Monday, April 29, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/29/2013

Dwyane Wade takes teammates’ advice, sits out Game 4 against Milwaukee Bucks--Miami Herald
Norris Cole had a great five-minute stretch during the second quarter in which he delivered a pair of pinpoint passes inside to cutting teammates, found open teammates for three-point attempts and also knocked down a jump shot. He finished with four points, two rebounds and three assists.
Winderman's view: Heat 88, Bucks 77--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Norris Cole was very good, limited only by foul trouble.
Cole's strides are undeniable.

Detroit Junior Guard Ray McCallum Enters NBA Draft--Full Scale Sports
UDM’s Ray McCallum, Jr. to forego senior year, enter NBA Draft--It's Always Sunny in Detroit

Morning Five: 04.29.13 Edition
--Rush The Court
On a smaller scale, but probably more important in terms of the landscape of his conference Ray McCallum Jr. announced that he is leaving Detroit after his junior season. McCallum is in a similar Draft position or possibly a little worse than what Larkin is based on the mock drafts that we have seen, but given the information that his father (Detroit’s coach) has we would expect that he has some pretty good information on where he could expect to be selected.
Detroit's Ray McCallum Jr. declares early for NBA draft--The Detroit News

Sunday, April 28, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/28/2013

Detroit point guard Ray McCallum entering the NBA Draft--CollegeBasketballTalk
Detroit leading scorer McCallum Jr. leaving for NBA Draft--CBS Sports

Dwyane Wade a game-time decision as Miami Heat attempts to sweep Bucks--Miami Herald
With an average of 40.7 points per game, the Heat’s bench has been a key to the series for the Heat. Spoelstra’s second unit of Allen, Chris Andersen, Norris Cole and Shane Battier have logged 39 minutes and 47 seconds of court time together in the series with prorated points advantage of plus-44.5 per 100 possessions, according to

Detroit's Ray McCallum Jr. declares early for NBA draft--The Detroit News
McCallum Declares for Early Entry to NBA

Horizon League adding Oakland--PantherU

Draft Profile: Ryan Broekhoff--Scouting The Mid-Majors

McCallum Declares for NBA Draft--Horizon League Network

Friday, April 26, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/26/2013

Recruiting notes: Most of the IndyStar Junior All-Stars haven't chosen colleges
Based on the large number of early in-state commitments there has been in recent years, it might be surprising to note that only three of the 18 IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Stars have pledged to a college.

James Blackmon Jr., who will transfer to Marion from Fort Wayne Bishop Luers for his senior year after his father, James Blackmon Sr., was named the coach there on Wednesday, is committed to Indiana. Another of the six core members, Greensburg guard Bryant McIntosh, is committed to Indiana State. Wapahani’s Grant Evans, a member of the North group, is committed to Wright State.

Plymouth’s Mack Mercer, a core selection, is one of the 15 uncommitted Junior All-Stars when it comes to his college plans. The 6-9 Mercer was offered a scholarship this week by new Ball State coach James Whitford, adding to a list that includes Valparaiso, Belmont, Boston College, Indiana State, Kent State, Vermont, Rice and Miami of Ohio.

Bucks take the lead but still lose to Heat--Miami Herald
Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers defended Jennings with help from their friends.
Hobbled Dwyane Wade struggles in Miami Heat’s win over Bucks--Miami Herald
“We’re not one guy, two guys, three guys,” Wade said. “Everyone who came in there can make an impact. Birdman made a big impact tonight. Norris Cole made a big impact tonight. Guys can pick guys up, and that’s what we’re about.”
LeBron James, Ray Allen power Miami Heat past Bucks to take 3-0 lead--Miami Herald
The bulk of the run came with James directing the Heat’s four second-rotation reserves: Shane Battier, Chris Andersen, Norris Cole and Ray Allen. As if they’ve played together for years, Andersen and James once again provided the key second-half spark. Allen and Cole did the rest from behind the arc.
Spoelstra: We shouldn't have to rely on a bench burst--South Florida Sun Sentinel
While Chris Andersen, Norris Cole, Ray Allen and Shane Battier were uplifting off the bench in the series' first two games, Spoelstra bristled at the notion of his team being able to "flip a switch" when needed.

Former Flame Excels in Pro

Detroit’s Steward verbally commits to Youngstown St.--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Thursday, April 25, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/25/2013

Miami Heat’s LeBron James second in voting for defensive award--Miami Herald
• Spoelstra stuck with Norris Cole for the entire fourth quarter of Game 2 after Cole scored five points during Miami’s 12-0 spurt to start the quarter.
Road trip a joyride for Miami Heat--Miami Herald
The improved shooting on the road during this 18-1 joyride has been especially pronounced with four players: Dwyane Wade (45.8 percent during the first 22 road games, 54.4 on the road since), Udonis Haslem (43.5, 53.3), Battier (40, 49.5) and Norris Cole (39.2, 46.5).

