Three Stars of The Day
Continuing a new daily feature on Collegehoops.net, the Three Stars of the day. We handpick the best performances of the day, whether it be stat lines that make you drool, or clutch performances. Either way, its our way of showing the love:
OMAHA, Neb. -- A pair of local standouts have signed letters-of-intent to join the Creighton men¹s basketball program, head coach Dana Altman announced today. High school seniors Antoine Young (Bellevue West HS) and Josh Jones (Omaha Central HS) will both enroll next fall and be freshmen at Creighton.
NORMAL, Ill. – After verbally committing to Illinois State and first-year head coach Tim Jankovich over the summer, former Redbird guard and current Lincoln College star Bobby Hill, Decatur Eisenhower forward Jeremy Robinson and Chicago Simeon point guard Kenyon Smith made it official Wednesday, signing their respective National Letters of Intent to continue their education and basketball careers at ISU. All three players will begin their eligibility in the 2008-09 campaign.
The MVC's hopes of getting multiple teams into the NCAA Tournament are slimmer than they've been in recent years. Yet the talent level isn't too bad, comparable to other 2nd tier leagues like the CAA and WAC. The only real void is the lack of true go-to scoring star like they've had in Jamaal Tatum or Nate Funk. If his first game is any indication however, perhaps Creighton freshman P'Allen Stinnett will be that guy. Another guy off to a great start is Drake's Jonathan Cox, a 6-8 junior averaging 15 and 10 after two games.
MVC Top 10
1. Randal Falker, F, SIU
The Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll is voted on by the league's head coaches, play-by-play men, beat writers and sports information directors.
Preseason MVC Men's Basketball Poll
Rank Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Southern Illinois (39) 390
2. Bradley 311
3. Missouri State 283
4. Creighton 266
5. Illinois State 235
6. Wichita State 210
7. Northern Iowa 197
8. Indiana State 110
9. Drake 80
10. Evansville 63
Southern Illinois Salukis
Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise when former coach Mark Turgeon left for Texas A&M. The Shockers ended up hiring Gregg Marshall, the man who led Winthrop to an impressive seven NCAA Tournaments in just nine years on the job. Marshall will have to prove his coaching mettle once again, taking over a program in flux: