Friday, June 28, 2013

Jasbriell Swain (Hornlake) leaves Binghamton women’s basketball program

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Jasbriell Swain was the heartbeat of the Binghamton women’s basketball team in 2012-13. But as next season approaches, head coach Nicole Scholl will need to find a way to replace the rising senior, who asked for her release from the program around the end of the spring semester.

Swain, a native of Memphis, Tenn., was granted her release, and is expected to transfer closer to home to spend her final collegiate year near her family.

Though Swain has not made an official announcement, Scholl said the Bearcats’ leading rebounder and most suffocating defender would likely transfer to the University of Memphis and not play basketball.

“It’s not official from my perspective just because I didn’t hear it firsthand from her,” Scholl said. “But [that’s] the latest that I’ve heard.”

Scholl said Swain is very close with her family, and that served as the impetus for her decision.

“I think it has been tough for her to be so far away from them and them not being a bigger piece of her life when she was out here,” Scholl said.

Swain led the Bearcats with 8.5 rebounds per game and 77 steals in last year’s 6-24 campaign. She also ranked second in scoring with 8.3 points per game.

Replacing her will be a challenge, but Scholl said Swain’s former teammates have responded positively.

“They’re working hard, and they’re focused. They’re looking forward to having a successful year,” she said. “While they’re disappointed that one of their teammates won’t be here next year, I think they’re moving forward in the right way.”

Though Scholl would prefer to have Swain in uniform next year, she understands that basketball is only a part of the college experience.

“We wish her the best, and best of luck to her,” Scholl said. “Hopefully she finds what she’s looking for.”

Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 28, 2013

Art: Women’s Basketball Adds Irene Aranda
Colorado State: CSU's Spotton earns spot on Canada's Development Women's National Team
Drexel: Three Newcomers Join Drexel Women's Basketball
Duquesne: Eddie Benton, Jr. Named Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Indiana: Rubene Signs with Professional Team in Spain
IPFW: Amanda Hyde named Summit League Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year
Iowa: Women's Hoops Announces Nonconference Schedule
Kansas: Former Jayhawk McCray Returns to Campus
Louisville: Women Nominated for 2013 ESPY Awards
Louisville: Jeff Walz Announces the Addition of Sam Purcell to His Staff
Morehead State: Women's Basketball Adds Sarah Jones to Coaching Staff
NCAA: Women’s Basketball Committee outlines next steps to enhance play
Richmond: Shafer Adds Cori Chambers To Staff
Saint Joseph's: Women's Basketball's van Grinsven Selected as A-10's Nominee For NCAA Woman of the Year
Temple: Women’s Basketball Set for Inaugural Season in the American Athletic Conference
Tennessee: Catchings, Parker Nominated for 2013 ESPYS
Tennessee: UT Announces Pat Summitt Plaza
Tennessee: Pat XO Premieres In Knoxville
West Virginia: McDonald Added to WVU Women's Basketball Roster

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 26, 2013

Arizona: Learning About Lay: Q&A with Layana White
Bucknell: Women's Basketball has 10 Named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll
Butler: Adds JUCO Standout Ijeoma Uchendu
Elon: Ford, Evans Continue to Receive Honors
Grand Valley State: GVSU Women's Basketball Adds Texas Southern Transfer Janelle McQueen
Illinois: Penn, GodBold Sign Professional Contracts
Indiana: Sinclair Showing Skills with USA All-Stars in China
IUPUI: Lee Larkins Named To IUPUI Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Jacksonville State: Rick Pietri Named Women's Head Basketball Coach at Jax State
Louisiana Tech: Women's Basketball Signs Post Player
Loyola Maryland: Women's Basketball Signs Two Student-Athletes to NLI's
Marshall: Daniel: NCAA Report on State of Sport a Good Start
Morehead State: Mark Kost Joins Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Purdue: Mingo Receives Honda Inspiration Award
Sacred Heart: Jessica Mannetti Named Women's Basketball Head Coach
South Carolina: Women's Basketball 2013 Summer Blog - Week 4
Stanford: Tempie Brown Named Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Syracuse: Palmer Named to Hillsman’s Staff
Tennessee: Johnson Named WNBA Player of the Week
Tennessee: UT's Massengale, Graves Set To Play Abroad
Tulsa: Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Non-Conference Slate
Vanderbilt: Gaffney injury update
UIC: `Forty Flames to Follow' for 2013-14: Katie Hannemann
UNCW: Iona Transfer Joins Seahawk Women
UNLV: Keeping Up With Jehiah
UNLV: Four Lady Rebels Earn Academic All-MW Honors
Vermont: Gear McBride Among Select Group of Coaches to Participate in The Center for Coaching Excellence

Monday, June 24, 2013

Jasmine Cincore commits to Nebraska Huskers

article from Husker Extra

Jasmine Cincore turned a weakness into a strength, and that’s the biggest reason she’ll play for Nebraska women’s basketball in two years.

