Friday, May 27, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/27/2016

Keeping Up with the Horizon League--Mid-Major Madness

The End Could be Near for the Wolstein Center--Campus Pressbox
Cleveland State University may demolish Wolstein Center for smaller arena, housing--Cleveland Plain Dealer

Detroit Mercy hopes to play Michigan in 2017 at Little Caesars Arena--The Detroit Free Press
New Detroit coach Alexander shooting for pride--The Detroit News
Former Titan Doug Anderson In The Finals Of TNT’s “The Dunk King”

Alec Peters withdraws from NBA Draft, will he transfer?--CollegeBasketballTalk
Valparaiso's Alec Peters has withdrawn from the NBA Draft--Mid-Major Madness
NBA Draft Deadline 2016: Key returnees throughout the mid-major landscape--Mid-Major Madness
Alec Peters, Valparaiso

Peters is coming back to college, but it's not clear exactly where that will be in 2016-17. The forward is eligible for a graduate transfer, meaning the can leave for another school -- possibly a high major with a spot still open -- and play immediately. Peters averaged double figures in scoring all three seasons at Valparaiso and scored 20.8 per game in the NIT last season as he led the Crusaders to the title game. If he returns to Valpo, the Crusaders would have a shot at returning to the NCAA Tournament after some feel they were snubbed a year ago.
Clemson announces addition of Valpo transfer David Skara--Today's U Sports
Valparaiso’s Alec Peters withdraws from NBA Draft--Today's U Sports
Alec Peters withdraws from NBA Draft, but will he return to Valparaiso?--The Post-Tribune
VU's Peters withdraws from NBA draft, future undecided--The NWI Times
Alec Peters shares thoughts on NBA, Valparaiso--Inside VU Sports
Reynolds: Why Alec Peters pulled out of NBA draft. Now, will he transfer from Valpo?--Peoria Journal Star
Peters Withdraws From NBA

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/17/2016

NBA Draft prospects big fans of new rule giving them more time to test waters--CBS Sports
Someone like Kay Felder had plenty of reason to stay in school. He wanted badly to play in an NCAA Tournament, and he had a shot at history this as he was within striking distance of Bobby Hurley's all-time NCAA career assist record. But in the end, he went full-steam ahead with his professional choice.

"It was just a lot of thinking," Felder said. "Coming back, being a senior, getting your degree, that definitely played into my decision when I first made it and was thinking about testing the waters. But once I really sat down and thought about how to approach this, I sat down and hired an agent because now is the right time for me to make the jump. It's not everyday someone from my neighborhood, from my family, gets to experience this."

UWGB's Kevin Borseth honored by WBCA--Green Bay Press Gazette
Kevin Borseth Named WBCA Coach of the

Monday, May 16, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/16/2016

Nick Wilson Named Director of Strength and

Six Takeaways from the 2016 NBA Draft Combine--CollegeBasketballTalk
6. Small guards are still finding a way

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas has become a popular man among players. Not only was the point guard the last pick in the NBA Draft in 2011, but he’s also 5-foot-9.

The rise of Thomas into All-Star has given new motivation to smaller guards like Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis and Oakland’s Kay Felder.

Ulis just opted to through testing and didn’t play in the combine, but he is still a likely first-round pick after being one of college basketball’s best players this past season. Felder played very well at the combine and has a lot of confidence going into the draft.

With the NBA game going smaller and putting a focus on perimeter shooting and ball handlers, there is still plenty of room for smaller guards who can still make plays. Ulis and Felder are both elite playmakers who should be able to make a roster if given the right tools to work with.
Stock Watch: Winners and losers of the 2016 NBA Draft Combine--USA Today
Kay Felder | PG | Oakland

Felder tied the record for max vertical leap at the combine this week at 44 inches, despite skepticism about the veracity of those marks this year. Still, being anywhere near that mark shows what kind of explosive athlete we'll see in Felder.

"I just looked up at the thing and said 'go get it,'" Felder said of his leap. "I just thought if I'm going to be here, why not leave with your name on the tip of people's mouths."

That athleticism showed up on both ends in the 5-on-5 session, where the biggest revelation was his ability to defend. Felder harassed guys like Melo Trimble and Cat Barber into turnovers. Occasionally at Oakland -- because of his role offensively -- Felder didn't play with a ton of effort on defense, and it's his biggest hurdle in carving out an NBA role. His size will always be a hindrance in switching onto larger players, but he's powerfully built and he showed he can be a weapon on that end.

