Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017 Guard Brion Whitley Commits to Murray State

Brion Whitley, a 2017 guard from Riverview (FL) High School, has committed to Murray State University.



Here's Whitley in action:

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sheldon Clark's Dylan James Commits to University of Pikeville

Sheldon Clark star Dylan James has committed to the University of Pikeville for next season.

James averaged 20.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Cardinals last season.

West Carter's Haydn Roe is Headed to Berea College

West Carter's Haydn Roe, who was recently named 16th Region player of the year, has committed to Berea College according to a good source.

Roe averaged 22.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for West Carter last season.

Harlan County's Treyce Spurlock Commits to Morehead State

Harlan County's Treyce Spurlock has committed to Morehead State University.

Spurlock averaged 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the 13th Region chamipons last season.

Metro Exposure Camp for Unsigned Seniors Today at Iroquois High School

The annual Metro Exposure Camp will take place this evening at Iroquois High School in Louisville, Kentucky.

The camp gives unsigned seniors an opportunity to perform in front of numerous college coaches and assistants.

Here are details:

Western Kentucky and Head Coach Rick Stansbury to Host Three Basketball Camps This Summer

Western Kentucky University and head coach Rick Stansbury will offer three basketball camps this summer.

WKU will host a high school team camp June 8-10.

There will be an overnight camp for middle school and high school boys (7th-12th grades) from June 18-21.

Then, June 26-29, there will be a day camp for elementary school boys (1st-6th grades).

Here are more details:



Meade County's James Baker Commits to Morehead State

Meade County's James Baker has committed to Morehead State University.

Baker returned to Meade County following an injury and led the team to an appearance in the state tournament. They were 1-19 without Baker in the lineup. He averaged 15.8 points per game in 20 games last season.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Northern Kentucky Ends Season Ranked in Mid-Major Top 25

Northern Kentucky finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 21 in College Insider's Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

Here's a look at the final rankings:

1. Gonzaga (31) 37-2 775 1 West Coast
2. Wichita State 31-5 741 2 Missouri Valley
3. UNCW 29-6 692 3 Colonial
4. Illinois State 28-7 646 4 Missouri Valley
5. ETSU 27-8 600 5 Southern
6. Vermont 29-6 595 6 America East
7. Saint Mary's 29-5 589 7 West Coast
8. Princeton 23-7 576 8 Ivy League
9. CSU Bakersfield 25-10 463 25 Western Athletic
10. New Mexico State 28-6 450 10 Western Athletic
11. UT Arlington 27-9 430 11 Sun Belt
12. Belmont 23-7 408 13 Ohio Valley
13. Monnouth 27-7 404 9 Metro Atlantic
14. Florida Gulf Coast 26-8 398 14 Atlantic Sun
15. Akron 27-9 323 15 Mid-American
16. Charleston 25-10 307 12 Colonial
17. Bucknell 26-9 294 16 Patriot
18. Winthrop 26-7 278 17 Big South
19. Oakland 25-9 179 19 Horizon
20. Valparaiso 24-9 176 20 Horizon
21. Northern Kentucky 24-11 130 NR Horizon
22. UNC Greensboro 25-10 113 18 Southern
23. North Dakota 22-10 108 23 Big Sky
24. Iona 22-13 76 NR Metro Atlantic
25. Saint Peter's 23-13 60 NR Metro Atlantic

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BYU 54, UNC Asheville 31, Kent State 25, Chattanooga 23, Furman 22, Troy 17, Texas Southern 14, North Dakkota State 12, UC Davis 12, North Carolina Central 11, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 11, Texas State 8, Grand Canyon 7, Mount St Mary's 6, Ohio 6, Georgia State 5, South Dakota 5, Jacksonville State 4, Coastal Carolina 3, UMBC 3, Harvard 2, Lipscomb 2, UC Irvine 2, Albany 1, Eastern Washington 1, New Orleans 1, Towson 1, UT Martin 1, Weber State 1, Yale 1.

Morehead State Commit Jaqwan McCauley Reopens Recruitment

Morehead State commit Jaqwan McCauley has decided to break off his commitment and reopen his recruitment.

McCauley is a JUCO transfer from Tyler (Texas) Junior College.

Verbal Commits reported the news on Twitter:

Monday, April 17, 2017

North Hardin's Gavin Root Will Sign with Transylvania on Friday

North Hardin guard Gavin Root will officially sign with Transylvania University on Friday at the high school.

Root averaged 12.1 points and shot 41.3% from the three-point line last season at North Hardin.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Waggener's Devon Cooper Commits to Morehead State

Waggener High School shooting guard DeVon Cooper has committed to Morehead State University.

Cooper averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season for Waggener.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Former KWC Guard Marcus Fillyaw Signs Pro Contract in Puerto Rico

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College guard Marcus Fillyaw has signed a professional contract in Puerto Rico.

Here are details from KWC:

OWENBSORO, Ky. – Former member of the Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team Marcus Fillyaw has signed with the Brujos de Guayama of the Baloncesto Superior Nacionale, a premier professional league in Puerto Rico.

A first tier level league, the BSN was founded in 1929 and is organized by the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation with 11 teams. The 36-game season begins in early April with playoffs set for July.

"The opportunity to play in this league is wonderful, especially as a rookie. It is a great league that has produced and seen a ton of talent," commented Fillyaw. "This year will help me gain very valuable experience that will help me further down the road."

A two-year starter at Kentucky Wesleyan, Fillyaw helped the Panthers end a three-year NCAA tournament drought during the 2015-16 season. The two-year captain compiled a 49-12 record and finished third in the record books averaging 2.0 steals per game, and sixth in assists with 4.0 per game. Fillyaw averaged 7.6 points in 61 games, grabbing 176 total rebounds and boasting a shooting percentage of 47.5%.

"Marcus Fillyaw was the epitome of what you want Kentucky Wesleyan to be when he was a student athlete here. His diligence, hard work and time in the gym is flat out why he has this opportunity," said Head Coach Happy Osborne. "All of us are extremely proud of him and none of us are surprised from all of the hard work he put on both on and off the court."

The Topeka, Kansas native scored in double figures in 17 games as a Panther. The Business Administration major was an Academic All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference selection his senior year with a 3.7 GPA.

"I can't say enough about how Coach Happy and his staff have helped me throughout the process. They've taught me the game, the correct approach to have mentally, and ways to develop consistency that has helped to get me to this point along with so much more off the court," noted Fillyaw. "Kentucky Wesleyan really helped shape me into who I am today, not only as a player but even more so as a person and I will always be grateful for that."

Prior to signing with Guayama, Fillyaw helped the Owensboro-based Kentucky Mavericks to a 12-1 record. He led the Premier Basketball League in assists and recorded a triple-double in a 114-85 win on Feb. 12.

Stay up to date on all your Panther news by following @KWCpanthers on Twitter and by liking the "Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics" Facebook page.