Cincore, a 5-8 combo guard from Briarcrest Christian High School near Memphis, has made an oral commitment to Nebraska for the class of 2014. The junior averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals a game in leading her team to a 27-2 record in 2012-13. For her efforts, she was named Tennessee's Miss Basketball for Division 2-AA.

Her high school coach, Lee Smith, said early in her career Cincore struggled with outside shooting.

That’s not a problem anymore.

“I thought at one point her jump shot might be her weakness,” Smith said. “She worked hard and has proven that’s not going to be a weak point for her. I think she fits in really well at Nebraska. At this point I’m not sure they realize what kind of player they’re really getting. She’s not afraid to lead and she wants to be challenged. Their style of play -- getting up and down the floor, playing hard on the defense end -- those are the things Jas has been taught to do here at Briarcrest.”

The Husker coaching staff first saw Cincore play last summer. The recruiting effort was led by assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller.

“The coaching staff can definitely develop me as a player and a person,” Cincore said. “They had everything that I wanted school-wise. I want to major in broadcast communications. They had a real family feel. It felt like home.”

Last season the Briarcrest Saints took a 26-game winning streak into the state playoffs before falling in the semifinals. Cincore plays AAU ball with Team Tennessee Glory and was a 2012 Elite Basketball Academy Fab Five Camper.

“She’s a very fine basketball player,” Smith said. “Nebraska’s getting a better person than they are a basketball player, to tell you the truth. She’s a combo guard who can play the point. She’s very strong, a good decision maker on the floor and she’s tough. In my opinion, Jasmine is a very intelligent basketball player.”

Cincore said she also considered offers from Michigan, Kansas State, Georgia State, Auburn, Memphis and Clemson.

Memphis Lady Tigers Basketball Gets New Training Facility

On Friday, I was able to attend a tour of the newly renovated Women's training facility at the University of Memphis' Elma Roane Fieldhouse. This place has come a long way since my playing days.

Kristy Curry will get $400,000 per year as the Alabama women's basketball coach

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 This article is for those that aspire to be a college head women's basketball coach.

New Alabama women's basketball coach Kristy Curry will be paid a total of $400,000 per year.

A five-year contract was approved unanimously Friday morning by the University of Alabama Systems board of trustees' compensation committee.

Curry, who was hired on May 11 after serving seven seasons at Texas Tech, will receive a base salary of $245,000 per year and a talent fee of $155,000.

That's a total of $100,000 more than Alabama was paying her predecessor, Wendell Hudson. In his fifth and final season, he was paid $300,000 ($245,000 base salary and a $55,000 talent fee).

Curry reportedly was going to be paid $750,000 for the 2013-14 season at Texas Tech.

She becomes the highest-paid coach of a women's team at Alabama.

Gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson, who has won six national championships at Alabama, is paid a total of $330,000 per year.

Softball coach Patrick Murphy, who led the Crimson Tide to the 2012 national championship, is paid a total of $240,000 per year.

Women's golf coach Mic Potter, who led Alabama to the 2012 national championship, is paid a total of $145,000.

Connecticut's Geno Auriemma is believed to be the highest-paid coach in women's basketball. According to a 2011 USA Today salary database, he was paid $1.6 million per year.

In the Southeastern Conference, Kentucky's Matthew Mitchell has the highest compensation. According to a 2012 report, he is scheduled to earn $950,000 in the upcoming season.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley's pay was boosted to $850,000 last month.

Texas A&M's Gary Blair reportedly gets $860,000.

LSU's Nikki Caldwell reportedly earns a base salary of $700,000 and can make as much as $550,000 in bonuses and incentives.

Georgia's Andy Landers was getting $546,702 as of 2011.

