—Business should pick up again for Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball coverage Monday when the league hosts its summer teleconference (streamed at Valley Live). Each coach is scheduled to take questions for eight minutes, with UE’s Marty Simmons set for 10:18 a.m. It was in this news conference last year that Simmons revealed the Aces’ exempt tournament plans — then the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Maybe this year there will come a hint for just why so many Ohio teams made the non-conference schedule.
—Lance Wilkerson, UE’s play-by-play man and athletic director of development, tweeted this from inside the Aces’ men’s basketball practice yesterday:
Watched practice. Fifth Third Bank Practice Facility has the old Roberts banners. Guys looked good. http://t.co/frgKxtzAe9
— Lance Wilkerson (@LanceWilkerson) June 20, 2013
—Courier & Press sports editor Randy Beard has more on FahKara Malone’s hiring to the UE women’s basketball staff in today’s paper. Malone, for two years the Aces’ director of operations, can now participate in basketball activities with the team as opposed to just administrative tasks. “Basically, I was a really good cheerleader the last two seasons,” Malone said.
—UE’s all-time leading men’s basketball scorer, Colt Ryan, has an NBA opt-out clause with his Belgian professional team and is making the most of it. Ryan worked out for the Utah Jazz on Tuesday and will do the same with the Phoenix Suns today. Those are the only two teams he’s physically visited so far, but Ryan said Thursday others have expressed interest leading into the June 27 NBA Draft and July 12-22 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
—It could merely be a coincidence, but Ryan’s workout with the Jazz coincided with this week’s announcement that another UE legend, Jerry Sloan, is back with his former team serving as a consultant. “Sloan will provide guidance to (coach Ty) Corbin as well as serve as an extra set of eyes as the team evaluates potential players,” according to the Associated Press’ story. In 23 full seasons coaching the Jazz, Sloan led the franchise to 19 playoff appearances.
—If his first two outings are any indication, Kyle Lloyd should easily cement himself a spot in affiliated baseball. The former UE pitcher is 1-0 with a 1.80 earned run average after a pair of appearances for the Eugene Emeralds, the San Diego Padres’ Class A short-season club in Oregon. Lloyd’s come out of the bullpen in two- and three-inning increments, allowing just two hits so far.
—Indiana State pitcher Sean Manaea’s deal with the Kansas City Royals, which includes a $3.55 million bonus, came in at $2 million more than the supplemental first-round slot value assigned to his pick. Simply put, it pays to have Scott Boras as an agent. Rick Semmler, a Terre Haute TV guy, reported the deal as the second largest outside of the first round ever.
—As of July 1, UE women’s tennis player Kelsey Costales will become the first Aces student-athlete to represent the Missouri Valley Conference nationally on the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Costales’ position lasts for two years, and she’ll also maintain her spot as UE’s main female representative. Basketball player David Howard is the men’s rep.