Small College Basketball

Oct 20

Massimino Leads Seahawks to Take-On Villanova, Two Other Nationally Ranked Teams -

This is really cool. Coach Rollie Massimino will be taking his Northwood (FL) team to play Villanova as part of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Villanova’s National Championship win over Georgetown.

Small College Basketball - Random Information

Did you know that Grace College Head Coach Jim Kessler heads into this season with 699 wins?

Did you know that Oregon Tech Coach Danny Miles heads into this season with 1,004 wins?

Did you know that the winningest active coach within NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball is Biola’s Dave Holmquist, with 875 wins?

Did you know that the winningest men’s coach in all of college basketball is Harry Statham from McKendree?  He heads into the 2014-15 season with an incredible 1,077 wins.  

Oct 19

Anonymous said: Hi John, my son has been in contact with a number of colleges and has had some positive replies requesting further information. One recent reply from a coach requested the names of the other colleges he had been in communication with. Is this 'normal' and should my son oblige? What would be the purpose of requesting this information? Thanks from Australia

Good question, and thank you for reaching out. 

I would say that some coaches ask this question directly, and others ask it indirectly (i.e. they may ask the high school/club coach, a recruiting service or others).  I don’t have a strong opinion either way (whether you should answer the question or not), as I don’t think that it really makes a whole lot of difference, either way.

They would probably ask the question for several reasons.  They may want to know about the competition.  They may want to get an idea of the “level” of schools that are recruiting your son.  They may eventually want to cite the advantage(s) that their school/basketball program may have compared to the competition.  They might just be curious.  There certainly may be other reasons.

Again, I don’t see a whole lot of downside to naming the other schools, unless there weren’t other schools……

Thank you for reaching out.


Oct 16

NCAA Division II Bulletin PreSeason Top 25

Division II Bulletin
NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball
2014-15 Preseason Top 25
  1. West Liberty
  2. Southern Connecticut State
  3. Metro State (Colo.)
  4. Montevallo (Ala.)
  5. East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
  6. Florida Southern
  7. Drury (Mo.)
  8. Findlay (Ohio)
  9. Western Washington
10. Tarleton State (Texas)
11. Lewis (Ill.)
12. Delta State (Miss.)
13. Saint Anselm
14. Minnesota State
15. Chico State (Calif.)
16. Bellarmine (Ky.)
17. UC-Colorado Springs
18. Philadelphia (Pa.)
19. Cal Poly-Pomona
20. Indiana (Pa.)
21. Limestone (N.C.)
22. Seattle Pacific (Wash.)
23. Georgia Regents
24. California Baptist
25. Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.)
Others to watch (alphabetical order): Alaska-Anchorage, Bloomfield (N.J.), Central Missouri, Christian Brothers (Tenn.), Fort Hays State (Kan.), Gannon (Pa.), LIU-Post (N.Y.), Michigan Tech, Midwestern State (Texas), South Carolina-Aiken

Oct 15

The Sporting News NCAA Division II PreSeason Top 10

Here’s the 2014-15 Sporting News PreSeason NCAA Division II Top 10

The Sporting News
NCAA Division II
2014-15 Preseason Top 10
School                                                   Rec.
  1. WEST LIBERTY                          31-4
  2. Southern Conn. State                   30-3
  3. Cal Poly-Pomona                         22-7
  4. East Stroudsburg (PA)                 30-2
  5. Minnesota State                          30-5
  6. Metro State (CO)                         32-2
  7. Montevallo (AL)                           26-6
  8. Philadelphia (PA)                        25-7
  9. Indiana (PA)                               24-5
10. USC-Aiken                                 33-4