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Mid-Major Minutes: The Pacers traded for a (former) Gonzaga big man, and LeVelle Moton replenishes his roster at NCCU


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

NCCU’s roster is reloaded for next season (The Herald-Sun)

For most mid-major teams, losing SEVEN players from a conference title-winning team is a major blow to the hopes for the next season, as it’ll often be viewed through a lens of rebuilding.

For LeVelle Moton, that’s nothing.

By bringing in a mixture of incoming freshmen, transfers, and JuCo players, Moton is making sure that his team is able to continue its success while also ensuring that his team isn’t depleted of a very valuable commodity: experience.

Jonas Pope IV recounted what Moton said in regard to his incoming players:

“We feel as if we’ve filled our vacancies with a great group of student-athletes that can hopefully contribute from day one,” Moton said. “Not only are they great basketball players, but better people. We feel like this recruiting class will continue to add value to our program as we attempt to sustain the standards that were established by the great student-athletes before them.”

Peter Jurkin granted a sixth year of eligibility (ETSU Athletics)

Throughout the entirety of his collegiate career, injuries have plagued Peter Jurkin. The ETSU Buccaneer was hampered by injuries for about three years, leading to him being granted an extra year of eligibility for last season.

Now, Jurkin will be given another year to play for Steve Forbes and the Bucs, who are looking to follow up their SoCon-winning 2016 season with a similar showing.

Domantas Sabonis traded to the Pacers (ESPN)

Legally, I’m obligated to talk about a Gonzaga big man in every single Minutes post. Okay, so maybe I’m not legally obligated, but I like Gonzaga big men, dammit, and I’m not going to change my ways anytime soon.

Last night, a really big trade broke in which the Thunder sent Domantas Sabonis to Indiana for, like, Paul George or someone. Anyway, that’s not what’s important. What’s important is this: the Pacers now have a Gonzaga big man on their team, and Indy is within driving distance of me. I’m going to have to go to more Pacers games.

UNLV is laying low after its new logo was panned by fans (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Everyone hated UNLV’s new logo. There’s no disputing that. It’s just a fact.

Due to the widespread hate directed towards the logo, UNLV officials have decided to essentially say nothing about it since its unveiling. Evidently they’re just trying to see if they can ride out the hate.

However, if the following quote from Mark Anderson is any indication, that may not be too easy:

Penn State introduced its logo in 1983, which to this day is derided even among many of its fans as a chipmunk because of its puffy cheeks. But the logo remains in place despite various efforts to replace it.

Tweets of Interest

These kids are much better free throw shooters than I am or will ever be.

Well this guy won’t have very far to travel.

This is slander.

Kyle Goon should roast this reader’s chicken scratch handwriting

Enfield beat Few for a top recruit

Someone’s confident...

There’s a former Miner playing for OKC this summer!


I don’t blame the Bonnies for taking credit for Woj

I don’t understand the gargoyle, but I love the gargoyle

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