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Thread: 2010-11 NCAA College Season - following the Aussie men

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    Default 2010-11 NCAA College Season - following the Aussie men

    I take an early look at the Aussies who are set to take part in the 2010-11 Division I college basketball season.

    Two Queenslander's have so far signed onto Div I schools, including the 6"9 Cameron Bairstow at New Mexico and Illiwa Baldwin, who transfers to Nevada after 2 years at Pratt Community College.

    Here is how the list of Aussies looks early on, not taking into account any transfers, those that leave school early, and of course any more new signings.

    Name / Year / Position / School / Conference
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    Bose, Anatoly / Sr / G/F / Nicholls State / Southland
    Chris, Clausen / Sr / G/F / North Dakota / Northeast
    Dowdell, Ben / Sr / F / Santa Clara / West Coast
    Kelleher, Brad / Sr / G / Hofstra / Colonial Athletic
    Louis, Ben / Sr / G / James Madison / Colonial Athletic
    Radford, Graeme / Sr / C / Stetson / Atlantic Sun
    Akinpetide, Femi / Jr / F / Sacred Heart / Northeast
    Baldwin, Illiwa / Jr / C / Nevada / Western Athletic
    Duinker, Josh / Jr / F / Richmond / Atlantic 10
    Iliadis, Trian / Jr / G / Old Dominion / Colonial Athletic
    Massey, Matt / Jr / C / Southern Utah / Summit League
    Steindl, Clint / Jr / G / Saint Mary's / West Coast
    Tomlinson, Nate / Jr / G / Colorado / Big 12
    Witt, Cameron / Jr / F / Valparaiso / Horizon League
    Brandt, Angus / So / C / Oregon State / Pac-10
    Broekhoff, Ryan / So / G/F / Valparaiso / Horizon League
    Dellavedova, Matthew / So / G / Saint Mary's / West Coast
    Ellis, Cody / So / F / Saint Louis / Atlantic 10
    Fisher, Daniel / So / F / American University / Patriot League
    Harris-Tunks, Shane / So / C / Colorado / Big 12
    Heuir, Damon / So / G / Southern Utah / Summit League
    Hodgson, Matthew / So / C / Southern Utah / Summit League
    Kerry, Tanner / So / F / Pepperdine / West Coast
    McInerney, Liam So / F / Stetson / Atlantic Sun
    McMath, Claybrin / So / F / Bryant University / Northeast
    Motum, Brock / So / F / Washington State / Pac-10
    Mullan, Sean / So / G/F / Pennsylvania / Big 10
    Murphy, Rhys / So / G / Oregon State / Pac-10
    Naburgs, Joel / So / G / Stetson / Atlantic Sun
    Page, Jorden / So / G / Saint Mary's / West Coast
    Salecich, Christian / So / G / Saint Louis / Atlantic 10
    Vandenberg, Jordan / So / C / North Carolina State / ACC
    Young, Mitchell / So / F / Saint Mary's / West Coast
    Bairstow, Cameron / Fr / F / New Mexico / Mountain West
    Devlin, Luke / Fr / F / Albany / America East
    Hill, Jeromie / Fr/ F / University of Texas - San Antonio / Southland
    Kelly, Ben / Fr / G/F / Cal Poly / Big West
    Kernich-Drew, Dexter / Fr / G / Washington State / Pac-10
    Llewellyn, Spencer / Fr / G / University of The Pacific / Big West
    Maynard, Corey / Fr / G / Bryant University / Northeast
    Nujic, Igor / Fr / F / University of Texas - San Antonio / Southland
    O'Neill, Ben / Fr / G / University of Hartford / America East

    - 2011 Commitments
    Aldridge, Jackson / Fr / G / Butler / Horizon League
    Drmic, Anthony / Fr / G / Boise State / Western Athletic Conference
    Greenwood, Hugh / Fr / G / New Mexico / Mountain West
    Hadziomerovic, Igor / Fr / G / Boise State / Western Athletic Conference
    Hooley, Peter / Fr / G / Albany / America East
    McBeath, Sam / Fr / F / Nicholls State / Southland
    Prest, Lachlan / Fr / F / Nicholls State / Southland
    Rowley, Sam / Fr / F / Albany / America East
    Thomas, Lewis / Fr / F / University of California Santa Barbara / Big West
    Trist, Daniel / Fr / F / Lafayette / Patriot League
    Wroe, Corbin / Fr / G / University of Hartford / America East
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    Default Luke Devlin signs to play at Albany

    6'8" power forward from Sydney Luke Devlin has signed to play at Albany in the America East Conference.

