News On The Horizon 8/20/2011

RTC Summer Updates: Horizon League--Rush The Court

ESPN Announces GameDay Schedule For 2011-12--Rush The Court

No surprise here, but there’s not a single mid-major among those squads (either home or away), meaning that in its eight-year existence, Rece Davis and company will have only been to two mid-major spots — Gonzaga in 2006 and 2009, and Southern Illinois in 2008 — and featured just three mid-major teams (SIU played Creighton). Certainly Butler, with its two consecutive appearances in the title game, deserves a visit from Erin and the fellas (except for a certain former Indiana coach, most likely), right? Then again, as cozy as Hinkle Fieldhouse is, we don’t know if it could contain the magnetic field of smoothness that would theoretically be generated by having the hairstyles of Davis, Jay Bilas, and Brad Stevens within 15 feet of each other. Better safe than sorry.

Breakout frontcourt players for

Butler F Khyle Marshall: Butler's run to the NCAA tournament championship game offered glimpses of what Marshall could offer this program in the next couple of seasons. Marshall came of age as an offensive rebounder in the postseason. He pulled down five offensive rebounds against Wisconsin, seven against Florida and five against VCU. Marshall averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.2 minutes as a freshman, but those numbers should go up quite a bit this season as Butler attempts to replace Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard. Marshall could develop into Butler's best overall player. The 6-7 sophomore learned plenty this summer while playing for the U.S. under-19 national team.

Pro development in college? Think again…
Butler honors Howard, Nash--The Indy Star
Butler still targeting Top 100 prospects--Indy Star Butler Insider
Live Chat: Matthew
Brad Stevens To Be Featured On
Matt Howard, Michele Nash Tabbed Butler’s Top
Live Chat: Nick
Hinkle Fieldhouse Floor Update - August

Fore Hoops N Hope Golf Outing A
Women's Basketball Pink Uniform

Kent State football has rainy opener; Cleveland State Vikings, Akron Zips basketball updates--Cleveland Plain Dealer

European vacations

Cleveland State senior guard Jeremy Montgomery will get in some extra game time this summer to hone his sharpshooting skills. He took off for Europe this week for a seven-day tour with Global Sports Academy.
Cleveland State beats Valaparaiso, 76-65Cleveland State University guard Jeremy Montgomery celebrates his score and a foul against Valaparaiso. (John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

The GSA roster consists of 10 players and will play five games on the seven-day trip which will include cultural experiences in Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels and London.

"I am extremely happy for Jeremy and this opportunity that awaits him," CSU head coach Gary Waters said in a release. "Jeremy is entering the most important season of his career, and going on this trip is the first step to what I feel will be an outstanding senior season for him."

Montgomery will be joined on the GSA squad by Bill Luther (Pitt-Johnstown), Jordan Stasyszyn (Shippensburg), Will O'Neal (Indianapolis), Ashton Smith (Indiana, PA), Darius Theus (VCU), Troy Daniels (VCU), Travis Carroll (Purdue), Josh Proctor (West Virginia Tech) and Justin Manns (Kent State). The team will be coached by Bill Brown of California University (Pa.).

"This will be a great opportunity for Justin after the improvement he made especially toward the end of last season,'' new Kent coach Rob Senderoff said. "For a guy who has not played as much as others in his career (one year of high school, no AAU, one year Division I) any extra time on the court Justin can get is a big bonus for him and our program.''

Cleveland State to travel to Vanderbilt on Nov. 13--Cleveland State Hoops
Jackson Signs with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL--Cleveland State Hoops

Metro & state: MSU's Draymond Green, UDM's Ray McCallum chip in for U.S. win--The Detroit Free Press
Michigan State's Green, Detroit's McCallum contribute as U.S. wins opener at World University Games--The Detroit Free Press
MSU's Draymond Green, UDM's Ray McCallum help USA rout Hungary--The Detroit Free Press
MSU's Draymond Green gets double-double in U.S. win at World University Games--The Detroit Free Press
UDM's Ray McCallum, MSU's Draymond Green help U.S. advance at World University Games--The Detroit Free Press
MSU's Draymond Green, UDM's Ray McCallum keep U.S. perfect at World University Games--The Detroit Free Press
Watch USA WUGs Live on the Internet--The Detroit Free Press
Team USA Advances to Quarterfinals

Season Ticket Party to be Held August

Freshman Shareta Brown Impressive At 32nd Annual All-Star Basketball
Stephanie Douglas Added To Women’s Basketball

UIC's Dorian Tyler and DePaul's Donnavan Kirk to tour Europe
Dorian Tyler to Tour Europe With Global Sports
Knowing the Newcomers: Freshman Marc
UIC Basketball Announces Coaching Staff Exclusive Interview With Regina

