Sunday, May 20, 2012

News On The Horizon 5/20/2012

Hall: Could Robert Morris be on the move?--Beaver County Times
The conference realignment issue has also trickled down to Robert Morris, a charter member of the Northeast Conference -- before it was the Northeast Conference (nee ECAC Metro). RMU has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Butler in the Horizon League.

That scenario seems unlikely, according to sources within the athletic department, mostly because without Butler, the Horizon League isn't a much better basketball league than the NEC. Also, the Horizon League doesn't support football, which is important to Robert Morris.
2012 College Sports Media Awards: Nominees Announced--Sports Video Group
Division: Regional Sports Networks and Local Cable Providers or TV Stations
Live Game and Event Production

FOX Sports               College Football – East
South/Sport South        Carolina University vs.
                         University of South Carolina 

FOX Sports               Men’s College Basketball – 
West/Prime Ticket        Long Beach State vs Fullerton

Longhorn Network         Texas Gameday

The Mtn. Sports          Men’s College Basketball – 
Network                  San Diego State vs. Boise 
                         State – Mountain West 
                         Conference Tourney 

WebStream                Men’s College Basketball – 
Productions/Horizon      Game of the Week – 
League Network           Valparaiso vs. Milwaukee

A-10 is realignment winner thus far with addition of Butler, VCU--Eye On College Basketball
VCU joining Atlantic 10 in 2013--Eye On College Basketball
VCU is the second new addition to the Atlantic 10, joining Butler, which is leaving the Horizon League for the A-10.
... reported two months ago that Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason and Butler were in discussions with the Atlantic 10.

On Friday, George Mason, which along with VCU and Butler had discussions with the Atlantic 10, announced it was staying in the CAA. However, sources told at the present time the Atlantic 10 was looking to add only one more school and VCU got the nod over Mason.

The addition of VCU and Butler offset the losses of Temple to the Big East and Charlotte to Conference USA.

The addition of VCU and Butler is huge for the A-10. VCU went to the 2011 Final Four and Butler went to consecutive Final Fours in 2010 and 2011.
Gordon Hayward Starcraft--YouTube
Miller next addition to Groce's
How do Butler, VCU stack up against rest of A-10?--CollegeBasketballTalk
Utah Jazz: Fledgling foursome could be future franchise staples--Deseret News
Not that lottery picks are guaranteed to be great players, but the future looks awfully bright with the foursome of 19-year-old Kanter, Favors and Burks, both 20, and Gordon Hayward, the old man of the bunch at age 22. All are young enough they could still have been in college this past season with Hayward a senior, Favors and Burks juniors and Kanter a sophomore.

Each of the four valued their experience this year and say they plan to work hard in the offseason.

Hayward played the most of the four, earning a starting spot in his second year and averaging 11.8 points and 3.5 rebounds, while starting 58 of 66 games.

He plans to spend most of his summer in his hometown of Indianapolis working out.

Perhaps it's the bad memory of the last two playoff games when he made only 1 of 18 field goal attempts, but Hayward said his main goal in the offseason is "to become an elite-level shooter."

He also said he wants to "develop strength and use my athleticism to take it to the rim and get to the free-throw line some more."
It's not hard to project a future Jazz starting lineup that includes all four of Utah's young lottery picks, with Kanter at center, Favors at power forward, Hayward at small forward and Burks as the shooting guard. Now all they need is a young point guard and the Jazz starting lineup could be set for a decade.
Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward join Select team--Deseret News
Hayward, Favors picked for U.S. Select Team--Utah Jazz Notes
Butler, VCU to Atlantic 10 sets up potential for excellent rivalry--Searching for Billy Edelin
Former Butler star Gordon Hayward chosen to USA Basketball's select team--The Indy Star
Pickett (2013) drawing interest from Butler, others with play this spring--The Indy Star
Butler announces 2012 athletics Hall of Fame class--The Indy Star
Seven Selected For Butler Athletics Hall of

Couture Tabbed For NAIA District VI All-Time

NBA Draft Blog Interview with D'Aundray Brown--Ed Isaacson's NBA Draft Blog
Flint’s J’Nathan Bullock wins championship, Player of the Year in Iceland--Ballin' Michigan
Mario Chalmers steps up for struggling Miami Heat--Miami Herald
With Chalmers playing the way he was, Norris Cole didn’t get the looks he did in Game 2. With Chalmers in foul trouble and struggling from the field, Cole was brought in for his most substantive play since Game 1 of the opening-round series against the Knicks. On Tuesday, picked up five fouls and ended with five points on 2-of-10 shooting.

“I have to stay out of foul trouble,” he said. “That’s the bottom line.”

Cole grew up in nearby Dayton, Ohio — about a one-hour drive east of Indianapolis on I-70 — and figured he had at least 30 cheering him on Thursday.

“My family is real close to here so they’re coming to show support for myself and the team,” said Cole, a Cleveland State product.

“Being in the playoffs, being on the road and having the ability to have family come and watch is great. I’m enjoying this ride.”

After playing 11:37 in the opener against the Knicks, Cole rarely left the bench in the following two games and didn’t see any action in the final two of that series.

Cole was benched for the third consecutive game in Sunday’s series opener, but with Chalmers struggling, Cole played 17:08 in Game 2. Cole was 2 for 2 from the field and dished out an assist.

Spoelstra said Cole’s preparation and mental state will serve him well when called upon. Cole was scoreless on one shot in 9:34 on Thursday.

