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 UIC--uicflames.com
Getting To Know The Newcomers: Jeff "KeKe" White--LoyolaRamblers.com
SummerTimeOut Featuring Ellen Edison--GreenBayPhoenix.com
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