The Chicago College Basketball Guide to Twitter

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In my years of following college basketball in the Windy City, Twitter has always been the go-to source for as-it-happens news and analysis straight from the horse’s mouth. Before a news nugget shows up in my inbox as a press release or a Google Alert, it’s always on Twitter first.

But it’s not always easy to find what you want, especially if you’re new to the “Twitter-verse” as many are, or don’t know what you’re looking for.

This handy “who’s who” should take care of that. Inside you’ll find the coaches, players, front office personnel and the best local and national sports media personalities to follow.

For an even more extended, if unorganized, list of who’s who in Chicago college hoops, check out who we over at @chicolbball follow.

Northwestern 

The Wildcats are probably one of, if not the most, well-represented Chicago college basketball teams on Twitter. 

@NU_Sports is the official Twitter for the Northwestern Athletics Department, and Nick Brilowski, NU’s associate director of athletic communications, is also a good follow.

You can find great news and analysis from Rodger Sherman’s Sippin On Purple, as well as @RiseNU, @NUHighlights and @NUScout

While you’re welcome to follow the actual Bill Carmody and breathlessly await the second coming of a Carmody tweet (he has only one tweet to date, since Nov. 2010), but The @firebillcarmody account offers much more insight — with a twist of ignominy. Bill Carmody’s Tie has potential, in addition to Fake Bill Carmody

Jershon Cobb, Drew Crawford, Alex Marcotullio and recent grad Juice Thompson all tweet. As does incoming recruit Dave Sobolewski.

Follow the Daily Northwestern (and their sports page) and Big Ten Network’s NU coverage to round out your Wildcats list.

Big Ten basketball is also well covered on Twitter: @bigtengeeks, @BTNBrentsblog, @BigTenMarkTV, @BigTenVal, @BigTenScott.

DePaul

@WeAreDePaul truly is the best source for Blue Demons basketball, supplementing the official DPU athletics page and SID Greg Greenwell‘s updates.

Oliver Purnell has his own Twitter page, as does newly promoted director of basketball operations Andy Farrell. It must be a requirement among the Blue Demons coaching staff, because assistant coaches Billy Garrett and Brian Ellerbe also have Twitters but no updates yet. Cleveland Melvin, Moses Morgan, 2011 recruits Montray Clemons and Shane Larkin and former player and current D-Leaguer Dar Tucker are all worthwhile follows. 

The DePaulia and Dan Tombasco are also worth your follow.

Blue Demon Nation, Scout DePaul and DIBS, the Blue Demon mascot, round out the DPUBB coverage, while East Coast Bias and the official Big East MBB page offer up plenty of solid BE news.

Chicago State

In the barren desert of Chicago State coverage, head coach Tracy Dildy always has interesting things to say. He’s a great follow no matter what team you’re behind — the guy has heart.

Carl Montgomery has a page, but not many relevant tweets.

The CSU Athletics Department has a little-used and little followed (14 followers??) Twitter, but I can’t say the same for the GWC which seems to have no Twitter presence at all.

UIC

As the former tweet-master general over at Fanning the Flames, I have a pretty good feel for who’s who in the UIC Twitter-verse. The official UIC athletics page and sports information director Brett McWethy are great sources for Flames news.

Head coach Howard Moore, assistant Al Biancalana, and former-player-turned-administrative-assistant Jeremy Buttell all tweet. UIC’s new assistant from Texas Tech, Stew Robinson, also tweets, but from the looks of it, only accidentally.

Some UIC players tweet including incoming recruit Marc Brown, who shows a real enthusiasm for his new team, and former players Robo Kreps and K.C. Robbins.

Shawn Sullivan from the Flames front office has some insightful things to say, and the Varsity Show covers UIC hoops online.

Bill Potter, Adam Coppinger and the official Horizon League Twitter page offer up fantastic coverage of all Horizon League events — great for UIC and Loyola fans.

Loyola

Porter Moser doesn’t seem to have a twitter handle — yet. In the meantime, follow the official Loyola Athletics page, the Loyola Phoenix (and their sports section) and assistant coach Rodell Davis for coverage. Former assistant Kevin Mondro is around too.

Big Joe Rambler is the most opinionated Ramblers fan out there. He’s a must-follow for Loyola fans.

Geoff McCammon has one of the coolest backgrounds in basketball, and tweets along with Jordan Hicks and Courtney Stanley — although they both protect their tweets.

The Ramblers are one of the few teams that actually use their own twitter page, @LUCBasketball.

Local Media

The Daily Herald’s Lindsey Willhite gets top billing here. He’s a must-follow for college basketball anywhere in Chicago.

Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago is a close second. Shannon Ryan, Teddy Greenstein and Adam Hoge round out the most qualified follows.

Add @Illinoisprep, Chicago Tribune preps, @ChicagoHoops, the Basketball Report, Michael O’Brien, Roy Schmidt and Mike Mullins, coach of the Illinois Wolves basketball club, for the best recruiting coverage in the state.

National Media

This has the potential to be a very long list, because there are a lot of great CBB tweeters. Here are my favorites. Dick Vitale is only here because he has to be.

ESPN: Jay Bilas, Dana O’Neil, Andy Katz, Jimmy Dykes, Joe Lunardi, Diamond Leung, Fran Fraschilla, Dave Telep, Pat Forde, Reggie Rankin and Eamonn Brenann.

CBS: Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello, Gregg Doyel, Gary Parrish, Seth DavisMatt Norlander (seeing the trend over at CBS yet?), Mike Freeman, Matt Jones and Jameson Fleming.

The Rest: Ken Pomeroy, John Gasaway, Basketball Times, Pete Thamel, Adam Zagoria, Angela Lento, Michael DeCourcy, Evan Daniels, Darren Rovell, Rob Dauster, College Hoops Net, Mid-Majority, David Woods, Jeff Rabjohns, Raphielle Johnson, Jerry Palm, Jeff Eisenberg, Patrick Stevens, Mike Miller, David Hess, Tim Gardner, Luke Winn and Andy Glockner.

While this can’t possibly be the absolute sum of every college hoops tweeter, it’s certainly a good start. Feel free to add anyone that I left out, or who deserves to be included, in the comments section.

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