Lew Hill
The late Lew Hill in a timeout with his UTRGV squad. Courtesy Zachary Ugarte.

Lew Hill Tribute, More Scheduling News, Tarleton Signee and More Bullets

A pretty cool gesture by a mentor to the the late Lew Hill is taking place in South Texas. Lew Hill is having his name ingrained in the UTRGV community even more, thanks to a hefty donation by Lon Krueger and his wife Barbara. We will get to that.

Scheduling news continues to trickle out all over Twitter. In the past few days, scheduling news has come out about multiple teams. And on Wednesday, the California Baptist women’s basketball team released its non-conference schedule.

And also on Wednesday, a former Chicago State forward announced he is staying in the WAC for his final season.

Legend Gets Name Imprinted in New Renovation

A little over 19 months ago, the world lost a great one. The legacy of peace and love that UTRGV head coach Lew Hill left will be remembered for a long, long time. And now, thanks to his former coach and mentor Lon Kruger, Hill’s name will grace the UTRGV community forever.

Kruger and his wife Barbara made a six-figure donation to UTRGV Athletics “to dedicate the Lew Hill Memorial Plaza as part of the upcoming renovations to the UTRGV Fieldhouse.” The donation is all part of a $30 million facility enhancement that was announced on April 6.

“I am super excited for this announcement,” said Renee Hill, the widow of Lew Hill. “I am both thankful and grateful to the amazing people who made this a reality for Lewis and our family along with all those who will have the pleasure to pass through UTRGV. This university and community have been family since we arrived. The Lew Hill Memorial Plaza is a testament to prayer and the sayings that ‘kindness wins,’ ‘a full heart feeds multitudes,’ and ‘basketball can take you many places.’ I know Lewis would be appreciative of all the efforts put into making this thought a reality. My continued prayer is that people passing through feel his presence, love, hard work, and dedication to people, basketball, and the endless opportunities after the ball stops dribbling. This piece of history, on this day, fills me with heavier emotions, tears, and smiles as I think about his smile and love for UTRGV and how it’s still felt here. He will forever be missed, never forgotten, always loved, and appreciated deeply.”

Tarleton, UT-Arlington Scheduling Updates

There has been a lot of talk about upgrading non-conference scheduling in the Western Athletic Conference. This is in part due to the new Résumé Seeding System. But is also because teams want to challenge themselves. Some of the scheduling is due to the fact teams just want games and can’t get any home games.

But over the past couple of days, scheduling news has come out about Tarleton and UT-Arlington. For Tarleton, we have learned the Texans will take on Baylor and Arizona State this season. The Texans will also play UCF and Wichita State along with Big Sky foe Weber State. According to one source, the schedule may be more difficult overall than the 2021-22 schedule. Keep an eye on it because the Texans play at Gonzaga and at Kansas last season among others.

For UT-Arlington, the Mavericks are putting together a nice schedule. UTA will travel to LSU on Dec. 2. The Mavericks will also travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State on Nov. 7. UTA also travels to the West Coast to take on the Cal Bears on Dec. 21. As part of its non-conference slate, the Mavericks will also host North Texas on Nov. 30.

Some quality games for both Tarleton and UT-Arlington.

CBU Women Announce Non-Conference Schedule

The good news for the California Baptist women’s basketball team is travel throughout November and December won’t be too bad. On Wednesday, the Lancers released their non-conference slate. And, the Lancers do not have to leave the state of California for two months. The furthest CBU will have to travel is to La Jolla. Yes, a short bus ride of just over 90 minutes to play a pair of games. But, despite all that, the schedule is still rather challenging.

The Lancers face Pac-12 foe Arizona and Big Ten foe USC. The Arizona game is on a neutral floor in La Jolla. Also on the non-conference slate are multiple Big West opponents. Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton, and UC San Diego are all on the slate. CBU also has games against WCC foes Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara. The Lancers will play a pair of Big Sky foes in Northern Arizona and Idaho State. And CBU finishes things out against Conference USA foe Western Kentucky.

CBU has six home games, three true road games and two neutral site games on the schedule.

Chicago State Transfer to Finish Career in the WAC

Former Chicago State forward Coreyoun Rushin will stay in the WAC in 2022-23. Rushin was a part of perhaps the best Chicago State squad in a decade in 2021-22. The 6-5 wing averaged just over 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Cougars. Rushin also started in 26 of 27 games and missed five games due to injury/illness.

The Chicago native shot just shy of 47 percent from the field and should create a dynamic combo with Freddy Hicks. It is the Rushin’s motor that sets him apart and he should fit into Billy Gillispie’s system just fine.


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Kyle McDonald

Love everything about WAC Hoops so decided I wanted to write more about it and cover this amazing conference that just keeps getting better. Follow us on Twitter @wachoopsdigest for information, game analysis and much more.

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