What The Experts Are Saying:

“Ethan has branded himself to what makes college basketball so special which is knowing the parity across the nation. He has a great feel for the next “Cinderella Story” because he values and cares deeply for mid major basketball. Ethan is connected and works really hard. He will continue to rise in the ranks of media coverage for college basketball”

– Dustin Kerns Head Coach at Appalachian State

“If you’re a fan of mid-major, low-major or any basketball leagues/programs that don’t get national media coverage, Happening Hoops is the place for you! Ethan gives great content, insight and has a strong passion for the game. Any true college basketball fan will consider Happening Hoops a go-to source to add to their favorite basketball platforms.”

– Brett Putz Head Coach at Des Moines Area Community College and former Chicago State Assistant Coach

“Ethan has done a great job! Not a good job, a great job with Happening Hoops. I have seen how he has grown on Twitter, and just the way that he represents the Valley, Valpo, and the do-more-with-less teams across the country. I’m proud of him, and wish him nothing but the best moving forward!”

Mark Adams ESPN College Basketball Analyst

I think he brings a different perspective to it. I enjoy reading his stuff. I think he is good for the game.

Greg Kampe Head Coach of Oakland University and second longest tenured division one head coach

 

 

Notable Journalistic Accomplishments

  • As the nation’s preeminent bracketologist of the CBI and CIT/Basketball Classic Tournaments Hennessy correctly predicted the entire College Basketball Invitational field twice (2021 and 2022) and has an overall success rate of 89% (147/165) in five years predicting the fields of these tournaments

  • Happening Hoops has been featured in multiple news outlets such as the Las Cruces Sun Times (New Mexico), Peoria Journal Star (Illinois), SB Nation, and The Eagle (American University’s student newspaper).

  • HappeningHoops.com has received over 50,000 views since its inception.

  • Hennessy has covered dozens of games as a credentialed media member including some of the biggest matchups such as postseason tournaments and top 25 ranked games.

  • Hennessy has made appearances on Fox Sports Radio 990 AM in Honolulu Hawaii, Union Street Hoops (podcast), and March to the Arch (podcast).

  • Hennessy was selected as a media voter for the 2022 Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team.

  • Hennessy has interviewed numerous coaches across the country.

Background: 

Ethan Hennessy is originally from Columbia Maryland and graduated from Valparaiso University in 2020. He began his love for college basketball by going to Loyola Greyhounds games as a kid and continued that passion into college leading the student section as the caped crusader at Valparaiso. In 2016 he founded The Happening Hoops Media Brand first as a Twitter account which later grew into a radio show (2017-2020), website (2017-present), and YouTube channel (2018-present). He has covered dozens of games over the years throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic and interviewed some of the biggest coaches in the sport such as Purdue’s Matt Painter, Mississippi State’s Chris Jans, and Notre Dame’s Mike Brey. In the 2021-22 season, Ethan began keeping official NCAA statistics and running the replay review system for Patriot League basketball games at Loyola University Maryland. 

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Ethan sitting on the visiting bench at Indiana’s historic Assembly Hall after Wichita State’s 2019 NIT Quarterfinal win over the Hoosiers. 

 

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