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    Coach Calhoun has signed a 5 year extension at UConn. Just sayin'...

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    Default Dexter Kernich-Drew signs with Washington State

    6'6" Victorian guard Dexter Kernich-Drew has signed on to play for Washington State next season. The 2009 Big V Youth League Player of the Year (Waverley Falcons) joins fellow Aussie Brock Motum on the Wazzu's roster.
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    Default Dominic Friend not returning to NSU

    Dominic Friend is forgoing his senior year at Nicholls State University and instead has chosen to return to Australia.

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    New Zealand centre Steven Adams, a 7-foot high school junior from Wellington has verbally committed to Pittsburgh's 2012 class.

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    Australian junior representative Jackson Aldridge has committed to 2010 NCAA national runner-up Butler for 2011.

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    Ater Majok withdraws from UConn. Would like to see him in the NBL, although I don't think their's a spot for him (Blaze, maybe?), unless he's willing to be a development player...
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    Any reason given for withdrawl?

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    Academics a safe guess then. Not the first to be troubled by that side of things...

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    And won't be the last...
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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...ent/index.html

    This expose spread through the sports landscape here like wildfire during this week with admittance of some former college football players admitted to accepting money, or in the case of one who didn't accept money but Janet Jackson concert tickets, from this former agent during the 1990s. This reminds me of back in 1995, SI wrote an open letter expose cover story to the University of Miami's (FL) Board of Trustees and its President urging to dismantle the Miami Hurricanes football program because of scandalous activities that include, among other things, rapper Luther Campbell alleged to paying several members of the Hurricanes (he denies this), that prompted him to be persona non gratta in the eyes of the university.

    Why am I bringing this up on a NCAA college basketball thread? Can you imagine something like this happened during this time and up to now in the college basketball scene? I sure can since NCAA D1 basketball is boffo business as much as football. I'm sure something like this has already happened in the basketball realm. Just need someone to publicly admit to it. I gotta be brutally honest regarding the NCAA (and I think you share at least some of my thoughts too) when I say this: that organization makes an arrogant mockery when it presents itself as a bastion of amateur sports and proclaim to preserve it on big revenue sports like basketball and football. That organization is a fucking joke. It wants to keep its "integrity" about amateurism, when it knows there are legions of athletes from both sports (let's keep it in D1 and BCS/FBS here) who hail from poor to working class to even middle class backgrounds who don't have the adequate money even with the scholarships to enhance their quality of life on campus. So the institution assumes that every student-athlete has about a set amount of disposable money (or thinks the students haven't suffered for decades from the money gap in our country) to tap into behind him or her to ward off situations like agents or have things like some food, music, and video games. This makes it difficult for them to be more like the "in crowd" and enjoy some their trappings. With colleges and their student bodies increasingly becoming more and more looking like places for predominately rich, white kids with tuition hikes, the college athletes from those backgrounds feel they don't belong, and the access for a post-secondary education, with the hopes of providing for their families in the here and now and passing the wealth onto future generations becomes more and more distant like a forbidden city. I heard of one story about a football playing NCAA student who was on food stamps in college on 60 Minutes years ago. It is increasingly becoming a cutthroat society with a precious few winners and a lot of losers. Prospective college students-athletes know the score when it comes to money and agents; if the agent that comes up to them can't provide for them in college in exchange, the student will move on to someone else who will. Nowdays, things with agents are sloppier than in Luchs's time but are fundamentally the same and thus more likely to get caught with the players (OJ Mayo and Reggie Bush are two recent examples). Plus, there are intermediaries and the margin of error shrinks with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and people knowing every part of the college athlete's moves.

