Friday, August 31, 2012

News On The Horizon 8/31/2012

--South Florida Sun Sentinel

The 13 players already under contract for 2012-13 are LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Norris Cole, Joel Anthony James Jones and Dexter Pittman.

A month from camp, Heat have lingering issues--South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Loyola (MD) spins the realignment wheel again--Big Apple Buckets
One somewhat crazy idea:

Detroit — A Catholic school in Michigan, which is quite a ways outside of the current geographic boundaries of the MAAC. Has 3,000 students and is ranked #23 in the US News’ rankings for the Midwest. A strong basketball program which could be looking for a lifeline depending on how the Horizon League continues to react to this whole realignment business. Probably not the first call, but a possibility. (H/T: TitleBU)

The realignment game is just beginning here on the east coast. We’ll see where are the musical chairs land. Hey, maybe NJIT can even get into a real conference.

Smith Attends 9th Annual Coaching Clinic at

3-point shot: Huge addition for Cincy--College Basketball Nation Blog
3. The Horizon League is desperate for good news after the abrupt departure of Butler to the A-10. Loyola (Ill.) returned from an Italy trip with some dramatic uptick in numbers. The Ramblers averaged a meager 57.2 points a game last season but on a 4-1 trip they averaged 82.3 points a game. The Ramblers also hadn’t had a player average five assists a game since 2003. But Iowa transfer Cully Payne handed out 9.3 assists in the four games. Porter Moser is hoping to see a turnaround and the indication is that this trip may give the Ramblers the necessary bounce.

Milton Doyle will return home to play at Loyola-Chicago--CollegeBasketballTalk
What Milton Doyle means for Loyola Chicago--Run The Floor
Former Kansas guard now at Loyola University in Chicago--Eye On College Basketball
Ex-Kansas Recruit Milton Doyle Staying Home at Loyola--Mid-Major Madness
Milton Doyle lands at Loyola--The Chicago Sun-Times
Getting To Know The Newcomers: Tanner

Notebook: UWGB on short list for ex-Kansas basketball recruit--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men's basketball: Ex-Kansas recruit will transfer to Loyola--Green Bay Press Gazette
Coaching Staff and Teammates Welcome Class of

Jerran Young to play for Raiders in

Women's Basketball Announces 2012-13

Saturday, August 25, 2012

News On The Horizon 8/25/2012

The Horizon League's Top 15 impact players 2012-2013--Run The Floor

Milton Doyle Takes Visit To Loyola
--Chicago Hoops

Harrellson, Andersen emerge as Heat options in middle--South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Heat also could fill out their power rotation with players already working with the team. Veteran power forward Juwan Howard was the first Heat player to return to workouts at AmericanAirlines Arena in the wake of the team's championship. Center Mickell Gladness, who began last season with the Heat before closing the season with the Golden State Warriors, played for the Heat's summer-league team in July and recently joined Heat guard Norris Cole and Heat free-agent prospects Terrel Harris and Jarvis Varnado at the NBA's rookie transition program, a mandatory program for NBA newcomers that was not held last summer because of the lockout.

The Heat currently have 13 players under guaranteed contract for the coming season: James, Dwyane Wade, Bosh, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Haslem, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller, Anthony, James Jones, Cole and Dexter Pittman. Teams can carry a maximum of 20 players during the offseason and training camp, 15 during the regular season.

