Monday, June 30, 2014

News On The Horizon 6/30/2014

--Rush The Court
Remember Julie Roe Lach, the NCAA’s former VP of Enforcement who was run out of the organization on a rail after the disastrous investigation of Miami (FL) athletics and the influence of Nevin Shapiro? After a 14-month hiatus doing consulting work, she’s back in college athletics, now as the new Deputy Commissioner of the Horizon League. Her new responsibilities will include oversight of the league’s 19 championships, student-athlete development, finances, corporate sponsorship and branding, all interesting and important aspects of an organization that has little to do with her previous role involving enforcement. Still, her breadth of experience and without question also her ties to the inner workings of the NCAA right down the street from HL offices are attractive qualities, and everyone deserves a second chance to prove their value and integrity. We wish her and the conference well on their new endeavor.
Starting Five: Mid-majors with Cinderella potential in 2014-15--USA Today
5. Cleveland State (21-12, 12-4 Horizon League): Experience is a key ingredient to tournament success, and the Vikings have it. Cleveland State returns six of its top seven scorers from a team that won 10 of its last 11 games to close out the regular season, led by guard Bryn Forbes (15.6 ppg). The Horizon League won't be an easy conference to win, but if the Vikings can reach the NCAA tournament, they could make some noise. The Vikings potentially can feature five or six double-figure scorers each night.

Michigan State lands transfer guard Bryn Forbes--Eye On College Basketball
Bryn Forbes on hardship waiver: ‘We’ll probably know at the end of the month’--CollegeBasketballTalk
Michigan State adds a second potential impact transfer this week--The Dagger
Norris Cole's personal chef shot and killed at South Beach club--Miami Herald
Heat gets its man and trades for Napier, but what does this mean for Chalmers and Cole?--Miami Herald
UPDATE: After another crazy day of reports and speculation, anything seems possible entering free agency for #LeBron and the #Heat--Miami Herald
Either that, or the team could be facing some serious decisions if players choose to return under max contracts. If Bosh opts out on Sunday, which he is expected to do, then the Heat would have a record $55 million of cap space entering free agency. Other than Bosh, the Heat's only other player currently under contract is backup point guard Norris Cole. Draft pick Shabazz Napier is set to join the team for next season as well.

James and Cole worked out together on Saturday in Miami, another small sign that the two Ohio natives would be returning to the Heat next season.
Q&A: Shabazz Napier reflects on Heat, LeBron, future--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Q. Mario Chalmers is a free agent, and Norris Cole didn't have such a great postseason. So it's possible that you could slide in as the starting point guard for the Miami Heat. How do you feel about that?

Napier: "There's always opportunity to do something great, and no matter if I was going to slide in as a starter or come off the bench, I'm still going to work hard. I'm going to compete. That's who I am.

"My attitude will never change if a head coach was telling me I was going to start right away. It's going to be the same way. I'm going to work as if I'm not on the team. That's what brought me in, and that's what's going to make me as good as I want to be."
Heat turn focus, for moment, to summer roster--South Florida Sun Sentinel
In the air

So where does Napier fit in with the Heat? That could come down to who he is fitting in with, with incumbent starter Mario Chalmers an impending free agent and Norris Cole mostly a reserve in his first three seasons.

"He's going to compete, just like Norris," Heat President Pat Riley said of Napier. "They're both cut out of the same cloth, from that standpoint, competitive players, highly conditioned. They're cut out of the same cloth.

"Mario is a free agent, so we've got to deal with that. So we'll have some depth at the position."
Player by player: What's next for Heat roster (Updated)--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Norris Cole

Age: Turns 26 on Oct. 13.

2013-14 salary: $1.1 million.

2014-15 salary status: $2 million.