    I think this expose will serve as college sport's version of "Juiced", the controversial Jose Canseco book that forced baseball to seriously take a hard look at the recent role steroids did to the game, even going to be grilled by Congressional figures, who happen to be major fans of the sport and the Mitchell Report. Serious change has to come from this. It HAS to. You gotta pay the student-athletes for a nice monthly stipend out of the billions of dollars it racks up annually (except for those in the IVY League and the Air Force, Army, and Navy, the latter three are actually paid through the US Department of Defense government branch). Otherwise, the rogue agents will continue to come the students' way and create a more disturbing spectre in the whole college student-athlete realm. Alabama football coach Nick Saban recently compared unscrupulous agents to "pimps" towards student-athletes, and I agree. This predatory action is just one symptom out of many from the growing wealth, income, and tax gaps between the rich and the poor in America; if things and access were more equitable in society, because this issue is more of societal one and not personal one, amateurism would be less of an issue (amateurism started out more as an affair for the elite for they had the leisure time for the activities they loved pursuing). If we, through our federal government, do not enact things like a civilian GI Bill for young people and possibly make 4-year institutions be free or cost like community colleges to remedy the situation with better government subsidies (though I would jack it up to $100K for inflation), this will go on!
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    I agree entirely. Change is required, and the sooner the better.

    On other news (albeit not involving an Aussie), Robbie Hummel (Purdue) had re-torn hsi recently repaired ACL for the 2nd time. this guy has bucket loads of talent that could have taken him to the NBA, but unfortunately his career is on hold yet again due to his troublesome knee. Before his first ACL, Hummel started all 27 games for Purdue, averaging 15.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He earned All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America honors.

    Meanwhile, practice has officially opened for ther majority of NCAA teams over the weekend, including Saint Mary's who boast Aussies in Dellavedova, Steindl, Page & Young, and Saint Louis who boast two Aussies and a Kiwi in Ellis, Salecich and Rob Loe.

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    Yep, a lot of them started their practices with all of the glitz and razzmatazz and silly fun for the fans to enjoy at midnight on October 15th for they are some of the campus celebs.

    I hope to be more of greater presence here in this thread this season, we'll see.

    The college basketball landscape really didn't change all that much with all of the less-than-wild conference reshuffling. Don't worry, I'll get my thoughts on it all on that thread.

    More on the modest NCAA tournament expansion field. The more I thought about, the more that common sense prevailed for now, out of respect for the other postseason tournaments in existence (NIT, CBI, and CollegeInsider.com Tournament). Three more teams will be invited to the tournament. Just three. Making the field 68. That 64-team bracket worked incredibly well since 1985 with the play-in added in 2004. Previously, it was just 32 teams until 1979 (surely the massive interest in the legendary Bird-Magic game played a role in the subsequent expansion), when it became 40 and then 48 in 1980. While future expansion is certainly in the offering, what can the additional three teams can offer to the field?

    If you think and hope that the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will give the mid-majors and low-majors including the Great West and Independents a bone for entry after all that topsy-turvy and very memorable tournament we endured months ago as I ultimately (but cautiously) hoped, you are hereby advised: those at large spots 35-37 are most likely going to sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-place finishers from the power conferences like the massive Big East. They will be known as the First Four with all of the play-in games in Dayton like it always been, and I'm certain the NCAA has obtained the trademark for that. But a nod was given to the mid-majors. In addition to placing the four lowest seeds (always from the minor conferences) into the four "first round" games, the last four at large selections (always the middling teams from the power conferences) will also have to in the new early round, meaning seven games have to be won for the NCAA Championship. On Tuesday or Wednesday, the bottom four teams will square off (#65 vs #68 and #66 vs. #67) and the four "last-in" at large teams will face off--even if they are teams seeded 10th or so for second-round action come Thursday or Friday. That in itself will result in additional interest to the first-round games that are fun already since that's the weekend belonging to the little dogs while being fair to the mid-major schools. Sure it takes getting accustomed to.
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    Brad Kelleher, starting point at Hofstra, still suspended for first 8 games.

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    New Zealand centre Steven Adams, a 7-foot high school junior from Wellington has verbally committed to Pittsburgh's 2012 class.
    Heard this fell through?
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    Last season the Binghamton Bearcats blew up following a 23-9 season and a trip to the NCAA tournament, playing fairly close to Duke before ultimately falling, in only its eighth season in NCAA D1 ball with an America East title--and not in a good way. It was subject of an NCAA investigation that is just now closed. The NCAA decided not to issue infractions on the program. For those who are not aware of what happened at that New York-based basketball program that is part of the State Universities of New York network, six Bearcat players got dismissed from the team before the season began, and ultimately the coach Kevin Broadus and the AD, Joel Thirer, would be gone to amid academic violations and a player drug bust (Broadus still got paid). Broadus was replaced on an interim basis by former Temple All-American Mark Macon that has since been dropped and now made permanent. Macon had to deal with two of his assistants being fired admist the scandal that left him with only one

