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Wednesday was signing day in the NCAA, the first day of the early signing period, which means a lot of pickups for many OVC teams, some of which we’ve known about for awhile. (Looking at you Murray) I’ll update this post as more are signed through this signing period

Here’s recap of the signings so far:



Austin Peay
G Cory Arentsen (6’5″, 185 lbs)
F Preston Herring (6’7″, No weight listed)
C Chris Horton (6’8″, 195 lbs)

From APSUGovernors.com on Arentson and Herring: Arentsen earned Illinois Basketball Services fifth-team All-State honors after averaging 14.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and two assists shot per game last year. He shot 49 percent from the floor as a junior, including an impressive 42.1 percent from three-point territory, along with 74 percent from the free-throw line. In addition, he averaged 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per games in 2010-11.

Herring, meanwhile, was a second-team Class 3A All-State selection as a guard-a 6-3 guard-in 2009-10. Four inches later he finds himself a combo forward, who has the ability to play inside or range outside. As a junior, the second-team All-State selection averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4.0 blocks, using his long wing span, as he lead West Limestone to the championship game of the state sub regional. He also earned all-county, all-area and all-region honors along the way.

From APSUGovernors.com on Horton: As a junior, Horton averaged 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game for a Columbia High School team that captured its second straight Georgia Class AAA State Championship. But it was his play this summer for the Southern Select AAU team that brought his emerging skills to the forefront.


Belmont (Not in the league yet, but these players will start in the OVC)
G Craig Bradshaw (6’2″, 190 lbs)
G Caleb Chowbay (6’0″, 170 lbs)
G Jeff Laidig (6’4″, 200 lbs)

From BelmontBruins.com: Bradshaw, a 6-2, 190-pound guard, averaged 18.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game on 54 percent shooting from the floor as a junior in 2010-11 in leading Christ Presbyterian Academy to a 29-5 record and the Tennessee Region 5-AA semifinals. Among numerous honors, Bradshaw was named All-District, Tennessee Prep Hoops Region 5-AA Most Valuable Player, and Most Valuable Player of the Beech Holiday Classic. Highly-rated by several online recruiting services, including ESPN, and Rivals, Bradshaw is listed as the No. 6 shooting guard in the state of Tennessee by Scout.

Chowbay, a 6-0, 170-point guard, averaged 21.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a junior in 2010-11 for Mount Juliet en route to Tennessee Region 9-AAA Most Valuable Player honors. Chowbay has also shined on the gridiron at quarterback in leading the Golden Eagles to an 11-0 record.

Laidig, a 6-4, 200-pound guard, averaged 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a junior in 2010-11 for Penn High School. To his credit, Laidig was named IBA/IHSAA All-State and tabbed as one of the top players in Northern Indiana by Indiana Basketball Digest. Like Bradshaw and Chowbay, Laidig is highly-rated by several online recruiting services. ESPN.com, which featured Laidig following a standout performance in the Adidas Invitational in July, lists the combo guard as the No. 27 overall recruit in the state of Indiana.


Eastern Illinois
G Cameron Harvey (6’3″, 190 lbs)
F R.J. McGhee (6’6″, 190 lbs)
G Alex Phillips (6’2″, 185 lbs)

From EIUPanthers.com: Harvey is a 6-3, 190 guard who will play his senior season at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago after starting his prep career at Westchester St. Joseph HS. Harvey averaged just over 15 points per game early in his junior season. He now joins a Wheaton Academy team that was 27-2 last year winning their IHSA Class 3A Regional.

McGhee is a 6-6, 190 wing is playing this season at Dodge City Community College in Kansas where he is averaging 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists through DCCC’s first three games. McGhee played his freshman year at Paris JC in Texas. A native of Baton Rouge, La., McGhee played at Istrouma High School averaging 22.4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a senior. He was the 7-4A District MVP and a first-team All-State selection. He was recently named a Top 100 player nationally by JUCO Junction and participated in the JUCO Top 100 camp this summer.

Phillips is a 6-2, 185 guard set to play his second season at New Mexico Junior College. As a freshman he averaged 7.2 points and 2.http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=3214820185673946541#editor/target=post;postID=12708066258428302452 rebounds per game hitting 44 percent from the floor. He helped lead a balanced team to a 19-10 record, its best finish in ten seasons as they ranked 8th in the JUCO ranks in scoring defense. During the summer of 2011 he played in the JUCO Top 100 camp where he showed scoring ability. Phillips is originally from Phenix City, Ala., where he played at Sound Doctrine Christian Academy.


Eastern Kentucky
G Corey Walden (6’2″, no weight listed)
G Dominique Hagans (6’3″, no weight listed)

From EKUSports.com on Walden: As a freshman in 2010-11, Walden played for Stetson University where he started 24 games and ranked second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg). He went on to earn a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun Freshman team after finishing second in the league in steals per game (2.3).

From EKUSports.com on Hagans:  In 2010-11, Hagans was named the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. The guard finished second on the team in scoring (16.4 ppg) while ranking among the junior college national leaders in both steals (3.0 spg) and assists (5.5 apg). He was recently rated the 53rd best junior college player by Rivals Juco Junction.