Lindsey Wilson Signs Bryce Williams for 2017-18

Lindsey Wilson College has signed 6-foot-5 wing Bryce Williams from Blackman (Tenn.) High School for the 2017-18 season.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball program has signed high school standout Bryce Williams to the 2017-18 roster, head coach Paul Peck announced on Thursday.

"Bryce comes from one of the top high school programs in the state of Tennessee," Peck said. "His high school coach in Barry Wortman is also one of the best in the state."

Williams joins Lindsey Wilson from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he was the No. 19-ranked athlete in the state according to Tennessee Prep Hoops.

The 6-foot-5 wing player helped lead Blackman to a 26-5 overall record and a perfect 12-0 mark in district play in 2017, along with appearances in the Tennessee Class AAA Region Championship Game and the Class AAA Sectionals. For his efforts, Williams was named a 2017 All-Conference and All-District selection, as well as earning the most valuable player award.

The four-year varsity member averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game at Blackman, while also adding five steals, six assists and two blocks per game. As a freshman, he was a member of the Blackman team that took home the 2014 Tennessee Secondary School Athlete Association Boys' Basketball State title.

Williams has had successful stints with AAU ball as well, competing with the Nashville Celtics from 2014-16 where he stuffed the stat sheet averaging 15 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, eight assists and four blocks per game.

"Bryce is a tremendous athlete and very versatile," Peck said. "He will be called on to challenge Charles Sutton in the wing position."

Adam Stanford Transfers from Kentucky Wesleyan to Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University recently added talented Kentucky Wesleyan transfer Adam Stanford for the 2017-18 season.

Here are details from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Tiger basketball picked up its second commitment for the 2017-18 season, head coach Brent Vernon announced on Friday.

Vernon and his coaching staff welcome Adam Stanford, a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, to the Tiger family. Stanford is the first to sign with CU after the NAIA released its new graduate student certification in April of 2016 (see below).

Stanford, a Fontana, Calif., native played three seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan under head coach Happy Osborne and is graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in graphic arts and a minor in communications. He will further his education by working towards a Master's in sports management at CU.

"Adam is a great signee for us," said Vernon. "He is exactly the kind of student-athlete we are looking for to build our program. He was a member of Kentucky Wesleyan for the last three years and has decided to continue his career at CU. This new rule change has opened many different avenues for us in recruiting."

During his time at KWC, the Panthers won over 20 games a year and finished with a record of 77-15 over that span of three seasons. KWC also won the 2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament title with a victory over Alderson Broaddus, 91-63.

After redshirting in 2013-14, Stanford's playing time and importance to the Panthers slowly improved during his tenure at Kentucky Wesleyan. In 2016-17, he played in 29 games, averaged seven points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time.

Stanford scored a season-high 19 points and dished out five assists against Salem International on 8-of-10 shooting and hitting all seven of hits free throw attempts. He also finished the year hitting 76 percent from the charity stripe (44-of-58). In addition, Stanford finished the year hitting 65 percent from the floor.

"Adam is a tremendous player that plays hard at all times," said Vernon. "He makes an impact for whatever role he is given and only worries about doing what he can to help his team win. We couldn't be more excited about him joining our program."

Before his time at Kentucky Wesleyan, Stanford prepped at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, Calif. where he was a three-year started under coach John Romagnoli. As a senior, he was named All-Citrus Belt Conference selection and was the Rebel's Most Valuable Player after averaging almost 14 points and nine rebounds per game. Throughout his career, he totaled an eighth-best 852 points plus 553 rebounds, 160 assists, 184 steals and 100 blocks in 80 games. Stanford also played football, volleyball and was a two-year letter-winner on the track and field squad.

The Tigers finished the year at 15-15 overall in Vernon's first season at the helm. CU graduated four seniors – Erik Kinney, Zach Perry, Roderick Lawrence and Elliott Young. The Tigers bring back starters Jalen Coates and Hagen Tyler for 2017-18. In addition, CU has signed Jacob King from Trinity for next year as well.

Morehead State Promotes Jonathan Mattox to Full-Time Assistant Coach

Morehead State has promoted Jonathan Mattox to full-time assistant coach on Preston Spradlin's staff.


Mattox previously worked as a graduate assistant, director of basketball operations and assistant coach.

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Jonathan Mattox, who has spent the past four seasons with the Morehead State men's basketball program as graduate assistant, director of basketball operations, and as assistant coach, has been promoted to full-time assistant coach.

During the 2016-17 season, Mattox was promoted from director of basketball operations to interim assistant coach.

"Jonathan earned the right to be an assistant coach here because he did a terrific job with recruiting, on the floor, scouting, coaching, just all of the things that come with that job. All of those things have made the change very seamless and I'm very excited that he's going to be here for the long haul," said head coach Preston Spradlin.

Morehead State has tallied 74 wins in Mattox's four seasons with the program. During that span, the Eagles have won 41 Ohio Valley Conference games, and have won 10-plus games and participated in the league tournament all four years. Twice, he has helped Morehead State reach the 20-win plateau.

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to continue working at Morehead State University under Preston Spradlin," said Mattox. "I am very excited about Coach Spradlin's continued vision for this program. I have worked with Coach for the last three years and have great respect for him, not only as a coach, but as a person. I am eager to continue to build upon the momentum we have going with this program."

Prior to his time at Morehead State, Mattox helped NAIA school Emmanuel (Ga.) to a 49-21 record in two years as an assistant men's basketball coach from 2011-13.

Mattox started his playing career at Division II member Anderson (S.C.) and finished at Emmanuel. As a senior, he helped the Lions to a 26-8 overall record and Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament championship.

Mattox earned four letters in basketball at Oconee County High School (Ga.). As a senior, he helped the Warriors to a Class AAA Region 8 title and berth in the Class AAA Elite Eight. He notched Second-Team All-Northeast Georgia honors his final two years.

"He has a great temperament about himself, he never gets rattled, and he's very calculated, organized, and efficient in what he does. He has a great relationship with all of our players and their families, so that just helps with our transition because he understands how things should be done around here," said Spradlin.

Mattox earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Emmanuel in 2011 and master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia (Calif.) in 2013.

Brennan Gillis, Brandon Maxwell Release from NKU Men's Basketball Program

Northern Kentucky has announced the release from Brennan Gillis and Brandon Maxwell from the men's basketball program.


Here are details from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men's basketball head coach John Brannen announces 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.

NKU will have no further comment.

Morehead State Inks Londell King Jr. for 2017-18

Morehead State University and new head coach Preston Spradlin have officially signed Londell King Jr. for next season.

King comes to Morehead from Gulf Coast State (JUCO) College in Florida. He averaged 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.

Here are details from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Londell King Jr., a 6-foot-7 forward from Gulf Coast State College (Fla.) has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.