    Plenty of people in the Binghamton area and in the America East grew concerned over the sense the school was sacrificing its academic reputation as SUNY's strongest academic institution in the pursuit of basketball glory by cutting too many corners. There was a fear that because of the cutting corners and lowering its standards, the Bearcats men's basketball program, under consistently strong pressure from Broadus, was bringing aboard too many basketball players with great prospects but dubious and barely qualified academics. As an assistant and recruit with George Washington and Georgetown, Broadus would recruit and sign players from Lutheran Christian in Philadelphia, a school widely accused to be a diploma mill. Marc Egerson, one such player who came through there, came to the school with a 1.33 GPA and 600 in the SATs after transferring from his Delaware high school. Shortly after Broadus was hired by Binghamton, the NCAA announced it would no longer accept coursework from Lutheran Christian or any other suspected diploma mills.

    One major reason for the concern lied in the fact that three players that transferred to Binghamton on the 2008-09 team for academic problems in other institutions. One of the transfers, Malik Alvin, was arrested for stealing condoms in a Wal-Mart. While being chased by security officers, he ran over and gave a concussion to a 66-year old woman. Alvin was suspended for three games but was brought back into the lineup for the rest of the season following the charges being dropped. Forward Miladin Kovacevic beat a student up in a coma and fled back to Serbia with the help of two Serbian diplomats. Former Devon McBride told the New York Times that it was not uncommon for many of his teammates to frequently consume alcohol and smoke marijuana as Broadus looked the other way on their off-court behavior.

    All this prompted America East commissioner Patrick Nero to talk Binghamton school president Lois DeFluer and AD Thirer about the team's behavior. Broadus' America East coaching colleagues too expressed displeasure over his team's operation, especially when D.J. Rivera was bumped to America East All-Second Team despite being the conference's leading scorer and, by many accounts, the conference's best NBA prospect. The horror continued though. In September 23 last year, Emmanuel "Tiki" Mayben was arrested and charged for selling and possessing crack cocaine. Broadus said he "did all I could" to help him and kicked him off the team the next day.

    The next day after kicking off Mayben, Broadus kicked out five other players for unspecified breaking of team rules including Rivera, walk-on David Fine, and transfers Corey Chandler (from Rutgers) and Paul Crosby (a juco transfer). Fine was found by BU police in his apartment suspected to have smoked marijuana. Fine denied it though he did appear high. Mayben was cited with marijuana possession and speeding and claims the drugs were Fine's. It is alleged that a few of the other players stole another student's check card and bought several items with it. After Thirer called Broadus to the office to force the latter to kick out those five players after Mayben's arrest. Within 48 hours, Binghamton lost its top three scorers from last season. With only seven scholarship players and no experienced guards, the Bearcats season was over before it started in what amounted to an implosion on the program. Four days later, Sally Dear, a human development lecturer, was let go as a cost-cutting move, but Dear believes the real reason was of the concerns that by going public in February about the applied pressure to give preferrential treatment to the basketball players (even the other professors were pressured to change the players' grade) and of them not taking their academic pursuits seriously.

    Though the less-talented Bearcats, a team that Macon was forced to hold tryouts on last October to replenish his depleted roster, was more competitive last season than originally assumed, the team finished .500 in the America East conference play with a 13-18 record overall. Feeling it was "inappropriate" because of the turmoil, Binghamton decided not to take part in the America East conference tournament. But the decision was completely theirs: other America East schools wished no part of the school after the scandal to be in the tournament and pressured it to withdraw, according to sources. Some of the America East schools' coaches and ADs seriously thought of expelling Binghamton.

    There are a few other stories in the sad Binghamton Bearcats scandal. We just only tapped the iceberg. I'm surprised that Broadus hasn't yet got the NCAA "show clause" scarlet letter.

    Interim Binghamton AD Jim Norris received a letter Monday that, with all of the information emerged during Broadus' time at Binghamton as coach, the NCAA's enforcement staff could not find any major infractions but only identified two secondary infractions that are currently resolved in cooperation with the school. Barring any new info, the NCAA will consider the matter closed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach X View Post
    Brad Kelleher, starting point at Hofstra, still suspended for first 8 games.



