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
How geography affects recruiting (Heat Check)
Friend of the site Eli Boettger took the time to browse through recruiting databases to unearth a whole lot of interesting statistics regarding how programs recruit and where they get their recruits from.
Among other things, he examines which schools have the most in-state players on their rosters as well as which regions most schools get their players from. It’s a Nate Silver-esque breakdown of a crucial part of the college game.
College of Charleston reveals its non-conference schedule (CofC Athletics)
Add another team to the Mid-Major Madness schedule tracker! The College of Charleston Cougars announced their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season on Monday evening, revealing a slew of formidable opponents on the docket.
Notable matchups include away games against both Wichita State and Rhode Island, teams that are predicted to win their respective conferences. Overall, the schedule is a promising one, and it’s worth looking over.
Jonathan Williams’ upcoming importance to Gonzaga (Slipper Still Fits)
You guys know I love Gonzaga big men, and Jonathan Williams should be one of the most important guys in that category for the Zags next season. With Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins both leaving the Bulldogs after the team’s Final Four run, many question marks have appeared for Few’s squad.
However, Peter Woodburn thinks Williams will be able to fill in a few of the holes left by those key departures:
The 6’9 incoming senior has spent a majority of his collegiate time playing as a power forward. His versatility allows him to even spend time at center (albeit a bit undersized), and defend quicker opponents on the wing. If history, and Williams style of play, mean anything, we will most likely see the senior holding down the power forward position for much of the season.
Tweets of Interest
Princeton landed a major recruit!
Four-star point guard Jaelin Llewellyn tells ESPN he has committed to Princeton.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 24, 2017
Huge pickup for the Tigers. No. 27-ranked PG in 2018.
A Mercer legend returns
Bless this beautiful soul
join the party as we celebrate Azunia & National Tequila Day, with our sacred holy water, Azunia Rocks, I’ll have a double !!!" pic.twitter.com/Z9CbTWIEYY— Bill Walton (@BillWalton) July 25, 2017
Also “what is not Notre Dame football’s 2016 record?”
Alex: "12-1."— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) July 25, 2017
Jeopardy contestant: "What is a football score you'll never see in the USA?"
Also score of the TOR-OTT CFL game on ESPN2 now.
Virginia Tech’s schedule featuring lots of bad matchups!
Getting popcorn at a sporting event is such an old man move
Top 5 Favorite Arena Foods (asked by @Rock101Sean):— Connor Hope (@CondorianFM) July 24, 2017
5) Dippin' Dots
4) Hot Dog
1) Soft Pretzel w/ Cheese
Rave reviews for a future Hawk
Re: SJU commit Jared Bynum. Been VERY impressed. Like Lamarr Kimble w/ more athleticism. Plus shooter, really like his defense/runs offense. https://t.co/ycfgBs4brq— Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) July 25, 2017
Orb Bowling looks like every southern person’s papaw
very serious and important reminder... 6'10" Orb Bowling played three seasons for Tennessee and one for the ABA's Washington Generals. pic.twitter.com/PWWByTooiC— Cal Barash-David (@barashdavid) July 24, 2017
JUCO transfer G Lamarcus Lee will not be attending New Mexico State for family and personal reasons, per his Twitter page. Tough blow.— Kevin Sweeney (@CBB_Central) July 24, 2017