Horizon League RUMORS & NEWS

  • Elder senior forward Ryan Custer verbally commits to Wright State

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Elder senior forward Ryan Custer verbally committed Tuesday night to play basketball at Wright State, according to Elder coach Joe Schoenfeld. Custer, who is 6 feet 6, made an unofficial visit to Wright State on Tuesday and received an offer from head coach Billy Donlon. Schoenfeld said..." August 05

  • Merrill native Jesperson transfers to UWGB

    Green Bay Press Gazette "David Jesperson will be returning to his home state to finish out his college basketball career. The Merrill native made a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men's basketball team earlier this month after transferring from Pepperdine University following his sophomore..." July 15

  • Cleveland State transfer Anton Grady signs with Wichita State

    Kansas.com "Wichita State bolstered its front line Friday with the announcement that Anton Grady, a 6-foot-8 forward transferring from Cleveland State, has signed a financial aid agreement. Grady (225 pounds) was All-Horizon League last season, averaging 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Vikings. He was..." May 08

  • CMU lands Youngstown State transfer Marcus Keene

    Detroit Free Press "When you're on top, college basketball transfer season usually pays off. Central Michigan is discovering that as the Chippewas landed Youngstown State guard Marcus Keene, the Penguins' leading scorer at 15.6 points per game, he told the Free Press today. "I decided to leave Youngstown..." April 20

  • Former Cleveland State guard Trey Lewis announces transfer to Louisville

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Louisville will be replacing one Northeast Ohio native with another, as former Cleveland State guard and Garfield Heights graduate Trey Lewis announced on Tuesday he is transferring to the Cardinals. "I'll be playing for a legendary coach in Rick Pitino and in front of the greatest fans in the..." April 07

  • Cleveland State's Trey Lewis exploring transfer options

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "For the second straight year, Cleveland State's leading scorer is testing the transfer waters. Trey Lewis, who averaged 16.3 points and set the school record for 3-pointers with 93, has been given permission by the Vikings and coach Gary Waters to explore his options. This comes one year after..." March 31

  • Illinois-Chicago announces they will be parting ways with Howard Moore

    College Basketball Talk "Illinois-Chicago announced on Monday that head coach Howard Moore will not be returning to the Flames next season. “I want to thank Howard Moore for his five years of commitment to UIC Athletics,” said AD Jim Schmidt. “We have high expectations and aspire to be at the top of the Horizon League..." March 10

  • Concussions end WSU senior’s career

    Dayton Daily News "e coach Billy Donlon said today that senior Kendall Griffin’s career is over. Griffin suffered a concussion in Wednesday’s loss at Oakland, Donlon said. It was his second concussion this season and his fifth the last two seasons." February 02

  • Longhorns' Martez Walker transfers to Oakland

    Detroit Free Press "Another basketball player is transferring closer to home at Oakland University. Former Texas guard Martez Walker, who has a court case pending for misdemeanor domestic-assault charges from a September incident in Austin, said today that he will begin classes at OU on Tuesday. He will be a..." January 06

  • Iowa State transfer finds a new destination

    College Basketball Talk "Former Iowa State guard Sherron Dorsey-Walker has found a new home as the redshirt sophomore took to Twitter on Saturday to announce his new destination. The 6-foot-4 guard will play closer to home and become a member of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. A native of Detroit, Dorsey-Walker should be..." January 05

  • Former Pacer Rik Smits son Derrik Smits commits to Valparaiso

    Indianapolis Star "Zionsville senior center Derrik Smits committed to Valparaiso on Monday, following a weekend official visit to the school. The 7-foot Smits, son of former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits, committed to Valpo over Clemson, UTEP, Ball State, UNC-Greensboro and Indiana State. "He absolutely loves it,"..." October 07

  • St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Jibri Blount commits to play basketball at Cleveland State

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "After his senior season, St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Jibri Blount will be making the trip up I-77 to play college basketball at Cleveland State. The 6-6 forward committed to the Vikings this weekend, and is the first commitment for Cleveland State in the Class of 2015. When making the decision,..." September 22