    Heard this fell through?
    Good call on Kelleher - must have overlooked him from my list. I have updated it to include him. He will be glad to finally get some playing time!

    I believe you may be right about the big Kiwi as discussed in another thread, but that info was correct at the time.

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    All this talk about the NCAA tournament expanding for the past several months makes us inevitably look at whether the women's version should too. No discussion on the topic has ever brought support or disagreement as this proposed Division 1 expansion from the 64 field with an NCAA strategic planning subcommittee researching the issue for two years. Later this month, it will present its findings. There are of course some differences in it: at present, no play-in games; many games in the early rounds are played in college courts instead of neutral facilities; attendance is a concerns sometimes; talent level isn't as deep like in the men; no other postseason college tournaments exists for women other than the WNIT, among other things. Several models have been bandied about, including an 80-team field with opening round byes to a 96-school tournament with the top 32 teams would receive byes. Under the latter, the #33 team would play the #96 team.

    Committee chair and Monmouth AD Marilyn McNeil initially opposed the expansion but as she went along with the research, she became more convinced about it in its favor, when she spoke to USA Today, adding this could be best for the growth of women's NCAA basketball. While she readily acknowledges getting selected to the Dance means a lot to the schools in terms of building excitement and advance the program, there are no solid answers in dealing with the current state of the game. Though neutral, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer worries about adding additional games to the tournament to a already-long season but appreciates the upside for students and coaches for a taste of the NCAA tournament experience. Oklahoma's Sherri Coale does not like at all because she views expanding as taking away the sense of status the present format has if made more inclusive.

    Where Connecticut stands right now, it is a two-time undefeated champ for a string of 78 consecutive victories. After winning last season in San Antonio, UCONN lost career scoring leader to graduation, but it still has two-time national player of the year Maya Moore. Stanford was the only team UCONN lost to, and that was at the 2008 Final Four semifinals. 10 wins is all the Huskies need to equal UCLA's hallowed 88-game winning streak. Seems as though there's a gap in even the top 64 women's teams. I mean, here's UCONN *holds one hand high in the air* and here's everyone else *holds another hand way below the other one*. But it could actually be like this *gap between the hands shortens a little bit*. Schedule's tougher now than what it was last season with Baylor, Ohio St. (at Madison Square Garden for the Maggie Dixon Classic), and at Stanford. If UCONN can get past visiting Brittney Greiner's and coach Kim Mulkey's Baylor Bears on November 16, the rest is relatively easy with the Stanford trip on December 30 as the only known other barrier to another perfect season. Knowing Geno and his players though, all what they really care about is getting a threepeat. More of my thoughts about them come later.
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    I gave the list of Aussies set to ply their trade this coming season a bit of a tidy up...

    The NCAA Division 1 basketball season is now just 2 weeks away, officially commencing on Wednesday, 10th November (11th November Australian time). However teams featuring Aussies do not see any action until Friday 12th November (13th November Australian time).

    Here is a list of the teams in action that boast Aussies for the 13th November (Australian time):

    - Richmond vs Citadel (Duinker)
    - Old Dominion vs Georgetown (Iliadis)
    - Albany vs Cornell (Devlin)
    - North Carolina State vs Tennessee Tech (Vandenberg)
    - Stetson @ Wake Forest (Radford, Naburgs & McInerney)
    - American University vs St. Francis (PA) (Fisher)
    - Bryant University @ Cleveland State (MacMath & Maynard)
    - North Dakota vs Waldorf College (Clausen)
    - Nicholls State @ Houston (Bose)
    - Valparaiso vs Indiana-Northwest (Broekhoff & Witt)
    - Saint Louis vs Austin Peay (Ellis & Salecich)
    - Colorado vs Idaho State (Tomlinson & Harris-Tunks)
    - James Madison @ Kansas State (Louis)
    - Santa Clara vs Cal State Bakersfield (Dowdell)
    - Pepperdine @ Portland State (Kerry)
    - Saint Mary?s vs Albertson (Steindl, Delleavedova, Young & Page)

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    Two Louisiana NCAA schools will depart from D1 basketball to Division 3 following this season after spending many years in it with diverse moments of success.