Tennessee's Holly Warlick makes $485,000. She replaced Pat Summitt, who was paid $1.5 million per year.

Curry's new contract features multiple incentives.
  • $20,000 for participating in the Women's NIT (only in the next two seasons)
  • $20,000 for finishing in the top seven in the SEC regular season (only in the next two seasons)
  • $20,000 for winning an SEC regular-season championship
  • $20,000 for winning an SEC Tournament championship or reaching the NCAA tournament.
  • $40,000 for winning a national championship, or ...
  • $30,000 for reaching the Final Four, or ...
  • $20,000 for reaching the Elite Eight, or ...
  • $15,000 for reaching the Sweet 16
  • $20,000 for being named the SEC Coach of the Year
  • $25,000 for being named the national coach of the year
  • $10,000 for reaching Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR) goals (from and after Aug.. 27, 2014)

Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 24, 2013

Arizona: Breanna Workman Unplugged
Grand Canyon: Antelopes Add D-I Transfer To Roster
Hartford: Jackie Smith Returns to Join Hartford Women's Basketball Staff
Houston Baptist: Ben Chase Named Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach
Illinois: 2012-13: The First Year of a New Era
Missouri : Michaelis to have High School Number Retired
North Carolina: Hatchell's Blueberry Patch Ready For '13
Ohio State: McGuff delivers strong message to fans at Town Hall Meeting
Penn: A Day in the Life: Alyssa Baron
UNCW: Harris Elevates Eshbaugh To Assistant

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ashley Early (Briarcrest) added to Vanderbilt staff

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Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 17, 2013

Atlantic 10: Atlantic 10 Announces 2013-14 Women's Basketball Schedule Pairings
Arizona: Like Mother, Like Daughter
Bryant: Tobey returns to Smithfield
Bowling Green : Tomic Graduates From Women Coaching Academy
Cleveland State: Darryl Brown Joins Cleveland State Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Duke: Chelsea Gray 2012-13 Highlights
ETSU: Barry joins women’s basketball coaching staff
Illinois State: Uitermarkt Completes Women's Basketball Staff
Indiana: Two Hoosier Signees to Play in Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Games
Long Beach State: Ella Clark Set to Compete in EuroBasket Women 2013
Miami: Wright Hires Henry as New Assistant Coach
Murray State: Robinson Named 2013 Margaret Simmons Award Winner
Northwestern: Maggie Acuna Joins Wildcats as Director of Basketball Operations
Oklahoma State: Back Across The Pond
Old Dominion: Lady Monarchs Add Trina Patterson To Coaching Staff
Vanderbilt: Earley added to VU staff
UC Davis: Women's Hoops' Shinoda, French Graduate
Youngstown State: YSU's Brandi Brown Earns Horizon League's NCAA Woman of the Year Nominations
Washington: Miami Transfer Macy Keen Will Join Huskies

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Symone Daniels transferring to Rhodes College

St. Benedict's Symone Daniels  has decided to stay home and attend Rhodes College here in Memphis. She was at Drake for two seasons. She will have 3 years of eligibility remaining. She had offers from Belmont and UNC- Asheville.

Girls Basketball Fundamental Camp

The Lady Tar Heels presents a Girls Fundamental Camp. The camp will cover basic fundamentals. Maximum # of girls will be 15.

Cost: 125.00 
When: June 24-26 
Times: 0900-1pm 
Where: call for location 
Contact Rachel @ 901.265.2297

Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 13, 2013

Arizona: Ashley Merrill Unplugged
Cal: Former Cal Bears Join USA Women's All-Stars in China
Duke: Introducing Hernando Planells and Michelle Van Gorp
Florida State: Signs JUCO All-American Brea Edwards
Green Bay: Eichler Headed to China with NetScouts USA All-Stars
Hawaii Hilo: Kaneshiro signs four
Idaho State: Sobolewski Takes Part in Center for Coaching Excellence
Illinois State: Isler Joins Women's Basketball Staff as Director of Basketball Operations
Indiana: Aulani Sinclair Heads to China With USA All-Star Team
Jacksonville: Vernet and Forte to Join Jacksonville Women’s Basketball Program
Kansas: Former Jayhawk Sutherland to Play for USA All-Star Team in China
NetScouts: NetScouts Basketball USA Womens All Stars Head to Four Nations Tournament in China
Oakland: Beckie Francis Relieved as Women's Basketball Coach
Penn State: Lady Lions' Greene to Play for U.S. on NetScouts Four Nations Tournament
UAB: Women's Hoops Inks Memphis Transfer Lauren McGraw

Monday, June 10, 2013

Father's Day at the Brooks Museum

Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an independent documentary film directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film, which explores the history, culture, and social impact of playground basketball, fits within the goals of the Memphis Grizzlies Healthy Home Court initiative by presenting a number of different basketball related games and emphasizing the inclusiveness of playground basketball as a positive activity for individuals and groups. 