  • Valparaiso point guard Lexus Williams likely out for season with torn ACL

    Chicago Sun-Times "Valparaiso’s sophomore point guard Lexus Williams suffered a torn ACL in a recent open gym, and will undergo surgery. The Crusaders were keeping the door open, but the injury likely will sideline Williams for the upcoming season. As a freshman, Williams started 23 of 34 games, including 15 of..." September 13

  • Cleveland State adds a late transfer Kaza Keane from Illinois State to bolster backcourt

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland State added one more player to the mix for the upcoming basketball season. Kaza Keane, who spent two seasons at Illinois State and helped the Redbirds to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational last season, has transferred to CSU. Keane gives the Vikings a player with..." September 11

  • Former Oakland guard transfers to Dayton, eligible this season

    College Basketball Talk "Dayton will have the services of fifth-year point guard Ryan Bass for the this upcoming season, as head coach Archie Miller announced on Tuesday that the Dayton, Ohio native had joined the program. “We are very excited to announce the addition of Oakland University graduate, Ryan Bass to our..." August 27

  • Wisconsin-Green Bay's Sykes the most electrifying player you've never watched

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Too short. Lacks jump shot. Needs to finish better at the rim. The criticisms are unrelenting. All his life, Keifer Sykes has been told what he isn’t. He isn’t an NBA prospect. He isn’t an elite player. He isn’t going to make it at the next level. And all his life, Sykes has been..." August 26

  • Green Bay lands late commitment from Enes Kanter's brother

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Even though the NCAA deemed Enes Kanter ineligible to play at Kentucky three years ago, it appears another member of his family may yet get to play college basketball. Kerem Kanter, Enes' younger brother, has signed with Green Bay and intends to play as a freshman next season, the school..." August 26

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Former LSU reserve Shane Hammink lands at Valparaiso

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The last of three LSU basketball players who left the program shortly after the school year ended has found a landing spot. Rising junior Shane Hammink will play for Valparaiso, a small Division I school in the Horizon League. The Crusaders are coached by Bryce Drew, who gained fame when he..." August 05

  • UIC Basketball Adds Fifth-Year Transfer Jay Harris from Wagner

    UIC Flames "UIC Head Basketball Coach Howard Moore announced the addition of Jay Harris to the Flames’ 2014-15 roster on Thursday afternoon. Harris, a fifth-year transfer student from Wagner, has immediate eligibility and will attend graduate school at UIC for his final collegiate season. The Aurora,..." July 18

  • Fulton to leave UWGB men's basketball team

    Green Bay Press Gazette "The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men's basketball team announced Thursday that it has granted the release of senior transfer Lamin Fulton after one season with the team. "We appreciate the year that Lamin spent in Green Bay and his contributions to our successful 2013-14 season on and off..." July 03

  • Sophomore Clay Yeo leaves Valparaiso

    NWItimes "Clay Yeo became the latest in a line of recent Valparaiso men's basketball players to exit the program with remaining eligibility. The Triton product is transferring to Bethel after playing one season with the Crusaders. Yeo becomes the 29th player to leave Valparaiso with eligibility remaining..." June 30

  • Oakland lands Iowa State transfer Percy Gibson

    College Basketball Talk "Oakland landed another high-major transfer late this week when former Iowa State big man Percy Gibson opted to transfer to the Grizzlies, according to his Twitter. A native of Detroit, Gibson is moving closer to home as the rising-senior played in 14 games in 2013-14 and averaged 1.2 points and..." June 14

  • Bryn Forbes to join Spartans

    ESPN "Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Friday that guard Bryn Forbes is transferring to become a Spartan after averaging 15.6 points for Cleveland State last season as a sophomore. Izzo was impressed that Forbes scored 22 points against Kentucky last season, a game in which he made seven..." June 14

  • Former Michigan State guard Brandan Kearney to make 'last stop' at Detroit Mercy

    Michigan Live "Brandan Kearney's third stop in his college basketball journey will be his last, he says. And it will be close to home. Kearney, the former Michigan State guard and Detroit native, announced Monday that he will transfer to the University of Detroit Mercy. "Crazy when your last stop is in..." June 03

  • UWGB's Wardle gets new 5-year deal

    Green Bay Press Gazette "University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball coach Brian Wardle has agreed to a five-year contract, athletic director Mary Ellen Gillespie announced Thursday. The deal replaces the three years Wardle had left on his current contract. Gillespie said last month she was happy with..." April 17

