As we make our way through the summer it's always fun to rank the top mid-major players in the country as we look ahead to the 2014-15 season. Last year we told you about Elfrid Payton, Kendrick Perry, and Jason Brickman early on and this year we give you a look at the nation's top returning mid-major point guards.
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay: You're going to hear a lot about this Horizon League point guard throughout the year. Sykes was voted as a Mid-Major Madness 2nd Team All-American in April and is looking to build to a possible NBA career this season. Sykes is always on the court for coach Brian Wardle and last year he posted 20.3 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Kahlil Felder, Oakland: Like Cameron Payne from Murray State, Kahlil Felder made quite the impression in his first year in the college ranks. The Golden Grizzlies guard averaged nearly 10 points and 4 rebounds, along with 6.4 assists during Oakland's inaugural Horizon League season. It'll be fun to see his maturation over the next three years.
Athletes In Action (AIA) NCAA All-Stars Get Unique Opportunity--Mid-Major Madness
Demonte Flannigan, Cleveland StateMany scenarios as Miami Heat enters free agency period--Miami Herald
Aaron Scales, Cleveland State
The Heat’s Big 3 — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — already agreed on frameworks for their contracts with the team, which has given Riley financial parameters to improve the team through free agency, according to multiple sources. Only backup point guard Norris Cole is currently under contract, and Riley has an NBA-record $55 million of salary cap space to build his roster.Miami Heat adds free agents Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger--Miami Herald
James opted out of his contract with the Heat before the June 30 deadline, but it is widely believed he is favoring a return to Miami, where he has advanced to the NBA Finals in four consecutive years and won titles in 2012 and 2013. Bosh, Wade and Haslem also opted out of their contracts, leaving backup guard Norris Cole as the only player currently under contract for the Heat.Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger agree to terms with Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel
With McRoberts and Granger, the Heat now hold the rights to five players for the upcoming season: McRoberts and Granger; returning point guard Norris Cole, who has a guaranteed contract; center Justin Hamilton, who has a contract that becomes partially guaranteed on Aug. 1; and forward James Ennis, with the Heat holding his 2013 draft rights.
Kings look for more out of second-year point guard Ray McCallum, who expects the same himself--Sacramento Bee
Oakland U. names Jeffrey Konya its new athletic director--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Travis Bader inks deal with ASVEL in France--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland selects Jeffrey Konya as athletic director--The Detroit News
Oakland University names Cal State Bakersfield’s Jeffrey Konya athletics director--The Oakland Press
Additional quotes from new Oakland AD Jeff Konya--Grizzlies Den
Bader has backup plan in place, agrees to deal with ASVEL out of France--Grizzlies Den
OU announces Jeff Konya as new athletic director--Oakland Post
Top Flames Moment: UIC Defeats March Madness Participant Milwaukee, 80-58--uicflames.com
Basketball standout goes pro in Portugal--UIC News
Rachel Story Signs Pro Contract to Play in Portugal--uicflames.com
Green Bay announces departure of junior guard Lamin Fulton--CollegeBasketballTalk
Alec Brown Set to Make Phoenix Suns Debut in NBA Summer League--GreenBayPhoenix.com
Reserve Your Spot At The Milwaukee Golf Classic--uwmpanthers.com
Milwaukee Announces Big Schedule News For Upcoming Season--uwmpanthers.com
VU's Drew has a day to remember at the Cell--The NWI Times
Drew Tosses First Pitch; McClendon Leads M's to Win Saturday--valpoathletics.com
Arch: New Zealander finds right fit at Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Benzinger Featured in WSU Newsroom--wsuraiders.com
2014-15 Men’s Basketball Season Tickets Now Available--wsuraiders.com
Raider Roundup for Season Ticket Holders is Back--wsuraiders.com
Lordstown’s Cash to walk on at YSU--Youngstown Vindicator