Get more info here

2013 Best of the Prep Winners


MUS’ Class of 2013 closed out a memorable run with one last blast of hardware Friday night, dominating at the 44th Pepsi Best of the Preps, presented by The Commercial Appeal at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.

The Owls won their 15th boys school championship trophy and fourth in five years. But for the first time, since school awards were split into Memphis, suburban and private classifications in 1998, they won an overall trophy as well for large private schools. It is their first since taking a Class AA win in 1991.

“It’s a special bunch,” Owls athletic director Bobby Alston said of the group, which helped bring home team titles in lacrosse and tennis, runner-up finishes in football and bowling, thirds in golf, baseball and track and individual titles in track, swimming and tennis. “You could tell they had talent, but they also had a lot of focus and ambition, and some good coaching along the way.”

The school titles were just the tip of the iceberg. Individual Player of the Year honors were captured by repeat winners Pace Clark (swimming) and Peyton Klawinski (lacrosse) and Marshall Sharp (tennis), who won for the third time in four years. The seniors were joined by junior track star Harrison Williams, who won four state championships, including the decathlon. Coach of the Year honors went to by Joe Tyler (cross country) Bryan Parker (swimming), Elliott Dent (lacrosse) and the tennis tandem of Bill Taylor and Phil Chamberlin. In all, 10 trips to the stage.

“To be part of something like this awesome,” Georgia-bound Clark said. “You had talent across all the teams, real talent. But this group was also tight.”

Klawinski, headed to North Carolina, said “No matter who was playing, there was support from the other guys, and their fans as well.”

White Station won its seventh straight MIAA title, Houston its 15th straight suburban title. ECS won the small private school title and St. Agnes won its third straight girls title.

Male Athlete of the Year went to Donald Gray of White Station (MIAA), Brent Rooker of ECS (private) and Carlos Williams (suburban), the first AOY winner in Covington history who said quickly, “Behind any award like this is a team, and I was on great teams.” Female Athletes of the Year were Odegua Oigbokie of Ridgeway (MIAA), Erika Christian of Southwind (suburban) and Kaylah Keys of Harding (private).

Scholar-Athlete awards went to Jamarius Julious of Raleigh-Egypt (MIAA), Josh Cooley of Olive Branch (suburban) and Walker Jones of ECS (private), who has followed brother Barrett and Harrison to Alabama. “Took my first biology test in college this week, and I think I did OK,” he said. Girls Scholar-Athlete winners were Nekiaya Elam of Central (MIAA), Katlyn Dupree of Millington (suburban) and Bailey Kramer of Briarcrest (private).

In addition to Clark and Klawinski, repeating as individual Athlete of the Year were three-time winner Nina Davis of Central (girls basketball) Brooke Alford of Marion (girls golf), Kaleb Baker of CBHS (wrestling).

Whitehaven’s unbeaten state championship football team swept its awards, with Mark Dodson taking Offensive Player of the Year, Adam Collins Defensive Player of the Year and Rodney Saulsberry Coach of the Year. It’s only the second such sweep in BOP history, the last by Alston’s MUS state champs in 2009.

“I knew from the first game how good we could be,” said Collins, who’s headed to Morgan State. “And I’ll never forget Mark scoring that last touchdown to win the title.”

And White Station freshman Kenya Jones won the girls tennis award her sister Kayla won the past two years — after claiming the state title, which her sister never could.

“This and a state championship is best,” Kenya said. “But Kayla (now at UT-Chattanooga) was excited for me, and she helped me get there.”

Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 10, 2013

Ole Miss: Gillom Enshrined in Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Tennessee: Guard Jasmine Phillips not returning to Tennessee Lady Vols

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Harding Academy Girls Basketball Team Camp

This is the initial schedule. Be aware that changes could be made to the schedule.