What's next: It is possible that on July 1, Cole could be the only player under contract to the Heat for 2014-15. That, of course, doesn't mean the Heat wouldn't have the ability to trade him to create a clean slate, should a major free-agency overhaul be in the team's plans. What Cole has shown is that he is a quality backup. The issue is whether he ever can become more.
Bosh opts out, Heat summer of renovation about to begin--South Florida Sun Sentinel
For the moment, the only players under contract to the Heat are guard Norris Cole and rookie center Justin Hamilton, whose contact does not become partially guaranteed until Aug. 1. The upshot is an NBA-record $55 million in salary-cap space and other salary-cap exceptions for Riley to utilize in a makeover anticipated to retain James, Bosh and Wade as the focus.
Analysis: Space race could yield exceptional results for Heat--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Either Norris Cole at his $2 million 2014-15 salary, or a player acquired in a trade for Cole at a similar salary.
Cleveland State guard Bryn Forbes leaving for Michigan State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Transfers, arrests and schedules highlight local college news update--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center remains a white elephant - an option is to reduce the size of the arena--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State's Bryn Forbes transfers to Michigan State--Cleveland State Hoops
OSU Basketball Schedule Coming Into Focus--BuckNuts
OSU is also expected to play a road game at Cleveland State this season.
AIA stars to go up vs UAAP, PBA teams--The Philipine Star
Aside from Jackson, others in the tentative AIA lineup are 6-0 Quincy Taylor of Longwood University, 6-6 Kellen Dunham of Butler University, 6-4 Toddrick Gotcher of Texas Tech, 6-5 Alex Caruso of Texas A&M, 6-5 Jerome Hill of Gardner-Webb University, 6-7 Demonte Flannigan of Cleveland State, 6-10 Michael Bradley of Samford University, 6-8 Lotanna Nwogbo of Longwood University, 6-9 Aaron Scales of Cleveland State, 6-4 Jordan Sibert of the University of Dayton, 6-7 Sam Dekker of the University of Wisconsin and 6-7 Keaton Miles of the University of Arkansas.
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Detroit announces plans for four-game summer trip to Canada--CollegeBasketballTalk
Metro+state: UDM basketball team to play in Canada in August--The Detroit Free Press
Men's Basketball to Play Four Games This Summer in
WADL to Air 1977 Detroit-Michigan Sweet 16
Jordan Fee Returns to Detroit as Graduate Assistant

Summer Camp Season is Officially Open at
Women's Basketball Takes A Cold Bath For
Titans Add Experience & Skill To The Sidelines With Albro,

Former Cyclone Gibson chooses Oakland University--Ames Tribune
Former Detroit Crockett Rocket and Oakland Grizzly Lloyd Neely Transfers to Saginaw Valley State--News Talk WCHB
Oakland lands Iowa State transfer Percy Gibson--CollegeBasketballTalk
Iowa State's Percy Gibson transfers to Oakland basketball--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Travis Bader goes undrafted, says NBA teams have called his agent--The Detroit News
Oakland's Bader working hard to improve his NBA Draft status--The Oakland Press
NBA draft: Oakland U. sharpshooter Travis Bader unsure he'll get picked--The Detroit Free Press
Metro & state: OU sharpshooter Travis Bader latches on with 2 NBA summer league teams--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Bader working hard to improve his NBA Draft status--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Bader named recipient of Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor--The Oakland Press
Oakland University athletics director search narrows to three candidates--The Oakland Press
Oakland University's Travis Bader to play for Philadelphia, Golden State in NBA summer leagues--The Oakland Press
Travis Bader Interview--Grizzlies Den
More predraft news and notes on Travis Bader--Grizzlies Den
A closer look at the three candidates for Oakland's AD position--Grizzlies Den
Travis Bader goes undrafted, fielding free agent offers--Grizzlies Den
Bader to play in NBA summer leagues for two teams--Grizzlies Den
Editorial: Searching in the dark for OU's new pres--Oakland Post

UIC Releases Non-Conference Schedule --Mid-Major Madness
UIC adds JUCO forward Jason McClellan--The Catch and Shoot
Men’s basketball adds 6-foot-9 forward--UIC News
Top Flames Moment: Barlow's 38 Points Clinches Third Place for Flames at
Howard Moore Adds 6-9 JUCO Forward Jason
UIC Basketball Releases 2014-15 Non-League

#Chillin4Charity: Tiffany Sardin Takes The Cold Water

Top 10 point guards: 9 Keifer Sykes, Green Bay--The Sporting News
Seven-foot shooter Brown looks to splash the
Alec Brown drafted by Phoenix Suns--Phear The Phoenix
VIDEO: Alec Brown Gears Up for the NBA
Keifer Sykes Receives Leadership Award, Key to the City from Mayor
2014-15 #PhlashForward: Strictly
Alec Brown Selected by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA

Women's Basketball Hosts Successful Fore Hoops Golf

The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena is born--On Milwaukee
Pearl pounces on new opportunity--PantherU
Downtown Arena to be Named UW-Milwaukee Panther

Warras Named UWM Director of Women's Basketball
Weather Forces Postponement Of Women's Golf Outing To August
No. 10 In The Look Back At The Top Moments In