NC State Game Set For Dec. 8--Cleveland State Hoops
Horizon League Men's Basketball Schedule

Horizon League Announces Women's Basketball

Horizon League Men's Basketball Schedule

Titans To Open HL Campaign With Rematch At Green

Report: Central Florida's Josh Crittle Headed to UIC Flames--Mid-Major Madness
From Fishburne to the Windy
Horizon League Announces Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball Horizon League Schedule

Fast Start Propels Loyola Past Zepa Marostica,
Following The Ramblers In Italy: Como
First Quarter Run Helps Loyola To 82-67 Win Over

Men's basketball: Fletcher, Perine to play in Dutch League--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB gets tough Horizon League road schedule--Green Bay Press Gazette
Fletcher and Perine Sign to Team Up in
Green Bay's 16-Game Conference Schedule

Women's basketball: Phoenix to open Horizon League season against Detroit--Green Bay Press Gazette
2012-13 Horizon League Schedule Tips off with Championship

Horizon League schedule set for UWM men--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Men's Basketball Season Ticket Open House Set For This
Horizon League Announces 2013 Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball Schedule Announced By League
Video: Black & Gold Network Welcomes Women's Basketball Back To

Men’s basketball: Valparaiso releases complete hoops slate--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders set high goals with difficult schedule--The NWI Times
Horizon League releases conference schedule--Inside VU Sports
Valpo to Host Detroit on ESPN2 as Part of 2013 Horizon League
Valpo Men’s Basketball Releases Full Schedule; Season Tickets

The Morning Mix--CollegeBasketballTalk

- A good-read on Wright State coach Billy Donlon and what he is doing to get his program back to prominence. The Raiders were perennial Horizon League favorites in the later part of the ’00s, but haven’t been the same since Julius Mays transferred out

WSU's Donlon pushing on after losses--Dayton Daily News
Wright State’s Horizon League schedule released--Wright State University Sports

Men's Basketball Finalizes 2012-13

Fletcher and Perine Sign to Team Up in Holland--Horizon League Network
Fast Start Propels Loyola Past Zepa Marostica, 92-39--Horizon League Network
First Quarter Run Helps Loyola to 82-67 Win Over Legnano Basket--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Announces Men's Basketball Conference Schedule--Horizon League Network

Horizon League Announces Women's Basketball Conference Slate--Horizon League Network

Sunday, August 19, 2012

News On The Horizon 8/19/2012

Terry Pluto's Talkin' ... about the Indians' troubled pitching rotation, CSU's shuffled hoops roster and the Browns' youth-infused defense--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Trey Lewis Penn State Highlights--Cleveland State Hoops

Titans Take Part in Woodward Dream Cruise

Titan Freshman Rosanna Reynolds Officially Ends Prep Career at 33rd Annual BCAM All-Star

Men's Basketball Blog: Following The Ramblers In
Balanced Attack Leads Loyola To 92-56 Victory Over All-Star
Men's Basketball Blog: Following The Ramblers In
Following The Ramblers In Italy: The Florence
Late Run Sends Pallacanestro Bassano del Grappa Past Loyola,
Following The Ramblers In Italy: Venice

Geiger leading UWM in right direction--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Geiger is UWM's instrument of change--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
8/13 - A look back at the weekend....--PantherU

Milwaukee Panthers Basketball....

Things have been quiet out of the UWM camp this past week. Same as MU, players are back home resting up for the upcoming season/school year.

Great to see that a few members of the team helped out with the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 12 hour Hoopla Event to help raise money for kids in need. In the linked article, the picture shows red-shirt freshman JJ Panoske. I brought that up for a reason. For those that were unable to make it out to the Scion Dental Milwaukee Summer Pro-Am this summer, I must say, when it comes to JJ Panoske, you missed out. From a year ago, he was the most improved player in the league. He has put a good amount of muscle on his body and has really improved his game. Using his body, his court awareness, his footwork..... he still has a ways to go, but I really do think he will be a good one for the Panthers in the years to come.

The University of Northern Iowa tweeted that they will be hosting Rob Jeter's crew this season...

UNI Athletics ‏@UNIAthletics: UNI will return home to play the Milwaukee Panthers on Dec. 1. UNI defeated Milwaukee last season, 67-51.

UWM's own Kevin O'Conner tweeted about some possible additions to the non-conference schedule....

Kevin O'Connor ‏@kjocmke: #UWM men's basketball schedule continues to come together. Looking like home gms with Manhattan and Tenn Tech just about confirmed.