  • Former St. John’s guard/forward Max Hooper transfers to Oakland

    College Basketball Talk "After stops at Harvard and St. John’s, Max Hooper has found a new home, committing to Oakland according to a report from John Rothstein of CBS Sports. St. John’s announced Hooper’s intention to transfer on March 26. He sat out the 2012-2013 year, and averaged only saw nine minutes of action a..." April 14

  • Wisconsin-Milwaukee banned from 2015 postseason due to APR

    CBS Sports "Wisconsin-Milwaukee will not be eligible to compete in the postseason next season. The school announced Wednesday evening that the NCAA denied the school's appeal on its Academic Performance Rate (APR). This is the same ruling that prevented Connecticut from playing in the 2013 postseason. A..." April 09

  • Ryan Weber to transfer from Youngstown State

    College Basketball Talk "Youngstown State sophomore Ryan Weber has been granted his release and will transfer out of the program, according to a report from the Indy Star. Weber averaged 12.2 points and shot 42% from three as a sophomore after averaging just 1.9 points during his first season with the Penguins." April 07

  • 'Nova starts slowly, pulls past Wis-Milwaukee in second half for 73-53 win

    Philly.com "Villa came out for its first game in the 2014 NCAA tournament with the type of ragged offense that promised to make its contest against 15th-seeded Wisconsin-Milwaukee a far more dramatic event that the Wildcats would like. But the No. 2 seed Wildcats showed a better shooting eye Thursday night..." March 21

  • UWM's Malcolm Moore battled injuries to a contributing role

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "There were days Malcolm Moore wondered if he'd ever play basketball again. There were months he was dependent, 24/7, on others to get through a day. Now, here he is, the X-factor in the NCAA Tournament for UW-Milwaukee. "It's been up to the top of the mountain and back to the bottom for me,"..." March 19

  • Auburn hires Bruce Pearl as men's basketball coach

    Alabama "Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs has made a big splash by hiring former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl as the Tigers' new men's basketball coach, according to the school. Pearl's hire ends a whirlwind six-day search that focused its energy on him. "I'm humbled and blessed to back in the..." March 18

  • UW-Milwaukee caps impressive Horizon finish with NCAA bid

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Scuffling through the middle of the season and struggling down the stretch, the UW-Milwaukee Panthers were looking for something, anything, to give them a sense of identity. Just in the nick of time, they found it: Toughness. Toughness was senior forward Kyle Kelm, nearly redshirted this..." March 12

  • Wis.-Milwaukee 69, Wright St. 63

    ProSportsDaily "Kyle Kelm had 14 of his 20 points in the first half as the fifth-seeded Panthers upset the Raiders to win the Horizon League tournament title. Kelm also had a game-high nine rebounds for Milwaukee (21-13), which won its fifth straight, including four in the tournament. Jordan Aaron added 18..." March 12

  • Cleveland St survives to take second in the Horizon with 70-69 victory over Youngstown St

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters called it divine intervention at the end of regulation. Then the Vikings' Anton Grady made the definitive statement at the end of overtime to secure a 70-69 victory over stubborn Youngstown State Tuesday night at the Wolstein Center. With the game tied,..." February 26

  • Akron, Kent State need big wins; Cleveland State gets one

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Akron head coach Keith Dambrot sat down hard on the chair after Tuesday's practice, crossed his arms and said, "45 minutes. That's all we could do." While short practices are typical at this point in the season, Dambrot was speaking directly to his Zips (17-10, 9-5) being short-handed once..." February 26

  • Wright St. Holds Off Detroit 65-61

    WSURaiders.com "A 16-4 second-half run gave the Wright State men's basketball team a lead they would not lose as the Raiders held on down the stretch for a 65-61 Horizon League win over Detroit Friday night at WSU's Nutter Center. The Raiders struggled early on offense as their first field goal did not come..." February 22

  • Travis Bader scores 28 in Oakland triumph

    Detroit News "Travis Bader scored 28 points and Duke Mondy added 17 with eight assists and seven rebounds to pace Oakland past Illinois-Chicago 86-71 on Friday night. Bader went 4-of-6 on 3-pointers and 12-of-13 on free throws. Those four 3-pointers give him an NCAA-leading 130 on the season and pushed his..." February 22

