• Welcome to the season: Here's what you missed
    November 08, 2019
    Ryan Scott returns for another season of Around the Nation, with news of a conference which could ban a team from the conference tournament if it gets too many technicals, plus a recruiting trend extended and a big offseason win for an assistant coach.
  • The battle is real
    February 18, 2019
    If there's one thing coaches Grey Giovanine, Mike McGrath and Becky Martin know, it's that you need to get screened for cancer early and often. And when Giovanine, the head men's coach at Augustana, announced his diagnosis recently, a lot of people came to realize the same thing. Ryan Scott has more in Around the Nation.
  • Winning by playing at pace
    February 12, 2019
    Playing old-school basketball, being conservative on both ends of the floor, may have served teams well in the recent past, but the margin of error is getting slimmer, with the new school of thought being to play quick on offense, but slow on defense. Ryan Scott has more in Around the Nation.
  • Alumni living up to D-III ideals overseas
    February 06, 2019
    Wooster alum Spencer Williams and Swarthmore's Zack Yonda are among a dozen D-III alumni developing, discovering and dedicating themselves to learning and serving at-risk youth in Northern Ireland and Ireland. Ryan Scott has more in Around the Nation.
  • Growing up around the game
    January 30, 2019
    The clichés about kids of coaches tend to be true, and while Griffin Kornaker, Jamie Boeheim and Mark Turgeon won't get to play for their dads, they are bringing that experience to their Division III basketball teams. Ryan Scott has more in Around the Nation.
  • The old men in D3
    January 23, 2019
    When you're 30-plus years old, and have four kids, the last thing you're thinking of is lacing them up and hustling up and down the floor in practice, let alone for 40 minutes in a game. But that's what at least two Division III basketball players are doing this season.
  • Northwest Conference lives on the run
    January 11, 2019
    Don’t look now, but they’re scoring a lot of points in Oregon and Washington. While Division III and basketball in general is moving towards a faster pace, the NWC seems to be leading the way. Ryan Scott takes a deep dive in what's going on in Around the Nation.
  • Back after a long layoff
    January 08, 2019
    For Chapman's Cam Haslam, the 2016 D3hoops.com Rookie of the Year, and St. Thomas' Bobbi Brendefur, the road back to the floor has been long -- more than a year, in fact. Ryan Scott finds out about the perseverance it takes to make it back after debilitating injuries in the new Around the Nation.
  • D3's international flavor continues to grow
    December 11, 2018
    While it's a dream of many Division III basketball student-athletes to play basketball overseas after graduation, there are also many current D-III players who are doing the same. They've come here from Europe, Latin America, Australia and more to go to school and play ball. Ryan Scott has more in Around the Nation.
  • Surviving the last-minute change
    November 29, 2018
    The Salisbury men's basketball team and the women's basketball team at Trine each have had success in recent years. And they each had an unexpected coaching change in October. Ryan Scott checks in to see how they're handling the sudden shift at the top spot.
  • Long road ahead for Thomas More
    November 14, 2018
    With Thomas More the only national contender without a conference where it can compete for an automatic bid, the Saints had to build a schedule to match. So they'll be playing 22 games by Jan. 7, and somehow only missing two days of class. Ryan Scott has more in Around the Nation.
  • Ready for a new challenge
    November 06, 2018
    The 2018-19 season brings many new challenges for coaches across Division III basketball. For Pat Juckem, it's leaving a national finalist to follow a legendary coach at Wash U. For his replacement, it's keeping the Oshkosh momentum going. And for Bob Amsberry, it's replacing the best class in Wartburg women's basketball history.
  • Turnaround is fair play
    February 16, 2018
    Amherst and Wooster are perennial powers that dropped off the national radar after slow starts. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps entered the season highly ranked, then lost seven of its first 10 games. As we head down the stretch toward the NCAA Tournament, all three have played themselves back into the postseason picture. Ryan Scott has the story in Around the Nation.
  • Committee finds strength in numbers
    February 09, 2018
    The job of building the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament brackets falls on the shoulders of 16 coaches and administrators who volunteer their time, despite often having their own teams to lead. Ryan Scott takes you inside their process in this week's Around the Nation.
  • Public service powers Atlantic stars
    February 02, 2018
    SUNY-Maritime center Patrick MacDonald is ready to embark on an exciting career after graduating. Staten Island's Tim Shanahan had a remarkable career before becoming a head coach. Their public service experiences give them a special kind of leadership and perspective on the game. More in Around the Nation.
