Thursday, June 22, 2017

News On The Horizon 6/22/2017

Mid-Major Minutes: Gonzaga’s the best in the state, and the Horizon League found its manifest destiny--Mid-Major Madness
Horizon League realignment rumors: What we know--Mid-Major Madness
BREAKING: Horizon League has invited IUPUI, according to report--Mid-Major Madness
Horizon extends invitation to unidentified school--Detroit News
Source: IUPUI receives Horizon League invitation--Detroit News
Titans to Compete in 2017 San Juan Shootout Over Thanksgiving--detroittitans.com
JONES NAMED TO U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NATIONAL TEAM--goldengrizzlies.com
Flames Add to Women's Basketball Coaching Staff--uicflames.com
2019 Recruiting update: Xzavier Jones gets Green Bay scholarship offer--Phear The Phoenix
Men's Basketball Finalizes 2017-18 Roster, Signs Three More to NLI--greenbayphoenix.com

Mehryn Kraker Named Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor Recipient--greenbayphoenix.com
Milwaukee tabs Northwestern assistant Pat Baldwin as new head coach--College Basketball Talk
Milwaukee Hires Pat Baldwin as Head Coach--CBB Central
Recruits top priority for new Milwaukee Panther head coach Pat Baldwin--Campus Pressbox
Northwestern assistant Pat Baldwin leaves for top coaching job at Milwaukee--Chicago Tribune
Panthers hire Northwestern assistant Patrick Baldwin as new head coach--On Milwaukee
UWM hires Northwestern assistant Patrick Baldwin as new coach--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New UWM coach Patrick Baldwin hoping to establish trust--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UW-Milwaukee Names Patrick Baldwin Men’s Basketball Coach--mkepanthers.com
Pat Baldwin Press Conference Set For 12:30 p.m. Today--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
First Few Days In The Books For Head Coach Pat Baldwin--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bre Cera is happy to come home and play basketball for UWM--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Valparaiso's Alec Peters plays waiting game as NBA draft looms--Post-Tribune
Peters medically cleared in advance of NBA Draft--NWI Times
Former NKU coach Bezold hired at Xavier--Cincinnati Enquirer
Calhoun Named Mountain East Conference Men’s Sports Coach of the Year--ysusports.com
Milwaukee Names Patrick Baldwin Men's Basketball Coach--The Horizon League

Kraker, Pozolinski Recognized as Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor Award Winners--The Horizon League

Monday, June 19, 2017

News On The Horizon 6/19/2017

Here are all the mid-major alumni playing in The Basketball Tournament--Mid-Major Madness
Banner Boys (UW Milwaukee alumni):

Edward McCants (UW Milwaukee)
Jordan Aaron (UW Milwaukee)
Ronald Davis (UW Milwaukee)
Anthony Hill (UW Milwaukee)
Myles McKay (UW Milwaukee/UW Whitewater)
Dylan Page (UW Milwaukee)
Matthew Tiby (UW Milwaukee)
Joah Tucker (UW Milwaukee)
Clay Tucker (UW Milwaukee)
Cody Wichmann (UW Milwaukee)
Kaylon Williams (UW Milwaukee)

Canton Bulldogs:

Todd Brown (Wright State)
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Fort Wayne Champs:
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Ron Howard (Valparaiso)
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Majerus SLU Crew (Saint Louis alumni):
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Vashil Fernandez (Valparaiso)
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Peoria Allstars:
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DeAaron Williams (Wisconsin/Northern Kentucky)
Detroit Mercy's Kam Chatman appreciates tough love from coaching dad--Detroit Free Press
Oakland hoops to face Kansas, Syracuse, EMU twice in non-conference--Detroit Free Press
OAKLAND FACES KANSAS, SYRACUSE AND MICHIGAN STATE IN NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE--goldengrizzlies.com
Pat Baldwin rumored to be front-runner--PantherU

