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Mid-Major Minutes: Ball State picked up a huge transfer, and Gonzaga did the recruiting thing

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Gonzaga got a commitment from another 2019 recruit (Spokesman-Review)

The Bulldogs already got one commitment from a player in the class of 2019 earlier this week in Anton Watson. Now, they’ve added another player, Brock Ravet. Ravet is also a Washington native, and as Jim Meehan notes, playing for the Zags sounds like a dream come true for him:

Ravet is an accomplished shooter, passer and ball-handler. Tim estimated his son has averaged approximately 31 points per game in two seasons.


Ravet said he’s been a longtime follower of the Zags and he’s attended numerous games at the McCarthey Athletic Center. He went to the Final Four in Glendale and watched Gonzaga defeat South Carolina before falling to North Carolina in the championship game.

Brachen Hazen leaves Arkansas for Ball State (Hustle Belt)

After transferring to Arkansas from Mizzou a while back, Hazen is now leaving Fayetteville for Ball State, a program that has actually seen back-to-back 20-win seasons (before then, the last 20-win season was in 2002).

It’s really hard to overstate this addition for a big reason, as Alan Rucker points out:

Hazen will sit out the coming season then have three years in Cardinal and white. It’s a big get for head coach James Whitford and sets the Cardinals up to potentially establish themselves as THE team in the Mid-American Conference going forward.

Howard transfer ready for the challenges at Tennessee (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

James Daniel III was the nation’s best scorer in the 2015-16 season, but an unfortunate ankle injury sidelined him for last season. Now, after making the decision to leave for the Tennessee Volunteers, the grad transfer is looking forward to the increased challenges and increased exposure.

As David Cobb reports, Daniel’s ankle still isn’t in the best shape, but he’s working hard to get back to full health:

Daniel is just a spectator for this summer's three-week Rocky Top League as he continues rehabbing his ankle with a targeted return time of early August. If he hits that objective, he would be in uniform when the Volunteers play three games on a trip to Europe just before the fall semester begins.

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