UE News and Notes for April 25, 2013

—UE’s baseball team dropped both games of its doubleheader Wednesday at Austin Peay by scores of 3-1 (game one) and 3-2 (game two). Both were seven-inning contests. The losses leave the Aces 15-27 overall heading into a weekend series against Missouri State, which is tied for first in the Missouri Valley Conference standings at 9-3. UE is 6-6 — fifth of eight MVC teams — having lost the majority of its games in non-conference play.

—I profiled former UE men’s basketball player and assistant coach Kareem Richardson, now head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in a story for today’s paper. Richardson said he hasn’t seen the Ford Center yet, but he wouldn’t mind doing so in a competitive setting against his alma mater. Richardson also talked about the state of Aces basketball and what it was like to win a national title on Louisville’s staff in some extra quotes posted here.

—Ben Vozzola, a 6-foot-5 guard out of Cowley (Kansas) College, holds two scholarship offers per Rivals.com: from UE and Wright State. After transferring from the University of San Diego to Cowley, Vozzola averaged 9.4 points per game and hit 39.1 percent of his 3-point shots on a team with relatively balanced scoring — just two players averaging double figures.

—In the prep recruiting ranks, UE’s coaching staff was one reportedly in to see Hopkinsville (Ky.) High School guard Jordan Majors at an open gym yesterday. Kentucky blog Nation of Blue reports the Wildcats haven’t been in contact recently about a walk-on spot, but Majors earned attention Wednesday from Southeast Missouri State, Murray State, Western Kentucky, Wright State, Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay in addition to UE.

—These recruits will likely make decisions before May 15, when the NCAA’s spring signing period ends, but it’s common to see a player such as Oblong (Ill.) High School standout Anthony Johnson head to the junior college ranks if he feels he can field better offers eventually. Johnson broke a series of school records and won a bunch of games while averaging 24.7 points, 9.6 rebounds last season. Although he’s worked out in front of UE coaches, Johnson’s only offer comes from Eastern Illinois.

—The MVC on Wednesday named UE’s Kelly Lamarche, a sophomore on the women’s golf team, among 10 student-athletes to receive MVC Leadership & Service Spring Awards. Lamarche has a 4.0 grade-point average, volunteered through more than 15 programs, and posted a 89.09 stroke average in the fall, the judging period for the award. The MVC distinguishes student-athletes three times a year — 30 in all — for the recognition, formerly called the Good Neighbor Award.

—Creighton junior Doug McDermott will announce his decision to stay with the Bluejays for another season or declare for the NBA Draft at 2 p.m. today. Unlike in many of these cases — Russ Smith choosing Wednesday to stay at Louisville, for example — nothing about McDermott’s intentions has leaked yet. The White and Blue Review does have 10 reasons McDermott should come back.

—A developing story out of Wichita State: A player with reportedly no eligibility remaining is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault last weekend. Police say it happened at a teammate’s residence. The victim is 20 years old. Follow the Wichita Eagle’s Paul Suellentrop (@PaulSuellentrop) and Stan Finger (@StanFinger) for updates.

—It should be a slow news day for UE sports with no teams in action today. I’ll have a story on the Aces’ softball team in Friday’s paper and a look at women’s basketball player Samantha Heck’s trip to China next week — she’s playing for a USA all-stars team — on the blog later today.

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