UE News and Notes for Nov. 13, 2012

—Some UE players — Lewis Jones, Brandon Williams and Mike Leazer — went to Deaconess’ Gateway Hospital on Tuesday along with director of operations Kavon Lacey to spend time with some sick kids ahead of the Aces’ Coaches vs. Cancer home games this week. Ace Purple attended as well.

—With wins by Wichita State and Indiana State on Tuesday, Missouri Valley Conference teams are a combined 11-2 to start the season. The only losses? UE’s to Notre Dame and Indiana State to UCLA, both ranked opponents.

—The NCAA’s early signing period starts Wednesday and runs for a week. Most every sport can sign players this week — sans football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo — but basketball always grabs the November headlines. Here’s a rundown of what to expect from UE’s recruiting classes, both men’s and women’s.

—UE coach Marty Simmons announced today that freshman David Howard will redshirt. Howard showed skills necessary to compete at the Division I level both during the Aces’ Hoopfest scrimmage and their exhibitions, but he wants to add some muscle and come back a “great player.” It helps the Aces long-term that he will classify eligibility-wise to a different year than Egidijus Mockevicius.

—SI.com’s Seth Davis had some nice things to say about Colt Ryan (or as Davis calls him, “Ryan Colt”) in a college basketball weekend roundup: “I was impressed, by the way, with Ryan Colt, the Aces’ 6-5 senior swingman. He earned his 15 points the hard way. (Notre Dame coach Mike) Brey said he thinks Colt is a pro.”

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