Local college hoops 2016-17 preview: Bradley


Local college hoops 2016-17 preview: Bradley

2015-16 Results: It was a tough first season for head coach Brian Wardle as his rebuilding roster finished 5-27 and 3-15 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Winning three league games with a roster that bare was no small feat as last year's roster took plenty of lumps to prepare for the future. 

Players to Watch: Guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye was one of the few bright spots last season as he averaged 9.8 points per game and was an MVC All-Freshman selection. Junior forward Donte Thomas, a former Thornwood product, also returns as he put up 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Key Storylines: Last season, Bradley had nine true freshmen on the roster as the Braves were one of the youngest teams in the country. With six of those freshmen back, as well as six new freshmen (some of them walk-ons) Wardle still has an incredibly young team as he tries to find pieces that will help him set up a foundation for the future.

Newcomers to Track: Besides the freshmen, the Braves get two new transfers this season. Former Seton Academy star Alex Foster returns to the Land of Lincoln after starting his college career at Texas Tech while forward JoJo McGlaston joins the roster from Utah State. Both juniors give the Braves some much needed experience.

Season Outlook: It will be baby steps for Bradley again this season as their roster is, once again, incredibly young and inexperienced. If some new pieces continue to emerge and some of the sophomores show improvement, this could be a team with a lot of upperclass experience the next few seasons that could make for a tough out.

DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24


DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

One of the icons of DePaul athletics is sticking around.

Monday, DePaul extended the contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through the 2023-24 season. Bruno just wrapped up his 32nd season as head coach of his alma mater, leading DePaul to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

While the Blue Demons were eliminated in the Round of 32 this March, Bruno has led the program to the Sweet 16 three of the last eight seasons.

“I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like DePaul,” Bruno said in a press release. “I never would have been here without coach Ray Meyer who gave me a basketball scholarship, Frank McGrath and Gene Sullivan who hired me in the 1970s."

Behind Bruno, DePaul went 27-8 in 2017-18, winning its fifth-straight Big East regular-season title. The Blue Demons also won their third Big East Tournament title in five years, defeating rival Marquette 98-63. Bruno also picked up his 700th career victory in February, defeating conference-foe Butler 86-68.

“I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches through all the years,” he said. “My current staff is absolutely one of the best in the country.

"Most important, the reason you succeed is the players. I’ve been blessed to have tremendous student-athletes help build the DePaul women’s basketball legacy.

“I am excited about this contract extension because we still have work to do. As proud as we are of everything we have achieved, our expectation through the length of this extension is to take the Blue Demons to even higher places.”


Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension


Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension

Loyola is rewarding Porter Moser for his basketball team's success this season.

Loyola and Moser have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is through the 2025-26 season.

"We are excited to be able to announce a new contract for Porter that will keep him at Loyola a long time," Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson said. "He is the perfect fit for Loyola and operates his program the right way, with student-athletes who achieve excellence on the court and in the classroom and are also excellent representatives of the institution.

"We are fortunate to work at a university like Loyola, that values and has made a commitment to athletics. It is nice to reward Porter not just for an outstanding season, but also for the job he has done during his time here."

That's a well-deserved extension for a head coach who led the Ramblers to a NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.

As the 11th seed, Loyola exceeded all expectations, shocking the world with a Final Four appearance. The Ramblers took down No. 6 Miami, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State before losing to No. 3 Michigan, who would go on to lose to No. 1 Villanova in the championship game.

Loyola finished the regular season with a 28-5 record and a MVC Championship.

In seven seasons, Moser has a 121-111 record with the Ramblers, though three of his last four have been winning seasons.