Observations: Temple reportedly digs up past to preserve future--Eye On College Basketball
This and that
• Providence transfer Josh Fortune visited LSU, his mother said. Fortune also is considering Colorado, Dayton, and Valparaiso. The 6-5 guard averaged 8.4 points last season and has two years of remaining eligibility.
Men’s Basketball: Clay Yeo transfers from Valparaiso--The Post-Tribune
AL HAMNIK: VU's Bryce Drew preparing to rock and throw--The NWI Times
Sophomore Clay Yeo leaves Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Peters, Bowling Will Square Off in Best of 2013-2014
Yeo Released From Commitment to Basketball

Ohio State basketball schedule 2014: Wright State to visit Value City Arena--Land-Grant Holy Land
Q&A with Wright State basketball coach Billy Donlon--Dayton Daily News
Conversation with Dr. Michael Cusack, the Architect of Wright State

YSU’s Perry eyes NBA chance--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU, dad prepared Perry for next step--Youngstown Vindicator
Magic invite Perry to summer league--Youngstown Vindicator
Men's Basketball Boasts Record-Breaking Camp

Sykes Earns Leadership Award, Key to City--Horizon League Network
Detroit Heading to Vancouver for Four Games--Horizon League Network
Bader, Fletcher Named 2013-14 Cecil N. Coleman Award Winners--Horizon League Network
Brown Tabbed 50th Overall by Phoenix in NBA Draft--Horizon League Network

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

News On The Horizon 6/11/2014

A Word About the Little Brother and the Heat Family--Grantland
Point guards Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole disappearing when Miami Heat needs them the most--Miami Herald

Former Detroit Southeastern Jungaleer and Michigan State Spartan Brandan Kearney Transfers to Detroit Mercy--News Talk WCHB
Brandan Kearney's last chance to meet expectations is at Detroit--The Dagger
Ex-Michigan State swingman Brandan Kearney transfers to Detroit Mercy--The Detroit Free Press
Basketball Sees Attendance Increase During 2013-14

Sharp-shooter Bader hoping to fulfill his NBA
Oakland's Travis Bader could be second-round target for shooting-starved Detroit Pistons--The Detroit Free Press

Oakland adds Julie Dombroski to coaching staff--The Oakland Press

Men’s basketball adds coaching staff--UIC News

Top Flames Moment: Women's Basketball Defeats Wisconsin for Eighth Straight

2014-15 #PhlashForward: More Block

Q&A: Milwaukee Panthers guard, Justin Jordan--PantherU
Milwaukee opens season up against Bruce Pearl--PantherU

College Basketball: Valparaiso up for Challenge in Music City--The Post-Tribune
Valpo Heading to Challenge in Music City Next

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Hess, Hornberger Participate in NCAA Career in Sports

Sunday, June 1, 2014

News On The Horizon 6/1/2014

Linda Robertson: Miami Heat in NBA Finals becomes rite of spring in South Florida--Miami Herald
But this time, Lance was merely a diversion. He couldn’t frustrate James. Stephenson finished with 11 points and one assist. Bygones were bygones at the end, when James and Stephenson hugged. James gave him a pat on the tummy, like a big brother would.
Cheap shot to Norris Cole sparked Miami Heat’s fatal blow to Pacers--Miami Herald
Heat blow past Pacers 117-92 and back into NBA Finals--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Spoelstra would not even address Stephenson by name, calling him "that guy" his in his postgame comments, after a second-quarter Flagrant 1 foul by Stephenson to Norris Cole's nose limited the Heat reserve point guard to 12 minutes.
It's Heat-Spurs II in NBA Finals starting Thursday--South Florida Sun Sentinel
While a fourth consecutive Finals appearance for players such as Wade, Bosh, James, Haslem, James Jones and Mario Chalmers comes with the memories of what could have been in that 4-2 loss in 2011 to the Mavericks, for point guard Norris Cole, there only has been ultimate success, championships in each of his first two seasons, and now the opportunity for his third since being drafted in 2011 out of Cleveland State.

"You don't take it for granted," he said.

Former Detroit Mercy basketball coach loses lawsuit over affair in athletic department--The Detroit Free Press
Ex-Detroit Mercy assistant basketball coach loses lawsuit over firing--The Detroit News

Oakland adds Stacey Lovelace to women's basketball coaching staff--The Oakland Press

Moore Finalizes UIC Basketball Staff with Matt Saey and Phil

From UWGB to NBA? Brown works hard to improve draft hopes--Green Bay Press Gazette
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Team Shootout Highlights Men's Basketball Summer Camp