Billy Donlon will get extra time with his players in the fall to get ready for the 2013-14 season.
A new NCAA rule allows men’s basketball programs to start practicing 42 days before their first game. That’s two weeks earlier than in the past. Teams can practice 30 times in that period.
One thing the Raiders can work on during that time and all the time they spend in the gym this summer is developing other ball handlers to help point guard Reggie Arceneaux. When Joe Bramanti and Bobo Drummond left the program, the Raiders were left without a backup point guard.
Until Butler transfer Chrishawn Hopkins becomes eligible, the Raiders will depend on a host of other players, and Arceneaux may have to play 30 minutes or more every night.
“Chrishawn (Hopkins) doesn’t get back until the middle of December,” Donlon said. “He would be that guy, but until then, we’re going to need another guy.
“We have a lot of guys who can handle the ball in the halfcourt really well, relative to their position. J.T. (Yoho) can really handle the ball for a guy who can play the four. Jerran Young can really handle the ball at the same position. Miles (Dixon) is good in the halfcourt. Kendall (Griffin) and Matt (Vest) are solid. It’s more about the full-court things.”
Coach in the news: Donlon couldn’t comment on the report earlier this week in the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star that Wright State assistant coach Chris Moore is one of three finalists for an assistant coaching job at Nebraska.
All Donlon could say is that when you have success like Wright State had last season, “People take notice.”
Moore joined Donlon’s staff in June 2010 after four seasons as an assistant at Morehead State.
Player updates: All three freshman granted their release by Wright State earlier this month have found new homes.
The Massachusetts native Bramanti ended up closer to home at the University of New Hampshire.
Jacoby Roddy and Drummond will play next season at junior colleges: Roddy at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., and Drummond at Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Former Raider Julius Mays, who played his senior year at Kentucky, was one of 44 players who participated in an NBA draft combine Wednesday and Thursday in East Rutherford, N.J.
Baseball: Three players received All-Horizon League honors. Senior catcher Garrett Gray and junior outfielder Kieston Greene were named to the first team. Greene and junior outfielder Mark Fowler made the All-Newcomer team.
Senior Casey Henn was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after allowing no earned runs in 7 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts against Illinois-Chicago on May 16.