Brandon Hickey

Basketball Editor/Akron Team Manager

University of Akron Grad Student. Going to school to be a tax accountant, so I'm the most exciting person you'll ever meet. I know way too much about MAC basketball.


Kent State Non-Conference Schedule Breakdown


While the Flashes didn't reach their normal 20-win total last season, this season is shaping up to get them back to that level. Unfortunately, it's because their schedule is much easier than the past.

What's Next For Javon McCrea?


After a successful college career, McCrea enters the NBA Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks. Does he have a shot to make the roster? Or does a trip to Europe loom in his future?

Maurice Ndour to play for Senegal in World Cup


Ndour will represent his home country in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, a brand new basketball tournament featuring teams from all over the world.

Where does Shayne Whittington fit with the Pacers?


Does the former Western Michigan star have a chance of making the team? It's definitely a realistic possibility.

Handicapping the BET Awards

Let's discuss some World Cup action and also take a look at the likely winners of BET Awards tonight.

Watch PJ Fleck Get Doused With Ice

It's finally Saturday, so take a load of with us in Belt Loops. Some former MAC stars sign deals with NBA Teams, the CFL is coming to ESPN, and PJ Fleck gets soaked with ice water.

Shayne Whittington Agrees To Deal With the Pacers

The former Western Michigan star agreed in principle to a deal with the NBA's Indiana Pacers, but can't sign until next week.

The MAC and the NBA Draft: So Close Yet So Far

Chris Kaman was the last MAC player to get drafted into the NBA back in 2003.But, that doesn't mean there hasn't been any talented players in the conference since then.

Chad Ford has Javon McCrea to 76ers in Updated Mock Draft


According to Chad Ford's latest mock draft published today on (unfortunately an Insider article), the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday may get a little MAC flavor. Ford has Buffalo Forward Javon McCrea going 54th overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. In the mock Ford gives McCrea some great reviews, even calling him sleeper pick in the draft. McCrea averaged 18.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game last year for the Bulls. The 76ers need players at the forward spot and McCrea would be a great fit. Besides starter Thaddeous Young, Philadelphia didn't have a consistent forward this season. Brandon Davies and Lavoy Allen split time as backups but they were not viable options. The NBA Draft airs on ESPN Thursday night at 7:30 eastern.

Kent State Picks Up Rutgers Transfer Craig Brown


According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Rob Senderoff picked up a nice transfer in former Rutgers player Craig Brown. Brown will be able to play right away for the Flashes.

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