Bre Cera Transfers To Milwaukee--mkepanthers.com
Mid-Major Madness Twitter mailbag: NBA Draft edition--Mid-Major Madness


Alec Peters would be a great fit on the Bulls, and I actually had him going there in our first mock draft. He’s an interesting case because he hasn’t really been able to do too much in terms of workouts because of his foot injury. Trying to project the second round of the draft is such a crapshoot, but I think we’ll see Peters go anywhere between picks 35-45. I’d love for him to land on the Rockets so that he could just go out and bomb threes.
Women's Basketball Announces Addition of Josie Fisher to Roster--ysusports.com

Sunday, June 18, 2017

News On The Horizon 6/18/2017

2016-17 Horizon League Post-Mortem--Hoopville
2017-18 College Basketball Early Season Tournaments, Events, And Neutral-Site Games--Blogging The Bracket
2K Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project

Nov. 10, 21, 22, 24: Campus sites
Nov. 16-17: New York (Hosts’ Championship Rounds)
Nov. 18-19: Nashville (Visitors’ Subregional Rounds)
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Visitors’ Semifinals (Nov. 18, Matchups TBA)

Belmont Bruins (OVC, host)
Detroit-Mercy Titans (Horizon)
Houston Baptist Huskies (Southland)
Seattle Redhawks (WAC)

Visitors’ Finals (Nov. 19)

Championship:
Consolation:
Regional Round Games

Nov. 10: Houston Baptist at Providence; Detroit-Mercy at Virginia Tech; Seattle at Saint Louis; Belmont at Washington

Nov. 21: Houston Baptist at Virginia Tech

Nov. 22: Belmont at Providence; Detroit-Mercy at Saint Louis

Nov. 24: Seattle at Washington
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Bahamas Showcase

Nov. TBA: Bahamas (Varsity Insider via Twitter)
Quarterfinals (Nov. TBA, Matchups TBA)

Bradley Braves (MVC)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Sun Belt)
Duquesne Dukes (A 10)
Northern Kentucky Norse (Horizon)
UTSA Roadrunners (C-USA)
Vermont Catamounts (AE)
Weber State Wildcats (Big Sky)
1 TBA

Semifinals (Nov. TBA)

Top half
Bottom half
Consolation Semifinals (Nov. TBA)

Top half
Bottom half
Finals (Nov. TBA)

Championship:
3rd/4th Place:
5th/6th Place:
7th/8th Place:
Non-Bracketed Games

TBA
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Round-Robin Events
HoopHall Miami Invitational

Nov. 17, 18, 20-22, 24, 28, 30, Dec. 2: Campus sites (Syracuse)
Dec. 2: Miami

Nov. 17 or 18: Texas Southern Tigers (SWAC) at Syracuse Orange (ACC)

Nov. 18: Oakland Golden Grizzlies (Horizon) at Toledo Rockets (MAC)

Nov. 20: Oakland at Syracuse

Nov. 21: Texas Southern Tigers at Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)

Nov. 22: Toledo at Syracuse

Nov. 24: Oakland at Kansas

Nov. 28: Toledo at Kansas

Nov. 30: Texas Southern at Oakland

Dec. 2: Texas Southern at Toledo

Dec. 2 (at Miami): Kansas vs. Syracuse; Miami vs. Princeton (non-exempt)

Adolph Rupp Classic

Nov. 16, 17, 20, 22, 26: Campus sites (Kentucky; UIC)

Nov. 16: Delaware State Hornets (MEAC) at UIC Flames (Horizon)

Nov. 17: ETSU Buccaneers (SoCon) at Kentucky Wildcats (SEC)

Nov. 18: Fort Wayne Mastodons (Summit) at UIC

Nov. 20: Troy Trojans (Sun Belt) at Kentucky

Nov. 22: IPFW at Kentucky

Nov. 26: UIC at Kentucky

Nov 29: UIC at Troy
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Rutgers MTE

Nov. TBA: Campus sites (The D1 Docket via Twitter)

Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (NEC)
Cleveland State Vikings (Horizon)
Coppin State Eagles (MEAC)
East Carolina Pirates (American)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big Ten)
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Sanford Pentagon Showcase

Nov. 20-21: Campus sites
Nov. 24-26: Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nov. 20: Blue Mountain Toppers (NAIA, SSAC) at Southern Mississippi

Nov. 21 : Northern New Mexico Eagles (NAIA, Independent) at Northern Colorado; Westminster Titans (DIII, PAC) at Youngstown State

Nov. 24
South Dakota Coyotes (Summit) vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (C-USA), 6:30 p.m.
Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky) vs. Youngstown State Penguins (Horizon), approx. 9 p.m.

Nov. 25
Youngstown State vs. Southern Mississippi, 5 p.m.
South Dakota vs. Northern Colorado, approx. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 26
Northern Colorado vs. Southern Miss, 12 p.m.
Youngstown State vs. South Dakota, approx. 2:30 p.m.
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Neutral-Site Games
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Detroit Showcase

Dec. 18: Detroit (Oakland)
Michigan vs. Detroit-Mercy, 5:30 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Oakland, approx. 8 p.m.
College notes: Detroit Mercy hoops to visit UCLA--Detroit News
Detroit Mercy Athletics Wins Another Michigan Emmy--detroittitans.com
Willie Green Adds To Detroit Mercy’s NBA Championship History--detroittitans.com

Titan Duo Inducted Into Detroit Catholic League Hall of Fame--detroittitans.com
Butler set to hire LaVall Jordan to be new head coach--College Basketball Talk
College basketball coaching changes tracker: Milwaukee's LaVall Jordan to Butler--CBS Sports
Milwaukee Panthers

Out: LaVall Jordan

Jordan leaves for Butler, meaning the Panthers are looking for a new coach two years in a row. Milwaukee is a top-three job in the Horizon League. Jordan's replacement could come from in-house -- assistant Todd Townshend -- or the school could look to hire a big-time assistant from the Midwest at a major program now.
Lavall Jordan set to be named head coach at Butler--Mid-Major Madness
Milwaukee basketball is at a tipping point--Mid-Major Madness
UWM's LaVall Jordan accepts Butler coaching job--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
LaVall Jordan to leave Milwaukee for Butler--UWM Post
My Short List--PantherU
UW-Milwaukee To Begin Search For New Men’s Basketball Head Coach--mkepanthers.com
NBA Mock Draft 2017: Luke Kennard makes big jump, goes to Kings at No. 10--CBS Sports
Magic

Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso

Peters, like Monk, could add a shooter to Orlando's roster. He shot 41.6 percent from 3-point range in his four-year career at Valpo.
Best-case scenarios for the top mid-major draft prospects--Mid-Major Madness
Alec Peters - PF, Valparaiso
Best Case: Houston Rockets

The best thing that Peters can bring to a team is his ability to shoot from the perimeter and get to the free throw line. It would seem that Peters and the Houston Rockets, a team that preaches efficiency with three-point shots and free throws, would be a match made in heaven. His best bet at sticking in the league is to essentially become a three-point specialist and be a threat from the perimeter. With the Rockets, Peters could provide a solid option for their bench units, and could learn how to fill the role from one of the best stretch 4s in the league, Ryan Anderson. If he’s still on the board at the No. 43 pick, Peters could be an option for the Rockets.
NBA Mock Draft 2017: Fultz still goes No. 1, but to Sixers in blockbuster--CBS Sports
23. Raptors

Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso

Peters was one of college basketball's top shooters last season, with a remarkable 60.4 percent true shooting percentage. As the best player in the Horizon League last season, teams ganged up on Peters, so ignore his 36.3 percent from 3-point land and look at his previous two seasons, where he shot 46.6 and 44 percent from three respectively. Is he going to be a star? No. He's far from the "elite NBA athlete" level. But shooting like he does -- and being able to score from all over the court -- means he'll be able to be a productive player in this league for a long time.
Valparaiso's Luke Gore, Micah Bradford, Derrik Smits grow on European trip--Post-Tribune
NKU Norse give John Brannen new four-year contract--Cincinnati Enquirer
Brannen signs contract extension with NKU--The Northernwer
Northern Kentucky University announces new contract for head coach Brannen--nkunorse.com
Calhoun, YSU staff tutor kids in camp--Youngstown Vindicator