“He kept himself ready and is tough as nails,” Spoelstra said before Thursday’s game. “You get into a competitive and physical series here, and well, that fits his nature. Because of the circumstances with Chris Bosh being out, it affects every part of our rotation. Everyone has to be ready.”
Should Wade play in another Olympics?--South Florida Sun Sentinel
A VOTE FOR RILEY: An interesting twist in the voting for the NBA Executive of the Year award that this past week went to Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird is that Heat President Pat Riley was one of six executives to receive a first-place vote in the poll of lead personnel executives from the 30 teams. Chalk that one up to possible early voting. There was, of course, a time when Riley appeared to pull off a coup with the free-agency addition of Shane Battier and the drafting of Norris Cole. Then Cole hit a rookie wall and Battier's limitations were exposed. Fact is, with the majority of the Heat's draft picks dealt in the sign-and-trade agreements for LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and with the Heat's salary structure leaving them with, at most, the tax-payer $3 million mid-level exception to spend in free agency in upcoming offseasons, Riley essentially has to be flawless going forward to offer any support to Dwyane Wade, James and Bosh. He might not have deserved this season's first-place vote, but he's going to need to earn a few in coming seasons.
Cleveland State's D'Aundray Brown Will Participate In Brooklyn Nets Draft Combine--Cleveland State Hoops

Sharpshooting Head Coach Ray McCallum To Take On Arizona Coach In The Finals For "Shots from the Heart"

Titans Mourn The Loss Of Former Women's Basketball Standout Lisa

Wojta, one of Lynx's last cuts, signs with pro team in Belgium--Star Tribune
Wojta, Casas cut as Lynx trim roster to final 11 players--Star Tribune
WNBA: Julie Wojta has 4 in Minnesota Lynx victory--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Wojta released by Lynx--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Former UWGB standout Julie Wojta signs with Belgian team--Green Bay Press Gazette
Fans Head to Minnesota in Support of
Video: Wojta's WNBA Experience
Wojta Inks Contract with Eurocup

Men's basketball: Junior college guard joins UWGB; Armstead leaves--Green Bay Press Gazette
Wardle Adds Three to 2012-13 Phoenix

UW-Milwaukee names new Athletic Director--Fox 6 Now
2011-12 Milwaukee Men's Basketball--YouTube
UWM signs 3 to men's basketball team--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A beacon of hope--UWM Post
Tony and Jimmy PantherU Podcast 5.10.12 part 1--PantherU
Tony and Jimmy PantherU Podcast 5.10.12 part 2--PantherU
Jeter Earns Another Honor From
Panthers Add Three Standouts To Incoming Recruiting
Former Panthers Post Stellar Seasons Overseas In

Jay Harris a great fit for Wagner--Big Apple Buckets
Softball part of big year for Valparaiso sports--The Post-Tribune
Andrean star reaffirms commitment to the Crusaders--The NWI Times
Valparaiso starting to excel in the Horizon League--The NWI Times

Kentucky lands Wright State guard Julius Mays via transfer--CollegeBasketballTalk
Wright State Transfer Julius Mays Chooses Kentucky Over Purdue--Rant Sports
Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Jeff Goodman reports Julius Mays commits to Kentucky--A Sea Of Blue
Morning Five: 05.14.12 Edition--Rush The Court
Just when you thought that John Calipari and Kentucky might be one piece short they pull out a surprise on Sunday afternoon in the form of Julian Mays, who will transfer from Wright State to Kentucky and will be able to play next season after graduating from Wright State this spring. We will skip over our thoughts on the transfer rule that has led to an explosion in individuals who plan “to attend graduate school in an area not offered” at their previous school (later clarified after a discussion with John Infante) and instead focus on the impact that bringing in a senior combo guard who averaged 14.1 points per game last season while leading his team in scoring, assists, and steals. It obviously is a big move that helps shore up some of the team’s deficiencies and provides them with an outside threat who shot 42.4% from three-point range this season. Given the depth the Wildcats have Mays will probably come off the bench, but if the fans are worried about Mays adjusting to the level of play in the SEC they can be comforted by the fact that like fellow transfer Ryan Harrow Mays spent time in the ACC at North Carolina State although his route to Kentucky included a detour before winding up in Lexington.
High school coach of Wright State transfer Julius Mays thinks Kentucky is a ‘bad fit’--CollegeBasketballTalk
Kentucky Lands Wright State Transfer Julius Mays--SB Nation
Kentucky picks up Wright State one-year transfer Julius Mays--Eye On College Basketball
WSU players call, thank fans on phone--Dayton Daily News
Indiana point guard commits to WSU--Dayton Daily News
Two talented guards sign with Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Former Raider Mays picks Kentucky--Wright State University Sports
WSU men’s basketball team to help rehab home--Wright State University Sports
Wright State players reaching out to fans by phone--Wright State University Sports
Report: Drummond picks Wright State--Wright State University Sports
New recruit Drummond described as “tough kid, good shooter”--Wright State University Sports
Newest Raider Drummond on Wright State--Wright State University Sports
Drummond, Bramanti sign letters of intent with Wright State--Wright State University Sports
Wright State recruit Roddy waiting to hear if he qualifies academically--Wright State University Sports
Star basketball player leaving after two years at Wright State--The Guardian
Raiders Help Beavercreek
Raiders Sign

Raiders Help Beavercreek

Spots Still Available For Boys' Basketball

Perspectives: The New World--Horizon League Network
McCallum Into Championship of 'Shots from the Heart' Tournament--Horizon League Network
Jeter Inducted Into UW-Platteville Hall of Fame--Horizon League Network

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