King will be a sophomore during the 2017-18 school year.

"We are so excited to add Londell to our program. We have recruited him all season and watched him progress into a versatile player in a very competitive junior college league. We have had great success with players from that league and he will continue that trend for us," said head coach Preston Spradlin. "Adding him to our talented sophomore class gives us experience for next season and depth for the future of our program."

King, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., averaged 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds for Gulf Coast State in 2016-17. He made 14 starts in 25 games and shot an impressive 60 percent from the floor, which ranked in the top 50 in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

He was named Second Team All Panhandle Conference following his freshman season.

He attended Godby High School in Tallahassee, where he averaged 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds, while shooting 65 percent.

"Londell is a very versatile player. He can play both inside and out and is skilled and strong in the post," said Spradlin. "He can step out and shoot, and he also has the ability to make plays off the bounce."

King joins Cedric Wright, of Chipola Junior College (Fla.), as the second member of Morehead State's 2017 class. They both have three season of eligibility.

Wright, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., averaged 10 points and 4.1 rebounds during his lone season at Chipola. He was named First Team All Panhandle Conference.

Morehead State finished 14-16 a season ago. They went 10-6 in Ohio Valley Conference play, which ranked second in the league.

Kentucky Wesleyan Lands JUCO Transfer Rasheide Bell for 2017-18

Kentucky Wesleyan College and head coach Happy Osborne have signed JUCO transfer Rasheide Bell for the 2017-18 seasons.

Bell comes to KWC from South Suburban College. He averaged 16.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season.

Here are details from KWC:

OWENBSORO, Ky. – South Suburban guard Rasheide Bell signed with eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College on Wednesday morning and will spend his final two seasons with the Panthers according to Head Coach Happy Osborne.

"Happy, his staff, my teammates and I have one goal and that is to win a national championship. When Coach and I talk basketball, our conversation always ends with 'Let's go get this thing'," said Bell. "I'm overly excited to play for Coach Happy. He believes in me as if I've been there the last two years with him. He sat in the same seat at my national tournament and even in our third place game, proving to me how bad he wanted me. The sky is the limit for us and I can't wait to get to the Sportscenter and start the grind."

The Evansville, Ind. native has spent two seasons at South Suburban, helping the Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the NJCAA Division II national tournament with a record of 24-12. Standing at 6-foot-2, Bell has averaged 16.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while dishing out 3.9 assists. Boasting a 47.1 field goal percentage, he has accumulated 25.7 minutes per contest and claimed 3.3 steals per game.

"He is a tremendous person that has the character to replace a Ken-Jah Bosley. I see him immediately in a leadership role and the possibility of being a captain. He turned down over seven Division I offers to come here and when you have a young man that does that, you know that you have their heart," commented Osborne.

A 2015 graduate of Evansville Central High School, Bell averaged 20.0 points in 21 games while grabbing 6.0 boards and 1.2 steals per game during his senior season.

"We have been trying to make strides in Evansville since I got here and we couldn't have started with a better person than Rasheide Bell," noted Osborne. "Without question he is a Division I player and those are the kinds of players that we need at the Division II level to reach our goals."

Bell will study Communications with a concentration in Sports Management and Marketing, and hopes to one day coach a basketball team of his own.

"I'm fortunate to be coming to a school that will allow me to focus on getting my degree while being an athlete," remarked Bell. Happy expressed the importance of academics not just to me, but to my grandmother. He built such a strong bond with her it was unbelievable- I'm sure she will be at all of our games."

Stay up to date on all your Panther news by following @KWCpanthers on Twitter and by liking the "Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics" Facebook page.

Lindsey Wilson College Signs High-Scoring Point Guard Jordan Hamlette

Lindsey Wilson College recently signed high-scoring point guard Jordan Hamlette from Heritage (Va.) High School.

Hamlette averaged 23 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game last season as a senior.

Here's a release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team has added Virginia high school standout Jordan Hamlette for the upcoming 2017-18 season, head coach Paul Peck announced on Wednesday.

"He has the potential to be one of the best point guards to ever play here," Peck said. "He comes from a great family and a top basketball program in Lynchburg. Blue Raider fans will love seeing Jordan play."

Hamlette joins Lindsey Wilson after a standout playing career for Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Virginia. During his senior campaign with the Pioneers, the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 23 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 5.3 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game. He accumulated 1,133 points during his career including pouring in 578 points his senior season.

The highly touted all-state selection racked up multiple accolades during his career at Heritage.

He was named the Conference 30 Player of the Year, Seminole District Player of the Year, ABC News Full Court Press Player of the Year and the Lynchburg News Advance Player of the Year.

Hamlette was a 3A West Region First Team selection, a Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star, earned All-State Second Team honors as a junior and All-State First Team honors as a senior.

"He sees the court well, keeps his head up, can shoot the basketball and has great intelligence and understanding of what is needed out there," Peck said. "He doesn't have to score to have an impact on the game, but he also certainly has the ability to score.

"He's able to do all the intangibles and he fits everything we need right now."

Junior Center Matz Stockman is Leaving One Pitino for Another

Junior center Matz Stockman has decided to transfer from Louisville to Minnesota for his final season of college basketball.

Minnesota, of course, is coached by Rick Pitino's son, Richard.

Here is a release from UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of Louisville junior center Matz Stockman will transfer to the University of Minnesota at the conclusion of the spring semester. Stockman will sit out the 2017-18 season as a transfer before playing his final collegiate season the following year.

"I've had a great time at Louisville the last three years," said Stockman. "I've learned a lot, gotten to know a great many people and have become very close with our coaches and players. I'm incredibly grateful for my time here. I've improved a lot since I first arrived on campus and I will be forever grateful to Coach Pitino, the coaching staff and for everyone involved around our team. However, I've been looking for an opportunity to play quality minutes for a long time now and I think this will be a great situation for me."

"Matz has been a great team member with our basketball team and we appreciate his efforts," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. "Transferring to Minnesota is a great move for him, as he'll have an opportunity to make an immediate impact when he becomes eligible to play."

Stockman participated in 18 games as a junior last season, grabbing a rebound in 11 of those. In his most extensive action of the season, he averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in the three December 2016 games teammate Anas Mahmoud missed with a concussion. He scored a career-high 10 points at Grand Canyon, finishing the game 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line.

Stockman scored in 16 of his 23 appearances as a sophomore. He was one of four players on the Cardinals' roster this season with international ties. A native of Oslo, Norway, Stockman (first name is pronounced Motts) attended and played basketball at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Gran Canaria in Spain's Canary Islands during the 2013-14 season.

Campbellsville University Inks Bardstown's Kel Livers for 2017-18

Campbellsville University has signed 6-foot guard Kel Livers from Bardstown High School for 2017-18.

Here's a release from CU:

BARDSTOWN, Ky. — Campbellsville men's basketball head coach Brent Vernon announced the addition of Kel Livers to the Tiger basketball program as the third commitment for 2017-18 year.

