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

Here are details from UC:

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

Burton qualified for the award by being named as the 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," 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.

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