College Corner: Belmont’s Dylan Windler, Vanderbilt Golf, MTSU Men’s Basketball

Belmont’s Dylan Windler Signs Deal With New York Knicks

Dylan Windler. Photo: Courtesy of Belmont Athletics

Former Belmont University men’s basketball star Dylan Windler has signed a contract with the New York Knicks. 

Windler played the last four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, after being selected No. 26 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Windler scored a career-high 15 points against Atlanta and made nine consecutive 3-pointers during a two-game stretch – the most for a Cav in six years. 

The Indianapolis, Indiana native led Belmont to 94 victories and three conference championships in his career, including A5 victories over UCLA, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Windler capped his career by helping the Bruins earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a win over Temple. Two days later, he scored a game-high 35 points against Maryland. 

As a senior, Windler averaged 21.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Windler became just the fourth Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) player since 1971 to post at least 1,600 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. In fact, of the nine 30 point-20 rebound games in college basketball over the last two seasons, only Windler and South Dakota State All-American Mike Daum recorded multiple 30-20 games. 

He graduated 18th in college basketball history in effective field goal percentage (.640) and ranked fourth nationally in offensive efficiency by noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.

Windler averaged 12.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game on 41 percent 3-point shooting in 11 game appearances for the Canton Charge of the NBA G-League last season – including 70 points over his final three games. He averaged 15.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game for Canton in 2021-2022.




Vanderbilt Golf To Compete In Scottish Tournament

Gordon Sargent. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

The Vanderbilt men’s and women’s golf teams have been invited to the inaugural St. Andrews Links Collegiate Presented by TopGolf and World Wide Technology, to be held at the historic Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, this Oct. 23-25.

The signature three-day event will also feature men’s and women’s golf teams from Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Notre Dame with two days of stroke play on the Jubilee Course followed by a day of medal match play on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

“We are honored and proud to partner with St. Andrews Links Trust on this new collegiate invitational at the Home of Golf,” says Tom Knapp, NBC Sports EVP, Golf. “The St. Andrews Links Collegiate elevates and enhances our already impactful college golf platform. We’re excited to have TopGolf and World Wide Technology join us as presenting sponsors, and we’re thrilled to showcase men’s and women’s student athletes from distinguished universities like Georgetown, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt this October in Scotland.”

NBC Sports will present live coverage of the St. Andrews Links Collegiate on Golf Channel and Peacock in the United States. Sky Sports will provide coverage in the United Kingdom.




MTSU Hires Robert Burlingham As Director Of Basketball Operations

Robert Burlingham has joined Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) men’s basketball as Director of Basketball Operations.

A familiar face to the Blue Raider staff, Burlingham reunites with Blue Raider Head Coach Nick McDevitt and Assistant Coach Eric Wilson. Burlingham started his coaching career as a student manager in 2013-2014 under McDevitt at UNC Asheville, where he was in charge of film and day-to-day functions of the program while also assisting with player workouts, basketball operations and team inventory.

“I want to thank AD Chris Massaro, Diane Turnham, Coach McDevitt and all who were involved,” Burlingham says. “When this opportunity presented itself, it was a no-brainer for me to get back with Coach McDevitt. He gave me my very first opportunity in college basketball and has been a key mentor in my growth as a coach. I look forward to competing for championships with this staff and this team.”

An Asheville, North Carolina native, Burlingham spent 2014-2016 as a manager at Western Carolina, where he worked under Ohio Hall of Fame Head Coach Larry Hunter and Wilson, then an assistant coach for the Catamounts.

Burlingham comes to Murfreesboro from McNeese State, where he served as Director of Basketball Operations for two seasons. He helped the Cowboys to three Southland Conference Tournament victories in his two seasons, while being instrumental in the development of 2022 SLC Freshman of the Year Johnathan Massie and two-time All-Southland selection Christian Shumate.

Prior to McNeese, Burlingham spent time on the staffs of Central Michigan, West Virginia Tech and Carolina Day School. While the top assistant coach at WVU Tech, Burlingham helped the Golden Bears to a 30-5 record, the River States Conference regular season and tournament titles and the second round of the NAIA National Tournament with three All-Conference selections in 2018-2019.

Steven Boero