Livers, who prepped at Bardstown High School, is planning on majoring in Sports Management at CU.

A six-foot 165lb. guard, Livers averaged almost 16 points per game and just over six assists a contest while being named All-District and All-Region his junior and senior season.

"Kel is a great signee for us," said Vernon. "He is a versatile athletic guard that can do multiple things on the court, including defending the ball really well and is extremely skilled on the offensive end.

"He comes from a very good program at Bardstown and was fortunate to play for one of the best coaches in the state in Boo Brewer. We have lots of high expectations for Kel and look forward to the four years of him playing for Campbellsville University."

In last seasons 30th Annual KHSCA East-West Junior All-Star game, Livers scored 22 points to lead the West All-Stars to a 116-106 victory over the East.

In addition to his basketball career, Livers played two years of football and also runs track and field at Bardstown.

Livers joins incoming freshman Jacob King and graduate-transfer Adam Stanford as the three CU signees.

Tony Delk Tournament of Champions Tips Today at KBA

The Tony Delk Tournament of Champions, an AAU tournament for 8U to 13U teams, tips today at the KBA in Lexington.

Here are details:


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Western Kentucky Officially Signs Jordan Brangers for 2017-18

Western Kentucky University has officially signed sharpshooting JUCO guard Jordan Brangers for 2017-18.

Brangers averaged 20.9 points per game last season at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He is rated as the No. 3 junior college prospect in the nation.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday the signing of sharpshooting guard Jordan Brangers (6-2, Guard) as the latest addition in the 2017 recruiting class.

Brangers will join the Hilltoppers from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He’s rated the No. 3 junior college prospect in the nation by JUCORecruiting.com.

“We’re excited to have Jordan as a part of our basketball program and our family,” Stansbury said. “It’s very obvious he’s a terrific player who can provide help with a need on our team and has a great ability to shoot the basketball.”

Brangers, an in-state product originally from Radcliff, Ky., proved himself as one of the elite shooters and scorers at the junior college level in 2016-17.

He averaged 20.9 points per game – ranking fourth nationally in total points scored at the JUCO level – and connected on an eye-popping 151 of 327 3-point attempts in an efficient 22.9 minutes per game.

Brangers shot 49.6 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

His 151 made 3s this season led the nation and broke the South Plains school record previously held by Marshall Henderson. The Texans finished their season 32-2 and took third place in the 2017 NJCAA Men’s Basketball National Tournament.

Brangers was named the 2017 Region V Player of the Year and WJCAC Player of the Year. Before coming to South Plains, he wrapped up his prep basketball career at Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky.

Brangers is joined in WKU’s nationally ranked signing class by guards Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth, as well as center Mitchell Robinson.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Morehead State Offers 2017 Forward Malek Green

Morehead State has extended a scholarship offer to 2017 forward Malek Green from Cincinnati Taft High School.



William & Mary Grad Transfer Jack Whitman Plans to Visit George Washington, Clemson

William & Mary grad transfer Jack Whitman plans to visit George Washington and Clemson.

Whitman, who played high school basketball at Lexington Catholic, will be eligible to play immediately.

Morehead State's Miguel Dicent Decides to Leave Early, Pursue Pro Career

Morehead State guard Miguel Dicent has decided to end his college career early and pursue a professional career.

Metros de Santiago of the Dominican Republic's LNB league have announced the signing of Dicent for the 2017 season.


Translation: The @MetrosSantiago announced the hiring of the Dominican Miguel Dicent for the 2017 season... https://www.instagram.com/p/BSoDfaojpCw


Saturday, April 8, 2017

JUCO Guard Jordan Brangers Commits to Western Kentucky University

Jordan Brangers, who was previously headed to Texas Tech, has committed to Western Kentucky University.

Brangers hit 151 three-pointers last season at the junior college level.




Missouri Valley Conference Reportedly Targeting Murray State, Valpo

According to reports, the Missouri Valley Conference is targeting Murray State and Valparaiso to replace Wichita State.

The first report came from Jon Rothstein:


Obviously, the Racers have an impressive history of winning:


JUCO Power Forward Londell King Commits to Morehead State

Morehead State has picked up a commitment from 6-foot-7 power forward Londell King of Gulf Coast State (JUCO).



King will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Here's some footage of King in high school:

Union College's Kevin Burton Named Hoopdirt National Coach of the Year

Union College's Kevin Burton was recently named national coach of the year by Hoopdirt.com.

Here are details from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College head men's basketball coach Kevin Burton was named the 2016-17 HoopDirt.com NAIA Coach of the Year presented by Hoop Group, the organization announced Saturday.

Burton qualified for the award by being named as the HoopDirt.com/Hoop Group Coach of the Week for Week 2 of the season.

"I am very honored and humbled to be named the National Coach of the Year by HoopDirt.com," Burton said. "They have been the main source for basketball information in our industry for several years now. This award is a direct result of having high level players with great ambition and character."

Burton led Union to a school record 35-3 overall mark en route to the 2017 NAIA Division II National Championship. After beginning the season 2-3, the Bulldogs reeled off 33 wins in a row, capping the year off with a 72-69 victory over Cornerstone (Mich.) in the national championship game.

During the 33-win streak, Union won by double digits in 26 games, winning 18 of those contests by 20 or more points. The Bulldogs went 20-0 in Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) play to win the regular-season championship before collecting the tournament crown by winning their three games by an average margin of 21 points.

Burton took over the reins of the Union program in 2012, and in five seasons, he has amassed a record of 136-34 with the Bulldogs. Union has won four-straight AAC regular-season and tournament championships under his tutelage as well as the school's first-ever NAIA national championship in any sport. Under Burton, the Bulldogs have not lost a conference road game in three years, winning 29 in a row. The last road defeat came on Feb. 14, 2014.

The NAIA award is for Division I and Division II.

University of Charleston Guard Siah Holifield is Transferring to Asbury

University of Charleston guard Siah Holifield will transfer to Asbury University.

Asbury welcomed the hometown product (West Jessamine High School) on social media:

Georgetown College Assistant James Jackson Takes Over Women's Program

Georgetown College has named James Jackson head coach of the women's basketball program.

Jackson has served as an assistant coach for the men's team for the last six seasons.

Here's a release from GC:

Brian Evans, Georgetown College Director of Athletics, is pleased to announce the Tigers' new head coach of the women's basketball team. James Jackson, who has been serving as men's basketball assistant for the past six seasons, is the program's ninth coach.

"I was very pleased to see Coach Jackson apply for this position," Evans said. "We had an overwhelming response of applicants and an elite quality of coaches in the final round. James stood out from the beginning and made it a very easy decision for myself and the committee.

"He has a proven track record of success in the conference, a vast knowledge of what our mission is here, an understanding of our program and the players, as well as a tremendous recruiting ability to Georgetown College over his six seasons. We are excited about what our future holds."

