Thursday, June 9, 2016

Former Kansas Guard Rio Adams Will Play Final Season at Eastern Kentucky University

Former Kansas guard Rio Adams will finish his college basketball career at Eastern Kentucky University.


Adams played one season at Kansas in 2012-13, averaging 1.1 points per game.

According to reports, Adams played for two high schools, spent one season at Kansas, transferred to Ohio University for approximately one month, landed at Odessa (JUCO) College and was eventually rumored to be signing with Auburn. Auburn didn't work out and now Adams finds himself at EKU for a season.

He will have one season with the Colonels and is eligible to compete immediately.

Midway University to Debut Men's Basketball Program in 2016-17

Midway University is starting up a men's basketball program that will debut in the 2016-17 season.

The program will be led by former St. Catharine College head coach Joe Krupinski.

Additionally, the program will offer a home to many athletes in the aftermath of St. Catharine closing for business.

Midway University will compete at the NAIA Division II level in the River States Conference (formerly Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

Here is a press release about the new program at Midway:

MIDWAY, Ky – Midway University and Athletic Director Rusty Kennedy announced on Monday that the Lexington-area school, which will welcome men on campus as a fully co- educational institution for the first time this coming Fall, will compete in Men's Basketball beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Joe Krupinski, former head coach at St. Catharine College, has been hired to lead the transition of the program to Midway from SCC, which announced its impending closure at the end of July due to mounting financial difficulties.

Midway Men's Basketball will join its female counterparts as members of the River States Conference (formerly known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and play a full 18-game league schedule this upcoming season. “I want to thank President Marsden, Coach Kennedy, and everyone at Midway for making this unique transition possible and for allowing me to become the first-ever coach of Men's Basketball at Midway. After only a brief time on campus, I have been impressed with all of the people at the school and their willingness to make this a great academic and athletic environment for all students, including our St. Catharine transfers, our recruits and the newcomers which we still hope to find before the start of school in August.” Krupinski, who will begin his eighth season as a head coach (and twentieth overall in collegiate coaching) comes to Midway after his only season at St. Catharine, one which saw the Patriots post a 4-2 mark against RSC opponents. Krupinski was also the head coach at Lyndon State College in Vermont for six seasons and has held assistant positions at four other schools at various levels prior to his arrival in Kentucky. “We are hopeful and feel confident that most all of our core returners and projected newcomers from SCC will join us at MU and allow us to continue building a successful program in all areas, one in which the Midway community will take pride.”

Krupinski also expressed his thanks to St. Catharine, the school that's closing led to this new beginning. “This is a very exciting opportunity for me, our team and for a few of our other programs and athletes, but obviously I am saddened by the outcome at St. Catharine. It was a place that became very special to me in a very brief amount of time. I especially want to thank President Gnadinger, Vice President Pittman and everyone at SCC for assisting with this transition and for all of their support over the past year.” Midway also announced on Monday that the school will field teams in Men's Soccer, Baseball and Men's Golf for the 2016-17 seasons and that two other St. Catharine coaches, Luther Bramblett (Baseball) and Tim Wolz (Men's Soccer) have been appointed to those respective positions with the Eagles. Anyone interested in available opportunities to participate in the Men's Basketball program at Midway this coming season or in the future should contact Coach Krupinski at jkrupinski@midway.edu

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ed Daniel Leads Bologna Eternedile to Serie A2 Finals

Former Murray State big man Ed Daniel controlled the paint to lead Bologna Eternedile to the finals in Italy's Serie A2 league.

Daniel had 9 points and 12 rebounds in a 54-47 win over Treviso Basket in game 4 of the semifinal series.

Bologna won the semifinal series 3-1.

Here are more details from Eurobasket.com:

Bologna Eternedile reached Serie A2 Finals. They held off Treviso Basket to win the semifinal series 3-1. Bologna Etern. forced 19 Treviso Basket turnovers. American power forward Ed Daniel (201-90, college: Murray St.) fired 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Matteo Montano (188-92) chipped in 15 points. American forward Marshawn Powell (201-90, college: Arkansas, agency: HMS) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Top scorers:

Bologna Etern.: M.Montano 15+4reb+2ast, E.Daniel 9+12reb+3ast, M.Carraretto 8+2reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 7+4reb, L.Candi 5+1ast, G.Sorrentino 5+2reb+1ast

Treviso Basket: M.Powell 14+5reb+2ast, M.Fantinelli 11+5reb+3ast, D.Moretti 7+1reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 4+6reb+1ast, A.Ancellotti 4+8reb+2ast, M.Negri 3+4reb+1ast

Monday, June 6, 2016

Former Mason County Forward Treg Setty Will Begin Pro Career in Belgium

Former Mason County big man Treg Setty will begin his professional basketball career in Belgium.

Setty has signed with Stella Artois Leuven in Belgium's top-level Scooore League.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Scooore League) signed 24-year old American forward Treg Setty (203-88kg-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He just graduated from Ohio (NCAA). In 35 games he had 12.0ppg and 5.1rpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Mid-American Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals.

