Sports Digest: Butler adds L.C.'s Wideman

2013-11-13T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T20:03:36Z Sports Digest: Butler adds L.C.'s Wideman nwitimes.com

Men's basketball

BUTLER ADDS L.C.'S WIDEMAN: Brandon Miller began Butler's Big East recruiting era by adding two big prep forwards.

The Bulldogs signed 6-foot-7 Tyler Wideman of Lake Central and 6-6 Kelan Martin.

Miller said both should help the Bulldogs become a more physical inside team when they arrive next season.

Wideman was the first player to commit to Butler after Miller replaced Brad Stevens as coach in July. Last season, Wideman averaged 15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks at Lake Central.

Martin earned second-team all-state honors at Louisville Ballard in Kentucky last season, averaging 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds.

IRISH INK TWO FORWARDS: Notre Dame signed two forwards Wednesday, the first day prep basketball players could officially sign national letters-of-intent.

The Fighting Irish added Bonzie Colson Jr. of New Bedford, Mass., and Martin Geben, a Lithuanian who plays at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Md. 

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Colson is the son of a former Rhode Island player who coached at George Washington and Boston College. He averaged 17 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots for St. Andrews School in Barrington, R.I. The 6-9, 230-pound Geben averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior.

NORTHWESTERN SIGNS 4 IN COLLINS' FIRST CLASS: Northwestern has signed four players as part of new coach Chris Collins' first recruiting class.

Forwards Vic Law and Gavin Skelly and guards Bryant McIntosh and Scottie Lindsey signed national letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Collins says the Wildcats have "addressed a lot of needs" and that all four are "are great fits for Northwestern."

A two-time Chicago Catholic League all-conference pick for St. Rita, Law averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds as a junior. Skelly averaged 16 points as a junior at Westlake (Ohio).

McIntosh averaged 17.9 points last season while leading Greensburg to the Indiana Class 3A championship last season. Lindsey was a Chicago Catholic League all-conference pick as a junior for Fenwick, averaging 12 points.

PURDUE SIGNS THREE PLAYERS: Purdue landed commitments from three out-of-state players on national signing day Wednesday.

Coach Matt Painter isn't finished. Just hours after Ohio natives Vince Edwards and Dakota Mathias and Massachusetts prep star Jacquil Taylor all signed national letters-of-intent, Painter said he would like to add a center to the recruiting class this spring.

Edwards, a 6-foot-7 forward from Middletown, Ohio, averaged 21.0 points and 12.3 rebounds last season. Mathias is a 6-5 guard from Elida, Ohio. He averaged 25.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists as a junior. Taylor, a 6-9 forward, has been billed as the best big man to come out of Cambridge, Mass., since Patrick Ewing. Taylor averaged 15.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks as a sophomore but was injured last season.

BOILERS ROLL PAST CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE: Terone Johnson scored 17 points to help Purdue defeat Central Connecticut State 109-73 on Wednesday. It was the highest point total by the Boilermakers since scoring 119 against LIU-Brooklyn on Nov. 14, 1997.

Boilermakers center A.J. Hammons returned after missing both exhibition games and the regular-season opener for violating team rules. He had 12 points, seven blocks and five rebounds in just 17 minutes

Pro baseball

KERSHAW, SCHERZER EASILY WIN CY YOUNG AWARDS: Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers have won baseball's Cy Young Awards.

Kershaw won the prize as the National League's best pitcher for the second time in three seasons after leading the majors with a 1.83 ERA.

The 25-year-old lefty with a big-breaking curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results released Wednesday. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot.

Kershaw went 16-9 and topped the NL with 232 strikeouts. He won the NL Cy Young in 2011 and finished second last year.

Scherzer won the AL honor after leading the majors in wins while going 21-3. He received 28 of 30 first-place votes.

Pro football

FORMER BEARS RECEIVER HURD GETS 15 YEARS IN DRUG CASE: Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has been sentenced to 15 years for his role in a drug-distribution scheme.

Hurd received the punishment Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Dallas.

He pleaded guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute cocaine and marijuana, which carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

He was arrested in December 2011 outside a suburban Chicago steakhouse after he tried to buy cocaine in what turned out to be a sting.

At the time, Hurd was a wide receiver with stints for the Bears and Dallas Cowboys.

Prep sports

ESCC TO ADD NEW MEMBER: The East Suburban Catholic Conference announced that Marian Central Catholic High School, which is in northwest suburban Woodstock, will join the conference starting with the 2014-15 school year.

Marian Catholic is also a member of the ESCC.

Around the horn

Valparaiso High School graduate Robbie Hummel started for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and had 10 points and four rebounds in a 124-95 victory over Cleveland. ... Former Raiders tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Todd Christensen died from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57. ... KK Houser scored 20 points and led No. 18 Purdue to a 76-56 women's basketball victory over IUPUI.

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