During his tenure with the Tiger men, GC was 159-48 and 69-31 in Mid-South Conference play with six national tournament appearances with results of: one national title, two championship appearances, two quarterfinal finishes and one second round appearance.

"We are excited for Coach Jackson to be our next head coach," said GC sophomore Shelby Beam. "We've all been around him at various times during our time here and know what a great coach he is. We know what he's meant to our men's program and so we know good things are in our future."

Jackson is a 2007 political science major from Berea College, where he played soccer and helped student coach the basketball team. He then served as assistant at University of Louisville for coach Rick Pitino from 2007-09 (58-15 with deep runs in the NCAA tournament).

In spring of 2009, Jackson went to another prominent Kentucky basketball program – Kentucky Wesleyan College. The Panthers were 48-15 with two appearances in the NCAA Division II national tournament during his two seasons.

"This is an exciting opportunity for myself and my family," Jackson said. "I originally applied to be assistant coach for the women's program when I was looking for my next step. It did not work out, but then the men's head job came open and Coach (Chris) Briggs gave me a shot as his assistant. It has been the best six years. I met my wife here, and we now have a son. Georgetown is in my blood and to have the opportunity to be a head coach for a storied program is a blessing.

"I've learned a lot about coaching working beside Chris, including how to balance it all. He's a great family man and instills that in all our players as well. I've enjoyed the interaction I've had with our women's players over the years and watching them develop. I think together, we can do exciting things in the coming years."

Georgetown returns 12 of the 13 member roster with just one senior, six juniors and five sophomores. The future looks very bright. The Tiger women have been in 14 national tournaments with the most recent coming in 2014. The best finish was a Fab Four appearance in the 2012 championship.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jack Whitman is Leaving William & Mary for Senior Season

Former Lexington Catholic High School big man Jack Whitman is leaving William & Mary as a graduate transfer.

He averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for William & Mary last season.

Keion Alexander is Leaving Morehead State as a Graduate Transfer

Redshirt junior Keion Alexander is leaving Morehead State University as a graduate transfer.

Alexander, a 6-foot-9 forward, will be eligible immediately at his new school. He averaged 0.9 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in 9 games last season for Morehead.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Louisville's Donovan Mitchell Declares for NBA Draft

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell has declared for the NBA Draft but doesn't plan to hire an agent at this time.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Louisville's Deng Adel Just Ruined a Michigan Player's Entire Tournament

Louisville's Deng Adel just put a Michigan defender on a poster.

Ouch!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Morehead State Names Preston Spradlin Head Coach

Morehead State has removed the interim tag from Preston Spradlin and officially named him head coach.


Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Preston Spradlin, who spent the majority of the 2016-17 season as interim head coach and just concluded his third season with the program, has been named the 14th head men's basketball coach at Morehead State.

"First off, I am so grateful to President Wayne D. Andrews, Brian Hutchinson, and our administration for the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program and to represent Morehead State University and the community of Morehead," said Spradlin. "As a native Kentuckian, and more importantly, as someone that has been a part of the Morehead State family for the past three seasons, I fully understand how special this university is and I am honored to continue serving our student-athletes in all facets and am eager to reignite our passionate fan base."

"Preston emerged through a rigorous process that demonstrated truly how special this job is in the basketball community," said President Wayne D. Andrews. "I have appreciated his good work throughout this season and know his values will help us continue to achieve our goals at a very high level."

"Preston exhibits many fine qualities that I look for when considering head coaching candidates," said Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson. "His knowledge of our basketball program is unique, which gives him a head start in building towards our short term goals. Most importantly, he's a student-first coach that will undoubtedly lead us to achieving our long term goals in the OVC and nationally. I'm honored to have Preston lead our men's basketball program for years to come. He's earned the job and we need the Eagle Empire to rally behind him and this program."

Spradlin officially took on the interim head coaching position on Dec. 15, 2016, nine games into the season after the Eagles opened with a 2-7 record. He then guided Morehead State to a 12-9 record the rest of the way and a 10-6 mark in OVC play, which ranked second in the league.

At the conclusion of the season, he finished second to Belmont's Rick Byrd in OVC Coach of the Year voting.

Following the 2015-16 season, Spradlin was named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) 2016 Under Armour 30-Under-30-Team, which recognizes 30 men's basketball coaches across the country that are under the age of 30.

Spradlin came to Morehead State after five seasons with national power Kentucky. He spent two campaigns (2009-11) as a graduate assistant with the Wildcats before three years as the assistant director of operations (2011-14).

Spradlin, a native of Pikeville, Ky., worked with the Dominican Republic National Team during the summers of 2011 and 2012. The squad reached its highest finish and won the bronze medal in the Tournament of the America's Olympic Qualifier in 2011 and came within one game of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

Spradlin earned a bachelor's degree in history from Alice Lloyd (Ky.) in 2009 and master's degree in kinesiology and health promotion, with a sports leadership emphasis, from Kentucky in 2011. He was a four-year men's basketball letterwinner for the NAIA Eagles from 2005-09.

Spradlin, a 2005 graduate of Betsy Layne High School (Ky.), is married to the former Misty Tackett. The couple has one son, Bentley, who was born on June 19, 2012.

What they are saying about Coach Spradlin...

John Calipari - Kentucky Head Men's Basketball Coach

"I am so proud of Preston. He was a valuable member of our staff. Being from Eastern Kentucky, I'm sure it is a dream come true for him to get this position and there's no doubt in my mind that he will make the school and their fans proud."

Mitch Barnhart - Kentucky Athletics Director

"In the five years he spent with us at Kentucky, we all saw the kind of coach and the kind of man Morehead State has in Preston Spradlin. His work ethic, mind for the game, and ability to lead young people are truly special. Those qualities were all on display in the incredible work he did stepping in as interim coach this season. We are thrilled for Preston, Misty and Bentley, and look forward to his continued success."

Paul Biancardi - ESPN Men's Basketball National Recruiting Director

"I first met Preston at the University of Kentucky and came away impressed with his communication skills and humble personality. This year I watched several of his games as the interim head coach at Morehead State. His team played with passion and you could see they were connected as a group. He did an outstanding job leading his team in a stressful situation because he always made it about the players first. Morehead State found the right candidate in Preston Spradlin to lead their program in the competitive Ohio Valley Conference."

Seth Greenberg - Former Virginia Tech Head Men's Basketball Coach and ESPN Analyst

"Preston Spradlin is the total package. He can coach, teach, and mentor. He has impeccable character and a work ethic second to none. He is a home run hire."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Morehead State is Close to Hiring a Coach

I'm told by a good source that Morehead State University is close to hiring a men's basketball coach.

I can confirm a report by Jeff Goodman that the two finalists for the job are interim head coach Preston Spradlin and Pittsburgh assistant coach Jeremy Ballard.

