Saturday, July 26, 2014

News On The Horizon 7/26/2014

Franchise opportunity for Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh--Miami Herald
Beyond the starters and veterans off the bench, which includes former Pacers standout Danny Granger, the Heat will feature a hopeful core of developing players. Point guard Norris Cole, who can’t seem to shake trade rumors, is looking to take the leap from solid backup to starter. Behind Cole is 2014 first-round draft pick Shabazz Napier, who starred for four years at the University of Connecticut. Napier signed his rookie contract with the Heat on Friday evening.
New era begins for Miami Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Norris Cole: At one point, it appeared Cole was poised to grab the starting spot. His third year in the league was full of inconsistency. He has struggled on the perimeter and hasn't become the playmaker the Heat envisioned. Still, Cole will always fit into the Miami system because of strong defensive skills.
Cleveland State offers Detroit Western 2015 G Josh McFolley and East English Village Prep 2014 big man Deitrich Cole commits to Owens CC--News Talk WCHB
Germany's Tim Hasbargen will join Cleveland State basketball team as walk-on--Cleveland State Hoops

McCallum named MVP as Kings beat Rockets in final--Sacramento Bee
Player development matters more than Kings’ summer league title--Sacramento Bee
3. Maybe the Kings will play faster.

There was a lot more movement to the Kings’ offense in summer league. Isolation plays did not dominate halfcourt sets, and the ball moved well for long stretches.

A lot of that had to do with not having a wing player like Rudy Gay or a post presence like DeMarcus Cousins, as the Kings will have in the regular season.

Motion will be key in keeping players like Ray McCallum and McLemore involved in the regular season. Derrick Williams and McCallum also will benefit if the ball and bodies move rather than having players stare at Cousins and Gay when they have the ball.
Live chat replay: With summer league done, what's next for Kings?--Sacramento Bee

Comment From KINGS FAN
Hi JJ. What was the main take-away out of Kings in summer league? What do we know about the team we didn't know before?

Jason Jones:
That Ben is better, but still has a ways to go to live up to the hype of what the Kings thought of him when he was drafted. They said he was their No. 1 player overall in 2013 and if that's the case, he needs to be a 15-18 ppg scorer next season. Stauskas will be a contributor, McCallum will be fine, too. Not sure on Derrick Williams yet. He had one good game before leaving summer league. Team still wants a lot from him, and he knows that.
Ray McCallum scores 29, wins NBA Summer League MVP--The Detroit Free Press
Men's Basketball Announces 2014-15 Non-Conference
McCallum Named NBA Summer League Championship Game
Happy Birthday Detroit as Men's Basketball Season Ticket Sale is Extended Into

2014-15 Non-Conference Women's Basketball Slate

Top Mid-Major Big Men to Watch in 2014-2015--Mid-Major Madness
Corey Petros, Oakland: Last year Corey Petros was on our watchlist and he didn't disappoint. All of his numbers went up, including assists, and he finished the year averaging 13.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. It'll be interesting to see how he plays in year two of the Horizon League now that he'll be the focal point of the Grizzlies offense with Travis Bader and others gone.
Former Oakland University basketball star Travis Bader preparing to play in French
NEWS: Oakland University names Jeff Konya as new Director of Athletics--WXOU

UIC announces addition of Wagner graduate transfer Jay Harris--CollegeBasketballTalk
Fifth-year transfer Jay Harris chooses UIC--The Catch and Shoot
Transfer student a ‘great resource’ for Flames--UIC News
UIC Basketball Adds Fifth-Year Transfer Jay Harris from

Starting Five: Underrated stars to watch in 2014-15--USA Today
5. Keifer Sykes, Green Bay: The Phoenix were the mid-major snub from last season's NCAA tournament after posting a solid résumé that included a win against Virginia. It was a shame because Sykes has the potential to become a breakout star. At 5-11, Sykes makes up for his size with speed and high-flying athleticism. The reigning Horizon League Player of the Year, who averaged 20.3 points and 4.9 assists, will have to make up for the loss of 7-footer Alec Brown.
GB offers scholarship to top Canadian prospect--Phear The Phoenix
Alec Brown will undergo shoulder surgery--Phear The Phoenix
Green Bay Headed to Las Vegas for Holiday
Sykes Earns Invitation to Prestigious CP3 Elite Guard

Milwaukee Basketball Says Thank You After Successful Golf

Peters brings Valpo players to aid tornado-relief effortPeoria Journal Star
OSIPOFF: With full basketball roster on campus, Valpo’s preparations for upcoming season intensify--The Post-Tribune
Gomes Part of Angola Preliminary Squad for FIBA World
Three Crusaders Named to NABC Honors
Crusaders Help Hope Swings Initiative in

Wright State’s Pacher signs with pro team in Switzerland--Dayton Daily News
Conversation with Dr. Michael Cusack – Part 2 of
Men’s Basketball: Raiders make most of offseason--The Guardian
Griffin Honored by

Women’s Basketball: Road back to the NCAA Tournament begins with difficult schedule--The Guardian
James Signs to Play Professionally in

YSU’s Perry eyes overseas contract--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Boasts Record-Breaking Camp

McCallum Earns NBA Summer League Championship MVP--Horizon League Network
Seven #HLMBB Players Named to NABC Honors Court--Horizon League Network
Sykes Invited to CP3 Elite Guard Camp--Horizon League Network
Valpo Basketball Helps in Peters' Hometown of Washington--Horizon League Network

WSU's Ivory James to Play Professionally in Romania--Horizon League Network

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