Loyola Scores A Recruiting Coup, And Lands DePaul Transfer Devin Hill--Hoops Illinois
Former Loyola Standout Blake Schilb Re-Signs With French

Men's basketball: St. Catherine's Fouse commits to UWGB--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Tough tests await UWGB on road--Green Bay Press Gazette
Former Phoenix star Bennett honored by Summit League--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB gets verbal commitment from Racine St. Catherine's senior--UWGB Basketball
Challenging Slate Awaits as Green Bay Releases 2011-12
Tony and Dick Bennett Honored by the Summit

Recruiting Search for Green Bay's Future
SummerTimeOut Featuring Breannah
Bollant Competing for Title of Mr. Habitat While Helping out a Good
SummerTimeOut Featuring Megan

Kaylon Williams Arrested After Trying To Run From DUI Arrest--Rush The Court
Williams arrested for suspicion of DUI--Fox Sports
UWM's Kaylon Williams arrested for DUI--ESPN
Bracketology Just Got More Complicated--Anonymous Eagle

Obviously, with the slight point differential between the Tournament standard and the penalization standard, we could be looking at teams *coughUWMcough* who would go unpenalized by the NCAA in terms of practice time and scholarships, but would be prohibited from play in the Tournament. Over the next few months, we'll have to keep our eyes on this as the details of implementation are hashed out.

UW-Milwaukee point guard arrested after traffic stop--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lindsay Laur Heading off to the World of Pro Hoops--Panther Blog Zone
Laur Signs Professional Contract With Carolina

Class Of 2013 Bartlett Star Lance Whitaker Picks Up A Scholarship Offer From Valparaiso University--Hoops Illinois
2011-2012 Men's Home Schedule--SectionEE

Aimee Litka to Lead Women's Basketball--Holy Cross College News
Fremd senior becomes latest guard to join Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Heading Home--Women's Basketball In China
The Finale to our Trip!--Women's Basketball In China
9 Days in China--Women's Basketball In China
Community in China--Women's Basketball In China
Looking Back--Women's Basketball In China
Valpo Women Open China Trip
Valpo Falls to Chinese Professional
Crusaders Show Improvement to Close China

Ex-WSU player now an Alien--Dayton Daily News
Former WSU coach Underhill gets new kidney--Dayton Daily News
Raiders will do more than play basketball in Italy--Dayton Daily News
Raider Connection Q&A: Brad Brownell, former Wright State basketball coach--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Focus: Where will points for the 2011-12 Raiders come from?--Wright State University Sports
Former Wright State basketball player to become “Alien” in Norway--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Roundup: Missing out on Toledo transfer, who suffered from APR--Wright State University Sports
Horizon League Focus: Under new academic rules, league would have lost postseason team--Wright State University Sports
Wright State By the Numbers: The addition of 105 pounds--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Focus: Raiders needed Italy trip, found finances to make it work--Wright State University Sports
Raider Connection Q&A: Nels Hawkinson, Basketball Travelers executive director--Wright State University Sports
As Wright State leaves for Italy, Donlon needs to test each Raider--Wright State University Sports
Ralph Underhill finally gets new kidney--Through the Arch
Ralph Underhill suffers major setback--Through the Arch

WSU women toughen schedule--Dayton Daily News
Wright State women’s basketball team announces 2011-12 schedule--Wright State University Sports
Raider Connection Q&A: Mike Bradbury, WSU women’s basketball coach--Wright State University Sports

Youngstown State Announces 2011-12 Men’s Basketball

Meet Women's Basketball Freshman Kelsea
Meet Women's Basketball Freshman Ashley
Women's Basketball Golf Outing is

CSU's Montgomery, UIC's Tyler Headed on European Tours--Horizon League Network
Perspectives: The Horizon League SAAC Meetings--Horizon League Network
WSU's Land Headed to Norway to Begin Professional Career--Horizon League Network
Perspectives: What Does Miami Have To Do With the Horizon League?--Horizon League Network

UWM's Laur Signs Professional Contract With Carolina Giants--Horizon League Network

Monday, August 8, 2011

News On The Horizon 8/8/2011

Heat's Norris Cole, James Jones not looking overseas--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Greg DeVries NBA Mock Draft - 6 August 2011--College Sports Madness

53 Orlando Magic 2012 NBA Mock Draft college basketball player profiles Orlando Ray McCallum PG Detroit
McCallum has great handles. If he can study under Jameer Nelson, he may earn the backup job pretty early

33 hours later…--Women's Basketball China Trip

Wright State coach likes incoming recruits’ size, and first practice showed why--Wright State University Sports