Good to see that Rob Jeter has what it takes to make Green Bay fans a bit uneasy....

Brandon Novack ‏@BrandoNovack: At the dark knight movie and UWM head coach Rob Jeter walks in as I'm wearing my @uwgb basketball Tshirt. #FeelingTheTension

Klotsche Center is no permanent home--PantherU

Former Hawaii guard looks to reboot at Valpo--CollegeBasketballTalk

Balanced Attack Leads Loyola to 92-56 Victory Over All-Star Italy--Horizon League Network
Late Run Sends Pallacanestro Bassano Del Grappa Past Loyola, 74-65--Horizon League Network

Saturday, August 11, 2012

News On The Horizon 8/11/2012

Dwight deal puts heat on Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel

BENCH MARKS: If the Heat's 2012 championship was, as Spoelstra contends, a referendum on "position-less" basketball, it also was a statement about succeeding with limited depth. To a degree, the Lakers, despite emerging as West favorites, will enter 2012-13 with as many questions about their bench as the Heat did while counting on the likes of Norris Cole, Joel Anthony, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and James Jones. When rating Heat bench vs. Lakers bench, it's somewhat a study in desperation, with the Lakers' bench highlighted by Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark. Has the NBA reached the depth-is-overrated era?

Aaron Pogue to play professionally in Romania--Cleveland State Hoops
Kamczyc and Mason Taking Part in Basketball Tour in Belgium and

Green Traded to Los Angeles Clippers
Men's Basketball Reads to Local

Scarlatelli Named UIC Director of Women's Basketball

Morning Mashups: Midday Cheater Edition--Mid-Major Madness

Loyola is off to Italy to prepare for the season. They will play four games over two weeks as they tour the boot.

It sounds like the extra practice time allowed by the NCAA rule change has been a huge boost for the Ramblers as they have to integrate a lot of new faces into the mix this year.

Loyola's Gibler to play in Germany--The Chicago Tribune
Walt Gibler Signs Professional Contract To Play In
Young Ramblers Take Act Overseas, Head To

Rollin' with Ritchie Captures the Amazing
SummerTimeOut Featuring Taylor

Panthers Pitch In To Help With 12 Hour Hoopla

Huskers to Host Joe Cipriano Nebraska
Nebraska Announces Games We Already Knew About--Nebraska Announces Games We Already Knew About--Corn Nation

Valparaiso: The Crusaders won the Horizon League last year. That's the conference that features Butler of 2010 and 2011 Final Four fame. Valpo defeated Butler three times last year but fell to Detroit (who you may have seen in the NCAA tournament face Kansas in Omaha) in the 2nd round of the Horizon League tournament. That loss cost Valpo an NCAA berth and had to settle for an NIT bid in which they fell to Miami. The Crusaders lose 15 points from last years team. That's 15 points total, not per game, just two seniors who only got mop up duty left the roster. They return every significant contributor from last year. Don't be surprised if you see this team on CBS in March. This will be a very stiff challenge for the Huskers.

Wright State signs 6-7 wing Steven Davis--Wright State University Sports

No summer vacation for Slocum, Penguins--Youngstown Vindicator

Gibler Signs Contract to Play in German League--Horizon League Network
Young Ramblers Take Act Overseas, Head To Italy--Horizon League Network

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

News On The Horizon 8/7/2012

2012 adidas Nations: Day 2
Day 2 Thoughts

Ray McCallum -- I got reprimanded by one scout for saying that McCallum was a solid shooter early in the day. I was reminded that he shot just 24% from 3 last year. But I responded that his form looked good here. He made me look good knocking down 5 three pointers in the night session. He was credited for 3/4 for 3 and 22 pts, 7 ast, 2 to, but had 3 in the first half and 2 in the second half (either he was on the line on two of them or the scorekeepers made an error). He's supposedly been putting in a lot of work putting up 1000 shots per day and the results are apparent. He won the point guard battle with Nate Wolters in day one and absolutely destroyed Peyton Siva and Ryan Boatright (2-13 fg) in the night session on Saturday. McCallum's father Ray Sr. is on hand to watch his son and Junior is making him proud. He's also making a case as one of the premiere PGs not only in camp but potentially available for this year's draft. He'll need to show that this shooting performance was no fluke and that he can bring his shooting numbers up considerably next year, however.

