Saturday, April 15, 2017

News On The Horizon 4/15/2017

2017 Mid-Major NBA Draft Early Entry List--Mid-Major Madness
Mid-Major Early Entry List
Mark Alstork - Wright State
Kerem Kanter - Green Bay (will transfer to Xavier if he returns to school)
Transfer Guard Rob Edwards Enjoys Pitt Visit--Pittsburgh Sports Now
Transfers could impact Cleveland State, Kent State, Akron basketball programs (photos)--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Three Titans Lead The HL In Statistical Categories In

Great Day On Campus As Titans Host Special Olympics

Women's Basketball Hands Out Awards at Annual
Mann lands assistant coaching position at Mizzou--Oakland Post
Valentine honored as top coach under 30--Oakland Post
Illinois adds UIC assistant Chin Coleman to coaching staff--Chicago Tribune
Xavier Basketball: Graduate transfer Kerem Kanter commits to Musketeers--Busting Brackets
Xavier adds talented big Kerem Kanter, but only if he withdraws from NBA Draft--CBS Sports
Prized Green Bay transfer Kerem Kanter explains why he chose Xavier Musketeers--WCP0
Cody Schwartz is transferring home--Phear The Phoenix

Kraker selected by Mystics in WNBA draft--Green Bay Press Gazette
Mehryn Kraker Selected 27th Overall in WNBA Draft by Washington
Tulsa Memorial scoring machine Caleb Nero picks Milwaukee--PantherU
Senior Salute Helps Bid Farewell To 2016-17

Don’t Miss Women’s Basketball’s 17th Annual Golf
Women’s Basketball Camps
Northwestern basketball to host Valparaiso in 2017-18 non-conference schedule--Inside NU
MVC’s best options to replace Shockers just might be already in league--Hoopville
And while some will contend that it’s tougher to do now than before because of the proverbial “ever-widening gap between the haves and have nots,” that’s not entirely accurate. Valley schools have always had to do it on a budget compared to bigger schools. Southern Illinois had three coaches over its six-year NCAA streak. Wichita State lost Mark Turgeon one year after its 2006 Sweet 16 trip. It’ll always be a fact of life in leagues like the MVC, just like it is for the Atlantic 10, CAA, Horizon, and anyone else not in that top echelon.

It would be foolhardy to expect too much from a new addition or additions because every single school being suggested as a candidate has its drawbacks. Belmont has a terrific, model basketball program but is an afterthought in its own city. The relative same can be said about Valparaiso in its region just outside Chicago; like Belmont, Valpo is a relatively niched private school that isn’t going to attract a huge audience, even as its basketball program is regularly excellent.
Hefferman: Departure gives MVC opportunity to cement Midwest presence--The Southern
So, the Valley has three options, all which involve creating a bigger presence in their current geographic footprint. Adding a national presence will be tough, if not impossible, but the league can add depth, at least one great new market, and become a real player for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament next March.

Here's a quick look at their options:

No. 1 — Add Valparaiso or Belmont right now

The Valley still has a national brand, and still has an automatic bid to the Big Dance for the winner of Arch Madness. Adding Valparaiso or Belmont in the next month or two — the league added Loyola in less than 40 days after Creighton left in 2013 — gives the league a solid 10th member that can compete for the league championship.

Valparaiso competes in the Horizon League, where the Valley got the Ramblers. The Crusaders won 30 games in 2015-16 and 24 this past season, reaching the NIT, where they lost to Illinois on the road, and produced the Horizon League player of the year in forward Alec Peters. Three Division I transfers sat out this season and will be eligible in 2017-18.

Valparaiso is located in northwest Indiana, kind of between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, and could help the Valley get a bigger hold in the Hoosier State.

Belmont is a home run because it would get the Valley into Nashville. The Bruins went 23-7 this past season and 20-12 in 2015-16 under longtime coach Rick Byrd. They are yet to win an NCAA Tournament game. Maybe joining the Valley would be a new beginning, and open up new recruiting areas for them.

Pick up Valparaiso or Belmont, you've got 10 teams, you've added a program that wins a lot, and the Valley gets into a new market close to its current geographic footprint.
Reports: MVC Interested in Belmont, Valparaiso & Murray State after WSU Departure--KXEL
MVC Basketball: Five teams the Valley should add--Busting Brackets
All-Mid-Major Madness: First Team and Player of the Year--Mid-Major Madness
2016-17 All-Mid-Major Madness First Team
Alec Peters, Valparaiso

We were all crushed when Peters sustained an injury at the end of the season that really stymied Valpo’s chances at a run to the NCAA Tournament. Before that, Peters was able to make a difference for the Crusaders from every spot on the floor. He shot nearly 40 percent from three in conference, often pulled down 10-plus rebounds, dished out assists, and knocked down his free throws with regularity. The Crusaders lost a couple surprising games, but with a healthy Peters, they certainly could have been a Cinderella team in March. Still, he leaves college as Valparaiso’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. By a lot.
Golder Signs NLI To Join Valpo Men’s Basketball
NKU signee Chris Vogt talks basketball--Cincinatti Enquirere
WKU, Wright State to play 4-year series--Bowling Green Daily News
Injured Wright State player has no feeling in his legs--College Basketball Talk
Family of injured Elder grad asks for continued support, prayers--WCP0
Wright State, Miami University both offer Trotwood’s Torrey Patton--Dayton Daily News
Prep guard from Louisville signs with Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc.--Dayton Daily News
A couple of developments on the Wright State recruiting front this week:

1. Coach Scott Nagy signed Jaylon Hall, a guard from Louisville, and reportedly offered a scholarship to Trotwood-Madison senior Torrey Patton.

2. As chronicled last month, Patton had a puzzling lack of offers as the Rams made their run to the state final four, but he has caught the attention of a few schools since then.

At 6-4, Patton cuts a similar profile to Mark Alstork, the Raiders’ leading scorer last season. Alstork, a Thurgood Marshall grad, has announced he won’t be back in Fairborn next season.

If he is not satisfied with feedback during the NBA draft process, he will likely find a new team as a grad transfer.

Alstork told last weekend his long list of potential destinations includes Michigan, Maryland and Cincinnati. Former WSU coach Billy Donlon is an assistant at Michigan.

The Raiders signed guard Tyler Mitchell from Kings High School during the early signing period last fall while guard Cole Gentry transferred to WSU from South Dakota State…
Facebook page for WSU’s Ryan Custer gains traction--Guardian
University/Athletics Statement on Ryan
Hall Signs With
YSU hires Calhoun’s top assistant--Youngstown Vindicator
YSU hires Slay as men’s assistant--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
New Penguin coaching staff putting in plenty of hours--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Coaches reunite at Youngstown--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
The Journey Continues--The Jambar
Paul Molinari Named YSU Men’s Basketball Assistant
Youngstown State Men’s Basketball Names Jason Slay Assistant
Youngstown State Men's Basketball Tabs Mark Richmond as Director of

Benjamin’s Stellar Season Earns Her the MVP--The Jambar
Benjamin Named Coach DiGregorio MVP at Women’s Basketball
Alexus Burkhart Joins YSU's Women's Basketball
Kraker Selected by Washington Mystics in WNBA Draft--The Horizon League

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