Guard Sam Maniscalco, injured most of last season, transferred to Illinois and will be immediately eligible. He was one of the MVC’s best players and it’s doubly painful to see him play for the Illini. Bradley also lost guard Remy Abell, who switched his commitment to Indiana after coach Jim Les departed.Forward Taylor Brown resumed workouts earlier this month. If he can return, it’s a big lift for the Braves. However, center Will Egolf is again sidelined with a knee injury.Games against Wisconsin and Michigan highlight the schedule for new coach Geno Ford.
Sophomore Doug McDermott survived the first round of cuts for the U.S. under-19 national team.One more reason to like the Bluejays as the MVC favorite – Gonzaga transfer Grant Gibbs.
Lots of new coaches and staffers at Drake, including Stan Johnson, former Arkansas assistant Brett Nelson and Kansan Ryan Wedel.
Coach Marty Simmons added four freshmen.
The Redbirds will play in Canada in August. They have two transfers and three freshmen learning a new system.
Gonzaga transfer Manny Arop will be eligible at ISU in 2012-13.
Kyle Weems could have transferred without penalty. He elected to stay at MSU.New coach Paul Lusk says there is a chance Will Creekmore could get another year of eligibility.
The Panthers are headed to Padre.
Center Gene Teague, one of the Valley’s best big men (when healthy, in shape and motivated), transfers to Seton Hall.Senior guard Justin Bocot got an early start on the season with a trip to China. An ankle injury hindered Bocot much of 2010-11, but he regained his zip late in the season and he could be ready for a strong senior season.The Salukis won’t play in the MVC-MWC Challenge for one good reason – a road game.
Coach Gregg Marshall is building his roster throughout the summer. Transfer guard Malcolm Armstead is a hedge against graduation losses in 2012. WSU remains in the market for a big man, with Andre Walker (formerly of Vanderbilt) visiting later this month.Most fans won’t get a look at guard Ron Baker until 2012-13. He may be worth the wait.
Recruiting classes (As of May 24 according to the MVC)BradleyJalen Crawford 6-2 G Fr. Detroit (Mich.) Oak Park HS / Impact AcademyDevon Hodges 6-7 220 F Fr. Bolingbrook (Ill.) HighShayok Shayok 6-6 F Fr. Ottawa (Ontario) St Patrick’s / Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Acad.Donivine Stewart 5-11 G Fr. Peoria (Ill.) Limestone HighNate Wells 7-1 C Fr. Davenport (Iowa) West High
Austin Chatman 6-0 170 G Fr. The Colony (Texas) HighAvery Dingman 6-6 190 G Fr. Branson (Mo.) Kickapoo HighGeoffrey Groselle 6-11 230 C Fr. Plano (Texas) Plano West HighNevin Johnson 6-5 180 G/F Fr. Houston (Texas) Spring High
Judd Welfringer 6-5 G Fr. Waukee (Iowa) High
Rokas Cesnulevicius 6-8 200 F Fr. Kamuela (Hawaii) Hawaii Preparatory SchoolJaylon Moore 6-7 230 F Fr. Olive Branch (Miss.) HighJordan Nelson 6-0 165 G Fr. Lincoln (Ill.)Ryan Sawvell 6-7 190 F Fr. Mundelein (Ill.) High
Tyler Brown 6-4 G Jr. Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo High / Marshalltown (Iowa) CCDarious Clark 6-3 208 G Jr. Clinton (Md.) Surrattsville High / Cecil (Md.) CollegeJohnny Hill 6-3 170 G Fr. Glenbard (Ill.) East HighNic Moore 5-9 G Fr. Warsaw (Ind.) Community HighNick Zeisloft 6-4 G Fr. LaGrange (Ill.) Lyons Township High
Branden Burnett 6-6 225 F Fr Tucson (Ariz ) Cienega High
Devonte Brown 6-3 185 G Fr. Killeen (Texas) Ellison HighJustin Gant 6-8 210 F Fr. Terre Haute (Ind.) North Vigo High
Michael Bizoukas 6-2 180 G Gr. Munster (Ind.) High / DePaulAnthony Downing 6-1 180 G Jr. Atchison (Kan.) High / Independence (Kan.) CCJamar Gulley 6-4 225 G/F Jr. Beaumont (Texas) Central High / Highland (Kan.) CCChristian Kirk 6-7 220 F Fr. Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo HighCorbin Thomas 6-6 220 F Jr. Dolton (Ill.) Seton Academy / Southwestern (Ill.) CCDorrian Williams 6-1 170 G Fr. Oklahoma City (Okla.) Douglass HighAndrew (Drew) Wilson 6-7 200 F Fr. Tulsa (Okla.) East Central High
Matt Bohannon 6-3 190 G Fr. Marion (Iowa) Linn-Mar HighJeVon Lyle 6-2 175 G Fr. Kansas City (Mo.) Archbishop O’Hara HighDeon Mitchell 6-1 180 G Fr. Pflugerville (Texas) HighMarvin Singleton 6-6 225 F Fr. Hopkins (Minn.) HighSeth Tuttle 6-8 210 F Fr. Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork High
Tony Bryer 6-7 205 F Fr. Norview (Va.) HighDantiel Daniels 6-6 225 F Fr. Wentzville (Mo.) Holt HighJeff Early 6-3 185 G Jr. Glasgow (Va.) Rockbridge High / Monroe CollegeDesmar Jackson 6-6 G Jr. Warren G. Harding (Ohio) High / transfer from Wyoming (ineligible this season)T.J. Lindsay 6-3 175 G Jr. Mansfield (Ohio) High / Monroe CollegeTreg Setty 6-8 220 F Fr. Maysville (Ky.) Mason County HighJosh Swan 6-2 G Fr. Atlanta (Ga.) Pace AcademyHarry Whitt 6-11 200 F Fr. Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge Memorial High
Tekele Cotton 6-2 G Fr. Atlanta (Ga.) Whitefield AcademyEvan Wessel 6-5 G Fr. Wichita (Kan.) HeightsJake White 6-8 F Fr. Chaska (Minn.)
Ron Baker 6-3, G Fr. Scott City (Kan.)Ede Egharevba, 6-6, F, Fr., Mack Academy (N.C)/Thomas Edison High (N.Y)Adam Hasty 6-2 G Fr. Ottawa (Kan.)Carl Hall 6-8 F Jr. Northwest Florida Community CollegeMalcolm Armstead 6-0 G Sr. Florence, Ala./Chipola College/Oregon (ineligible this season)