Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

11-21

Team news, stats, injuries, tweets and more.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Green tabbed to C-USA Preseason Team

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Coming off of a junior campaign that saw him earn Conference USA Newcomer of the Year honors and a third team all-conference nod, senior Antonio Green is back among the best in the league as he was announced Thursday as one of 10 players on C-USA's 2019-20 Preseason Team.

    The Tupelo, Miss., native led the Blue Raiders a season ago with an impressive 17.9 points per game that ranked fifth in the league.

    Much of Green's production comes from behind the 3-point line, where as a junior he shattered the single-season school record for 3-pointers made with a staggering 105 on the season - 20 more than the previous record of 85 (Giddy Potts, 2017-18).

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Coming off of a junior campaign that saw him earn Conference USA Newcomer of the Year honors and a third team all-conference nod, senior Antonio Green is back among the best in the league as he was announced Thursday as one of 10 players on C-USA's 2019-20 Preseason Team.

    The Tupelo, Miss., native led the Blue Raiders a season ago with an impressive 17.9 points per game that ranked fifth in the league.

    Much of Green's production comes from behind the 3-point line, where as a junior he shattered the single-season school record for 3-pointers made with a staggering 105 on the season - 20 more than the previous record of 85 (Giddy Potts, 2017-18).

  • ESPN.com: NBA comps for five elements of Zion's extraordinary game

    The NBA comparison game is tricky in any draft. No two players are identical, and it's easy to talk yourself into or out of a prospect just because he reminds you of someone else.

    But for a player as unique as Duke's Zion Williamson, comps are even more challenging. Williamson is this year's consensus No. 1 pick, likely headed to the New Orleans Pelicans at the start of the 2019 NBA draft on Thursday (7 p.m. ET on ESPN). There's also a strong case that he's the best college prospect since Anthony Davis.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Logan Johnson named Director of Basketball Operations

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Men's Basketball's has added a new face to its coaching staff as Head Coach Nick McDevitt announced Wednesday the hiring of Logan Johnson to fill the Director of Operations role.

    Johnson spent the 2018-19 season as the Director of Player Development at Campbell University, helping the Camels to a share of the Big South regular season championship and an appearance in the Big South Tournament championship game.

    "I'm excited to be joining the Middle Tennessee Basketball program and grateful for the opportunity that Coach Nick McDevitt and Athletic Director Chris Massaro are giving me," Johnson stated.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Hammonds selected to lead PCA boys basketball

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A longtime Middle Tennessee fixture is set to depart the Murphy Center this summer, as Murfreesboro's Providence Christian Academy announced Middle Tennessee Director of Men's Basketball Operations Kerry Hammonds II as its new head boys basketball coach on Tuesday.

    "Kerry Hammonds was a great asset to me and our program during a year of transition," MT head men's basketball coach Nick McDevitt said. "His knowledge of the Murfreesboro community, our university and the basketball program were invaluable. He is a high-character individual who has an infectious personality that everyone wants to be around.

  • ESPN.com: NBA draft lottery deep dive: Rankings, odds and intel

    The 2019 NBA draft comes with the debut of new odds throughout the lottery (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) -- giving more teams a reasonable chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick and a chance to select consensus top prospect Zion Williamson.

    There are huge stakes throughout the lottery. Landing No. 1 could completely change a franchise. There will be a debate at No. 2 between Murray State's Ja Morant and Duke's RJ Barrett, and team fit could ultimately settle things. Multiple teams in the lottery are holding on to protected or traded picks.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Lady Raiders to participate in Gulf Coast Showcase

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee, champions of the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase, is returning to the Sunshine State in hopes of duplicating its previous success in the event.

    The Lady Raiders will join seven other quality teams for the 2019 Gulf Coast Showcase during Thanksgiving weekend at Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla., Head Coach Rick Insell has announced.

    The bracket and pairings will be announced during the summer; however, the eight-team field is set and features six teams that won 20-plus games and five that competed in the NCAA Tournament last season.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Blue Raiders Add Jalen Jordan to Signing Class

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-- Middle Tennessee added a sixth member to its 2019-20 men's basketball recruiting class over the weekend with the signing of transfer Jalen Jordan.

    Jordan, a rising junior transferring from St. Francis University (Brooklyn), will sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and will be eligible for two years of competition as a Blue Raider beginning with the 2020-21 season.

    "We are very excited about adding Jalen to our basketball program here at Middle Tennessee," head coach Nick McDevitt said. "He is a high character young man with a bright basketball future in front of him.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Payne signs with Lady Raiders

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Virginia graduate transfer Shakyna Payne has signed a National Letter of Intent with Middle Tennessee and will have one year of eligibility remaining, Lady Raider Head Coach Rick Insell has announced.

