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
Pair of mid-majors in NBC Sports’ top 25 (NBC Sports)
NBC Sports updated its preseason top 25 now that the entrants into the NBA Draft have been finalized. Two mid-majors made the cut and you can probably guess who they are. For a strictly mid-major top 25, check out our rankings here.
Justin Robinson working out ahead of the NBA Draft (Asbury Park Press)
Monmouth star Justin Robinson discusses moving on to the next stage of his career and the struggle to get drafted. Robinson described the process and the advice he has received from advisers:
"The reality is, I might not get drafted. He told me they would put me in the spots where you're going to have to prove yourself all over again. No one cares about 2,000 points, no one cares about National Mid-Major Player of the Year. They don't care about any of that.”
John Beilein conflicted about adding Jaaron Simmons (MLive.com)
Michigan head coach John Beilein discusses his conflicted feelings toward adding former Ohio Bobcat star Jaaron Simmons as a grad transfer this offseason. This story provides a look into how a high-major coach views taking in transfers given his mid-major roots and how the current landscape necessitates sometimes uncomfortable actions.
Cheer on the mid-majors alive in the NCAA baseball tournament (NCAA.com)
Get your mid-major fix with some baseball this weekend! Davidson, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, Sam Houston State, and Missouri State are all still alive as the tournament advances to the Super Regional round this weekend.
Tweets of Interest
UAB student athletes, including the men’s basketball team, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. They are still looking for more volunteers!
Men's @UAB_MBB was up bright and early to help build with @Habitat_org! Join Saturday too! Email firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/YeR0TNyzYo— UAB S-A Development (@UABSAAC) June 8, 2017
Valparaiso grad transfer Lexus Williams landed with Boise State. He will add some experience to the Broncos’ backcourt.
Breaking -- Former Valparaiso point guard Lexus Williams has committed to Boise State. Immediately eligible for one year.— Paul Oren (@NWIOren) June 8, 2017
#BoiseState head coach Leon Rice on the addition of #Valpo grad-transfer PG Lexus Williams (@smooveLex) who is immediately eligible pic.twitter.com/i4ngbjJlRD— Will Hall (@WillHallKTVB) June 8, 2017
Maryland-Eastern Shore lost its second-leading rebounder from last season.
Maryland-Eastern Shore G Dontae Caldwell (SO) is leaving the program. https://t.co/xjgiApKjcG— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 8, 2017
And Ben...I mean James Comey was here to remind us all what is truly important:
Loyola Chicago snagged Aher Uguak, a transfer from New Mexico. Uguak will sit out next season but will have three years of eligibility left after that.
We are thrilled to welcome @AUguak3 to the #Loyola Basketball family! https://t.co/CuFaHig8qT #MVCHoops #OnwardLU— Loyola Basketball (@RamblersMBB) June 8, 2017
Iona picked up a commitment from a Serbian big man.
2017 Hillcrest Prep (AZ) F Andrija Ristanović has committed to Iona. (HT @DjordjeMatic) @andraR13 https://t.co/1NkGKETXRT— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 9, 2017
UT Rio Grande Valley got a junior college transfer who was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. Oh, and he is Sheryl Swoopes’ son.
2017 Midland College (TX) G Jordan Jackson has committed to Texas-Rio Grande Valley. (HT @RcsSports) @JayJack_22 https://t.co/DIOswcz8eb— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) June 8, 2017