Southfield's Patrick Onwenu transfers to play basketball at Detroit Mercy--The Detroit Free Press

Loyola To Hold Annual Basketball Banquet On May

Fouse Named to Freshman All-American

Fundraising for UWM Athletics--UWM Post
Video: Harris Getting Ready For His Shot At The

Crusaders to Hold Summer

Valpo Women Announce Summer Camp

Green Bay's Brown Back for Senior Year--Horizon League Network

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/24/2013

Heat's Chris 'Birdman' Andersen makes his presence felt--Miami Herald
"Chris has done this two games in a row now where he has come into the game and had an impact," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "He plays with a lot of energy and was joined by Norris Cole (on Tuesday). I wouldn't say it caught us by surprise, but both games there was a four-, five-, six-minute stretch where we let the game get away from us and (Andersen) was part of both runs."
Late rally leads Heat past Milwauke Bucks; Miami takes 2-0 lead--Miami Herald
Andersen added another field goal less than two minutes into the period and Norris Cole, another reserve, capped the run with his only three-pointer of the game.
Winderman's view: Heat 98, Bucks 86--South Florida Sun Sentinel
And Norris Cole certainly fed off that energy at the start of the fourth quarter.
Birdman, Cole spark Heat 98-86 over Bucks to 2-0 lead--South Florida Sun Sentinel

UWGB notebook: No further discipline for Mays; Brown to return--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB supporters back Wardle at fundraiser--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB chancellor addresses investigation at fundraiser--UWGB Hoops Blog
Alec Brown Looking Forward to Senior

UW-Milwaukee adds Jevon Lyle to recruiting class--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lyle Signs Letter Of Intent To Play Basketball In

Monday, April 22, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/22/2013

Dante Exum and Team Australia--Run The Floor
Watching Australian players enter the NCAA and become stars isn't anything unusual, so hopefully Exum will stick around long enough to make his mark. Plenty of other star foreign players take routes to the NBA which don't include American colleges at all.

Regardless, it got me wondering who this year's All Australian team would have been. Here's mine.

Matthew Dellavedova, Senior, St. Mary's (15.8 ppg, 6.4 apg, 117.3 oRtg)

Brock Motum, Senior, Washington State (18.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 104.4 oRtg)

Ryan Broekhoff, Senior, Valparaiso (15.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 119.9 oRtg)

Cody Ellis, Senior, St. Louis (10.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 102.4 oRtg)

Hugh Greenwood, Sophomore, New Mexico (7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 104.1 oRtg)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/21/2013

Breaking down the series: Heat vs. Bucks--Miami Herald

Heat: The best in the Big 3 era, with a Hall-of-Fame-caliber shooter (Ray Allen), a savvy shooter/defender enjoying his best season ever from three-point range (Shane Battier), a much-improved backup point guard (Norris Cole) and an quintessential energy man (Chris Andersen). Rashard Lewis and Mike Miller can contribute if needed.

• Bucks: Milwaukee has some quality depth, with dangerous shooters J.J. Redick (14.1 points per game) and Mike Dunleavy, emerging center John Henson and hustling Luc Mbah a Moute. Coach Jim Boylan said he doesn’t expect to use Sam Dalembert or Drew Gooden.

• Edge: Heat.

Friday, April 19, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/19/2013

April 8, 2013

ATLANTA, GA -- The 2013 Mid-Major Freshmen All-America team was announced. Rather selecting a first, second, third team and honorable mentions; the Mid-Major Freshmen All-America squad is just one team.
Bryn Forbes 6-3 Cleveland State
Jordan Fouse 6-7 Green Bay
Which schools lie the most about player's heights?--Run The Floor
But the Portsmouth Invitational (PIT) just happened, which is an event where college seniors get to work out and play games in front of NBA scouts. And NBA scouts aren't interested in accounting shenanigans, they want to understand their product. So they measure players in bare feet.

I took these measurements and compared them to what each player's school had them listed. We can assume that anyone with a discrepancy around an inch was still an honest measurement by the college, but it just included shoes. An inch and a half starts to get stretchy. At three inches, we're pretty much in wtf territory.

Here is the complete chart, and if you're unfamiliar with some of the players they are listed below according to their school.
player college
Nick Minnerath Detroit (+2.50)
Ryan Broekhoff Valparaiso (+1.50)
One of the first things that jumps out is the block of three at the top. Illinois State, Kent State and VMI all had players listed three inches taller than they actually are. Last year at the PIT the biggest exaggeration was 2.5 inches. This year there were four players which exceeded that.

Just below those four you'll find Detroit's Nick Minnerath (+2.25 inches). At last year's PIT, his teammate Eli Holman was listed at +2.50, which was the biggest discrepancy of the year. Clearly, Detroit needs a new measuring tape.

Forbes Named to Mid-Major Freshman All-America

Detroit basketball signs transfer Patrick Onwenu--The Detroit News

Loyola Of Chicago Moving To The MVC--Campus Insiders

Coaching controversy embroils ex-suburban star--Daily Herald
Former UWGB coach Dick Bennett: Coaches have to adjust in wake of scandals--Green Bay Press Gazette

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

News On The Horizon 4/17/2013

Miami Heat bench ready when duty calls--Miami Herald
He’s not a veteran like Lewis, but Norris Cole and his performance against the Cavaliers were just the latest examples of that professionalism and depth. The Heat’s backup point guard finished Monday’s game with 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Yes, his youth might have contributed to those two missed free throws, but his ability to mentally block out those misses and then block Kyrie Irving’s shot moments later was a display of maturity.

“Awesome job,” Lewis said. “Kyrie Irving is an All-Star and one of the best point guards in the league and he’s especially a great one-on-one player and he [isolated] Cole at the end of the game and he came up with a big steal. That’s the reason why we won that game, because Kyrie Irving would have gotten a great look at the rim.”
Norris Cole stepping forward for Miami Heat in advance of NBA playoffs--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Gee hired by Longwood University--The Cauldron

Title brings new friends--Varsity Press
Ray's big decision: Stay or go?--Varsity Press
Men's Basketball 2013 Summer Camps

Loyola accepts MVC invite; news conference set for Fri.--CBS Sports

Rob Demovsky--Home Stretch
Second mistreatment complaint filed against UW-Green Bay coach Brian Wardle--USA Today
Second complaint lodged against UW-Green Bay coach--CBS Sports
Men's basketball: UWGB player's dad supports Wardle--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: UWGB player's father supports Wardle--UWGB Hoops Blog

Women's Basketball Banquet to be Held April

Men's Basketball Announces Award Winners at Annual