Jacksonville State
None Yet Listed


Morehead State
F Aaron Tate (6’5″, no weight listed)

From newbernsj.com: Last season, Tate averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game, as West Craven posted a 23-6 record. He scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a loss to Rocky Mount in the third round of the state playoffs.


Murray State
F Zay Henderson (6’8″, 225 lbs)
F Eric McCree (6’7″, 215 lbs)
G C.J. Ford (6’1″, 180 lbs)
F Terron Gillmore (6’7″, 200 lbs)
G Jeffrey Moss (6’4″, 180 lbs)

From GoRacers.com on Henderson and McCree: Last season as a junior in 2010-11, [Zay Henderson] averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds, three blocks per game in leading the Tigers to the Louisiana Class 4A State Tournament and a 28-5 record. Henderson was named Louisiana Class 4A All-District II.

Last season as a junior in 2010-11, McCree scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds per game for the Warriors who were 19-9. McCree earned post-season honors for the 19-team Orlando Metro Conference and he was named to the Fort Meyers Christmas Tournament Team.

From GoRacers.com on Ford and Gillmore: In the 2010-11 season, Ford averaged 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in leading his team in scoring and assists. He shot 49 percent from the field, 42 percent from three-point range and was an 85 percent free throw shooter. As a sophomore in 2009-10, Ford led the Wolverines with 21 points per game. Ford and Westover HS were 22-5 last season and advanced to the sectional semi-finals in North Carolina Class 3A. Ford was named All-Region MVP and to the North Carolina All-State Second Team. He has been nominated for the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game and North-South All-Star game which matches the best seniors from the state against the all-stars from South Carolina.

In the 2010-11 season, [Gillmore] averaged eight points, eight rebounds and 4.7 blocked shots per game, while shooting 54 percent from the field. Gillmore is an active rebounder and shot blocker and has started his senior season at Callaway in impressive fashion with two double-doubles against S.V. Marshall High School and Jim Hill High School.

From GoRacers.com on Moss: Going into his senior season, Moss has been rated by the Birmingham News fourth on their list of 2012 super seniors in Alabama boy’s basketball. As a junior in the 2010-11 season, Moss averaged 12 points per game to go with five rebounds. He led the Patriots in assists and steals. He was a 56 percent shooter from the floor and 71 percent from the free throw line.


SEMO
C Colin Ferguson (6’9″, 250 lbs)
G Jared White (6’2″, 200 lbs)
G C.J. Reese (6’2″, 195 lbs)

From GoSoutheast.com: Ferguson and White are currently teammates at De Soto High School. A 6’9”, 250-pound center, Ferguson averaged 10.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game as a junior last season. He also shot 52 percent from the field and comes to Southeast as a promising player with plenty of potential.

White, a 6’2”, 200-pound combo guard, averaged 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.9 steals last year. He shot 49 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range, as well.
Reese, a highly-touted 6’2”, 195-pound point guard, is from McCallie Prep School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game last season. ESPN’s college basketball recruiting website describes Reese as “a typical big-bodied guard who uses his strength and size to get by you. He is very good with the ball and gets into the lane. He is a good passer with good vision.”


SIU Edwardsville
None Yet Listed


Tennessee Tech
G Shaqueille Calhoun (6’3″, 180 lbs)
F Anthony Morse (6’8″, 210 lbs)
C Eric Weisenbach (7’0″, 195 lbs)
F Jay Jackson (6’7″, no weight listed)

From TTUSports.com on Calhoun: Calhoun, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior at Model High School in Rome, Ga., has earned wide recognition for his ability to score from three-point range — he was named to ESPN.com’s list of the top 25 three-point shooters nationally in the recruiting class of 2012. According to the ESPN report, Calhoun is a high-volume shooter who plays with confidence, giving Tennessee Tech a “dynamic scorer who can knock it down from deep or pull up off the dribble.”

From TTUSports.com on Morse: Morse comes from the same high school program as current Techjunior forward Matt Marseille. While he says the fact thatMarseille is now in Cookeville did not factor into his decision, hecalled it a “bonus” to be re-united with his formerteammate at Tech. As a junior at Dacula, Morse averaged eight points to go with7.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. Also a track and fieldathlete whose specialty is the high jump, Morse plays AAUbasketball for the Georgia Stars, a club which has turned outcurrent Tech talents Zac Swansey, Kevin Murphy and TerrellBarnes.

From TTUSports.com on Weisenbach: Weisenbach, who is remarkably versatile for a seven-footer, averaged seven points, five rebounds and 3.5 blocks for Dublin Coffman in 2010-11. He is a three-year letterman for coach Jamey Collins.

From TTUSports.com on Jackson: A senior at Woodford County High School, Johnson is consideredone of the top players in the state of Kentucky. He averaged 20points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots as a junior and playedfor the KYA All-Stars during the spring and summer. A knee injury that required surgery in July didn’t hurtJohnson’s stock in the eyes of Tennessee Tech head coachSteve Payne.


Tennessee State
None Yet Listed


UT Martin
None Yet Listed


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OVC Ball
Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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