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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CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander published his list of the 25 players with something to prove next season, and two of the players on the list are mid-major athletes. The two players listed in the above header, of course, play for two of the mid-major schools that are expected to be high in next year’s rankings: Gonzaga and Rhode Island.
When it came to Gonzaga big man Rui Hachimura, Norlander wrote:
Barely earned playing time on a team that made the national title game, but on the heels of his incredible performance at the FIBA World Cup, in U19 play, there is big-time buzz about Hachimura's season forthcoming. He averaged 20.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists while playing for Team Japan.
Looking at the sartorial sins of college basketball coaches (Mid-Major Madness)
A bit of some shameless promotion here, as yours truly also wrote this post combining fashion and college basketball. Some of the biggest fashion offenders in college hoops have found their way in there.
From Mike Brey’s turtlenecks to Pitino’s white suit, it’s all there. Go check it out.
Examining what Dinero Mercurius adds to Florida Gulf Coast (Naples Daily News)
After waiting around due to NCAA transfer rules, Dinero Mercurius is excited to finally showcase his talents for FGCU Eagles fans, a group that has gotten used to winning in recent seasons.
Dana Caldwell did a great profile of Mercurius, noting exactly which skills he brings to Florida Gulf Coast:
But there's much more to Mercurius than pure shooting. He's a fantastic passer, for instance.
"And his maturity," Dooley said. "He's a really high-IQ player. He has a good feel and I think he'll be a really good perimeter defender. If he does what he's capable of doing, I think he'll be a very good defender and will take some pressure off of Zach."
FGCU is certainly the favorite to win the A-Sun next season, and it seems as if Mercurius is one of the guys who can help lead that charge.
Tweets of Interest
Connor’s wrong. Islanders No. 1, baby.
My Southland Basketball Power Rankings: pic.twitter.com/AWZhM3tUbu— Connor Hope (@CondorianFM) July 21, 2017
You should’ve sold it, Tim. You know people will buy anything.
Doesn't this slice of bread resemble outline of Kentucky? Considered EBAY auction, but hunger prevailed. pic.twitter.com/WZDDYIWx3x— Tim Sullivan (@TimSullivan714) July 22, 2017
We shall see
I can't wait until tomorrow when @GrizzTalkOU suddenly becomes our best friend— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) July 22, 2017
What a legacy!
New grad transfer news
North Texas' J-Mychal Reese has received a medical hardship waiver and will be a grad transfer, per a source. Averaged 10.9 PPG in 16-17.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 21, 2017
Hopefully this isn’t only going to air on the Ivy League DN, which is behind a paywall
Have played some very memorable games with Harvard in recent years. Expect more of the same. pic.twitter.com/Nn98Esk7Aj— Yale_Basketball (@Yale_Basketball) July 21, 2017
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It's FRYYY-Dayyy. Retweet for a chance to win 2 passes to Church's Chicken's official launch party for the MEGA MINESHAFT MEAL on July 26th! pic.twitter.com/io8T8xT8ja— UTEP Miners (@UTEPAthletics) July 21, 2017
I laughed at this for three straight minutes
When you realize Bogdan Bogdanovic translates to "Bogdan son of Bogdan" pic.twitter.com/Mkk5edJ8Jd— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) July 21, 2017
Don’t forget to let your voice be heard!
Top 3 college basketball teams you hate the most. Go!— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) July 21, 2017
Bless our fearless leader
Chattanooga F Chuck Ester is leaving the program. He is immediately eligible— Tai Young (@TaiYoungVC) July 21, 2017
Former UC Santa Barbara/Northwest Nazarene (DII) commit F Felix White (FR) is reopening his recruitment. https://t.co/JWu48ZPjtR— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) July 21, 2017
Maryland Eastern Shore G Randall Pickett is transferring to Indiana Southeast— Tai Young (@TaiYoungVC) July 21, 2017