As mentioned above Setty is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

University of the Cumberlands Signs Two More for 2016-17

University of the Cumberlands recently added two more players for the 2016-17 season.

The Patriots have signed LaRoyce Eason from Southwestern Illinois (JUCO) College and Marquis Yates from NCAA Division II Arkansas Tech.

Here are some release from UC:

LaRoyce Eason

LaRoyce hails from St. Louis, Missouri and is coming to UC as a transfer from Southwestern Illinois College where he played the previous two seasons. The 6'7" junior center averaged 2.7 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game. Eason shot 59.6% from the field over the last two seasons.

Eason helped lead Southwestern Illinois to a 27-6 record in his previous season. Although the team finished with an incredible record, they fell just short and missed out on a berth for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. LaRoyce was graduated from Fort Zumwalt East High School in St. Peters, Missouri.

When asked about signing Eason, Coach Butcher commented, "I am excited to add LaRoyce Eason to the Patriot program. He brings much needed size and athleticism to our team. LaRoyce battled injuries all year, so his stats last year are misleading. He is a high level athlete which allows him to be a very good rebounder and shot blocker, but he also has the tools to be an effective scorer in the low post. He played for a high level junior college program in Southwestern Illinois that we have had players from in the past, and he played for a legendary coach in Jay Harrington. He understands what it takes to be successful on and off the court and should be a contributor for us next season."

Marquis Yates

Yates hails from Manassas, Virginia and is coming to UC as a transfer from NCAA D-II Arkansas Tech where he played last season. The 6'6" senior wing led Arkansas Tech last season averaging 16.7 points per game while hauling in 4.3 rebounds per game. Yates shot 44.1% from the field and 38.4% from three point range last season while also contributing from the free throw line at a clip of 78.8%.

Coach Butcher commented, "Marquis is a great addition to our program. He is a strong, skilled wing that knows how to score the basketball in many ways. His strength allows him to finish with contact, but he also has the ability to shoot the basketball very well with range. Marquis brings experience of playing against quality competition while at Arkansas Tech last year and was very productive against that competition. His ability to score the basketball and his versatility on the floor should make us tougher to defend next season."

Darius Miller Closing in On Championship in Germany

Former University of Kentucky forward Darius Miller is working on a championship in Germany's top-level BBL league.

Miller led Brose Baskets to a 101-82 win over Ratiopharm in game 1 of the championship series.

The former Kentucky Mr. Basketball led his team with 26 points and 4 assists.

Brose Baskets finished the regular season wtih an impressive 31-3 record.

Game 2 of the championship series is Wednesday.

South Warren's Brandon Stacker Signs with Brescia University

South Warren forward Brandon Stacker has signed with Brescia University for 2016-17.

Here's a release from BU:

South Warren's Senior Brandon Staker has signed a national letter of intent to be a two sport athlete in the sports of Track and Field and Men's Basketball at Brescia University. The 6'4" Stacker during his senior year on the hardwood averaged 16.4ppg and 6.3rpg, while shooting an impressive 60.9% from the field.

"I am very excited to have Brandon join the Bearcat family. He is a tremendous offensive rebounder and plays with such great passion and effort and has a good feel of the game." stated Head Coach Brian Skortz. "He will fit our system well and he will also do a great job in the Track and Field program for Coach Gale." Skortz added.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Brescia University Names Brian Skortz Head Coach

Brescia University has named Brian Skortz head coach of the men's basketball team.

Skortz has been working as director of athletics at Brescia.


Here's a release from the school:

Brescia University has announced Brian Skortz will assume the role of head men's basketball coach for the 2016-2017 season. Skortz currently serves as the Director of Athletics and has coached at the youth, high school, and college levels.

Skortz coaching career includes stops at Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) in Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Port Edwards High School in Wisconsin. Skortz has coached 24 All Conference players, 5 Conference Players of the Year, 10 All State team members, and 8 NJCAA Region XIII players.

"I am excited about returning to the hardwood as a head coach again. We have a great group of young men returning which I am looking forward to leading," stated Skortz. "I want to thank the administration of Brescia University, particularly President Father Larry Hostetter, for entrusting me with the role. We will continue to build on the tradition and success of the program, and bring pride to the University and the Owensboro community."

Skortz began his coaching career at MSTC as an assistant for Head Coach Mark Wagner before becoming Head Coach for four years. While at MSTC, the program was ranked as high as 6th in the nation at the NJCAA Division II level and the program played in the NJCAA National Regional Tournament every year under Skortz' s direction. The team also won the NJCAA District XIII tournament against nationally ranked Bismarck State (ND).

Skortz played at MSTC and Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Skortz received his B.A. in Business Administration from Lakeland College in 1992 and received his Masters of Science in Sports Administration (with honors) from American Public University in 2012.

Skortz, is married to his wife Shannon and has three children, daughter Avery (19) and sons Tyler (16) and Kobe (14).

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