Saturday, May 26, 2012

News On The Horizon 5/26/2012

Morning Five: 05.23.12 Edition--Rush The Court
We may not be fans of the decision to make the Crosstown Shootout a neutral site rivalry, but we are fans of the Crossroads Classic, which is held in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Classic, which was started last year to pair the premier programs in the state of Indiana–Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame, and Purdue–against each other, has been extended for at least two more years. As we have stated before we are big fans of these type of match-ups and advocated for more in our Big Four State Tournament series last year. For some states like North Carolina where the premier programs are all located in the same conference it is not a major issues, but there are plenty of other states, which we identified where it would be a big boost to all the teams involved and more importantly would generate more interest in college basketball.
Montrezl Harrell, Devonta Pollard could cause late recruiting shakeup--Sports Illustrated
• One of the more skilled and physical prospects in the class of 2013 is Elkhart (Ind.) Memorial combo guard Markese McGuire. The 6-foot-3 junior has enjoyed a fine spring with Spiece Higher Level and currently holds offers from UIC, Northern Illinois, Evansville, Mercer, Gardner Webb and Valparaiso. Dayton and Davidson are among the programs that have also taken a look.

Mark Lyons, Alex Oriakhi among 10 biggest impact transfers--Sports Illustrated
Rotnei Clarke, Butler

Clarke made 42 percent of his 653 three-point attempts in three seasons at Arkansas and, with incoming freshman sniper Kellen Dunham, should provide Butler with an enormous dose of perimeter competence it completely lacked last season. Having legit shooters to spread the floor should also allow returning bigs Khyle Marshall and Andrew Smith to be much more productive inside. The Bulldogs should be back in the top 25 this season in their Horizon League swan song.
Midwest Mid-Majors like Thompson--The Recruit Scoop (Pay)
Gridiron or Hardcourt for Nigel Hayes?--The Recruit Scoop (Pay)
Conference realignment and how it affects college hoops--CollegeBasketballTalk
The Horizon League lost Butler to the Atlantic 10, send yet another Final Four program from the mid-major ranks to a powerful hoops league.
Crossroads Classic to be extended for two seasons--CollegeBasketballTalk
Finally, Shelvin Mack and Robert Pack have a dance dedicated to them (VIDEO)--Ball Don't Lie
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward officially named to USA Men's Select Team--Deseret News
Jazz's Hayward, Favors won't play in summer league--Utah Jazz Notes
Crossroads Classic college basketball event extended for two more seasons--The Indy Star
Realignment winner: Atlantic 10--Indy Star Butler Insider
Crossroads: Dawgs solidify position--Indy Star Butler Insider
Crossroads Classic Agreement

Flint native J'Nathan Bullock too much for Iceland competition, he dominates pro hoops league--Flint Journal Sports
Cleveland State has interest in Dayton transfer Ralph Hill--Cleveland State Hoops

Rothstein Files: Ten Mid-Major Guards To Watch Next Season--CBS New York

THE SKINNY: The epitome of a stat sheet stuffer, McCallum nearly single handedly willed the Titans to the NCAA Tournament. With good size at 6-foot-2, the son of Detroit head coach Ray McCallum Sr. is a reliable jump shot from having a chance to play in the NBA. His stats will tell you he’s got everything else covered — averaging 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and four assists per contest last season.
Metro & state: Detroit Mercy extends women's basketball coach Autumn Rademacher's contract--The Detroit Free Press
UDM women's hoops coach Autumn Rademacher gets three-year extension--The Detroit News
Former Titan Great Jermaine Jackson Opens Community Center In Mount
Early Publicity For UDM's Ray
Mark Your Calendars - Legends and Traditions Men's Basketball

Titans Announce Three Year Extension For Coach
--College Sports Madness
Lynx owner believed in team, his faith was rewarded last season--StarTribune

Reeve liked both 5-11 forward Queralt Casas of Spain and 6-0 guard/forward Julie Wojta of Wisconsin-Green Bay. But both were cut on Wednesday. They were the last two cuts.

Wojta, who has signed to play with a pro team in Belgium, came closest to making the team.

They both spent good time here, Reeve said.

"From a basketball standpoint , they really did some good things as they got more and more comfortable," Reeve said. "Their games are very different.

“For Julie, that was the one that was on a lot of people’s radar screen. We have talked to her about what needs to happen now for her to try to get a spot in this league," Reeve said. "We gave her a good, hard look and in the end we just said, we felt like having a third ball-handler [Erin Thorn] was really important to this squad. So that was what the separator was.”
Women's basketball: Phoenix takes 'a chance' on Golden--Green Bay Press Gazette
Borseth Completes Coaching Staff--UWGB Basketball

New UWM athletic director Geiger will make $215,000--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee still looking for dates--PantherU

UWM Set To Honor Botham With 'Celebrating Sandy' June

Wood's agent talks about legal troubles--The State News

Top 10: The nation's top shot-blockers--ESPN
Damian Eargle (Youngstown State): First, he has the best name on this board. But he’s an equally talented defender who squeezed 3.7 blocks out of his 6-foot-7 frame. Youngstown State struggled in most Horizon League stat categories but the squad led the conference in blocked shots thanks to Eargle, who was a junior last season.

Spots Remain in Women’s Basketball Summer Camp

Hayward Named to USA Basketball Select Squad--Horizon League Network

Detroit Announces Three Year Extension For WBB Head Coach Autumn Rademacher--Horizon League Network

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