What a way to kick off the 2016-17 regular season!
On Saturday, fans everywhere were still in a bit of shock in terms of what they saw on Friday. Some teams were still celebrating program-defining wins, including the Wagner Seahawks, Albany Great Danes, and Nicholls State Colonels.
Some power conference teams were left looking for answers as to what went wrong on opening day, trying to correct any mistakes before their next game.
Saturday was a much quieter day in terms of games as opposed to Friday, but there were still some memorable moments out there, which included some big-time individual performances across the country.
All three of the Three Stars for November 12th put together some impressive shooting performances, as all three finished their respective games with a shooting percentage of 48% or better.
Below are the College Court Report Three Stars for Saturday, November 12th, 2016.
First Star: Rodney Pryor (Georgetown Hoyas)
Stat Line: 32 points, 1 rebound; 13-of-16 FG, 6-of-8 3PT
After transferring to Georgetown from the Robert Morris Colonials following last season, it was expected that Rodney Pryor would be an impact player with the Hoyas in 2016-17.
How much of an impact he would be was still up in the air. Fans got a good idea of what he can do for the program on Saturday afternoon.
To kick off the 2016-17 season, the Hoyas welcomed the USC Upstate Spartans to town. Pryor put together quite the debut in front of his new home fans.
In the first half alone, Pryor recorded 26 points while going 10-of-11 from the floor. When all was said and done, Pryor recorded 32 points and 1 rebound in the Hoyas’ 105-60 win over the Spartans.
He finished the game shooting 13-of-16 from the floor, and 6-of-8 from three point range. Not too bad for a debut.
Second Star: J.R. Holder (Jacksonville Dolphins)
Stat Line: 30 points, 4 rebounds, 9-of-12 FG, 2-of-4 3PT
The Jacksonville Dolphins and the Denver Pioneers gave basketball fans arguably the best game of the night on Saturday. At the forefront of it all was Jacksonville forward J.R. Holder.
In 2016-17, the Dolphins were adjusting to life without star guard Kori Babineaux, who graduated following last season. With Marcel White and Holder leading the way, the Dolphins will still be a tough out come Atlantic Sun play.
On Saturday night, they went on the road to take on a Pioneers team who is also in a bit of a rebuilding phase. Led by sophomore guard Joe Rosga, the Pioneers were looking to start the season off with a win in front of their home crowd.
In the end, Jacksonville would come away with the hard-fought vicory over Denver, 92-84. Holder recorded a team-high 30 points to go along with 4 rebounds in the victory.
Third Star: Alec Peters (Valparaiso Crusaders)
Stat Line: 36 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Alec Peters had himself quite the offseason.
First, he declared for the 2016 NBA Draft. After going through the pre-draft process, he was the last player to announce whether or not he would remain in the draft. He opted to return to the NCAA, and was listed as a graduate transfer as a result, since he had played four years at Valparaiso already. Peters could have gone anywhere he liked in the NCAA, as he’s one of the top players in the country.
He opted for another year at Valparaiso.
Through the Crusaders’ first two games of the season, he has showcased all of his talents, and proven why he’s one of the top players in the NCAA in 2016-17.
On Saturday, the Crusaders found themselves in a tight contest with the Trinity (IL) Trolls, amember of the NAIA. Despite trailing by nine at halftime, the Crusaders came on strong in the second half, and Peters was a big reason for their win.
Peters recorded 36 points and 15 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Over the Crusaders’ first two games, Peters is averaging 29.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest.
– T. Bennett