Saturday, May 12, 2012

News On The Horizon 5/12/2012

HD Video: 2016 guard Eron Gordon at 2012 Run-N-Slam--Inside The Hall

The Hoosiers and Purdue both offered Gordon, the younger brother of former IU star Eric Gordon, last month and figure to follow him closely in July. Gordon, who will attend North Central High School next fall, is also receiving early interest from Butler, Michigan, Ohio State and Xavier and that list only figures to grow as his development continues.

Looking forward: Utah Jazz hopeful their core of big men rise again--Deseret News

That group includes Jefferson ($15 million), Devin Harris ($8.5M), Millsap ($7.2M), Favors ($4.8M), Kanter ($4.4M), Raja Bell ($3.5M), Gordon Hayward ($2.7M), Alec Burks ($2.2M) and Earl Watson ($2.1M).
But the Jazz believe they have players who will improve the team as they improve themselves — from Harris running the offense more smoothly and being more consistent; to Hayward building his confidence, especially on outside shooting; to Favors, Kanter and Burks continuing to grow up; to Millsap fine-tuning his effectiveness from both forward positions; to Jefferson becoming more of a defensive presence in pick-and-roll situations.
In July, Utah expects to have a stacked summer league team, which will likely include Hayward, Favors, Kanter, Burks and possibly Carroll and Evans. Watson plans to begin his surgery rehab workouts with the Jazz in Orlando as well.

Utah Jazz ask for patience as they build NBA title contender--Salt Lake Tribune

And Utah’s best days should be ahead as the Jazz wait for a young core of Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks — lottery selections in 2010 and 2011; talented, coachable and 22 or younger — to take the next stage in their development.
The only Utah players expected to be under contract are the young core of Hayward, Favors, Kanter and Burks. As a result, the small-market Jazz could be one of the premier free spenders in the league during a summer that might see franchise-altering stars such as Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and James Harden appear on the market.

IUPUI, Butler to play Dec. 5--The Indy Star
No Morehead State job for Butler's Graves--The Indy Star
Fans favor move to A-10 (Part II)--Indy Star Butler Insider

Breaking down the series: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers--Miami Herald


Heat: A series as fit for work boots as sneakers could be physical enough to force the Heat to go 10-deep. The Pacers’ size means Ronny Turiaf and Joel Anthony can’t be complete non-factors. This series plays to the cerebral game at which Shane Battier excels. If he and Mike Miller find their shooting range, the Heat define “offensive juggernaut.” The amount of trust the Heat have in shooting guard James Jones and point guard Norris Cole can be seen in their minutes from Game 5 against the Knicks: 0.0, Mr. Blutarsky.

Pacers: When Indiana crushed the Heat in March, it wasn’t the ABA throwbacks that doomed the Heat by summoning the spirit of Pacers-Floridians games past, but 6-3 Leandro Barbosa with his 14 points in 14:35 and 6-9 inside man Tyler Hansborough going six of eight from the line. During the first round against Orlando, Indiana brought point guard Darren Collison off the bench, augmenting their advantage in this area.

Edge: Pacers

Oakland and Detroit bring bad blood to realignment talks--CollegeBasketballTalk
Metro & state: Detroit Mercy AD Keri Gaither denies feud with Oakland U.--The Detroit Free Press
It's now official — Detroit once blocked Oakland from Horizon League--Grizzlies Den
Current Detroit athletic director denies feud with Oakland--Grizzlies Den

Lynx opens preseason by beating Connecticut--Star Tribune

Lynx second-round pick Julie Wojta had five points and seven rebounds, including six in the fourth quarter. But the 79.8 percent free-throw shooter in college at Wisconsin-Green Bay missed all four of her foul shots in the final 20 seconds, giving Connecticut a chance. However, the Sun missed its final three shot attempts.

Wojta makes WNBA preseason debut--Green Bay Press Gazette

UWM taps Geiger for AD post--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Hiring Geiger a bold play by UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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