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.
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Examining Buffalo’s non-conference schedule (Bull Run)
The Buffalo Bulls were one of the most recent teams to release their non-conference schedules, doing so yesterday. On first glance, the schedule appears to be quite stout, with games against Syracuse, Texas A&M, St. Bonaventure, and Cincinnati incoming.
SB Nation’s Bull Run, a site devoted to the MAC school, also took the time to do some brief analysis of the schedule. It’s worth taking a look at.
(also keep up with all the non-conference schedule releases here)
An Alaskan’s dream of playing basketball (NBC Sports)
This piece by Rob Dauster is perhaps the most interesting thing I’ve read this entire offseason. It chronicles the journey of Kamaka Hepa, a forward from Alaska who is in the class of 2018. And, as Dauster writes, Hepa’s dream goes beyond simply playing college ball, as he wants to be “the first Inupiaq (Eskimo) to play in the NBA.”
The piece is quite fascinating, and I encourage you to read about Hepa and his former home of Barrow, AK, the northernmost city in the United States. However, I’ll leave you with this paragraph that Dauster wrote about just how highly touted Hepa is:
From a basketball perspective, things are going even better. Kamaka’s played on the most competitive circuit in high school basketball, the EYBL, in the spring and summer the past two years. He enrolled at Jefferson High School in Portland and won the 2017 state championship, his third ring in three years. He’s been working out two and three times a day since moving south and has slowly been climbing up the recruiting rankings; 247 Sports currently has him as the No. 50 player in the composite Class of 2018 rankings.
Zoran Talley, a graduate transfer who spent two seasons with Old Dominion, signed with the Iowa State Cyclones on Thursday. Coach Steve Prohm is adding a skilled forward who has had some previous issues with his conduct.
As the ESPN report stated:
Talley's dismissal by ODU came after a series of disciplinary issues. He was suspended for three games during the 2015-16 season and five games last season for violations of team rules.
His April dismissal came after another violation.
However, Iowa State is surely hoping that Talley can provide the scoring boost that he brought to the Monarchs as they hope to advance to greater heights in Prohm’s third season in Ames.
Tweets of Interest
My MAAC Basketball Power Rankings pic.twitter.com/dLtWpDMVgs— Connor Hope (@CondorianFM) July 21, 2017
Coach, Buddy doesn’t have eligibility left. He graduated! You know this!
Important PSA for Big 5 hoops fans:
Please follow me at @jtannenwald instead of this account.— Jonathan Tannenwald (@pretzel_logic) July 21, 2017
Hopefully the Roadrunners can break this streak
More pieces on our newest writer!
George Mason Twitter rules
Videos like these make me wish I had done a camp when I was a kid
Congrats to a former Spartan!
Congrats to former 1,000 point-scorer Kayel Locke! Signed with the Giessen 46ers out of Germany! Article below:https://t.co/N1ejy1627i— UNCG Basketball (@UNCGBasketball) July 20, 2017
Kermit’s a golf guy
New Mexico picks up 6-5 Australian wing Makuach Maluach, source told ESPN. Member of the Junior National Team.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 21, 2017
Former Cal State Northridge F Rakim Lubin is transferring to LSU Shreveport (NAIA). https://t.co/ZjVCklQQrW— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) July 20, 2017
Colorado State grad transfer Kimani Jackson has committed to Nicholls, per a source. Immediately eligible.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 20, 2017