Davidson returning to YSU women’s program--Youngstown Vindicator
Courtney Davidson Returns to YSU as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach--ysusports.com

Sunday, June 11, 2017

News On The Horizon 6/11/2017

2017-18 College Basketball Early Season Tournaments, Events, And Neutral-Site Games--Blogging The Bracket
2K Classic Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project
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Visitors’ Semifinals (Nov. 18, Matchups TBA)

Belmont Bruins (OVC, host)
Detroit-Mercy Titans (Horizon)
Houston Baptist Huskies (Southland)
Seattle Redhawks (WAC)

Visitors’ Finals (Nov. 19)

Championship:
Consolation:
Regional Round Games

Nov. 10: Houston Baptist at Providence; Detroit-Mercy at Virginia Tech; Seattle at Saint Louis; Belmont at Washington

Nov. 21: Houston Baptist at Virginia Tech

Nov. 22: Belmont at Providence; Detroit-Mercy at Saint Louis

Nov. 24: Seattle at Washington
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Bahamas Showcase

Nov. TBA: Bahamas (Varsity Insider via Twitter)
Quarterfinals (Nov. TBA, Matchups TBA)

Bradley Braves (MVC)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (Sun Belt)
Duquesne Dukes (A 10)
Northern Kentucky Norse (Horizon)
UTSA Roadrunners (C-USA)
Vermont Catamounts (AE)
Weber State Wildcats (Big Sky)
1 TBA

Semifinals (Nov. TBA)

Top half
Bottom half
Consolation Semifinals (Nov. TBA)

Top half
Bottom half
Finals (Nov. TBA)

Championship:
3rd/4th Place:
5th/6th Place:
7th/8th Place:
Non-Bracketed Games

TBA
...
Round-Robin Events
HoopHall Miami Invitational

Nov. 17, 18, 20-22, 24, 28, 30, Dec. 2: Campus sites (Syracuse)
Dec. 2: Miami

Nov. 17 or 18: Texas Southern Tigers (SWAC) at Syracuse Orange (ACC)

Nov. 18: Oakland Golden Grizzlies (Horizon) at Toledo Rockets (MAC)

Nov. 20: Oakland at Syracuse

Nov. 21: Texas Southern Tigers at Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)

Nov. 22: Toledo at Syracuse

Nov. 24: Oakland at Kansas

Nov. 28: Toledo at Kansas

Nov. 30: Texas Southern at Oakland

Dec. 2: Texas Southern at Toledo

Dec. 2 (at Miami): Kansas vs. Syracuse; Miami vs. Princeton (non-exempt)

Adolph Rupp Classic

Nov. 16, 17, 20, 22, 26: Campus sites (Kentucky; UIC)

Nov. 16: Delaware State Hornets (MEAC) at UIC Flames (Horizon)

Nov. 17: ETSU Buccaneers (SoCon) at Kentucky Wildcats (SEC)

Nov. 18: Fort Wayne Mastodons (Summit) at UIC

Nov. 20: Troy Trojans (Sun Belt) at Kentucky

Nov. 22: IPFW at Kentucky

Nov. 26: UIC at Kentucky

Nov 29: UIC at Troy
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Rutgers MTE

Nov. TBA: Campus sites (The D1 Docket via Twitter)

Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (NEC)
Cleveland State Vikings (Horizon)
Coppin State Eagles (MEAC)
East Carolina Pirates (American)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big Ten)
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Sanford Pentagon Showcase

Nov. 20-21: Campus sites
Nov. 24-26: Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nov. 20: Blue Mountain Toppers (NAIA, SSAC) at Southern Mississippi

Nov. 21 : Northern New Mexico Eagles (NAIA, Independent) at Northern Colorado; Westminster Titans (DIII, PAC) at Youngstown State

Nov. 24
South Dakota Coyotes (Summit) vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (C-USA), 6:30 p.m.
Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky) vs. Youngstown State Penguins (Horizon), approx. 9 p.m.

