This won’t sit well with some people, based on comments in the past, but the OVC Tournament’s not going anywhere for the next few years. Yesterday, the conference announced that the OVC Tournament will be held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville through at least 2017.
While it’s not the nicest arena in downtown Nashville — let’s give them some credit; it’s gotten better over the past few years, including a new court, new seating, a new scoreboard, and a just nicer look. (It’s amazing how black curtains make it look better on TV)
Having the central location, (or about as central as you can get with such a spread out conference) is nice — and I continue to say that until the OVC Tournament outgrows Municipal, there’s not a lot of reason to move it.
The fall signing period rolls on with two more signings yesterday. Here’s the list
Xavion Dillon, JUCO, 6’7 forward
Averaged seven points and 5.3 rebounds at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
Nutt on Dillon “We are excited to have Xavion join our program. He’s a young man that professors and coaches alike all rave about his character. He brings the athleticism that we seek in our recruiting efforts. Although rebounding and defending are his forte, I like the way he scores both inside and out. We are very fortunate to get Xavion during the early signing period and look forward to having him with us the next two years.”
Michael Benkert, HS SR, 6’4 guard
Averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game for Center Grove High School (IN).
Byrd on Benkert: “Michael Benkert will go a long way in helping us replace the loss of two senior wing players. He is a versatile player with good size and physical maturity, and has a skill set that matches our offensive style. He is a long range shooter, who also has the ability to drive and finish at the rim. His strength and size also make him a lock down type defender who can guard opponents of almost every position. Michael is an excellent student with a great work ethic. We are excited to add him to the Belmont basketball program.”
One thing that fell through the cracks this week: congratulations go out to former Tennessee State standout Robert Covington. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Covington is set to sign a four-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Covington played for one year with Isaiah Cannan in Houston — dominating in D-League play. The contract will reportedly be worth $4.2 million dollars.
To put it bluntly: Philadelphia is terrible. They’re tanking (again) in hopes of getting the number one pick. But that could actually good news for the former Tiger — as he could see regular minutes as a result.
Not bad for a guy that went undrafted.