Offensively, Felder also played well, showing burst to get to the rim whenever he wanted and a terrific mid-range pull-up game -- essential at his size. His pick-and-roll instincts are great too, and he should be able to create for teammates at the next level. I don't believe he'll necessarily be a first-round pick, but Felder definitely helped himself.

UIC targets rim protector with final scholarship--The Catch and Shoot

Women's Basketball Golf Outing Set For July

Vanderbilt's Bryce Drew keeps promise at Valparaiso graduation--The Tennessean
Thirty-two NKU student-athletes earn

Friday, May 13, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/13/2016

Brundidge, Bass, Gibson Depart. Questions Asked. Flags Raised.--Campus Pressbox
UDM signs Ypsilanti star, retains Jermaine Jackson as assistant--The Detroit Free Press
Jermaine Jackson retained as UD assistant coach--The Detroit News
Detroit Announces The Signing Of Mr. Basketball Finalist Corey
Basketball Camp for Special Needs Players Set for June
Coach Alexander Announces Jackson To Stay On

36 Titans To Take Part In Saturday’s

NBA Draft 2016: Five biggest sleepers heading into the NBA Draft Combine--CBS Sports
Kay Felder | G | Oakland (No. 49)

Felder had a chance to return to college for his senior season and break Bobby Hurley's all-time NCAA assist record, but instead decided to declare for the draft and take his chances on proving yet again that his size will not be a hindrance to his game. After all, that's what he's done throughout his entire collegiate career thus far.

Felder was possibly the most statistically dominant player in college basketball last season, finishing third nationally in scoring at 24.4 points per game and first nationally in assists per game at 9.3. Remarkably, he did this despite a usage rate that was outside of the top 20 nationally, speaking to an efficiency within his game that is exemplified by his 57.2 true shooting percentage and his low 13.9 turnover rate.

The 5-foot-9 point guard will have a big chance to prove himself this week at the combine. It's unconfirmed at this point, but it's likely that he'll play in games and get a chance to show off against superior competition that he always succeeded against in minimal sample size at Oakland. Also, look for Felder to perform exceedingly well in athletic testing, as he's a little man that can really get up and throw down if he gets the chance. Here's an example of that a few years ago back when he was in high school.

As long as Felder gets solid length measurements and performs well in interviews, he could see himself be a riser coming out of the combine.
Sources: Oakland to hire 4-time head coach Dan Hipsher as assistant--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Kay Felder nails 2nd-highest vertical in NBA combine history--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland set to hire Hipsher as assistant--The Detroit News
Felder’s leap elevates his draft status--The Detroit News
Oakland announced men’s basketball non-conference schedule--The Oakland Press
A look at basketball's 2016 non-conference schedule--Oakland Post
Basketball update: Clark, possibly Hipsher, fill Felder and Washington departures--Oakland Post

Green Bay Among 16-Team Field in 2016 Preseason

UWM lands Danish guard August Haas--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Todd Townsend Rounds Out LaVall Jordan’s Coaching
August Haas Signs NLI With Milwaukee Men’s

Beyond Europe: Broekhoff’s Rio success key to unlocking NBA career--The Pick and Roll
Valpo’s Carter denied fifth season--CollegeBasketballTalk
Standing tall--Jamaica Observer
Keith Carter Ruling Could Be A Big Blow To Valparaiso Crusaders--Mid-Major Madness
NCAA denies Valparaiso guard Keith Carter's appeal for fifth season--The Post-Tribune
VU's Carter denied fifth year by NCAA--The NWI Times
VU Blog: Denying Carter just wrong--Inside VU Sports
Valpo's Carter denied hardship waiver for 5th season--theScore
One on one with Camryn

LaTulip transferring to Wright State--College Sports Madness

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/9/2016

Horizon League Should Stick With 10 Teams and Maintain Geographic

Transfers turning into NCAA’s free agent market--Miami Herald
Gary Waters, the coach at Cleveland State, is a victim of the transfer craze. Over the past two years, he lost three standout players — Bryn Forbes went to Michigan State, and fifth-year graduates Anton Grady (Wichita State) and Trey Lewis (Louisville) opted for more exposure their final season.