    University of New Orleans Privateers, the more successful of the the two, announced over the summer it is leaving the Sun Belt Conference by applying to D3, thereby pulling a Birmingham Southern (except that the Panthers dropped altogether in the season before moving), to become an Independent this season, playing an independent schedule. Shocking in that the Privateers were a long-standing and successful school in Sun Belt basketball. The Privateers successfully produced NBA talents like Ledell Eackells, Wilbur Holland, Dedric Willoughby (Kings fans should know him), and Ervin (not Magic) Johnson, who came to UNO basketball having not played basketball since the 9th Grade. It was also the school that introduced coaches Tim Floyd and Tic Price and used the school's success under them to head bigger programs. The post-Katrina years has not been very kind to the Privateers overall athletic department as it struggled mightily, which largely explains the drop. Its one moment of basketball success in this post-Hurricane Katrina era came in 2007 when it won 19 games overall. But that was it.

    Only one player returns from the previous season, senior 6-10 C Jaroslav Tyrna from Prague, Czech Republic, who averaged 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Privateers coach Joe Pasternack is bound to struggle to create a team to build around Tyrna for the course of the season since the school can't offer scholarships to prospective players, to comply with D3 rules, and as he and the Privateers cope with the difficulties to rebuild during the downward transition. Tyrna's teammates on the roster will largely consist of junior (or community) college and some inexperienced freshmen with all of his former teammates from last season having transferred to other D1 schools for this season (allowed under NCAA rules because of the impending UNO dropdown). Unknowns cobbled together, in short. The Privateers will definitely struggle in its final D1 season even with the likes of experienced indies Longwood, Seattle, Houston Baptist, and Savannah St.

    Because of New Orleans' departure, the Sun Belt teams will play a more balanced 16-game conference schedule with teams playing their divisional opponents twice (six schools in each division) and select opponents from the other division for the remaining 4 games. Also, the Sun Belt tournament will have all 12 teams participating with first-round byes awarded to the top two teams in both divisions.

    Centenary Gents from Shreveport, Louisiana is leaving the Summit League for D3 after this campaign. The program boasts beloved Hall of Fame legend Robert "Chief" Parrish, one-third of the best frontcourt in NBA history with the Boston Celtics, as its calling card, but the school hasn't really produced any further ones of note to the public since. The Gents won four of their first six games last season, then never won back-to-back games since, dropping 19 of their final 23. Defense was a major problem. Centenary allowed 85 points at least on 10 different occasions and finished dead last in the conference in scoring defense (80 ppg). Junior David Perez was the Gents' top returning scorer...until he transferred to Middle Tennessee St. The other half of the star backcourt tandem, Daman Starring, headed to UC-Irvine. With this, it promoted assistant Adam Walsh, an assistant for the past three seasons, to as the school's 21st head coach. Walsh replaces Greg Gary, who went 16-44 in his two seasons. Like his UNO counterpart, Walsh won't have things much easier even with the returning junior Maxx Nakwaasah getting a bigger role on the team. He started 19 games last season and shot .329 from 3-point range.
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    I added a few more Aussies to my list I had missed:

    - Nujic, Igor @ University of Texas - San Antonio
    - Hill, Jeromie @ University of Texas - San Antonio

    Also, Mathiang Muo had left Northeastern and instead is now at Central Florida in the NJCAA.

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    Some bad news on the Aussies front, with sophomore forward/center Shane Harris-Tunks of Colorado will miss the 2010-2011 men's basketball season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

    Harris-Tunks, a 6'11", 250-pound center was to be a key ingredient down low in the paint with the Buffaloes this season, injured his left knee during the first half hour of Thursday practice.

    Hailing from Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia, he averaged 1.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per game as a true freshman last year. He worked hard in the off-season and added 25 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-11 frame in between seasons.

    Harris-Tunks played in 28 games with three starts a year ago leading CU in blocked shots (14) and finished eighth among all Big 12 Conference players in freshman blocks. He became only the fifth CU freshman to lead the team in blocks for a season and shot a team-best 61.1 percent from the field.

    "This stuff happens, it's sports," Harris-Tunks said. "The good thing is, I have three years remaining and it's an opportunity to get better and keep moving forward."

    Link: http://www.cubuffs.com//ViewArticle....CLID=205021019

    Colorado wil still have an Aussie flavour with Nate Tomlinson running the point.

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    Just quietly Kyrie Irving was born in Australia, he played for Team USA u18 already though.

    He is already a ton better then Mills, get him for the Boomers!
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    I didn't know he was Australian. I wonder if we have tried to get him to play for us.

    I could see him pushing for a starting spot by 2012.

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