I would expect a decision soon with an announcement coming as soon as Friday.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kentucky Christian Comes Up Short in NCCAA DII National Title Game

Kentucky Christian came up short in Sunday's NCCAA Division II national championship game.

The Knights were defeated 89-70 by No. 4 Randall University.

Here's a recap from KCU:

Ankeny, IA - The Knights season was a great journey that didn't end the way we had all hoped. After winning two highly contested games at the National Tournament, the Knights fell short in the Championship game to the #4 seed Randall University, 89-70.

The first half was very competitive with the Knights taking an eight point lead followed by a Saints rally leaving the score at the half 36-33 in favor of Randall.

As the game went on, the Knights slowly ran out of gas. They played hard, but the previous games had taken their toll.

Hayden Dunn gave a valiant effort scoring 19 points and bringing down nine rebounds for the Knights. Trenton Walker again left everything on the floor adding 11 points and six rebounds. Nick Miller and Conner Gauze were also in double figures with 10 and 12 points, respectively.

Like the Lady Knights, free throws and offensive rebounds plagued the Knights as they tried to battle back. Randall was led by Xavier Hunter with 22 points and Adam Morales with 21 points and six assists. Both players were named to the All Tournament Team. The Knights Hayden Dunn and Owens Crawford were also among the recipients.

The Knights fought hard and never gave up. They look to return to the National Tournament next season as all the players on their roster will be back. Congratulations to the Knights on a very memorable season!!

Bellarmine University Rolls Into Sweet 16 with Big Win Over Quincy

Bellarmine hammered Quincy 93-64 Sunday to roll into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

The Knights will battle Findlay tonight at 7:00 p.m. for a shot at that national quarterfinals.

Here's a recap of Saturday's win from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With a little over five minutes left in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinals, Rusty Troutman and Adam Eberhard exited the court together and took a seat.

The Bellarmine University men's basketball duo helped create a masterpiece Sunday evening at Knights Hall. And they got to soak it all in as the finishing touches were put on it.

The second-ranked Knights got 27 points apiece from Troutman and Eberhard as they steamrolled into the Sweet 16 of the DII NCAA Tournament with a 93-64 lambasting of Quincy.

"It was an incredible, extraordinary performance against a very, very good basketball team," Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport said. "They're a senior team, five of the seven seniors redshirted. We have as much respect for them as anybody we've had all year, because they're winners. They proved that last night (in a win over Kentucky Wesleyan)."

Freshman forward Ben Weyer added 12 points for top-seeded Bellarmine (30-3), which will meet sixth-seeded Findlay at 7 p.m. (ET) Tuesday in the regional final. Fifth-seeded Quincy finished the season 25-7.

Winners of 16 straight games, Bellarmine shot 54.5 percent and limited Quincy to 41.4 percent. The Knights took exceptional care of the ball, tying a season best with only six turnovers while forcing 16, and posted a plus-four rebounding advantage. Led by junior guard Tyler Jenkins, Bellarmine amassed 24 assists, the same amount of field goals compiled by Quincy.

"The preparation from last night through the walk-through today to our film session left me speechless," Davenport said. "From the assistant coaches to the players to the captains, it was one through 14 locked in. I'm very, very proud of them. I've been at a lot of levels in this game, a lot of tournament competition, that turnaround and that execution from game plan to competition was incredible."

First-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selections Troutman and Eberhard were unstoppable. A senior guard, Troutman erupted for 21 points in the first half as he drilled five 3-pointers in leading the Knights to a 48-28 lead. Troutman finished 9 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. He also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Eberhard scored 14 points in the first half and 13 in the second. The sophomore forward made 11 of his 14 shots and added eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Behind Eberhard, Bellarmine had a 44-28 advantage in points in the paint against a Hawks squad that often possesses a dominant interior game.

Troutman spotted Eberhard for a layup on Bellarmine's opening possession and the Knights were off. Eberhard scored 10 points and Troutman nailed his first 3-pointer as Bellarmine blazed out to a 15-2 lead.

Quincy responded and got back within four before trailing 31-24 with 5:42 left in the first half. Bellarmine followed with the decisive run of the game, a 17-2 surge where the sizzling Troutman drained three 3-pointers in a span of a little over two minutes. The result was a commanding 48-28 advantage at the intermission.

Quincy opened the second half on a 5-0 run, but the Hawks' comeback hopes were extinguished when Eberhard scored the first seven points in a 9-0 burst that extended the lead to 24. The advantage never dipped below 19 thereafter.

"They had a blast when they were getting each other shots, and that's what extraordinary teams do," Davenport said.

Evan McGaughey scored 19 points and Marcus Hinton added 14 for Quincy. Bellarmine shot 59.4 percent in the second half against the Hawks.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Union College Advances to NAIA DII National Championship Game

The Union College Bulldogs (34-3) have knocked off Indiana Wesleyan to advance to the NAIA Division II national championship game.

The Bulldogs have now won 32 consecutive games.

They will play No. 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) in the championship game tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here's a recap of today's win over No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan:

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – One. More. Game.

Top-seeded Union College pieced together one of its best overall games of the season in registering a 92-80 victory on Monday over No. 4-ranked Indiana Wesleyan to advance to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship title game.

The Bulldogs now have won 32 games in a row, upping their overall record to 34-3. Union will face No. 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

Mike Martin (SR/Flint, Mich.) scored the game's first points, but Indiana Wesleyan reeled off the next seven to take a 7-2 lead with 18:14 to go in the half. In what has become commonplace for the Bulldogs, the team responded with a 17-4 run to seize a 19-11 advantage. Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) buried the first of his three 3-pointers of the night to give Union the eight-point lead at the 13:22 mark.

From that point on, Union never trailed again.

"Obviously, Indiana Wesleyan is a superb team," said head coach Kevin Burton. "I thought we were really aggressive … and that our mentality was better than any technicality of the ballgame as far as execution and that sort of thing."

A big key for the Bulldogs was their work on the glass. Union outrebounded Indiana Wesleyan 45-33 and hauled in 17 offensive boards. The Bulldogs tallied 13 second-chance points, while only allowing the Wildcats (29-8) to net seven.

"Our mentality helped us rebound the basketball," noted Burton.

Once Union built the eight-point lead, the margin never dipped below six as it took a 46-35 lead into the half.

The Bulldogs came out of the locker room on fire, quickly stretching the lead to 52-35 thanks to a Martin 3-pointer and an old-fashioned, three-point play from Newby.

Still, Indiana Wesleyan did not wilt until the pressure. The Wildcats fought back with an 11-2 run, cutting the deficit to 54-46 following a Jacob Johnson basket with 14:27 to play.

Once again, Union found the answer it needed in an 11-0, which was capped by three consecutive 3-pointers – two from Sam Natt (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.) and one from Newby. The rally pushed the lead to 70-50 with 11:10 remaining.