“I understand why the kids do it,” Waters said. “It’s hard to say no to a high-major team that wants you, and everyone around them is telling them to leave. What bothers me more is that some schools are poaching players from other schools, to the point that they have a War Room and assistant coaches are assigned to track players at other schools who are on schedule to graduate with eligibility remaining. They make lists of players to raid, and then get the word to the kid, through a contact, that they’re interested in signing him for the final year.

“Those coaches don’t have to put in the work, and they get a finished product, a ready-made player. It’s not right. I am penalized because I coached a kid up and got him to graduate early. I know of six or seven mid-major coaches who had multiple players transfer and then lost their jobs the next season because the team didn’t perform. I don’t know if people realize how severe a problem this has become.”

Waters also said the suggestion that players are seeking specialized masters programs is “a farce.” Most of these moves are “strictly about basketball.”

Oakland guard Felder is NBA draft’s little big man--The Detroit News

UW-Milwaukee Blacks Out Most of Braun’s Emails on Men’s Basketball, Jeter--Media Milwaukee
@NKUNorseMBB adds Brandon

College Basketball: Wright State Raiders sign two players--Dayton Daily News
Raiders Sign

Saturday, May 7, 2016

News On The Horizon 5/7/2016

Donlon, Washington satisfy holes in Michigan coaching staff--The Detroit Free Press

Cleveland State transfer Jonothan Janssen signs with Hawai'i Pacific--Cleveland State Hoops

Basketball Staff Complete With Sharman White, Ray McCallum--247 Sports
Reynolds Tabbed Co-HL Winter Scholar-Athlete Of The

Oakland lands former Oklahoma State guard Clark--CollegeBasketballTalk
Stevie Clark is climbing the long, hard road back from the bottom--NewsOK
Couch: Lansing's Saddi Washington ready for next coaching step, at U-M--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland adds troubled transfer Stevie Clark: 'He will do great'--The Detroit Free Press
Transfer Clark signs, gets ‘last chance’ at Oakland--The Detroit News
Oakland lands juco transfer Stevie Clark--The Detroit News
Washington relishing move to Michigan program--The Detroit News
Son of former Bad Boy signs with Oakland basketball--Oakland Post

Ex-UWM basketball coach Rob Jeter lands at UNLV as assistant--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New Mexico State is an interesting idea but ignores the real problem--PantherU

Skara’s transfer appeal to be heard--The NWI Times
Fernandez Named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the
Chris Shumate tabbed as @NKUNorseMBB assistant

NKU has a new women's hoops coach--Cincinnati Enquirer
BREAKING: NKU hires UK assistant to lead women’s basketball--The Northerner
NKU welcomes Camryn Whitaker as @NKUNorseWBB head

The best and worst of the 2016 college basketball coaching carousel--Eye On College Basketball
The coach with the best chance to win immediately at his new job is ... Scott Nagy (Wright State)

MATT NORLANDER: Maybe an off-the-radar pick, but let's acknowledge how good a coach Nagy is. He was considered by some to be a lifer at South Dakota State, but in reality that wasn't the case. Yes, he took the program from D-II power to D-I legitimacy. He averaged 23.3 wins over the past six seasons and made three NCAA tournaments. He's underrated nationally. He was a deserving candidate for this gig, which was surprising in its opening to begin with. Billy Donlon averaged 18.2 wins in his six seasons with the school. No NCAA tourney showings, but the team did win 22 last season. It's only lost two players to transfer since Nagy came on. It was a really strong group on defense last season, and a large portion of the roster will be returning. Of all the coaches in one-bid leagues who took on new jobs, Nagy could have the best chance at reaching the tournament next year. Bryce Drew is now gone at Valpo, and Oakland lost its best player -- Kay Felder, who would've been an All-American candidate next season -- meaning Wright State should be in the mix.
Report: Ex-Illinois guard to play for Wright State Raiders--Dayton Daily News
Archdeacon: Donlon ‘ready for the next play’ at Michigan--Dayton Daily News

Demmings Named HL Winter Female Scholar-Athlete of the

Women's Basketball's Golf Outing Set for Aug. 27 at Knoll

Three Winter Student-Athletes Earn Scholar-Athlete of the Season Honors--Horizon League Network

Northern Kentucky Welcomes Camryn Whitaker as Women's Basketball Head Coach--Horizon League Network