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Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 12:26 pm

Recruiting Notebook: Sam Mader finds way to shine

Posted by Jeff Borzello

RALEIGH, N.C. – For Sam Mader, there are positives and negatives to being on a team with North Carolina-commit J.P. Tokoto, Wisconsin-bound Sam Dekker and 2013 stud Bronson Koenig.

“I do feel like I get overshadowed,” Mader said. “But it’s a team game, and they’re great players. I still feel like I get looks, because people are coming to games. It doesn’t affect me.”

Mader, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Appleton East (Wisc.), made his presence known over the weekend at the Tournament of Champions. He is a good high- and low-post big man, with the ability to pass to teammates from the free-throw line or make plays around the rim with his back to the basket. Mader has good hands and makes himself available with good positioning.

Several high-majors – like Minnesota, Northwestern, Oregon State and Stanford – have shown interest in Mader in the past, but he mentioned five schools last Friday.

UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay have offered him, while Ball State and Drake are showing plenty of interest. Mader wants to take a visit to Northern Illinois.

“I want to make a decision in August,” he said.

Jordan Scott taking his time

One of the more underrated teams at the Tournament of Champions last weekend was the Colorado Chaos. Despite having two high-major commits in Josh Scott (Colorado) and Kaileb Rodriguez (California), not many people knew about this team.

A player who made people take notice was Jordan Scott. A 6-foot-5 forward, Scott knows how to finish around the rim and plays well in transition. He is also a very good defender and can guard multiple positions.

For now, the Lewis-Palmer (Colo.) product is hearing from Colorado, Air Force, Denver and Arizona.

“I want to make a decision during my senior season,” the 2013 prospect said. “I’m taking my time.”

Terrell Rogers follows in father’s footsteps

Despite standing just 5-foot-4, Shawnta Rogers terrorized the Atlantic-10 for three years in the late 90s, averaging 20.7 points in his final season at George Washington.

Now, he has a son who is looking to continue that reputation.

Terrell Rogers, a 5-foot-8 guard from Indiana Land (S.C.), impressed with his scoring ability at the Tournament of Champions. He is supremely quick with the ball and has an ability to get into the lane and finish against bigger players. Rogers adjusts his body well to avoid getting blocked.

The rising senior said he is hearing from Clemson, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Providence and Charleston.

“Not yet,” Rogers said when asked about a decision. “At the end of the summer.

Posted on: March 7, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 1:42 pm

Conference tourney preview: Mid-American League

This is for all the doubters who think QuickenLoans Arena will never see a championship team now that LeBron is gone. March 8-12, there will be passion, excitement and winning in the home of the Cavaliers again, because the MAC tournament will come to town.

Ohio upset Georgetown in the Big Dance last seasonThe Kent State Golden Flashes (21-10, 12-4) are pretty much MAC royalty. They’ve been in the league’s upper echelon for 13 years running, and have nabbed the top seed in the conference tournament this season. The Flashes are led by 6-foot-8 junior Justin Greene, who paces his squad in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.4). The big man is flanked by two upperclassmen guards in Rodriguez Sherman and Carlton Guyton. Both shoot over 40 percent from deep, making the interior double-team a very dubious proposition for opponents. The Golden Flashes are the favorites to claim the MAC auto bid, but postseason dreams rarely go as planned in the tough Midwestern league, and they know that as well as anyone.

The MAC is divided into two divisions – East and West – and that can make for a bit of illusory superiority sometimes. The four teams that beat Kent State this season were also members of the East division. A quick look at kenpom.com shows a lot of red on the West side of the standings, which means some very bad offenses and defenses live there. It will be primarily up to No. 2 seed Western Michigan (19-11, 11-5) and No. 4 Ball State (18-12, 10-6) to prove the worth of the West when given the chance. The No. 3 Miami Redhawks (16-15, 11-5) are an East team, and will sit out the first round with a bye, as the top four seeds do in the MAC. The first round of competition will get underway on March 8, with the championship game taking place on March 12 in Cleveland.

MAC tournament bracket


Title game: 6:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 12 (ESPN2)


  1. Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois
  2. Julian Mavunga, Miami
  3. Justin Greene, Kent State


Conference RPI: 20

KenPom.com rating: 18

Sagarin rating: 17

NCAA Tournament Locks: None

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams: None


Last NCAA Tournament Appearance:

Kent State: 2008 (71-58 loss to UNLV)

Western Michigan: 2004 (71-58 loss to Vanderbilt)

Miami: 2007 (58-56 loss to Oregon)

Ball State: 2000 (65-57 loss to UCLA)

Ohio: 2010 (97-83 win over Georgetown (above), 83-68 loss to Tennessee)

Akron: 2009 (77-64 loss to Gonzaga)

Bowling Green: 1968 (72-71 loss to Marquette)

Buffalo: N/A

Central Michigan: 2003 (79-73 win over Creighton, 86-60 loss to Duke)

Northern Illinois: 1996* (74-73 loss to Texas Tech)

Eastern Michigan: 1998 (83-71 loss to Michigan State)

Toledo: 1980 (94-91 loss to Florida State)

*member of Horizon League


Photo: US Presswire

Posted by Eric Angevine

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