Sunday, April 9, 2017

News On The Horizon 4/9/2017

2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List: Who is staying and who is going?--College Basketball Talk
Mark Alstork, Wright State
Kerem Kanter, Green Bay
The top mid-major graduate transfers of 2017--Mid-Major Madness
G Mark Alstork, Wright State

Have a need for a scorer? Alstork has you covered. The 6-4 wing finished third in the Horizon in scoring (19 ppg) to go along with 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He also had some monster games: 39 vs. Toledo, 33 vs. Youngstown State, 30 vs. Southern Illinois. Alstork even had a near triple-double with a 29-10-8 line against Miami (OH).

F Kerem Kanter, Green Bay

He’s the younger brother of Enes Kanter and he’s in the same mold. He put up 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in just 19.1 minutes this season and has the ability to step out and shoot the three.He also has a body that’s equipped to bang in the paint. Four double-doubles in his last five games were a preview of the player he could be.
AAC presidents to vote this week on adding Wichita State; could begin play in fall--CBS Sports
Missouri Valley commissioner Doug Elgin is aware of Wichita State’s intentions. There have been reports the Valley could move quickly to replace Wichita State, possibly with Valparaiso.
A Wichita State move would kick off a significant round of conference realignment in basketball below the Power Five level. The Horizon League is reportedly looking at schools in large cities to improve its profile. The University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Denver have been mentioned.
Rob Edwards Should Stay at Cleveland State--Campus Pressbox
Student-Athletes Receive Numerous Awards At Honors
Oakland loses another assistant as Mann heads to Missouri--Detroit News
UWGB men land junior college recruit--Green Bay Press Gazette
League is trending up, but are changes on the Horizon?--Phear The Phoenix

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What Wichita State's conference move means for the AAC, Missouri Valley--USA Today
Creighton was quickly replaced by Loyola-Chicago in 2013, and odds are Valparaiso would be a sensible-yet-underwhelming fill-in for the void the Shockers leave.
Missouri Valley Conference needs to fill voids left by Wichita State and Creighton--CBS Sports

State: Indiana
Division I since: 1978
Record: 634-552 (.535)
Conference history: Horizon and Summit League/Mid-Continent
Regular-season conference titles: 14
NCAA Tournament appearances: Nine

Valpo’s only been D-I since the late 1970s, but it’s got 1,100 wins, total, to its name over the ages. Its location, basketball-first mindset and solid history over the past 20 years make it an enticing replacement. If SLU really is a pipe dream, Valpo should be a reasonable get. And it’s a candidate that would make the Valley look fairly stable, if it were able to poach the Crusaders out of the Horizon. For Valparaiso, it’s a slight upgrade in league and a scene that allows the school to clearly remain top-three in its new digs. It’s going to be able to recruit at the same level still, if not a little higher. It has a workable basketball budget and name recognition to bring appeal to the league. Plus: the fanbase is good, too. From a culture-fit perspective, Valpo is a no-brainer.
If SLU is off the table immediately, I have to believe the next three in line would all consider leaving because they are in lesser leagues. You get any of the four programs listed above, you come out of the Wichita State situation looking pretty good. If, for whatever reason, you stay basketball-minded and are looking elsewhere, here are other possible candidates: Detroit (former member, big city spot), Oakland (stable program capable of making the move), UMKC (good location, would beg to get into the Valley), Fort Wayne (any school in Indiana fits MVC profile), SIU-Edwardsville (already a member in other sports, and is near the hub of the league, in St. Louis).
The Valley will be just fine, but there is no denying that it takes a huge hit with the loss of the Shockers. So if it wants to maintain its status as a top-12 league, it needs to lure in either Saint Louis, Valparaiso, Murray State and/or Belmont.
MVC targeting Valpo, Murray State as additions following Wichita State’s departure--Fan Rag Sports
Conference realignment: Rumors swirl amid Missouri Valley upheaval--Mid-Major Madness
But so far, the rumors seem to suggest expansion is on the MVC’s mind. The Des Moines Register summarized the schools that have been floated since WSU’s AAC announcement, and they square with our list from last week:

A list of possibilities has been reported, including Valparaiso, Belmont, UMKC, Omaha, the four Dakota schools and more. The decision will likely come down to numerous factors, such as geographical fit, financial stability and basketball relevance.

FanRag’s Jon Rothstein reported yesterday that Valparaiso and Murray State are the league’s targets. And given that it’s Rothstein, it might be safe to assume that those two schools are at the top of the MVC’s wish list.
Then there’s the market play. That would weigh in favor of schools like UMKC and Omaha, and the Kansas City Star confirmed that the Kangaroos are interested.

“Obviously we would love to be considered,” UMKC athletic director Carla Wilson said. “If we could be more regional with our conference affiliation that would create some geographic rivalries, help our travel and be a benefit to us.”

The Star also noted that UMKC, UIC and Valpo were considered when the MVC ultimately chose Loyola Chicago as Creighton’s replacement in 2013. That could mean that the Flames will be in the mix again.
Valparaiso reportedly in consideration for Missouri Valley--NWI Times
Does Valparaiso match with Missouri Valley Conference?--Inside VU Sports
Report: MVC targeting Horizon League team--Cincinnati Enquirer
TWO NKU PLAYERS DEPART: Northern Kentucky University men's basketball head coach John Brannen announced the release of Brennan Gillis (Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis), who will pursue opportunities to finish his education while playing football, and Brandon Maxwell (Orlando, Fla./Daytona State CC).

"I'd like to thank both Brennan and Brandon for their contributions to NKU men's basketball," said Brannen. "I wish both of them nothing but the best in their future endeavors."

Gillis played in 64 games as a Norse, averaging 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds. Maxwell averaged 1.4 points in 24 games played this year.
Gillis, Maxwell released from men’s basketball team--The Northerner
Gillis, Maxwell released from NKU men’s
Elder High School graduate Ryan Custer injured at large Oxford party--WCPO
Potential Grad Transfer: Mark Alstork--Blogger So Dear
Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more--Dayton Daily News
Wright State got some bad news yesterday as star guard Mark Alstork announced he is not only looking into the NBA draft but plans to graduate and potentially transfer.

The Raiders won 20 games in their first season under coach Scott Nagy, though they weren’t able to do all the things he wanted to do as far as style of play.

It will be interesting to see how they look when the roster is more of what he wants.
Wright State basketball player reported in critical condition--The Guardian
Report: Michigan reaches out to Wright State transfer Mark Alstork--UM Hoops
YSU fans can forget dismal past--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle

Penguins’ new coaching staff nearing completion
--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
YSU basketball veterans pleased with new system--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Morse’s Stellar Season, Semifinal Run Highlight Men’s Basketball

Season In Review: Penguins Set Stage for Future Success in

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