"When we had a big lead and they, of course, made their run," said Burton. "I really liked how aggressive we were offensively, looking for open looks. Their full-court defense kind of spaced out the defense for us to get some open looks."

Indiana Wesleyan countered with a 10-0 run of its own to make it 70-60 with 7:21 to play. Union pushed the lead back up to 17, yet Indiana Wesleyan would not go away. The Wildcats rallied yet again and made it an 83-74 contest after a pair of Joel Okafor free throws with 1:46 to play.

The Bulldogs, though, put the clamps down and closed out the game by hitting 9-of-12 free throws down the stretch to lock up the 92-80 victory. Martin scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Bulldogs. He scored 20 or more points one other time this season, netting 20 against Montreat (N.C.) on Jan. 28.

"He's a high-energy guy," Burton said of Martin. "Defensively, he's been really good for us. In the last couple games, he's been very, very effective for us defensively. … He's a good finisher around the rim. He's a good scorer. We've not needed him to score for us, but he certainly has that ability."

Sherman followed with 20 points; the third time in the national tournament he has scored 20 or more in a game. Paul Stone (SR/Danville, Va.) added 17 points, and Newby posted his 17th double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

This marks the first time any Union team has ever advanced to a NAIA championship game in any sport. The men's basketball team joins the women's soccer program (2002) as the only ones to make the Fab Four.

Allen Edwards and Wyoming to Compete in 2017 CBI Tournament

Former University of Kentucky player Allen Edwards and Wyoming will compete in the 2017 CBI Tournament.

Wyoming will play Eastern Washington on Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m.

The field was released late last night by the Gazelle Group.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Schedule Released for 2017 CIT Tournament

The schedule for the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament has been released.

UT-Martin will represent the Ohio Valley Conference in the tournament.

Samford and head coach Scott Padgett will also participate in the CIT.

Here's a look:


2017 COLLEGEINSIDER.COM POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT
All Times EST
FIRST ROUND

MONDAY, MARCH 13
Coach John McLendon Classic
Norfolk State (17-16) @ Liberty (19-13) 7:05 pm

TUESDAY, MARCH 14
Hugh Durham Classic
Saint Francis (16-16) @ Jacksonville (17-15) 7:00 pm

Houston Baptist (17-13) @ Campbell (17-17) 7:00 pm
Canisius (18-15) @ Samford (19-15) 8:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
Lou Henson Classic
Ball State (21-12) @ Fort Wayne (19-12) 7:00 pm

Fairfield (16-14) @ UMBC (18-12) 7:00 pm
Georgia State (20-12) @ Texas A&M Corpus Christi (20-11) 8:00 pm
Stephen F. Austin (18-14) @ Idaho (18-13) 11:00 pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 16
Saint Peter's (19-13) @ Albany (21-13) 7:00 pm
Furman (21-11) @ USC Upstate (17-15) 7:00 pm
UNC Asheville (23-9) @ UT Martin (21-12) 8:00 pm
Lamar (19-14) @ Texas State (20-13) TBA

Riley Wallace Classic
Weber State (19-13) @ Cal State Fullerton (17-14) 10:00 pm
SECOND ROUND
March 17-20

QUARTERFINALS
MARCH 23-26

SEMIFINALS:
Wednesday, March 29 on CBS Sports Network
7:00 & 9:00 pm
 
CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, March 31 on CBS Sports Network
9:00 pm
NOTE: All Games are streamed live through Facebook Live

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kentucky Christian Upsets Manhattan Christian, Advances to Semifinals of NCCAA Naitonal Tournament

Kentucky Christian University upset No. 2 Manhattan Christian College on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the NCCAA Division II National Tournament.

Here are details from KCU:

The Knights brought the excitement for their first game in the NCCAA Division II National Tournament. After trailing most of the game, the Knights took the lead late in the second half thanks to Junior Matthew Lee's game changing bucket.

Manhattan's #14 Mike White received a foul followed by a technical, taking him out of the game with a team high of 19 total points. This coupled with Lee's bucket completely shifted the momentum of this game in the Knights favor.

Freshman Point Guard Owens Crawford was unwavering handling the Thunder's pressure most of the game. He showed up big with 12 points, two of those being huge three pointers for the Knights. With numerous assists and only one turnover, Crawford played a tough 39 minutes.

Sophomore Conner Gauze also showed up big for the Knights with 16 points and five rebounds. He was a force to reckon with under the basket, staying strong against the Thunder's defense.

Other notable players include Freshman Trenton Walker, a tremendous defensive player, who had seven rebounds for the Knights. All American Hayden Dunn also had a great game, scoring the team high of 19 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Barnes and Nick Miller scored 11 and 12 points, respectively with perfect free throw percentages down the stretch to secure the win for the Knights.

Kentucky Christian will take on the University of Valley Forge tomorrow at 4:00 PM (5:00 PM EST).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kentucky Christian University Earns At-Large Bid to NCCAA DII National Tournament

For the first time in six seasons, Kentucky Christian University is headed back to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.


The Knights will open the tournament on Noon Thursday vs. No. 2 Manhattan Christian College.

KCU's Hayden Dunn was also named NCCAA DII First Team All-American.

Men's Basketball DII Awards

1st Team All-American

Trey Sneed Randall University
Hayden Dunn Kentucky Christian University
Jared Bradford Grace Bible College
Mike White Manhattan Christian College
Aaron Stemen Trinity Bible College

2nd Team All-American

Nash Carter Piedmont International University
Alex Sanchez University of Valley Forge
Trey Frank Moody Bible Institute
Jovan Morris Toccoa Falls College
Marshall Riddle Bob Jones University

Honorable Mention All-American

Kenny White Johnson University Tennessee
Kashus Lyons Randall University
Jon Luke Talton Faith Baptist Bible College
Nick Babalola Manhattan Christian College
Devin Williams University of Valley Forge

Player of the Year Trey Sneed Randall University
Pete Maravich Award Gunner St. John Johnson University Tennessee
National Coach of the Year Jon Mack University of Valley Forge

Here's a look at the tournament bracket:


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Northern Kentucky Wins the Horizon League Tournament, Earns NCAA Bid

The Northern Kentucky Norse have just knocked off Milwaukee 59-53 in the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament.

With the win, the Norse (24-10) are headed to the NCAA Tournament in their first season of eligibility.

Congratulations to head coach John Brannen and the Norse!



Former Morehead State Player Soufiyane Diakite Lands at Bethune-Cookman

Former Morehead State forward Soufiyane Diakite will continue his college career at Bethune-Cookman.

Diakite averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for MSU in 6 games.


Northern Kentucky Debuts in ESPN's Bracketology

Northern Kentucky has made their first appearance in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology.

The Norse are now projected as a 15-seed in the Midwest Region against...drum roll...Louisville.