    Payne, a 6-foot-3 forward, appeared in 42 career games at Virginia and her best season was in 2018-19 when she scored 89 percent of her career points and pulled 86 percent of her career rebounds. She will be eligible for the 2019-20 campaign.

    "Shakyna is very athletic and a great rebounder," Insell said. "She has a tremendous basketball IQ, and we are excited to have her at Middle Tennessee.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Raiders Fall in Quarter Finals to La Tech

    Birmingham, Ala.- The Middle Tennessee softball team fell to Louisiana Tech in the quarter finals of the C-USA Tournament. The Raiders (29-27, C-USA 11-13) could only muster two hits against the Techsters (42-14, C-USA 19-5) losing 10-0.

    Kailey Ahlstrom made her third start of the tournament for the Raiders. The freshmen pitched the first 17 innings of the conference tournament, before turning the ball over to Corrina Dodd in the fourth inning. Ahlstrom pitched three innings, allowed four runs, on eight hits, and three walks along with her first loss of the postseason.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Raiders Survive and Advance to Third Round of Conference Tournament

    Birmingham, Ala.- The Middle Tennessee softball team upset Western Kentucky in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament. The Raiders (29-26, C-USA 11-13) we're led, once again, by freshmen pitcher Kailey Ahlstrom. The freshmen picked up her second win, second complete game, and thirteenth strikeouts in the first day of tournament play.

    In the second game of the C-USA Tournament, the Raiders faced rival WKU (37-13, C-USA 18-6) in a win or go home situation. The Hilltoppers pitched their ace Kelsey AiKey to match up with Ahlstrom. The two pitchers traded blows like heavey weight prize fighters, neither giving an inch to the other.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Raiders Set to Close Out Regular Season in the Lone Star State

    Denton, Texas- The Middle Tennessee softball team looks to finish the regular season strong with one last series in Denton. The Raiders (26-24, C-USA 10-11) will face North Texas (32-16, C-USA 17-4) in a three game series, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and concluding with a single game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

    In their last game, the Raiders defeated UAB 5-4 on a walk off hit by Brooke McClure in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Raiders were down 3-4, with two runners in scoring position and down to their last out when McClure stepped into the batters box.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Raiders Set to Close Out Regular Season in the Lone Star State

    Denton, Texas- The Middle Tennessee softball team looks to finish the regular season strong with one last series in Denton. The Raiders (26-24, C-USA 10-11) will face North Texas (32-16, C-USA 17-4) in a three game series, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and concluding with a single game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

    In their last game, the Raiders defeated UAB 5-4 on a walk off hit by Brooke McClure in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Raiders were down 3-4, with two runners in scoring position and down to their last out when McClure stepped into the batters box.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Heralded recruit, Whitson, signs with Lady Raiders

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee continued to accumulate talent with the signing of Kingsport Dobyns Bennett standout Courtney Whitson to a national letter of intent.

    Whitson, a 6-foot-1 post player, was a dominant force at Kingsport Dobyns Bennett where she was the school's all-time leader in scoring and rebounding. She is the seventh player in the 2019 Middle Tennessee signing class.

    "We are ecstatic about Courtney's decision to become a Lady Raider," Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Insell said. "I've been watching this young lady for a long time, and I have felt she is a perfect fit for our program.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Nominees announced for 2019 RCAs

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's finest student-athletes will be recognized during the eighth annual Raiders' Choice Awards at the MTSU Tucker Theatre Thursday, April 25.

    The awards show is set up like the ESPYs and recognizes the athletic and academic achievements of Blue Raider student-athletes during the 2018-19 school year. The stars of the show enter via a blue carpet beginning at 6 p.m., with the awards show beginning at 7 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend with a limited number of free tickets available.

    Awards include three that are voted on by the fans: Play of the Year, Performance of the Year and Game/Event of the Year.

  • Official Site of MTSU: Lady Raiders land prized recruit in Willock

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee has landed the nation's No. 2-rated junior college post prospect, according to Girls Basketball Report, as the NCAA Late Signing Period began Wednesday.

    New Mexico Junior College standout Eternati Willock has signed to continue her career with the Lady Raiders, according to Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Insell. Willock will be eligible for the 2019-20 season and has two years of eligibility remaining.

    "We are very excited to have Eternati join our program," Insell said. "She is an ultra-talented young lady who has a chance to do something special at Middle Tennessee.

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