St. Benedict names new girls basketball coach

from Commercial Appeal Memphis Edge Blog

St. Benedict's girls basketball team will have a new face on the sidelines next season, but it should be a familiar one to fans of girls and women's hoops.

The school announced Tuesday that Haley Gilmore will coach the Eagles next season, replacing veteran coach Don Sebren. A press release from the school said Sebren last season "suffered a mild illness and has been advised to slow down." He will remain at the school though and will serve as an assistant to boys coach Caleb Marcum.

Gilmore got her degree at Morehead State and has a graduate degree from Freed-Hardeman. She previously coached at Harding Academy, where she took the Lions to the state tournament in three of her four years on the bench.

Most recently, Gilmore was an assistant at Rhodes College, including this past season when the Lynx finished 25-4 and won the Southern Athletic Association conference championship. While with the Lynx, Gilmore's primary duties were defensive play-calling and guard development.

Gilmore will teach social studies at St. Benedict and will also assist with the track team.

"We are excited to have Haley join our teaching and coaching staffs," said SBA interim principal Sondra Morris. "We look forward to continued growth and success under her tutelage."

Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 5, 2013

Dartmouth: Head Coach Belle Koclanes Completes Coaching Staff
Jacksonville State: Annette Watts Resigns as Women's Basketball Coach
Norfolk State: Women’s Basketball Signs 5 to National Letters of Intent
Northern Colorado: White finishes roster with Seattle transfer
Rutgers: RU Women’s Basketball Adds Georgia Tech Transfer Brittany Jackson
Tennessee: Williams Adjusting To WNBA, City Life
UNLV: Keeping Up With Mia Bell
UTEP: Anete Steinberga To Represent Latvia At 2013 EuroBasket Women's Championships

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

13U Lady Silver Foxes win AAU Division 2 State Title

The 13U Lady Silver Foxes won the division 2 state title this weekend in Franklin, Tn. The team posted tournament wins over  TnTeamPride 48-29, TnRush 60-45, Memphis Swag 73-32, TnFury 61-45, Nashville Select 53-44, and Moore Co. 40-37. The team is coached by Tory McNeil (Greenfield,TN) and the team is made of talented players from West Tennessee.

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The Lady Silver Foxes defeated Mississippi Elite 39-17 to win the Street Hoopfest lV 13U Division in Forrest City, Arkansas.

Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 4, 2013

Detroit: Graduate Assistant Coach Brittany Burkhardt Accepts Assistant Position At East Tennessee State
Georgia Tech: Hamilton-Carter Selected To Swedish National Team
Illinois State: Grayson Joins Illinois State Women's Basketball Staff
Jacksonville: Women’s Basketball Names Darnell Haney an Assistant Coach
Lipscomb: Brown invited to prestigious Center for Coaching Excellence
Oklahoma: Sooners Sign Another Standout
Old Dominion: Lady Monarchs Announce the Addition of Jennie Simms to Program

Monday, June 3, 2013

Memphis Future Stars 6th Grade win YBOA State

The Memphis Future Stars 6th grade girls won the YBOA State by going undefeated in the tournament and defeating the Murfreesboro Lady Stars 43 to 23.

7th Grade TEAM Tennessee Glory YBOA D1 State Runner-Up

7th Grade Tennessee Glory finished Division 1 State Runner-up in the YBOA State Tournament this weekend. They already secured their bid to nationals by winning the YBOA Super Region earlier this season in Clarksville,TN. They plan to make a big run in nationals this year in Orlando Florida June 30-July 6.
(1st row left to right) Alexis Taylor, karlynn Woods (back row left to right) Qelsi Kelly, Jada Taylor, Jireh Washington, Marika Owens, Karlee Bates, Schyler Smith, Caitlyn Wilson, Trinity Farmer, DeJanae Potter, Destiny Shaw

Womens College Basketball Daily News - June 3, 2013

Drexel: Announces Extension Through 2020 with Women's Basketball Coach Denise Dillon
ETSU: Ezell adds Burkhardt, Davis to coaching staff
Kansas: Shay Robinson Added to Kansas Women's Basketball Staff
NC State: Kastanek Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Ohio State: McGuff Adds Mark Mitchell to Coaching Staff
South Alabama: Fowler Completes Staff With Addition Of Jackson
Tulsa: Women's Hoops Add Preferred Walk-On Ashley Hughes for 2013-14 Season