Nov. 25
Youngstown State vs. Southern Mississippi, 5 p.m.
South Dakota vs. Northern Colorado, approx. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 26
Northern Colorado vs. Southern Miss, 12 p.m.
Youngstown State vs. South Dakota, approx. 2:30 p.m.
Women’s Basketball Spends Time With ASAS Cleveland--csuvikings.com
Oakland basketball loses assistant, this time Drew Valentine--Detroit Free Press
Pat Caputo - Greg Kampe has pushed broom to Michigan Sports Hall of Fame--Oakland Press
VALENTINE ACCEPTS COACHING POSITION AT LOYOLA--goldengrizzlies.com
Who are the candidates to replace Chris Holtmann at Butler?--College Basketball Talk
So who will Butler target this time around?
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Lavall Jordan, Milwaukee: Jordan is a Butler grad that spent three years as an assistant with the Bulldogs before following Lickliter to Iowa. He spent six years on John Beilein’s staff with Michigan before taking over at Milwaukee this past season. The Panthers went just 11-24 this season, but they came within one game of reaching the NCAA tournament as they advanced to the Horizon League title game.
Butler has strong candidates available to succeed Chris Holtmann, inside the family and out--Sporting News
LaVall Jordan, Milwaukee

Jordan came close to getting the job in 2013, when he was an assistant coach coming off a national title game appearance with Michigan. Jordan has an appealing personality and has experience at Butler as both a player and assistant coach. He spent three seasons on Lickliter’s staff, not long after completing his Bulldogs playing career. Jordan got the head coaching job at Milwaukee in advance of the 2016-17 season; he hasn’t had sufficient time to rebuild the program entirely, but Jordan did inspire them to reach the Horizon League championship game despite a 4-14 regular season. He certainly is better prepared for the job now than four years ago.
LaVall Jordan, Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach--Fansided
Butler coaching candidates: With Chris Holtmann off to Ohio State, who will replace him?--CBS Sports
Milwaukee coach LaVall Jordan: Nearly got the job four years ago when Brandon Miller was hired. Jordan, 38, is a former Butler assistant who just completed his first season as the coach at Milwaukee (11-24 record in 2016-17). Those in the business believe Jordan has a very realistic chance at being a true finalist for the job if he wants it (he should).
Banner Boys Voted Into The Basketball Tournament Field--mkepanthers.com

Panthers Draw Drake In Preseason WNIT Opener--mkepanthers.com
Earning a chance--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Area coaches feeling excitement--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

News On The Horizon 6/7/2017

Oakland University basketball hires longtime college assistant Tony Jones--Detroit Free Press
Oakland's Greg Kampe humbled by Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction--Detroit Free Press
College notes: OU hires ex-Pearl assistant Tony Jones--Detroit News
Men’s basketball set to take on Michigan State at Little Caesars Arena--Oakland Post
Coach Kampe inducted to Michigan’s sports hall of fame--Oakland Post
TONY JONES NAMED MEN’S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACH--goldengrizzlies.com
Illinois adds former UIC signee Greg Eboigbodin to frontcourt--Chicago Tribune
UIC to Participate in Adolph Rupp Classic--uicflames.com
Tournament provides outlet for ex-UWM star Ed McCants and alumni team--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Valpo’s Peters preps for the NBA Draft--WGN TV
NBA Mock Draft: Celtics deal No. 1 pick for Paul George, Pacers take Markelle Fultz--CBS Sports
23. Raptors

Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso

The future of this franchise seems very much in flux. Peters, one of college basketball's top shooters, is the type of player who can come in tomorrow and make an impact. No, he may not have NBA athleticism, but Peters and his remarkable 60.4 percent true shooting percentage in college works for any NBA team. A team that needs to win now like Toronto would be wise in taking a college senior like Peters.
Mid-Major Madness Mock Draft 1.0--Mid-Major Madness
Mock Draft 1.0
Pick Team Player Position School
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38 Chicago Bulls Alec Peters PF Valparaiso
Will the NCAA suspend Pitino? Key questions for 2017-18 in Kentucky college sports--Herald-Leader
Northern Kentucky

The big question: Since John Brannen’s NKU men’s basketball program is returning the nucleus of a team that advanced to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, how will the Norse handle the expectations that follow success?

Another story to watch: Former UK assistant Camryn Whitaker didn’t do a lot of winning (9-22) in her first year as NKU women’s hoops coach, but her energetic recruiting has yielded eight new players in her 2017 recruiting class and at least two well-regarded in-state commitments (so far) for 2018.
Jerrod Calhoun to Hold Meet and Greet at Firebirds Grill June 8--ysusports.com

Saturday, June 3, 2017

News On The Horizon 6/2/2017

Stefan Kenic Signs to Join Cleveland State Basketball Program--csuvikings.com
Part 1: Eligible transfers that could have an impact on NCAA Tournament bids--Mid-Major Madness
Kameron Chatman, Detroit Mercy

See above. Chatman was the No. 1 player in Michigan in 2014 and the No. 38 prospect according to ESPN. He never received a ton of minutes over two years at Michigan, but did hit a game-winning three against Indiana in the 2016 Big Ten Tournament. Chatman is a 6’9’’ athlete that does several things really well. Although Bacari Alexander went just 8-23 in his first year, the Titans return their top three scorers. Chatman’s versatility will make him an ideal fit in the lineup. This could be a sleeper to win the Horizon.

Kansas' non-conference schedule for 2017-18 is a disappointing step down--CBS Sports
Oakland (at home, Nov. 24): The Texas Southern, Oakland, Toledo and Syracuse games are part of the Hoophall Miami Invitational that Kansas agreed to. Unfortunately, three of the four teams will likely keep Kansas' ratings level, at best, by the end of the year. Oakland is good often, though, having won 20 or more gams six of the past nine seasons.
Hunter Crist commits to GB during visit--Phear The Phoenix
NBA Mock Draft: Celtics deal No. 1 pick for Paul George, Kings trade up for D'Aaron Fox--CBS Sports
23. Raptors

Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso

The future of this franchise seems very much in flux. Peters, one of college basketball's top shooters, is the type of player who can come in tomorrow and make an impact. No, he may not have NBA athleticism, but Peters and his remarkable 60.4 percent true shooting percentage in college works for any NBA team. A team that needs to win now like Toronto would be wise in taking a college senior like Peters.
Wright State players visit teammate Ryan Custer in Chicago--Dayton Daily News
errod Calhoun to Hold Meet and Greet at Firebirds Grill June 8--ysusports.com

Thursday, May 25, 2017

News On The Horizon 5/25/2017

Conference Realignment: We should all be as hyped as Valparaiso is to join the Missouri Valley Conference--Mid-Major Madness
Now, while the university might be happy with how things turned out, not everyone feels the same way. Understandably, Jon LeCrone, the Horizon League Commissioner, is not thrilled about losing one of his conference’s most prominent members. After losing Butler a few years ago and now seeing Valpo go, the conference has lost a ton of history.

You can just feel the subdued outrage.
Breaking News: Alstork Commits to Illinois--HLeagueHoops.com
It’s official: Wright State rival leaving Horizon League--Dayton Daily News
Horizon Leagues eyes expansion as Valpo departs for Missouri Valley--Springfield News Sun
Sanford Pentagon Showcase returns with four DI men’s teams--Sanford Pentagon