  • Seeking a level playing field
    January 25, 2018
    While Title IX increased opportunities for women to play college sports, there are actually fewer women's head coaches in college now than before the law passed. Why is that and what can be done to level the playing field for women in the coaching profession? Ryan Scott explores in Around the Nation.
  • Nothing lost in translation for Gibbs
    January 19, 2018
    Jeff Gibbs was an undersized, overpowering forward who pushed Otterbein to the 2002 Division III national championship. Years later he's still grabbing boards and blocking shots in Japan. We check in with Division III basketball's version of Charles Barkley in Around the Nation.
  • On the move to find their groove
    January 11, 2018
    Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions in a college athlete's life. What happens when that first choice ends up not being the best fit for academic, athletic or other reasons? Ryan Scott shares the stories of some Division III transfer athletes who have found a better fit the second time around.
  • The secret to their success
    December 08, 2017
    What does it take to be a successful coach? Good players, of course. And preparation. And all the things you hear about in post-game press conferences. But what about trust, flexibility and consistency? What makes the "soft skills" of coaching so hard? Ryan Scott talked to some of the best in the business to find out.
  • Persevering to go pro
    December 08, 2017
    Making the leap from college to pro ball is tough. It's even tougher if you're moving to a new country. Now imagine competing with players from the best league in the world for a small number of slots. That's the path that Division III women's players face. Ryan Scott talks with three all-time D3 greats about what it takes.
  • Bringing Rezball to Division III
    December 01, 2017
    There's a whole level of basketball most people never see. Those who do, fall in love with it. We're not talking about Division III basketball, though we could be. We're talking about Native American basketball, which is a growing part of Division III thanks to players like CooXooEii Black. Ryan Scott has the story.
  • What's old is new again
    November 17, 2017
    The Christopher Newport women and Whitman men return nearly everyone from their final four squads a season ago. Meanwhile defending champions Babson and Amherst will look very different. How are they and women's top pick Tufts preparing for another run? Ryan Scott has the story.
  • Overcoming the I-word
    February 17, 2017
    Injuries strike without warning and throw a wrench into even the best made plans. Some teams are dealing with injuries to key players now and others did so earlierthis season. How do you rally a team forward while respecting the fallen teammate? Ryan Scott explores in our final ATN of the season.
  • ATN: Down the stretch they come
    February 10, 2017
    We have just ten short days left in the regular season for most teams so this is a good time to check in on the conference championship races. Which races? All 86 of them, of course! Ryan Scott has you off and running. Ready, set...
  • Ten more elite point guards
    February 03, 2017
    In December Ryan Scott gave you his list of the top 10 point guards in Division III basketball. You suggested some others and so Ryan returns with 10 more elite point guards with several from teams that traditionally get less attention, like UC Santa Cruz.
  • Complexity of the conference shuffle
    January 27, 2017
    This season Carroll from the Midwest Conference back to the CCIW. Merchant Marine did the same, rejoining the Skyline from the Landmark. Ithaca and Sage will move soon, and others will follow. Why do these moves happen? Why don't they happen when geography suggest they should?
  • True tales of going pro
    January 19, 2017
    The NCAA touts the majority of student athletes who will go pro in something other than their sport, and rightfully so. But some Division III basketball players, like Andy Panko, are playing professionally. Ryan Scott talks with Panko and others about the path from D3 to pro basketball.
  • Grinnell's System here to stay
    January 12, 2017
    Some call it an gimmick but Grinnell's system is more than 20 years old and here to stay. In fact, it has spread to Tennessee, Massachusetts and Illinois and even made an appearance in the NBA D-League. Ryan Scott gives you an in depth answer to the frequent question, "They scored what?!"
  • Common ground in a big world
    January 06, 2017
    The Division III basketball world is a big place. With 400-plus schools, there's a lot of diversity in student enrollment, academic offerings and recruitment. How does that impact the basketball programs? And is there any common ground across the varied landscape? Ryan Scott considers that and more in Around the Nation.
  • Point well taken
    December 08, 2016
    There are hundreds of point guards in Division III, but true floor generals are very rare. They manage the offense and, often times, they manage the team. Ryan Scott gives his take on the best 10 point guards in Division III, with an invitation to debate, in Around the Nation.
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