A Match Made In The Motor

Kelsey Barlow transfers to UIC--ESPN Chicago

Washington's journey of a lifetime--Andy Katz Blog

Here is a list of programs going on foreign trips in the month of August:
Loyola (Ill.): Italy, Aug. 9-23

Women's basketball: Ashley Luke leaves Phoenix for W. Illinois--Green Bay Press Gazette

#97 Valparaiso Men's Basketball 2012-13 Preview--College Sports Madness

Legends Classic
--Gazelle Group
Men's Basketball to Participate in the 2012 Legends

Friday, August 3, 2012

News On The Horizon 8/3/2012

RTC Summer School: The Summit League--Rush The Court

IPFW and Oakland Lobby For Open Horizon League Spot: Speaking of new directions, this story came out a couple months ago reporting that Oakland was interested in filling Butler’s vacated spot in the Horizon League. Oakland has been courting that conference for a long time, but it is not likely they will get their wish; there hasn’t been any movement on the Horizon’s end in several months, if at all. Even IPFW kicked around the idea of moving up in the world to join the Horizon. The Horizon could use a mid-major like Oakland to give it back some of the firepower they lost in Butler, but IPFW should get comfortable with its spot in the Summit. They aren’t going anywhere.

Miami Heat Visits Cleveland Twice Next Year--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Offers Jaylen Johnson--Cleveland State Hoops

Ranking the 2012-13 college basketball Holiday tournaments (November)--Run The Floor

Paradise Jam, Nov 16-19 (St. Thomas, BVI): At least you get to spend time in the Virgin Islands if you attend this event. The field is wide open and could be a great opportunity for New Mexico to make an early season statement.

Field: UConn , George Mason, Iona, Mercer, New Mexico, Quinnipiac, UIC, Wake Forest

Morning Five: 08.03.12 Edition--Rush The Court

Kelsey Barlow was last seen getting booted off of Purdue’s basketball team in late February after his second disruptive incident in a year, when he and teammate DJ Byrd became involved in some kind of confrontation at a West Lafayette bar. A tremendous perimeter defender with ideal size for the position at 6’5″, Barlow left his team high and dry for the second straight year during March Madness — in 2011, he was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team,” and while VCU thoroughly ripped Purdue in that year’s Round of 32, he surely could have helped the Boilers in their tight game with Kansas at the same spot last year. Illinois-Chicago announced on Thursday that Barlow will resurface in the Loop, sitting out next season as a transfer to become eligible to play as a senior in 2013-14. Barlow started 22 games for Purdue last season, averaging 8/4/2 APG in a key glue guy role while also helping to lock down opposing guards in Matt Painter’s sticky defense. This is a talented pickup for a program that was absolutely terrible last year — 3-15 in the Horizon League, 8-22 overall — let’s hope that Barlow uses his second chance wisely.

UIC adds a guard in Purdue transfer Kelsey Barlow--CollegeBasketballTalk
Kelsey Barlow: Purdue Transfer Lands at Illinois-Chicago--Rant Sports
Former Purdue Standout Barlow Transfers to

Getting To Know The Newcomers: Jeff "KeKe"

SummerTimeOut Featuring Ellen

Former Marion guard transfers to IUPUI--The Indy Star
"VOTE FOR LAUR"--Panther Blog Zone

Lazerus: Remember who’s reading on Twitter--The Post-Tribune
Valparaiso's Rossi declared eligible to play in 2012-13--Off The Mark
California transfer will have three years of eligibility for Valparaiso--The NWI Times