Saturday, August 6, 2011

News On The Horizon 8/6/2011

USA Basketball Names 14 Finalists For 2011 USA Men’s World University Games Team--USA Basketball

Rotnei Clarke joins us to talk about his leaving Arkansas and his future--Sports Talk With Bo Mattingly
Rotnei Clarke increases anticipation for Butler’s 2012-13
Rotnei Clarke might be perfect Butler fit--ESPN
Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler--Eye On College Basketball
Around The Blogosphere: August 3, 2011--Rush The Court

Rotnei Clarke will not be a Sooner after all: “Clarke has instead chosen Brad Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs as the destination for his final year of eligibility. Clarke will have to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. It was believed that Clarke was on the verge of choosing OU, however when news broke last week regarding the NCAA/Tiny Gallon issue that caused enough uncertainty on Clarke’s part to go another way.” (Crimson adn Cream Machine)

Can Butler Continue its Winning Tradition?--Swoosh Nation
Butler Likely to see increase in FG% with addition of Arkansas transfer--Ballin' is a Habit
Ex-Hog Rotnei Clarke Picks to Butler--Lost Letterman
NCAA right to give Toledo transfer a waiver--ESPN
Work just beginning for Jazz’s Gordon Hayward during NBA lockout--Salt Lake Tribune
Rotnei Clarke will not be a Sooner after all--Crimson And Cream Machine
Rotnei Clark is much more than just an offensive boost for Butler--Searching for Billy Edelin
Hamilton SE's Irvin chooses Michigan over Butler--The Indy Star
Report: Butler lands former Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke--The Indy Star
Butler picks up ex-Arkansas sharpshooter--The Indy Star
Recruiting loss reveals many truths--Indy Star Butler Insider
Clarke’s baggage won’t burden Butler--Indy Star Butler Insider
Live Butler Basketball Chat With Brandon
Butler Basketball Adds Arkansas

Cleveland State Recruit Headed to Monroe College--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Land Michigan Guard--Cleveland State Hoops

MSU's Draymond Green, UDM's Ray McCallum make U.S. team--The Detroit Free Press
UDM's Ray McCallum, MSU's Draymond Green make USA team--The Detroit News
McCallum Headed to China to Represent

Morning Five: 08.04.11 Edition--Rush The Court

The NCAA granted Toledo transfer Hayden Humes a waiver to play next season at the University of Illinois-Chicago after Toledo’s program lost three scholarships due to low APR scores. As a freshman Humes averaged 5.7 PPG and 5.1 RPG and he will be expected to contribute to a team that finished last in the Horizon League (7-24 overall, 2-16 in conference) and graduated its top three rebounders from last season. While Toledo will miss his production on the court they might miss his 3.43 GPA as a freshman even more as it may have been more helpful to the program in the long run.

Where does Humes fit in at UIC?
Lazerus: Humes lands on his feet at UIC--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso's Hayden Humes cleared to play at UIC--Off The Mark
Hayden Humes Granted Waiver from NCAA, Garners Immediate

Former Arizona Wildcat fills last Loyola assistant coach
Loyola Names Jason Gardner Assistant Men's Basketball

Armstead Looks to Bring His Mindset to Calmer Green

#98 Milwaukee Men's Basketball Preview--College Sports Madness
Catch The Panthers At The Wisconsin State Fair

Augie men's hoops to face D-I Valpo--Quad City Times
Valpo to face Augustana in exhibition--SectionEE

VU women heading to China--The NWI Times
Almost There--Women's Basketball China Trip
An Eye Opening Experience--Women's Basketball China Trip
Can I hear you say CHINA!!!--Women's Basketball China Trip

3 ‘power six’ opponents part of Raiders’ schedule--Dayton Daily News
Flyers, Raiders gear up for foreign trips--Dayton Daily News
Raiders building size, confidence--Dayton Daily News
Butler adds standout shooting transfer from Arkansas--Wright State University Sports
Wright State announces 2011-12 men’s basketball schedule--Wright State University Sports
Wright State Focus: Ahead of Italy trip, WSU coach watches Louisville prepare--Wright State University Sports
On Wright State’s schedule: Notes on the 2011-12 slate--Wright State University Sports
Raider Connection Q&A: Jason Bradford, WSU director of strength and conditioning--Wright State University Sports
Horizon League Focus: Commissioner says don’t pay players, punish coaches tougher--Wright State University Sports
Raiders Release 2011-12 Schedule; One More to

Brewer leaves YSU hoops--Youngstown Vindicator

Foursome Spots Remain for Women’s Golf Outing on Aug.
Meet Women's Basketball Freshman Melanie

Craig Hammel Hired as Assistant Director of Communications--Horizon League Network
McCallum Named to USA Basketball World University Games Roster--Horizon League Network