Good morning! If you’re reading this, you’re clearly starting your day off right with an effort to better yourself by becoming more educated about the goings-on in the mid-major world.
In a landscape so dominated by the biggest schools and conferences, it’s quite hard to winnow down the information you want and need to hear about your favorite mid-major programs.
Thankfully, Mid-Major Madness is here to aggregate the news and links for you, providing you with a brand-new, daily post about the world of mid-major hoops.
#Content to Read
Will the Utah Jazz take Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin? (Salt Lake Tribune)
Senglin — one of the best players in the Big Sky for the past few years and Weber State’s all-time leading scorer — has been working out for the Utah Jazz. As the Tribune’s Tony Jones notes:
And even if Senglin can't make it to the NBA as a point guard, undersized scorers are starting to become a trend.
Undersized shooters are becoming a thing because in today's NBA, the league values players who can make shots from the perimeter, plus point guards aren't exclusively running offenses as much.
It sounds like Utah is looking hard at Senglin, and the case is being made for his selection in the NBA Draft later this month.
Cayman Islands Classic field revealed (every school in the field has a press release; I just picked UAB’s ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
The Cayman Islands Classic is a brand-new tournament that’s making its debut in 2017, and the eight-team bracket was revealed on Thursday. Tournament festivities begin on Nov. 20 with Louisiana taking on Iowa, South Dakota State playing Wyoming, Richmond facing UAB, and Buffalo squaring off against Cincinnati.
As UAB’s press release was quick to mention:
Five of the teams competed in post-season play in 2017 with Cincinnati, and South Dakota State advancing to the NCAA Tournament, while Iowa and Richmond participated in the NIT.
Those interested in viewing the bracket in its entirety can do so here.
Seattle U’s schedule is stocked with Pac-12 squads (Seattle Times)
Jim Hayford’s first season at Seattle is going to be full of top-conference competition as the Redhawks will face off against California, Washington, and Washington State. They’re not exactly the cream of the Pac-12 crop, but they’re Power 5 teams nonetheless.
Beyond those matchups, Seattle U’s schedule also has some interesting matchups with other mid-majors, as Percy Allen wrote:
First-year coach Jim Hayford will face his previous team Eastern Washington on Dec. 3 at KeyArena. The regular season begins Nov. 10 at Saint Louis and the Redhawks play 11 non-conference games, including four games in the 2K Classic.
Tweets of Interest
It’s a strange feeling to get excited about a mid-major team playing Texas Tech in basketball, but here we are...
Texas Tech will host Nevada as part of its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 15, 2017
A special shout-out to two Richmond fans on Twitter for helping me try and find a Spiders jersey
They sell them at the UR bookstore. Give them a call and see if they can deliver in-store merchandise— Richmond Spider Fan (@URSpiderFan94) June 14, 2017
William Haha Lee wants to read your thoughts
We all know @Haha34lee1 likes to block shots, but check out this edition of #ThursdayThoughts to find out what super power he wants most pic.twitter.com/mT8CizowkS— UAB Men's Basketball (@UAB_MBB) June 15, 2017
It’s picture day in Little Rock
Take one. #LittleRocksTeam pic.twitter.com/ncqCXiOik7— Little Rock MBB (@LittleRockMBB) June 16, 2017
Puts on a record of that Thin Lizzy song that we all know and love from the meme
Just another day at the Basketball Development Center with these alums in town. #LetsGoVCU #Ramily pic.twitter.com/KbA2eHfD8n— VCU Basketball (@VCU_Hoops) June 15, 2017
A shameless plug of my photoshop
Man, the NCAA is really cracking down on Louisville. pic.twitter.com/L1xrvSl9Pl— Cam Newton (@morrisoncrying) June 15, 2017
Congrats to this guy!
@LamarUniversity wants to Welcome Coach Joey Cantafio to @LamarAthletics as the New Director of Basketball Operations for #LU ! #GoBigRed pic.twitter.com/9VdMY4grkZ— Lamar Men's Hoops (@LamarMBB) June 16, 2017
Jimmer part deux?
Point guard that's from Jimmer's HS. Dude can flat out score. He's on pace to break New York's HS scoring record https://t.co/rePKAp4JJt— Robby McCombs (@rtmccombs) June 15, 2017
6-8 Jordan Madrid-Andrews (Chicago State) is a graduate transfer interested in Richmond hoops. Could happen next week. Didn't play 2016-17. pic.twitter.com/EOXERQewPb— John O'Connor (@RTDjohnoconnor) June 15, 2017
Belmont has a new, 6’8, class of 2018 forward from Wisconsin
Excited to announce that I have committed to the University of Belmont! Can't wait to continue my academic and athletic career as a Bruin pic.twitter.com/X9b5lbuEKv— Derek Sabin (@sabin_derek) June 15, 2017
Former Gonzaga G Dustin Triano is transferring to Western Oregon (DII). https://t.co/rxpD5QN578— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 15, 2017
EKU, Richmond & Tulane offered 2019 Westtown (PA) G Jalen Gaffney. (HT @PatLawless_) @thefuture12__ https://t.co/iLaRFfk9Qq— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 16, 2017