NKU will face Milwaukee in the Horizon League Tournament championship game tomorrow night.

Kentucky is currently projected as a 2-seed in the South Region.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bellarmine Earns No. 1 Seed in NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

Bellarmine University will be the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament.

 As the top seed, the Knights will host their region.

 Kentucky Wesleyan is the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and would have to face Bellarmine in the second round if both teams win their first games.

 Here's a look at the region:




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kentucky Wesleyan Rolls Into Final of G-MAC Tournament

Kentucky Wesleyan blasted Malone 94-72 in the semifinals of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Panthers will meet Alderson Broaddus in today's championship game.

Here's a recap of the win over Malone:

OWENSBORO, Ky. – The nationally ranked No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team stumbled out of the gate in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference semifinal against Malone University on Friday afternoon. The Pioneers held an 11-point lead midway through the first half, but the Panthers stormed back with a 22-0 run and ultimately held on for the 94-72 win to advance to the G-MAC Championship where they will face the No. 2 seed Alderson Broaddus at 1 pm CT on Saturday at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

The regular season champion Panthers improve to 27-2 on the season and protected their home win streak that now sits at 47. The mark is the longest current active home winning streak across the NCAA, and is good for the third longest in program history. Kentucky Wesleyan also extended its overall win streak to 25 games, the longest win streak in a single season, and is second across the NCAA to Whitman at 27.

A back and forth opening 10 minutes saw the lead change six times before Malone pulled away with a 14-2 run over three minutes to take a 26-15 lead. Sam Williams led the charge with 8 points including back-to-back three pointers. Jordan Jacks contributed six points during the run with a monster dunk and a pair of lay-ups. Malone held the advantage in shooting percentage during the first half, but the Panthers took a 46-34 lead to the break.

Kentucky Wesleyan held a steady double digit lead the second half and reached a 20-point lead at the 8:49 mark when Malek Harris drained a pair of free throws. With less than five minutes remaining, a dunk from Michael Vigilance put the Panthers ahead by 24, their largest lead of the game.

Jacks led the Panther offense with a season-high 27 points while grabbing nine rebounds, including seven defensive. The senior shots 10-for-13 from field goal range. Ken-Jah Bosley and Williams each scored 15 points with Williams tabbing six rebounds. Harris finished with 13 points and nine rebounds while shooting nine-for-ten from the charity stripe. Charles Foster and Shaakir Lindsey both finished with seven points with Lindsey leading the team with four assists.

Kentucky Wesleyan dominated nearly every statistical category, scoring 30 points off of turnovers and 20 second chance points. The Panther bench outscored Malone's 17 to 8, and Kentucky Wesleyan scored 44 points in the paint to Malone's 18. Kentucky Wesleyan nearly doubled the Pioneers' total rebounds, tabbing 43 to Malone's 22.

The Panthers will face the No. 2 seed Alderson Broaddus in the G-MAC Championship at 1 pm on Saturday at the Owensboro Sportscenter. Kentucky Wesleyan won both meetings this season, 96-59 at the Sporscenter, and 77-63 on the road.

Stay up to date on all your Panther news by following @KWCpanthers on Twitter and by liking the "Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics" Facebook page.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Austin Peay's Dave Loos Announces Retirement

Austin Peay's Dave Loos is retiring after 27 seasons as the Governors' head coach. 

Loos won 421 Ohio Valley Conference games, which stands as a league record. He won his 500th career game earlier this season.

Here is a release from the school:

CLARKSVILLE—Austin Peay State University will hold an 11 a.m., Monday, press conference to celebrate the career of Dave Loos, who will announce his retirement after 27 years as head men's basketball coach—including 16 as athletics director.

'The Dean of Ohio Valley Conference basketball coaches', Loos walks away following a storied career which included a league-record 421 victories, five OVC Coach of the Year honors and nine total OVC titles, including four OVC Tournament wins. A legendary figure on the college basketball scene, Loos earned career win No. 500 during the 2017 season, coaching 39 All-OVC players, two All-Americans and 30 future pros along the way. Under Loos' stewardship as athletics director, Austin Peay raised 33 total OVC Championship banners.

Monday's event will be held in the Dunn Center on Dave Loos Court—christened in Loos' name in 2007—and is a community-wide occasion to honor Coach Loos' incredible body of work and thank him for three decades worth of contributions to Austin Peay.

Kentucky Wesleyan Will Battle Malone in Semifinals of G-MAC Tournament

Top-seeded Kentucky Wesleyan College will face Malone later today in the semifinal round of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament.

Malone advanced to the semifinals by knocking off Cedarville 75-69 in the quarterfinal round Thursday afternoon.

No. 2 Alderson Broaddus will face No. 3 Davis & Elkins in the other semifinal game.

The championship game will be tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET in Owensboro.

Here's a look at the bracket:


Mid-South Conference Announces 2016-17 Men's Basketball Awards


The Mid-South Conference announced its award winners for the 2016-17 season on Thursday night.

Here's a release from the league:

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Mid-South Conference announced its award winners for the 2016-17 men's basketball season at its annual banquet on Thursday night at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort, Ky.


The announcement comes prior to the start of the 2017 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, presented by Johnny Carino's, at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Life's (Ga.) Dalarian Williams was voted the MSC Player of the Year by the conference coaches, while head coach of the Running Eagles, Keith Adkins, was voted as the MSC Coach of the Year by his peers.

Jordan Perry of Pikeville (Ky.) was selected as the MSC Freshman of the Year and Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Nic Brown earned the first Randy Vernon MSC Defensive Player of the Year honor. Campbellsville's (Ky.) Elliott Young was named the MSC Champions of Character recipient to conclude the individual honors.

Williams led the Mid-South Conference in scoring with 20.72 points per game on 56.8 percent shoot for the season – which is second best in the conference. His 601 total points this season ranks fifth overall in NAIA Division I. Williams finished the regular season with a team-high 7.2 rebounds a game and 34 blocks. He led the Running Eagles to the programs first MSC regular season title.

In his first collegiate season, Perry finished second on Pikeville scoring 9.7 points per game and shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. He finished the season shooting 76.7 from the free throw line. Perry made 18 starts during the regular season, compiling 46 rebounds and 24 steals.

Brown earned the inaugural Randy Vernon MSC Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the conference with 2.31 blocks per game and 60 total blocks. He also grabbed 171 rebounds this past season.

Adkins led Life to its first MSC regular season title in program history, during his first season as head coach of the program. The Running Eagles finished 12-2 in the MSC to grab the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and posted a regular season mark of 19-10. This is the third time Adkins was named MSC Coach of the Year, and first time as head coach of Life.

Young was selected as the MSC Champions of Character recipient based on his academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and demonstration of the five core character values of the NAIA.

Williams highlighted the 10-player all-conference first team selected by the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. An additional 10 players were named to the All Mid-South Conference Second Team.


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