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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New Mexico State adds Zach Lofton to its team (Mid-Major Madness)
With multiple backcourt guys and the WAC Player of the Year leaving, it was clear that Chris Jans needed something to make his offseason a little more...exciting. Yesterday’s news that Zach Lofton would be joining New Mexico State was some of the best Jans has heard since coming to Las Cruces.
Lofton is a graduate transfer who just finished up his career at Texas Southern, a team that has dominated the SWAC in the past few seasons. Our own WAC aficionado Greg Mitchell gave some insight into what this transfer means for the Aggies, noting that:
Lofton does most of his damage around the basket, and was one of the best in the SWAC at getting to the free throw line. If you are nit-picking, that is a bit redundant with Sidy N’Dir, who will presumably start with Lofton on the perimeter.
Scott Padgett receives a 5-year extension at Samford (Samford Athletics)
The turnaround that Scott Padgett has performed at Samford has been something to behold, and the higher ups at the university have decided to reward him for his excellent performance.
After all, just read about the job Padgett did last year:
Padgett, who recently completed his third year as head coach at Samford University, has already taken the Bulldogs back to the postseason. Last year, Samford concluded the 2016-17 campaign with its most victories in 11 years (20), as well as the Bulldogs' first winning season since 2005-06.
If Samford is able to retain Padgett for five more years, it’s hard to say just how high this program’s upward trajectory can reach. However, one thing is for certain: next season should be a blast for Bulldog fans.
Padgett's loaded 2017-18 roster is comprised of five returning starters in Triston Chambers, Christen Cunningham, Demetrius Denzel-Dyson, Alex Thompson and Wyatt Walker, as well as six highly-touted signees including Brandon Austin, Ruben Guerrero, Stefan Lakic, JT Mumber, Kevion Nolan and Luke Touliatos.
An Eric Mika Summer League update (Vanquish the Foe)
For many undrafted players, the NBA’s Summer League is a do-or-die situation. One player placed into that position is Eric Mika, a former center for the BYU Cougars. Many thought Mika should not have gone pro, and many think themselves right after seeing him go undrafted.
However, despite what people may think, it sounds like Mika is doing quite alright in the Summer League so far, per SB Nation’s resident BYU site:
He is also outplaying much of the Summer League. Out of the 91 players that have played in the Orlando Summer League, Mika’s Per 36 stats for points, rebounds, and assists rank 32nd, 14th, and 12th, respectively. His overall production puts him 20th in the league and 8th out of the players 6’ 10” and taller.
Tweets of Interest
This doesn’t seem great if you’re wanting to see Mitchell Robinson at WKU
Former UNC star Shammond Williams is resigning from his assistant coaching position at Western Kentucky, per a source.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) July 3, 2017
Pay special note to this
when targeted ads see that you google “has Oliver Purnell ever been fired before?" pic.twitter.com/DTWSU8JFSD— Cam Newton (@morrisoncrying) July 4, 2017
#Nevada’sTeam (yes, I know that punctuation doesn’t work in hashtags)
A familiar face returns home
/Sally Field voice: He likes us; he really likes us!
Answer: They’re all mid-majors
Question: What do Old Dominion, William & Mary, Norfolk State, Hampton, and Virginia Tech ALL have in common?? https://t.co/q9szMx4A4h— Nathan Epstein (@Nathan_Epstein) July 4, 2017
What an interesting pair of friends.
Great day to be @ Miller Park!! Saw an old friend Buck Showalter Mgr with the Orioles!! Great day with great pals pic.twitter.com/djh5o2JHUp— Kermit Davis (@MT_CoachDavis) July 3, 2017
Paul, I LOVE THIS MOVE
Greg’s right, y’all
NBA writer says KD is making a "big sacrifice" at $25M for next season. Let's find a more accurate word, because 'sacrifice' doesn't apply.— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) July 4, 2017