  • Cleveland State's streak ends with a thud

    Fox Sports Ohio "With first place in the Horizon League and a seven-game win streak at stake, Saturday's visit from Wisconsin-Green Bay marked Cleveland State's biggest game to date. And its biggest disaster. A desperate Cleveland State push in the final 10 minutes ended up being too little, too late as a..." February 16

  • Cleveland State, Akron players taking charge with tournament play looming

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "This is the time of year players start taking ownership of their teams and their programs. At Cleveland State that swagger is clear and evident. At Akron the determination is solid. At Kent State, for the first time in decades, the players seem to have little fight left for 2014. The CSU..." February 12

  • This time, it's Panther Jordan Aaron's turn to dominate game

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "UW-Green Bay's Keifer Sykes singlehandedly shot down UW-Milwaukee in the teams' first meeting Jan. 12 at the U.S Cellular Arena with a career-high 34 points. On Saturday afternoon at the Resch Center, it was Jordan Aaron's turn. The senior guard scored 23 of his game-high 30 points in the..." February 11

  • Travis Bader makes 10 more 3's in Oakland loss

    Detroit News "Charlie Lee scored a career-high 31 points and Cleveland State made 14 3-pointers to overcome record-setting long-range shooter Travis Bader and Oakland’s 15 3-pointers for a 92-85 win Thursday night. Lee made 6 of 8 3-point attempts and all 11 of his free throws while Bader hit 10 of 13..." February 07

  • Travis Bader makes 5 3-pointers in Oakland win

    Detroit News "J.J. Redick’s record is safe, at least for a day. Travis Bader made five 3-pointers Friday, leaving him two short of Redick’s record for career 3-pointers made while Oakland defeated Youngstown State on Kahlil Felder’s two free throws with four seconds left, 86-85, in a Horizon League game at..." February 01

  • UIC Game Day: Hosting Valparaiso

    Chicago Tribune "Illinois-Chicago has not won a game since Dec. 17 against Purdue-Calumet. That’s 11 games and probably a dozen snowstorms ago during this historically brutal winter. Saturday afternoon’s opponent is another tough matchup for UIC. The Flames (5-17, 0-8), are yet to win a Horizon League..." February 01

  • Cleveland State holds off Detroit, 86-78, behind 27 points from Bryn Forbes

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "A career evening by Bryn Forbes helped power Cleveland State to an 86-78 victory over the Detroit Titans Friday night in Calihan Hall. Forbes' 27 points tied his career high for the Vikings, and the sophomore guard connected on a 3-pointer (he was 4-of-6 behind the arc) for a school-record 24th..." February 01

  • Akron, Kent, Cleveland State in the heat of conference battles

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's only five games, but there is a lot to be said about the Mid-American Conference basketball race at the moment. For Cleveland State, right now the Horizon League race is all Green Bay. While the Toledo Rockets (16-2, 4-1) still look to be the team to beat in the MAC, it has also been..." January 25

  • Juwan Howard Jr. scores 24 in Detroit rout over Milwaukee

    Detroit News "Juwan Howard Jr. scored 24 to lead the University of Detroit to a 73-54 victory over Milwaukee Friday in a Horizon League contest at U.S. Cellular Arena. Detroit (9-12, 2-4) also received offensive support from Jarod Williams, who scored 16, and Matthew Grant who added 12. Howard had the hot..." January 25

  • Panthers are half bad in latest loss

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The UW-Milwaukee men's basketball team made only six of its first 24 shots from the field and seven of its first 14 free throws. Thanks to the Panthers' ice-cold shooting effort in the first half, Wright State coasted to a 73-57 victory at the Nutter Center on Tuesday night. Opening with a 10-1..." January 22

  • Oakland's Travis Bader is the sharpest of sharpshooters

    USA Today "On a frigid morning in early January, Jeff Tungate, a former assistant coach for the Oakland men's basketball team and current head coach for the women's team, walked passed the gym in the Athletics Center O'Rena on the way to his office. Temperatures hovered below zero and more than a foot of..." January 18